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  1. Heat Advisory Extended One More Day
    The National Weather Service office in Paducah has extended the long-running heat advisory for the entire area, now in effect through this evening until 7 p.m.





    Persistent and excessive heat and humidity are expected to develop again this afternoon. 

     

    Air temperatures will peak in the lower to middle 90s. These temperatures will combine with high humidity  to produce afternoon heat index values from 100 to 105.







    This prolonged period of extreme heat and humidity will continue to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat



    exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible, and drink plenty of water.

  2. Heat Advisory Extended One More Day
    The National Weather Service office in Paducah has extended the long-running heat advisory for the entire area, now in effect through this evening until 7 p.m.





    Persistent and excessive heat and humidity are expected to develop again this afternoon. 

     

    Air temperatures will peak in the lower to middle 90s. These temperatures will combine with high humidity  to produce afternoon heat index values from 100 to 105.







    This prolonged period of extreme heat and humidity will continue to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat



    exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible, and drink plenty of water.

  3. Albright Endorses Grimes for Senate
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has endorsed Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

    Albright was the first woman to become Secretary of State when former President Bill Clinton appointed her in 1997. She also served on former President Jimmy Carter's National Security Council. 

    In a news release, Albright called Grimes one of the brightest young leaders in America. 

    Grimes is challenging Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell in one of the country's most-watched races as Republicans and Democrats battle for control of the Senate. 

    McConnell also has the support of a former secretary of state in Condoleezza Rice. The former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush headlined a fundraiser for McConnell at Rupp Arena in March in advance of the May 20 Republican primary.

  4. Quinn Signs Law To Study Industrial Hemp
    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law allowing universities and the Illinois Department of Agriculture to create a program to study industrial hemp.     

    Industrial hemp is in the same species as marijuana but has a negligible amount of marijuana's active ingredient. Hemp can be used in the production of plastics, fuel, textiles and food. 

    The Illinois law says an institution of higher education or the state's Agriculture Department can study the growth, cultivation and marketing of hemp. Those wanting to participate have to notify the state and local law enforcement and provide reports to the state.      

    Several other states have similar programs.     

    Illinois' law takes effect in January.  The state approved a plan legalizing medical marijuana last year.

  5. Local TV Stations, DirecTV Nearing Deal Deadline
    KFVS-12 and The Heartland’s CW may no longer be available on DirecTV after August 31st, unless they can reach a deal.

    Raycom Media is currently in negotiations with DirecTV for a new carriage agreement, according to Paul Keener, Director Of Marketing for KFVS-12 and WQWQ. He said the company is hopeful an agreement will be reached by Sunday night's midnight deadline. If that doesn't happen, both channels could be dropped from the satellite provider's line-up until a deal is reached.

    “The main thing is that neither company wants a disruption in service. And both sides are working hard to reach an agreement," Keener said. "All of us here work each day to keep KFVS12 relevant. Many of us grew up watching the station and have worked here for 20 and 30 years. Just about the last thing we want is to not be there for viewers who want to watch us.”

    Keener said he doesn't know details of the negotiations, but knows they are complex agreements on many layers. He said they will keep their viewers informed as the deadline nears.
  6. Local TV Stations, DirecTV Nearing Deal Deadline
    KFVS-12 and The Heartland’s CW may no longer be available on DirecTV after August 31st, unless they can reach a deal.

    Raycom Media is currently in negotiations with DirecTV for a new carriage agreement, according to Paul Keener, Director Of Marketing for KFVS-12 and WQWQ. He said the company is hopeful an agreement will be reached by Sunday night's midnight deadline. If that doesn't happen, both channels could be dropped from the satellite provider's line-up until a deal is reached.

    “The main thing is that neither company wants a disruption in service. And both sides are working hard to reach an agreement," Keener said. "All of us here work each day to keep KFVS12 relevant. Many of us grew up watching the station and have worked here for 20 and 30 years. Just about the last thing we want is to not be there for viewers who want to watch us.”

    Keener said he doesn't know details of the negotiations, but knows they are complex agreements on many layers. He said they will keep their viewers informed as the deadline nears.
  7. Local TV Stations, DirecTV Nearing Deal Deadline
    KFVS-12 and The Heartland’s CW may no longer be available on DirecTV after August 31st, unless they can reach a deal.

    Raycom Media is currently in negotiations with DirecTV for a new carriage agreement, according to Paul Keener, Director Of Marketing for KFVS-12 and WQWQ. He said the company is hopeful an agreement will be reached by Sunday night's midnight deadline. If that doesn't happen, both channels could be dropped from the satellite provider's line-up until a deal is reached.

    “The main thing is that neither company wants a disruption in service. And both sides are working hard to reach an agreement," Keener said. "All of us here work each day to keep KFVS12 relevant. Many of us grew up watching the station and have worked here for 20 and 30 years. Just about the last thing we want is to not be there for viewers who want to watch us.”

