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  1. State Park 5K Race Series Starts Aug. 9 in Aurora
    The Western Kentucky State Park Race Series will begin Aug. 9 with the Hot August 5K at Kenlake State Resort Park near Aurora.

    The Hot August 5K is the first of five state park footraces scheduled in western Kentucky this year. Runners of all ages can take part in all five races to capture the overall championship based on a point system.

    Participants may register online at: https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Parks/RaceSeries

    Additional dates, times (all times local) and races are:

        Sept. 20, 8 a.m.: Run Through the Forest 5K at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park near Dawson Springs.
        Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m.: Trick or Trot 5K at Lake Barkley State Resort Park near Cadiz.
        Nov. 8, 7 p.m.: Stars and Stripes 5K at Kentucky Dam Village State Park near Gilbertsville.
        Dec. 13, 9 a.m.: Reindeer Run 5K at John James Audubon State Park in Henderson.

    The first four races have a registration fee of $25. The final race has a registration fee of $30 (includes long-sleeve T-shirt). All participants may register for a discounted fee through online registration at https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Parks/Series .  For $85, runners can sign up for all five races if paid by Aug. 9.


    To register for the series, runners should complete a registration form, available on the website http://parks.ky.gov/western-ky-race-series/ and send it to: Kentucky State Parks Race Series, Attn:  Lisa Deavers, 500 Mero St., 11th Floor, Capital Plaza Tower, Frankfort, KY. 40601, or register online at https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Parks/Series.

    Race times vary, with the Hot August 5K beginning at 7:30 am.  Check information on each race for the specific start time.  New this year are two themed night races – the Trick or Trot 5K and the Stars and Stripes 5K.

    Awards will be given to the overall male and female winner of each race, and first- and second-place winners in each male and female age division. The grand prize winners, who must compete in all five races, will be named at the Dec. 13 Reindeer Run 5K. Overall series winners and runners-up receive gift cards in addition to their trophies. Series participants who complete all five races will receive a certificate and will be registered for a special giveaway.

    Registration information is available at the state park race series website at http://parks.ky.gov/western-ky-race-series/. You may also email or call Lisa Deavers at lisa.deavers@ky.gov or 502-564-8110, ext 246.
  2. Food Vendor Involved in Shooting Goes Back at Work
    A Louisville hot dog vendor who is free on bond after being charged with murder in a suspected case of road rage has returned to selling hot dogs at his long-time perch in front of the courthouse.
     
    WAVE-TV in Louisville reported that city employees were spotted hugging Donald Hayes on Friday morning, welcoming him back to the spot where he sold hot dogs for years. One couple says Hayes is a good guy and they missed his food.
     
    Hayes is accused of shooting and killing 57-year-old Danny Wilson on June 21. Police believe the men got into an altercation while driving separate vehicles and then pulled into the parking lot where Wilson was gunned down by Hayes.
  3. Brookport Bridge Work Taking Longer than Expected
    The US 45 Ohio River Brookport Bridge is expected to remain closed for about another week. 

    Officials now estimate the bridge will be back open around August 4th. Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the Geenway Trail Tunnel Project was scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, however the bridge will remain closed to all traffic for about another week to allow a contractor to complete repairs to a damaged beam.  Todd said engineers had hoped the two projects would end at about the same time, but production of the steel beam delayed the repair work.

    On June 18th, KYTC engineers asked the public for information about a vehicle, presumed to be an oversized load, that damaged a beam along the northbound lane on the second span from the Kentucky side of the river.  The damage forced the bridge to be reduced to a 20-ton load limit while repairs were being planned.

    With help from the public, transportation officials determined that the damaged beam had been hit within a couple of days of April 30th, but it had gone unreported until June 18th.   Engineers now believe the vehicle was a red truck, most likely hauling a large piece of equipment.

    An emergency contract was let, and a new beam fabricated with the hope of completing the work during the closure for the tunnel construction.  KYTC engineers and the contractor have completed as much prep work as possible.  However, Todd said with the time needed to fabricate the required steel, it cannot be delivered until Sunday.  The beam repair is expected to take about a week to complete, weather permitting.

    Todd said engineers are optimistic the bridge can be ready for traffic in time for the morning commute on Monday, August 4th.

    State highway crews have taken advantage of the closure to perform additional maintenance work on the bridge and bridge approach levees to reduce the need for lane restrictions on the river crossing once it reopens.

  4. Downtown Paducah Offers Another Saturday of Fun
    Paducah Main Street's Smashin' Summer Saturdays continue for the next two Saturdays.

