WNBS NEWS, March 27, 2015

At around 7am Thursday, three Murray Police officers responded along with Murray Fire Department and MCCH Ambulance. to an apartment fire at 1409 Diuguid Drive in Murray . The Police Officers arrived before the fire units, and noticed smoke coming from underneath an apartment door. Officer Burkeen evacuated the other residents of the building, while Maness and Moore removed the resident of the apartment where the fire was located.

A School of Distinction Banner has been delivered to MHS for the third year in a row and is on display in the front lobby of the school. On behalf of the Kentucky Board of Education and Kentucky Department of Education, the banner was recently sent to MHS for the designation as a School of Distinction under the Unbridled Learning Assessment and Accountability System. Murray High school’s score of 82.9 places them in the 98th percentile and reflects the daily efforts of teachers, administrators, students and parents.

PHOTO L to R: Miranda Jones, Alex Pologruto, A.J. Pittman, and R.J. Daniels

PHOTO L to R: Miranda Jones, Alex Pologruto, A.J. Pittman, and R.J. Daniels

Murray State University will host the annual Southern Regional Orientation Workshop Conference on campus March 27-29. SROW conferences are sponsored by Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education and provide education, leadership and professional development in the fields of college student orientation, transition and retention. Murray State is in Region VI, which is one of the larger NODA regions. Undergraduate students, graduate students and professionals will converge on Murray State’s campus to engage in a veriety of activities. Students learn how to be better leaders and better counselors. Professionals are exposed to different types of programs in cooperative efforts to promote orientation, transition and retention. They also leave with a good networking tool for the future.

First District Congressman Ed Whitfield joined two other representatives in introducing the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, to establish a federal standard for labeling of food products made with genetically modified ingredients. Whitfield said the legislation will help make certain that Kentuckians continue to have a safe, reliable, and affordable food supply. This bipartisan legislation would establish a federal labeling standard for genetically modified ingredients and grant the FDA sole authority to require mandatory labeling on such food if found to be unsafe. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act protects consumers by eliminating confusion caused by a 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling laws that could increase food prices and establish burdensome new supply chain requirements for farmers.

Murray State University will be the first Kentucky university to have a student of the Supported Higher Education Program program receive a certificate in May. The SHEP program is an opportunity for adults with intellectual disabilities to attend higher education programs without a regular high school diploma. This program was the first to be offered in Kentucky because of the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute. It allows students with intellectual disabilities to apply for Pell Grants, Federal Work Study and Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship money while attending higher education universities like Murray State. The initiative at Murray State is called the College to Career Experience. It allows students to take 6-7 credit hours of selected courses each semester and to choose a field of study based on their interests using the College to Career Experience program.

The United States Senate has approvd by a 57-43 vote a bipartisan amendment by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell that would prohibit the withholding of federal highway funds from states that refuse to submit a plan to implement a proposed new EPA regulation. The McConnell amendment to the Senate’s budget resolution would protect states and ensure no highway funds were withheld because of the new demands from the EPA. Federal highway funding has been withheld in the past and used as leverage to force states to comply with mandates from the federal government.

Governor Steve Beshear announced this week that engineers designing the corridor for Interstate 69 can rebuild a key interchange for Interstate 24 in Marshall County in a way that preserves direct interstate access to U.S. 62 at Calvert City. The key to the project will be construction of a separate ramp to afford traffic an exit from I-69 North onto the Purchase Parkway, which directly connects with U.S. 62 and Oak Park Boulevard in Calvert City. Reconstruction of the interchange is part of a larger project to upgrade the Purchase Parkway to become part of I-69. When the corridor is complete, I-69 will run north to south from the Ohio River at Henderson to the Tennessee line at Fulton.

The Murray-Calloway County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its annual community Easter Eggstravaganza egg hunt at Central Park on April 4th. The gates will open at 9:45 and the egg hunts will begin at 10:30 a.m. Families will be able to enjoy the inflatables and multiple bounce houses provided by Celebrations of Murray. Face painting will also be available from volunteers from The Journey Church. The Eggstravaganza will be split up into four different age groups to provide fair opportunities for all kids to collect eggs. The age divisions will range from infant to 12-under. The first hunt starts at 10:30 and each age division will be held separately. Get ready for some family fun and a mad dash to find the eggs.

A two-day seminar at Murray State University focusing on business news will feature an MSU alumnus who reports for National Public Radio. The inaugural event will highlight Jim Burress, senior reporter for NPR station WABE 90.1 FM in Atlanta. He will be on campus on April 6-7 to speak to journalism and business students about his work, much of which concentrates on areas of business journalism. He will speak to the campus and local community at 4 p.m., Monday in the Business Building, Room 304. A Louisville native, Burress holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wabash College in Indiana and a master’s in mass communication from Murray State. He started his public radio career at Murray State’s NPR station.