    Keener said he doesn't know details of the negotiations, but knows they are complex agreements on many layers. He said they will keep their viewers informed as the deadline nears.
  8. Local TV Stations, DirecTV Nearing Deal Deadline
    KFVS-12 and The Heartland’s CW may no longer be available on DirecTV after August 31st, unless they can reach a deal.

    Raycom Media is currently in negotiations with DirecTV for a new carriage agreement, according to Paul Keener, Director Of Marketing for KFVS-12 and WQWQ. He said the company is hopeful an agreement will be reached by Sunday night's midnight deadline. If that doesn't happen, both channels could be dropped from the satellite provider's line-up until a deal is reached.

    “The main thing is that neither company wants a disruption in service. And both sides are working hard to reach an agreement," Keener said. "All of us here work each day to keep KFVS12 relevant. Many of us grew up watching the station and have worked here for 20 and 30 years. Just about the last thing we want is to not be there for viewers who want to watch us.”

    Keener said he doesn't know details of the negotiations, but knows they are complex agreements on many layers. He said they will keep their viewers informed as the deadline nears.
  9. Local TV Stations, DirecTV Nearing Deal Deadline
    KFVS-12 and The Heartland’s CW may no longer be available on DirecTV after August 31st, unless they can reach a deal.

    Raycom Media is currently in negotiations with DirecTV for a new carriage agreement, according to Paul Keener, Director Of Marketing for KFVS-12 and WQWQ. He said the company is hopeful an agreement will be reached by Sunday night's midnight deadline. If that doesn't happen, both channels could be dropped from the satellite provider's line-up until a deal is reached.

    “The main thing is that neither company wants a disruption in service. And both sides are working hard to reach an agreement," Keener said. "All of us here work each day to keep KFVS12 relevant. Many of us grew up watching the station and have worked here for 20 and 30 years. Just about the last thing we want is to not be there for viewers who want to watch us.”

    Keener said he doesn't know details of the negotiations, but knows they are complex agreements on many layers. He said they will keep their viewers informed as the deadline nears.
  10. City Introduces Ordinance to Help Pay for Hotel
    At Tuesday's Paducah City Commission meeting, an ordinance was introduced to authorize the city to issue bonds to pay for a portion of a new downtown hotel.

    Commissioner Allan Rhodes introduced the ordinance, which if approved will authorize $4.325 million in general obligation bonds to be issued by the city to help pay for the new $19.2 million Hilton Garden Inn, which will be built where the Dome Pavilion currently sits for part of the year to serve the Convention Center.

    The new seven-story, 121 room facility will serve the Convention Center for all events and meetings held there. It will also sport a restaurant, lounge and will be attached to the Convention Center via a skywalk over the floodwall. Developers say construction should begin later this year, with completion expected in late 2015.

    Mayor Kaler said the vast majority of the city's investment in the project will be recouped in little more than a decade.

    "96 percent of the funds the city invests in the bonds will be returned within twelve years." Kaler said. 

    The commission will vote on the proposed ordinance at its next meeting.
  11. Collision at South Side Intersection Injures Two
    Two people were taken to a local hospital after a two-vehicle collision Tuesday on Paducah's south side.

    The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department responded to the intersection of Kentucky Dam Road and US68, and determined that 47-year-old Kenneth Lake, of South Haven, Mississippi, was westbound in a pickup on Kentucky Dam Road, and came to the intersection with US Highway 68.  Lake told deputies he got a green light, and waited for oncoming traffic to pass, but when they didn't move, he started his left turn onto Highway 68.

    Deputies say 31-year-old Annie Colson of Calvert City was eastbound, and as she started through the intersection, her vehicle collided with Lake's truck.

    Colson and her 2 year old daughter were taken by Mercy EMS to Lourdes Hospital for a precautionary check on what appeared to be minor injuries.

    The sheriff’s department was assisted by Reidland-Farley Fire and Rescue and BA’s Towing.
  12. Bible Teacher Bob Warren Dead at 68
    A well respected man, pro basketball player, and Bible teacher has died.

    Robert G. "Bobby" Warren of Hardin was born in Murray in 1946, and died Monday at the age of 68. He owned the B.A.S.I.C. Training Center, where people have attended camps, retreats and Bible studies for more than 30 years.

    Following a Twitter post Monday afternoon, social media has had numerous posts by people affected by Warren's hospitality and teachings. He recorded his lectures for people to hear at home, and has published numerous books.

    A former hoops standout for Vanderbilt University, Warren started holding Bible studies in the late 1970s, after playing professional basketball for eight years. Through the years his ministry grew, and so did the facilities on "The Hill." It was never a church, but existed to evangelize, and to encourage believers to let Jesus work through them.

    Bob is survived by his wife, Kim, and their son Benjamin.

    Visitation will be held at Collier Funeral Home, 211 West 5th Street in Benton, on Thursday, August 28, between 4:00 and 8:00 pm, and on Friday, August 29, beginning at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of Murray.

    Funeral Services will be held at First Baptist Church, at 1:00 pm Friday. Interment will follow in the Wadesboro Cemetery in Hardin.

