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  1. Tablet Recall Due To Runaway Overheating
    Nvidia on Friday announced that 8-inch Shield tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015 have a battery that is susceptible to overheating and could pose a fire hazard. The company said that no other Shield products, including the Shield Android TV set-top box and the Shield gaming portable, are part of the voluntary recall.

    The US recall affects 83,000 Shield tablets sold in the States, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Another 5,000 recalled tablets were sold in Canada.

    The company has received four reports of batteries overheating in the U.S. due to thermal runaway, including two reports of damage to flooring, a spokesman said. Thermal runaway is essentially when a temperature increase leads to a further temperature increase, often resulting in destruction.  Nvidia has cautioned owners to stop using the recalled slate, back up data, and use an online form to submit it for replacement.

    Here's the information from the CPSC:

    Description: This recall involves NVIDIA SHIELD tablet computers with 8-inch touch screens. Model numbers P1761, P1761W and P1761WX and serial numbers 0410215901781 through 0425214604018 are included in this recall. NVIDIA and the model and serial numbers are etched on the left side edge of the tablets. The SHIELD logo is on the back of the tablets.

    Incidents/Injuries: NVIDIA has received four reports of batteries overheating due to thermal runaway, including two reports of damage to flooring.

    Sold at: GameStop stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, GameStop.com, NewEgg.com, TigerDirect.com and other websites from July 2014 through July 2015 for between $300 and $400.

    Importer: NVIDIA Corp., of Santa Clara, Calif.

    Manufactured in: China


  2. Graves County Deputy Involved in Crash
    A Graves County Sheriff's Deputy was involved in a two vehicle car crash Friday evening.

    According to the Kentucky State Police, Graves County Deputy Shannon Puckett, 53, was responding along Old Dukedom Road to a report of another vehicle crash when he went over a hill and sideswiped a vehicle being driven by Devin Gilbert, 18.

    Police say Gilbert's vehicle was partially on the deputy's side of the road, which is what caused the vehicles to hit one another.

    State Police say there were no injuries, and the investigation is still ongoing.

  3. Several Injured When Boat Hits Bridge Pier
    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet inspectors were gearing up to respond to a barge hit reported on the US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge near Aurora, Saturday morning.  However, as a bridge inspector and support team prepared to head to check the bridge structure, Trigg County Emergency Management says they were able to determine the hit was by a runabout or Jon boat, not a tow boat with barges as initially reported to the 911 call center.

    KYTC says it happened at 2:43 am Trigg County 911 Dispatch received a call that indicated a tow boat had hit the bridge and that some members of the crew were injured, with one thrown overboard by the impact.  The caller further indicated the injured had been placed on a nearby barge.  As emergency response efforts ramped up, dispatchers  and US Coast Guard personnel were able to determine it was a 17 to 18 ft. Jon boat instead of a tow boat.

    Trigg County Emergency Management Director David Bryant who was on-site with deputies and emergency medical personnel from both Trigg County and Marshall County, said three workers were reported injured when the small boat hit one of the piers on the existing bridge.  He added that those injuries appeared to be non-life threatening.  The small boat was believed to be supporting construction activities on the New Eggners Ferry Bridge just downstream from the existing structure.

    Had a commercial tow boat been involved, the US Coast Guard normally would ask that the bridge be closed to vehicle traffic immediately, then summon a certified bridge inspector to run a safety check on the bridge structure.

    Members of the watch team at the Coast Guard Regional Operations Center in Louisville were puzzled that the pilot of the boat had not contacted them as required after they received notice of the incident.  It was only after they were able to contact the person who made the initial 911 call that they determined it was a much smaller boat.

    David Bryant said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife had been contacted to assist with the investigation of the incident and that more information would likely be available after they prepared a report.

  4. For Bevin and McConnell, A Different Fancy Farm
    Matt Bevin returns to Fancy Farm this year, and this time Mitch McConnell might actually stay to hear his speech.

    Kentucky's senior U.S. Senator left the stage before Bevin could speak at the annual Fancy Farm picnic two years ago as the two were locked in a bitter Republican primary. Bevin then led the crowd in chanting "Where's Mitch."

    McConnell thrashed Bevin in the primary and went on to win a sixth term and be elected the majority leader of the U.S. Senate. But this year, Bevin is the Republican nominee for governor. Now the two former rivals are appearing together at Fancy Farm for just the second time publicly since Bevin became the nominee.

