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  1. Gas Prices Continue To Decline
    Average retail gasoline prices in Kentucky have fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.43 a gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,623 gas outlets in Kentucky. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43 a gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

    Including the change in gas prices in Kentucky during the past week, prices yesterday were 18.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 6.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 7.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 16.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

    "With the summer driving season behind us, motorists can look forward to a national average for gasoline that soon resumes its decline," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Falling demand and an impending change back to cheaper winter will begin to weigh on current gasoline prices in the next few weeks and by mid-September, much of the nation should see gasoline prices falling once again," DeHaan said.

    "Of course, we continue to monitor ever changing geopolitical tensions and hurricane season, but any impact from either should be limited thanks to the drop in demand and shift away from expensive summer blends of gasoline. By October, the national average will likely have declined another 5-10 cents per gallon, and by Halloween, we could see a national average lower than the $3.31 a gallon we saw to start 2014," DeHaan said.


  2. Gas Prices Continue To Decline
    Average retail gasoline prices in Kentucky have fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.43 a gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,623 gas outlets in Kentucky. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43 a gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

    Including the change in gas prices in Kentucky during the past week, prices yesterday were 18.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 6.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 7.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 16.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

    "With the summer driving season behind us, motorists can look forward to a national average for gasoline that soon resumes its decline," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Falling demand and an impending change back to cheaper winter will begin to weigh on current gasoline prices in the next few weeks and by mid-September, much of the nation should see gasoline prices falling once again," DeHaan said.

    "Of course, we continue to monitor ever changing geopolitical tensions and hurricane season, but any impact from either should be limited thanks to the drop in demand and shift away from expensive summer blends of gasoline. By October, the national average will likely have declined another 5-10 cents per gallon, and by Halloween, we could see a national average lower than the $3.31 a gallon we saw to start 2014," DeHaan said.


  3. Gas Prices Continue To Decline
    Average retail gasoline prices in Kentucky have fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.43 a gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,623 gas outlets in Kentucky. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43 a gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

    Including the change in gas prices in Kentucky during the past week, prices yesterday were 18.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 6.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 7.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 16.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

    "With the summer driving season behind us, motorists can look forward to a national average for gasoline that soon resumes its decline," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Falling demand and an impending change back to cheaper winter will begin to weigh on current gasoline prices in the next few weeks and by mid-September, much of the nation should see gasoline prices falling once again," DeHaan said.

    "Of course, we continue to monitor ever changing geopolitical tensions and hurricane season, but any impact from either should be limited thanks to the drop in demand and shift away from expensive summer blends of gasoline. By October, the national average will likely have declined another 5-10 cents per gallon, and by Halloween, we could see a national average lower than the $3.31 a gallon we saw to start 2014," DeHaan said.


  4. Illinois Prisons Struggle With Backup Power Issues
    Illinois Department of Corrections officials are investigating a prison power outage to decide whether the state's correctional
    facilities are adequately prepared for emergencies.
     
    The Bloomington Pantagraph reports a storm on Aug. 20 caused a 92-minute blackout at Vandalia Correctional Center. One prisoner at the maximum-security facility attacked a guard and others became unruly.
     
    Other prison power outages caused similar upheaval of inmates, at Vienna Correctional Center in January and East Moline Correction Center in 2012.
     
    The department says all of the state's prison facilities have backup generators, except Vandalia and a Peoria halfway house.
     
    A corrections spokesman says portable generators, flashlights and lanterns can also help in the event of a prolonged power outage.
     
    A spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union says the light failures highlight a lack of necessary funding.

  5. Paducah Looking for Comments About City Hall
    The City of Paducah is requesting public input on Sustainability, the next city hall project value.  Sustainability in building practices refers to a structure that is “green,” environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout its life-cycle.  When talking about sustainability, the standard that is mentioned is LEED, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.  LEED is a certification program based on a building’s earning points by meeting a set of criteria.  There are four levels of LEED certification depending upon the number of points a building achieves.

    Public Information Officer Pam Spencer says, “This week, we want to know how important sustainable practices are to the public.  We want to know if the City should work to achieve a LEED certification for the new or renovated city hall.  I think everyone agrees that the facility should strive for the most efficient heating and cooling system; however, what other efficiency and green practices are important to this community?”

    Over the next week, please email thoughts about Sustainability to cityhallproject@paducahky.gov or post comments on the Paducah City Hall Project Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PaducahCityHallProject).

    On Tuesday, August 5, the City Commission and department directors held a workshop to begin providing input on five project values.  Each week through mid-September, the City will be requesting input on each of the values:  image, customer experience, functional buildings and work spaces, sustainability, and siting impacts.  The public input will be combined with input from the City Commission and directors to develop guiding principles for the project which will help steer the work of the City Hall Working Group once it is organized.  One of the first decisions to be made is whether to renovate the existing City Hall building or design a new facility.