    Collier Funeral Home is handling all arrangements.
  13. Man Arrested for Thefts at Green Turtle Bay
    One man has been arrested after a four-month investigation into thefts in the Green Turtle Bay Area.

    The Livingston County Sheriff's Department said 51-year-old Billy Joe Lewis of Grand Rivers was arrested, and several stolen items were recovered from his home. He is charged with burglary 2nd degree, theft by unlawful taking over $500, and receiving stolen property under $500.

    Several burglaries have taken place in the area, and the investigation is continuing. Anyone with any information about these burglaries is urged to contact the Livingston County Sheriff's Department at (270) 928-2122 or call Crime Stoppers at 443 TELL. 
  14. Lawsuit Claims Misrepresentation by Power Provider
    A class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of residents of an Illinois town, alleging that consultants gave bad advice regarding the city's involvement with the Prairie State Energy Campus, the same electricity source used by Paducah, KY and Princeton, KY residents.

    Michael Childress, an attorney at Childress Duffy, Ltd. said residents of Batavia, Illinois have been financially harmed due to negligent misrepresentation by five city consultants, and that they gave misleading information about Prairie State to city officials.

    "Our investigation has indicated that building a power plant to burn the dirty coal in southern Illinois was not a good idea when it was done," Childress said. "At the same time, a number of other power plants were taken off the board, and of course the results are speaking for themselves at this point."

    Peabody Energy, the company that built the Prairie State facility, sold the vast majority of their interest in the project to eight municipal power utilities. Kentucky Municipal Power Agency, which includes Paducah Power System and the Princeton Electric Plant Board, currently owns close to eight percent of Prairie State. Paducah and Princeton residents currently pay some of the highest electricity rates in the commonwealth.

    "Our class action seeks money at this point, to subsidize the rate payers so that there will be no loss compared to what they would have paid had they been able to have access to utilities that were at market rates." Childress said.

    Dave Clark, General Manager of Paducah Power System, who is also a Prairie State board member, said he believes the suit is without merit. He also claims other motives may be behind the action.

    “I’m not surprised that a lawsuit was filed,” Clark said. “Environmental groups have used the court system since the inception of the Prairie State project to try to keep the plant from being built, and now it appears they are using ratepayers who are desperate for relief in their latest attempts to shutter the plant.” Clark said that in 2007, the city of Batavia purchased more than double the capacity it needed in anticipation of a large industrial prospect that did not materialize when the economy tanked, leaving Batavia with an expensive situation regardless of the performance of the PSGC.

    Childress adamantly denies that there are any ulterior motives behind the suit.

    "A representative from the KMPA had made a statement connecting my law firm with a trade association that's anti-coal, and I can tell you we're not connected. He is absolutely wrong about that." Childress said.

    PSEG and PPS are both listed as respondents in discovery in the suit, but are not listed as defendants. Illinois law allows plaintiffs six months to add more defendants in the case if they so choose.

  15. Lawsuit Claims Misrepresentation by Power Provider
    A class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of residents of an Illinois town, alleging that consultants gave bad advice regarding the city's involvement with the Prairie State Energy Campus, the same electricity source used by Paducah, KY and Princeton, KY residents.

    Michael Childress, an attorney at Childress Duffy, Ltd. said residents of Batavia, Illinois have been financially harmed due to negligent misrepresentation by five city consultants, and that they gave misleading information about Prairie State to city officials.

    "Our investigation has indicated that building a power plant to burn the dirty coal in southern Illinois was not a good idea when it was done," Childress said. "At the same time, a number of other power plants were taken off the board, and of course the results are speaking for themselves at this point."

    Peabody Energy, the company that built the Prairie State facility, sold the vast majority of their interest in the project to eight municipal power utilities. Kentucky Municipal Power Agency, which includes Paducah Power System and the Princeton Electric Plant Board, currently owns close to eight percent of Prairie State. Paducah and Princeton residents currently pay some of the highest electricity rates in the commonwealth.

    "Our class action seeks money at this point, to subsidize the rate payers so that there will be no loss compared to what they would have paid had they been able to have access to utilities that were at market rates." Childress said.

    Dave Clark, General Manager of Paducah Power System, who is also a Prairie State board member, said he believes the suit is without merit. He also claims other motives may be behind the action.

    “I’m not surprised that a lawsuit was filed,” Clark said. “Environmental groups have used the court system since the inception of the Prairie State project to try to keep the plant from being built, and now it appears they are using ratepayers who are desperate for relief in their latest attempts to shutter the plant.” Clark said that in 2007, the city of Batavia purchased more than double the capacity it needed in anticipation of a large industrial prospect that did not materialize when the economy tanked, leaving Batavia with an expensive situation regardless of the performance of the PSGC.

    Childress adamantly denies that there are any ulterior motives behind the suit.

    "A representative from the KMPA had made a statement connecting my law firm with a trade association that's anti-coal, and I can tell you we're not connected. He is absolutely wrong about that." Childress said.

    PSEG and PPS are both listed as respondents in discovery in the suit, but are not listed as defendants. Illinois law allows plaintiffs six months to add more defendants in the case if they so choose.

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