    This season's Saturday events began May 31 and run through August 2. Downtown Development Specialist, Melinda Winchester says, "Paducah's downtown offers such a unique experience for all ages of visitors. We only have two more weeks left of this promotion, and if you haven't had a chance to come out and enjoy the shopping, carriage rides, and music, now is your chance."

    During Smashin' Summer Saturdays, folks can take a free Market-to-Market Carriage Ride from 10 am until 2 pm. The carriage will take riders to and from Market Square and the Farmers' Market. Shoppers will be able to enjoy downtown restaurants, shop at the sidewalk sales at participating businesses, and find that must-have item at Paducah's specialty shops. Many of cultural venues including Market House Theatre, the Carson Center, Yeiser Art Center, and Maiden Alley Cinema will have special Saturday attractions as well.

    The Farmers' Market Network of Paducah, located at North 2nd and Monroe Streets, offers numerous produce, baked goods, and artisan vendors. The Market is open Monday through Saturday 7:30 am-3:30 pm through mid-November.

    For this Saturday, July 26, there is morning and early evening musical entertainment at the gazebo located at 2nd and Broadway. From 10 am until noon enjoy the talents of Alex Coltharp, banjo player and songwriter for both Gideon's Rifle and Red Ember. From 5:30 until 7:30 pm tap your toes with the jazzy sounds of Captain Freddy and the River Cats. They bring a vast background of symphony, Big Band, Dixieland, Blues, Progressive Jazz, Gospel and good old Rock and Roll to their performances. The group includes Tony Brown on trombone, Jimmy Sells on bass, and Fred Laude on banjo and vocals. They have played at several local festivals and night spots in addition to engagements on the Mississippi Queen Riverboat.

    For more information about Smashin' Summer Saturdays, contact Downtown Development Specialist-Paducah Main Street Director Melinda Winchester at 270-444-8690 or visit www.paducahmainstreet.org.

    Information provided by Pam Spencer, City of Paducah Information Officer.

  5. Progress Continues on Greenway Trail Tunnel
    Work is progressing on the tunnel for the Greenway trail.

    Workers were busy moving earth back into place around the tunnel Friday morning.

    The tunnel will connect two sections of the trail, which will stretch a combined 4.6 miles.

    Since this tunnel goes under U.S. Highway 45 as it approaches the Brookport Bridge, that bridge will remain closed until work is complete.

    Drivers should use I-24 to travel between southern Illinois and Kentucky.

    Work is scheduled to be completed by July 28, but the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said Friday that a repair job on the bridge is taking longer than expected, so the bridge probably won't open until around August 4.
  6. Little Sunlight as Obama Raises Super PAC Dollars
    For years President Barack Obama railed against unlimited spending in American political campaigns. He argued that voters were being shut out of a secretive, unaccountable system.

    Now, as Obama enthusiastically raises money for Democratic super PACs, he's embracing some of the same secretive elements of that system.

    That's drawing charges of hypocrisy from good-governance advocates who say the public deserves to know what Obama's saying and to whom he's saying it.

    On Wednesday, Obama attended a California fundraiser for a Democratic Party committee. Officials released the number of guests and how much they paid, and reporters were allowed in.

    Just hours earlier, Obama was at another fundraiser benefiting a super PAC. Officials barred the media and declined to release details about who showed up and how much they had contributed.
  7. Wanted Ft Campbell Soldier Located in Nashville
    A Fort Campbell soldier wanted for 120 counts of sexual abuse of a person under the age of 12 and desertion has been arrested in Tennessee.

    The U.S. Marshals Service says agents found Master Sgt. James Johnson in Brentwood, Tennessee on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Johnson is wanted by the Christian County Sheriff's Office in Hopkinsville and charged by the U.S. Army.

    Johnson was originally arrested on June 20, 2012 for sexual abuse of a minor by Kentucky authorities in Christian County. He was released on bond the same day.

    The U.S. Army reported Johnson as a military deserter on Nov. 6, 2013. He was assigned to the, 506th Infantry Regiment, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.

    Johnson was lodged at the Williamson County Jail pending extradition to Kentucky.


  8. Paul: End Disparity Between Cocaine Sentences
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will introduce legislation on Friday that will eliminate federal sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine.
     
    Paul made the announcement during a speech to the National Urban League's annual convention. It is the latest in a series of proposals Paul has introduced that are designed to correct the racial imbalance of the nation's criminal justice system in advance of a possible 2016 run for president.
     
    Crack cocaine carries stiffer penalties than powder cocaine. The majority of people arrested for crack cocaine offenses are African-American.
     
    Paul has also sponsored legislation to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences, restore the voting rights to some convicted felons and make it easier for people to expunge their criminal records. Paul said anyone who says race does not skew the criminal justice system is not paying attention.