Some time- and cost-saving changes to Kentucky’s vehicle registration system are being implemented in county clerk offices across the Commonwealth. The vehicle registration system is changing to “print on demand” decals for license plate renewals. Instead of clerk offices having to stock booklets of preprinted decals, the new decals are printed at the time of registration. For the public, the most noticeable change is that decals will no longer be color-coded by year. The new decals will have black lettering on a white background. The year and month of registration expiration will be in bold numbers, with the license plate number associated with the registered vehicle printed on the bottom. The decals are printed on the registration receipt with a special feature that allows them to be peeled off and applied to a license plate.

Suspects running from Lexington police officers crash and now the three juveniles are in custody. Police believe the three are responsible for a home break-in last night on Breeder’s Court. Officers found that the teens had ransacked the place and stolen a TV, a gun safe and other property. The car they were in had also been reported as stolen. The three were treated for minor injuries after hitting three parked vehicles at Sandersville and Greendale roads.

Two teachers have resigned amid an investigation of alleged inappropriate conduct involving students. One taught in Russell County and the other in Casey County. It’s unclear whether the allegations are connected. The investigation started with a parent’s complaint to Russell Springs police where Chief Joseph Irvin said yesterday there’s no doubt he would be filing criminal charges.

Henderson City Manager Russell Sights says all the results are not back yet, but officials believe city firefighters have not been harmed. Channel 14 reports Henderson has spent 183-thousand-dollars to replace air systems after firefighters complained of a petroleum smell in their air tanks. The city also paid for x-rays, toxicology and pulmonology tests.

The search continues for two inmates from Three Forks Regional Jail who escaped in Lee County. Police are looking for Dallas and John Trent. They were being transported from a court appearance back to the jail on Wednesday when they jumped from the moving van. Police say the cousins were arrested for a gas station robbery earlier this month in Wolfe County.

A Lexington father is accused of shaking his eight-month-old son because he wouldn’t quit crying. Police say the child has serious injuries, including bleeding of the brain and retina bleeding. He’s in the pediatric intensive care unit at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Shawn Wilson was arrested Wednesday.

A man credited with helping to close achievement gaps between disabled, minority and low income students in Kentucky is dead. Jack Musgrave passed away Tuesday at the age of 78 from cancer. Musgrave was a teacher and administrator in Fayette County Public Schools for 33-years. After retirement, he worked with the Kentucky Department of Education as a school and district improvement coach and consultant.

Two Kentucky police officers killed in the line of duty are being honored. At a ceremony yesterday hosted by Lighthouse Baptist Church in Nicholasville, awards were given to the families of Lexington officer Bryan Durman and Nicholasville officer Burke Rhoads. Durman was run over in 2010 and Rhoads died earlier this month in a traffic accident. The church also recognized dozens of military heroes.

A Chinese company is bringing its research and development operations to Louisville. Midea America Corporation is planning a nearly three-million-dollar facility as it expands its household appliance business to North America. The company is expected to bring two-dozen new jobs to the city.

A Lewisburg couple accused of chaining their young kids to a bed are facing child abuse charges. Andrew Roberson and Evelyn Stevens were arrested Wednesday. Police say they went to the couple’s home after a neighbor showed them a picture of a child chained to a bed. While at the house, officers saw chains attached to two twin beds in what appeared to be a child’s bedroom. The couple’s four children are now in the custody of DCS.

A mother and her eight-year-old son reported missing in Chicago are safe in Memphis. Soraya and Jordan Walton were found yesterday in the medical district. Police say Soraya is schizophrenic and stopped taking her medication. They left Chicago on March 22nd and were traced to the Greyhound bus terminal through cell phone records.

An arrest warrant is being issued for the man accused of shooting a Nashville teenager in the head. Police are looking for Jamar Medaries. Investigators say he opened fire at a duplex on Sunday following a dispute between several women. The eleven-year-old was struck by a stray bullet and remains in critical condition.

Free tuition is being offered to adults who want to attend one of the state’s technical colleges. Tennessee Reconnect is a last-dollar scholarship that covers remaining tuition and mandatory fees after other financial aid is applied. Lawmakers signed off on the grant last year when they approved Tennessee Promise for high school seniors. An open house will be held tomorrow at all 27 TCAT locations for anyone interested in applying.

A Powerball ticket sold in Nashville is worth two-million-dollars. The Tennessee Lottery says it matched five of the six numbers for Wednesday’s drawing and had the Power Play option. Saturday’s Powerball drawing produced a 50-million jackpot winner in Harriman and a two-million-dollar winner in Hohenwald.