    McConnell plans to host a fundraiser for Bevin later this month. Bevin said McConnell has been great and the two get along well.

  5. Fancy Farm Looks to Matt Jones as its Emcee
    The master of ceremonies for this year's Fancy Farm picnic says he plans to hammer U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for skipping the event.

    Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones will host the often-rowdy Kentucky political gathering Saturday. It features speeches from Kentucky's leading politicians while thousands of spectators heckle the candidates. Jones' show is popular with fans of the University of Kentucky's basketball team and airs on 35 stations across the state.

    Paul will miss the event because he is campaigning for the Republican nomination for president. He is also running for re-election to his Senate seat. Jones called it "weak" for a sitting U.S. senator to skip the home-state picnic for an out-of-state event.

    Paul's spokesman Sergio Gor said the senator's top priority is serving as Kentucky's senator.

  6. Fancy Farm Looks to Matt Jones as its Emcee
    The master of ceremonies for this year's Fancy Farm picnic says he plans to hammer U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for skipping the event.

    Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones will host the often-rowdy Kentucky political gathering Saturday. It features speeches from Kentucky's leading politicians while thousands of spectators heckle the candidates. Jones' show is popular with fans of the University of Kentucky's basketball team and airs on 35 stations across the state.

    Paul will miss the event because he is campaigning for the Republican nomination for president. He is also running for re-election to his Senate seat. Jones called it "weak" for a sitting U.S. senator to skip the home-state picnic for an out-of-state event.

    Paul's spokesman Sergio Gor said the senator's top priority is serving as Kentucky's senator.

  7. Fulton County Power Outage Planned Tonight
    Customers of Hickman-Fulton Counties Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation who are serviced by the Hickman substation will experience a planned power outage this Saturday night at 11:30pm.

    The substation serves members in Fulton County, south of Hwy 239 & Hwy 1127 intersection towards Cayce, Hwy 94 east of Cayce to Hwy 781 south to the Tennessee state line. All members west of this boundary will be affected by these planned outages.

    The outage could last up to 4 hours. 

    The outages are required in order for the Tennessee Valley Authority to upgrade two switches.

    Anyone with questions can call the office at 1-800-633-1391.

  8. Mayfield Man Dies After Single Vehicle Crash
    According to a release from the Kentucky State Police, at approximately 2:30 pm on July 31, 2015 a Kentucky State Police Trooper observed a 2003 Buick Rendezvous traveling at a high rate of speed while north bound on US 45.  Upon seeing the Trooper, the vehicle's driver turned abruptly in traffic across both south bound lanes, nearly colliding with a south bound vehicle, before entering West Vaughn Road.  

    The driver of the Buick again accelerated to a high rate of speed before coming airborne prior to the intersection of West Vaughn Road and Chapman Road.  The driver lost control of the vehicle, exiting the north side of the roadway before colliding with a tree.  

    The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene by Graves County Coroner Phillip McClain.  The driver was identified as Joe L. Moore (35) of Mayfield.  At the time of the collision Moore's Kentucky operator's license was suspended for multiple reasons.  The preliminary factors surrounding this fatal collision include excessive speed and not under proper control.  The driver was not wearing his seat belt at the time of this collision.

    The Kentucky State Police were assisted at the scene by the Graves County Sheriff's Office, Graves County Coroner's Office, Graves County Fire & Rescue, Mayfield-Graves County EMS, Mayfield Fire Department and Viola Fire Department.  The investigation is continuing by an Advanced Collision Reconstruction Team from Post 1.
  9. Eggners Ferry Bridge Restrictions Start Sunday
    A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to continue concrete pours on the US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge on an almost daily basis for the next several weeks.

    Starting at around 6:00 pm Sunday, the contractor will restrict traffic for an extended concrete pour on the Pier 5 footer. This pour will require a lane restriction that is expected to remain in place until about Noon Monday.
    Additional lane restrictions of similar length will be required on the existing Eggners Ferry Bridge on Tuesday and Wednesday to facilitate delivery of additional concrete to the worksite for the new structure. Hours may change somewhat due to weather conditions.
    Drivers should be alert for one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers. Delays are possible, but most delays have been less than 4 minutes.  
  10. Overnight Paving Work on US 60 Starts Wednesday
    A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans night milling and paving along US 60/Hinkleville Road in Paducah starting Wednesday.

    This night project runs along US 60/Hinkleville Road just west of the New Hold Road intersection, extending eastward to just east of the Friedman Lane intersection, a distance of about a mile. This includes the section of US 60 through the Interstate 24 Exit 4 Interchange and the Kentucky Oaks Mall area.

