A FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT FRIDAY TO 8 AM SUNDAY. IMPACTS WILL BE TWO FOLD. COLD TEMPERATURES FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING WILL DAMAGE SENSITIVE PLANTS LEFT UNCOVERED AND LEFT OUTDOORS. MODERATE TO HEAVY FROST EXPECTED SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING WILL ALSO DAMAGE PLANTS. THE COLD TEMPERATURES WILL PUT AN END TO THE OUTDOOR GROWING SEASON.
MURRAY GETS DELTA GRANT
Communities in western Kentucky will see improvements to a local hospital, construction of a new emergency communications tower, repairs and extensions to water lines, and several other enhancements thanks to more than $1 million in funds from the Delta Regional Authority. Nearly 144 thousand dollars will be coming to Murray for installation of water, sewer, storm drainage, and an entrance road to a private retail development. This project will create 50 new jobs. Gov. Steve Beshear applauded DRA’s investment and affirmed his support for the projects. The nine new investments for western Kentucky leverage $867,000 in federal resources into nearly $1.1 million in total public and private investment for the region.
FALL BACK, REPLACE BATTERIES
Area firefighters want you to change the batteries in your smoke detectors this weekend. They're making the "fall back" at the end of daylight saving time Sunday the time to remember to install new batteries and clear dust from the detectors. Studies show working smoke detectors reduce the risk of death in a house fire by 50-percent.
IN AND AROUND KENTUCKY
It looks like Mitch McConnell is poised to retain his seat in the U.S. Senate. The latest Bluegrass Poll shows the five-term incumbent with a 48-percent to 43-percent lead over Alison Lundergan Grimes, his widest lead since August. The likely voters surveyed for the poll include a large number of Democrats who are backing McConnell's reelection effort.
Kentucky elections officials say the interest in this year's election is shaping up to be the highest in some time. More than 35-thousand Kentucky voters have cast absentee ballots so far, a 13-percent increase over the last midterm election in 2010. Those votes will be the first counted when the polls close statewide Tuesday night.
An election fraud hotline will be available during next week's general election. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says anyone who witnesses election irregularities or possible election law violations should report them. The number to call is 800-328-8683.
The former Kentucky lawmaker who admitted killing his ex-fiancée is trying to get his guilty plea withdrawn. Steve Nunn testified in Fayette Circuit Court on Thursday that he pleaded guilty in 2011 to the shooting death of Amanda Ross because his attorney gave him bad advice. He's also appealing a civil judgment of 24-million dollars stemming from Ross' death. Nunn says he was told the civil suit filed by her family would be dismissed in exchange for his plea to murder.
Fort Campbell is preparing for big cuts in the budget. The Army has been studying the impact on eliminating soldiers required by returning sequester cuts in 2016. Fort Campbell would lose half its troops and civilian workers, and deprive the community of a billion dollars a year. Army leaders are still working on plans for realignments.
Tennessee's top health department official is recommending that Fort Campbell use the state lab facility for testing for specific diseases, including Ebola. Dr. John Dreyzehner, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health, told a round table at the military post on Tuesday that the state lab is close to Fort Campbell and could provide assistance.
Tennessee State University is increasing security after two freshmen were shot in an attempted robbery near campus. Officials say the female students were approached Wednesday night near the corner of 31st Avenue and John Merritt Boulevard. One of them was tossed to the ground after a brief struggle over a book bag and shot in the shoulder, thigh and abdomen. The other girl was grazed.
Garth Brooks is letting his fans preview his album before it goes on sale. All day today, snippets from "Man Against Machine" will be available at Brooks' newly-launched digital site, GhostTunes. The entire album comes out on November 11th. Brooks is in concert at Rupp Arena in Lexington tonight.