  9. KSR Radio Stop in Paducah Packed With People
    It was a full capacity crowd at Buffalo Wild Wings in Paducah Friday morning, with people waiting outside to get into the facility.  Kentucky Sports Radio is in town for a live broadcast tour stop. 

    KSR is heard locally on 99.5 FM, The Fan (owned by West Kentucky Star's parent company, Bristol Broadcasting Company).  KSR hosts, Matt and Ryan have both commented on the air that Paducah's crowd is the biggest crowd they have seen on the tour across the state. 

    One of the hosts even said Lexington may not even produce a crowd as big as the one in Paducah.  You can listen to the show on 99.5 The Fan by clicking on the link below.



  10. KSR Radio Stop in Paducah Packed With People
    It was a full capacity crowd at Buffalo Wild Wings in Paducah Friday morning, with people waiting outside to get into the facility.  Kentucky Sports Radio is in town for a live broadcast tour stop. 

    KSR is heard locally on 99.5 FM, The Fan (owned by West Kentucky Star's parent company, Bristol Broadcasting Company).  KSR hosts, Matt and Ryan have both commented on the air that Paducah's crowd is the biggest crowd they have seen on the tour across the state. 

    One of the hosts even said Lexington may not even produce a crowd as big as the one in Paducah.  You can listen to the show on 99.5 The Fan by clicking on the link below.



  11. Ramp Motor Malfunction Closes Dorena-Hickman Ferry
    The Dorena-Hickman Ferry is closed due to a malfunctioning ramp motor.  

    Captain Ed Floyd says there is no way to determine how long repairs might take, so the ferry is out of service until further notice.  

    The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connects KY 1354 at Hickman, KY, with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, MO.
  12. Fire Destroys Ledbetter Mobile Home
    A Friday morning fire has consumed a Ledbetter mobile home.

    An official from the Ledbetter Fire Dept. said fire crews have extinguished the blaze on Taasha Lane, and that no one was home when the fire broke out. There was also some minor damage to an adjacent home.

    The fire reportedly started in the kitchen area of the home, but further details are unknown.

    The home was a total loss.




  13. Reidland Teen Killed, 3 Injured in Marshall Crash
    A single vehicle crash in Marshall County has killed a 15 year old teenager from Reidland and injured three others from Marshall County. 

    The Marshall County Sheriff's Office says 15-year old Taylor Leigh of Reidland was driving a Kia Soul on Arant Road just south of Symsonia Highway. 

    The Sheriff's Office says Leigh lost control of the vehicle after cresting a hill at a high rate of speed early Friday morning at around 1:30 am.  Leigh's vehicle ran off the road and hit a tree.  Leigh, 17-year-old Cameron McElmurry of Benton, and 17-year-old Dustin Poat of Benton were thrown from the vehicle.

    The Sheriff's Office says Leigh was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marshall County Coroner's Office.  McElmurry, Poat, and a third passenger, 16-year-old Derek Locket of Calvert City, were taken to Marshall County Hospital for treatment of their injuries. 

    Their current medical condition is unknown.



  14. Paducah Man Injured In Motorcycle Crash
    Paducah man was injured Thursday evening when his motorcycle came into contact with a turkey.

    According to the Kentucky State Police, at around 7 p.m. troopers responded to a motorcycle wreck on KY 1949 south of Symsonia.

    Troopers determined that 44-year-old Kevin Bohanon was riding his motorcycle north when a turkey crossed into his path. Bohanon collided with the turkey, lost control of his motorcycle and crashed.

    He was taken to Baptist Health for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. 

  15. Three Injured In Four-Car Crash on Cairo Road

    Three people were injured in a four-vehicle crash on Cairo Road Thursday afternoon.

    According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, at around 5 p.m. deputies responded to reports of a four vehicle collision on Cairo Road near Paducah Shooter Supply.

    When deputies arrived, their investigation determined that a car, driven by 61-year-old Gloria Pounds of Paducah, had slowed or stopped due to traffic. A car behind her, driven by 41-year-old Michael Oreskovich of Paducah, was also slowing down. A third car, driven by 55-year-old Carolee Evans of Brookport, was behind Oreskovich's car when she struck Oreskovich's car. In turn, Oreskovich's car rear-ended the back of Pounds' car.

    A fourth car, driven by 19-year-old Sarah Willie of Paducah, also struck the rear of Oreskovich's car.

    Evans and her passenger, 51-year-old Danah Gill, were transported to Lourdes Hospital, and Pounds was transported to Baptist Health Paducah for treatment of their injuries.

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