    Drivers should be prepared to encounter milling starting Wednesday, and continuing for about 3 nights.  Paving is expected to follow starting around Monday, August 10th, and continuing for about a week.

    Drivers should use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and other personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.  This work zone will generally be active each night from about 8:00 pm to about 6:00 am.
  11. Four Arrested in Noble Park Shooting
    UPDATE: According to attorney Bard Brian, Mobley turned himself in to police Friday evening.

    Three McCracken County residents have been arrested, and a fourth is being sought, after a robbery and shooting Thursday night in Noble Park. 

    Police were called at 8:17 pm to a report of shots fired near Shelter 20 on the northwest side of Noble Park. When they arrived, they found 23-year-old Jonathan Riley with a gunshot wound to his ankle.

    According to Paducah Police, Riley had gone to the park to buy drugs from 19-year-old Austin Cunningham of Queensway Drive. Riley told detectives that a car pulled up and Cunningham and 18-year-old Ellas Mobley of Shaffer Road got out and demanded money from him. Riley said Mobley pulled a handgun and a struggle ensued.

    Police said Riley told them that Mobley fired several shots, one of which struck Riley in the ankle. Riley said Cunningham and Mobley ran back to their vehicle and fled, but the vehicle went only a short distance before it stalled. He then reportedly ran after them and began beating on the car. He said 20-year-old James Burlingame of Woodville Road then began shooting at him from inside the car.

    Cunningham, Mobley, Burlingame and a 17-year-old passenger in the car then fled toward a wooded area of the park.

    Officers began searching the park, and two of the police department’s K9 units were deployed to track the four. Burlingame and the juvenile were located on Cairo Road near Potter Street and were taken into custody. Burlingame was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree robbery and booked into McCracken County Regional Jail. The juvenile was charged with complicity to first-degree robbery and booked into the McCracken County Juvenile Detention Center.

    Officers responded to the parking lot of Baptist Health Paducah, after security officers reported seeing someone matching the description of one of the remaining two suspects. While talking with security officers, a PPD officer saw someone in some bushes. After police released a dog, Cunningham surrendered without further incident. He was charged with first-degree robbery and booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.

    Authorities are still looking for Mobley. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is being asked to call the Paducah Police Department at 270-444-8550 or Crime Stoppers at 270-443-TELL. 

    The incident occurred 100-150 yards from the area of the Amphitheater, just before the Movie in the Park was set to begin. The park was evacuated and no other injuries were reported.
  12. Questions and Some Answers as Fancy Farm Nears
    With Fancy Farm just a day away, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on some monumental events from the past week related to Kentucky and US politics. As reported at this website, last week, the junior senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, took to the floor of the senate and stated that our senior senator, Mitch McConnell, lied to him. The incident in question involved the continuation of the import/export bank. I’ll not attempt to litigate the validity of such an institution in this space other than to say that the entire concept of said bank is an antiquated New Deal leftover and is inherently “unconservative” (I think I just invented a word) in concept.

    I prefer to discuss the larger issue at hand, namely, what the heck is going on in Congress these days? The Executive Branch is no mystery. I have written many times in many outlets that Obama is not a liberal Democrat, he is instead a leftist. Therefore I am not surprised by his actions. Yet we the people gave the Republicans a strong majority in both houses of Congress in 2014 and I am utterly flummoxed by them.

    I have never and will never be overtly critical of Senator McConnell. Yes, I supported and publicly endorsed Matt Bevin in the senate primary for a host of reasons. But I got behind McConnell in the general and I still believe he has served admirably for most of his career. Yet, one cannot attempt to analyze the inexplicable lack of real resistance to the President by this Congress, without taking a hard look at the leadership. 

    I looked through the significant number of comments on the AP story posted here on West Kentucky Star and many commenters conjectured as to Senator McConnell’s motives (he is too much influenced by “K” street lobbyists etc.). I won’t join them. I don’t know the Senator and have never spoken to him. Here’s what I do know:

    • I know that two years ago, I was talking by phone to a friend and source of mine.  I will only say that this source is on the staff of a Senator not named McConnell, Paul or Cruz. My source was just outside the door one day at a Senate lunch. He told me, “Chris, the leadership had Ted Cruz off to one side and they were absolutely screaming at him. They were furious with him because he wouldn’t support raising the debt ceiling.”This week I purchased Ted Cruz’s new book, the prologue describes in vivid detail the exact meeting my source told me about. 

    • I know what I heard Senator McConnell say last time he was at Fancy Farm. I stood there and heard him promise he would help repeal Obamacare “root and branch”. Not only has that not happened, when Ted Cruz tried a bold move to defund Obamacare, he was left standing out on a limb alone…then the limb was sawed off. Had Cruz had help from leadership he only needed Republican votes plus about six purple state Democrat’s to defund. He didn’t get it and instead got blamed for supposedly single handedly “shutting down the government”.

    • I know the radical Loretta Lynch was far too easily confirmed.

    • I know that Obama’s nakedly unconstitutional amnesty was only slowed down because of one brave federal judge, congress did nothing. 

    • I know that the bill to defund Planned Parenthood was fast tracked so it will require 60 votes which it most certainly will not get.

    • I know that on the Greg Dunker show, Senator McConnell lauded some measures he had proposed to tap the brakes on USEPA. But the measures had only made it out of committee. In light of the current draconian EPA are we the voters supposed to be excited about that? Will the measures be voted on? Will the administration ignore them if they pass? Defunding would be more effective.

    There is no doubt that Congress has much more power at its disposal that has been utilized by this Republican leadership. Not the least of which would have been leaving the Senate rules as Harry Reid had rewritten them so that Republicans could have more easily undone what Reid/Pelosi and company had done and more easily blocked nominees as leverage. Since I refuse to conjecture about motives I would like to posit a theory. 

    Is it possible, that rather than something nefarious, the real problem with current Republican leadership is a fundamental underestimation of their opposition? It would seem to me that this majority behaves as if it is opposing John Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey but this ain’t your fathers Democratic party. Senators Cruz, Paul, Lee and a small handful of others in the senate seem to get that. I’m afraid the Majority Leader and other long term senators don’t.

    Chris Skates is a Paducah resident, columnist and novelist who won the best historical fiction award from the Christian Writers Association for his first novel entitled The Rain. His second novel Going Green was compared by one critic to Grisham and Clancy. Chris has worked and traveled in an Al Quieda dominated region and was greatly enlightened during a private meeting with the son of the founder of Hamas Mossab Hassan Yousef. Chris is available to speak and can be reached at chris@chrisskates.com. 

    *Views expressed in the preceding column are the author's, and do not necessarily reflect the views of West Kentucky Star Staff.

  13. Curtner Named Marshall Emergency Director
    Marshall County Judge/Executive, Chyrill Miller has appointed Curt Curtner as the county's Emergency Management Director.

    Curtner was selected over nine other candidates. He has held the position of deputy coroner since 2001 and was appointed search and rescue coordinator one year ago. Curtner has served as rescue squad chief since 1995.

    Curtner is a resident of Benton and has lived here since 1975. He and wife have two sons, one daughter and six grandchildren. 

    When asked about the selection Mr. Curtner stated, “I am honored to have the opportunity to continue my devotion to the best County in our commonwealth. I will work toward creating an agency that our citizens can be proud and supportive of.”

    Curtner will begin his position August 17.

  14. FBI Enlists Help to Uncover Kentucky Corruption
    The FBI wants to recruit Kentuckians to help uncover public corruption in a state long hampered by scandals.

    The crime-fighting agency on Friday announced its "End Corruption Now'' campaign in Kentucky. The initiative includes a toll-free tip line and email address to allow people to report suspicions of wrongdoing by public officials. 

    A billboard campaign will publicize the effort.

    Howard S. Marshall, special agent in charge of the FBI's Louisville division, says the public should expect nothing but integrity from every public official. To accept less, he says, perpetuates the state's reputation for corruption.

    A 2014 Harvard study identified Kentucky as one of the nation's most corrupt states.

  15. SIU Calls Faculty Back Despite State Money Woes
    Southern Illinois University has told hundreds of instructors that they'll have jobs this fall despite state budget troubles in Springfield.
    The Southern Illinois in Carbondale reports that in April, SIU sent notices to most of the school's 1,800 faculty and graduate assistants telling them they might not have a job. But SIU administrators this week authorized contracts for the teachers despite the state budget gridlock.
    SIU spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith says the school waited for a state budget, but ``we couldn't wait any longer.'' She says jobs for SIU's graduate assistants are guaranteed through the fall semester. Faculty will be cleared to work the full school year.
    GOP Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders in the state Legislature have been at a budget impasse for the fiscal year that started July 1.

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