  6. 30 Teens Escape From Nashville Detention Center
    More than 30 teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center and 17 were still being sought early Tuesday, a spokesman said.

    Thirty-two teens — ages 14 to 19 — escaped from Woodland Hills Youth Development Center around 11 p.m. Monday by crawling under a weak spot in a fence that surrounded a yard there, Tennessee Department of Children's Services spokesman Rob Johnson said.

    Two teens were recaptured right away and others were found overnight, Johnson said. Local police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are taking part in the search for the teens still at large.

    The teens being kept at the detention center have committed at least three felonies, Johnson said.

    The escape happened when a large group of teens at the center went out into the yard all at once shortly after a shift change, Johnson said. He said he didn't know if the escape was planned or spontaneous. A total of 78 teens were being held at the center at the time, Johnson said.

    Johnson said the detention center was calm and back under control Tuesday morning.


  7. 30 Teens Escape From Nashville Detention Center
    More than 30 teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center and 17 were still being sought early Tuesday, a spokesman said.

    Thirty-two teens — ages 14 to 19 — escaped from Woodland Hills Youth Development Center around 11 p.m. Monday by crawling under a weak spot in a fence that surrounded a yard there, Tennessee Department of Children's Services spokesman Rob Johnson said.

    Two teens were recaptured right away and others were found overnight, Johnson said. Local police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are taking part in the search for the teens still at large.

    The teens being kept at the detention center have committed at least three felonies, Johnson said.

    The escape happened when a large group of teens at the center went out into the yard all at once shortly after a shift change, Johnson said. He said he didn't know if the escape was planned or spontaneous. A total of 78 teens were being held at the center at the time, Johnson said.

    Johnson said the detention center was calm and back under control Tuesday morning.


  8. 30 Teens Escape From Nashville Detention Center
    More than 30 teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center and 17 were still being sought early Tuesday, a spokesman said.

    Thirty-two teens — ages 14 to 19 — escaped from Woodland Hills Youth Development Center around 11 p.m. Monday by crawling under a weak spot in a fence that surrounded a yard there, Tennessee Department of Children's Services spokesman Rob Johnson said.

    Two teens were recaptured right away and others were found overnight, Johnson said. Local police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are taking part in the search for the teens still at large.

    The teens being kept at the detention center have committed at least three felonies, Johnson said.

    The escape happened when a large group of teens at the center went out into the yard all at once shortly after a shift change, Johnson said. He said he didn't know if the escape was planned or spontaneous. A total of 78 teens were being held at the center at the time, Johnson said.

    Johnson said the detention center was calm and back under control Tuesday morning.


  9. KY Fire Department Installs Cooler on Its Truck
    A western Kentucky fire department has installed a refrigerator on one of its trucks with the goal of keeping firefighters hydrated. 

    Palma-Briensburg Fire Department Assistant Chief Todd Devine says the cooler will hold water so firefighters can battle flames while keeping cool. 

    Devine says the department plans to install more refrigerators on other trucks in the near future. 

    Devine says the heat of summer, when temperatures can reach 100 degrees, and the weight of 35 to 40 pounds of equipment take a toll on the bodies of firefighters. Devine says the water can help drop the body temperature before problems arise. 

    The Palma-Briensburg Fire Department covers about 50 square miles in central Marshall County.
  10. US Military Targets Extremists in Somalia
    The Pentagon says U.S. military forces have targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabaab network in an operation in Somalia.

    Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby says the U.S. is looking at the results and will provide more information when appropriate. No further details were available.

    Monday's action comes after Somalia's government forces regained control of a high security prison in the capital that was attacked Sunday by seven heavily armed suspected Islamic militants who attempted to free other extremists held there. The Pentagon statement did not indicate whether the U.S. action was related to the prison attack.  

    Somali officials say all attackers, three government soldiers and two civilians were killed. The Mogadishu prison is an interrogation center for Somalia's intelligence agency, and many suspected militants are believed to be held there.
  11. Motorcycle Accident Injures Calvert City Man
    A Calvert City man was injured following a motorcycle accident on Benton Road Saturday.

    According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, at around 1:30 P.M. deputies responded to a single motorcycle accident on Benton Road.

    When deputies arrived, their investigation determined that Dennis Brooks Sr. of Calvert City was on Benton Road when he applied the brakes. Brooks told deputies that his brakes then locked up, causing him to be thrown from his motorcycle.

    He landed in the middle of Benton Road with injuries to his arm. He was taken to Lourdes Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
  12. KY 1346 Closed 8am-2pm Near Dexter Today
    A daytime road closure is planned Tuesday and Wednesday on a section of KY 1346 in Calloway County.

    The closures east of the Dexter community are to allow two cross drains to be replaced between Walnut Street and Nanney-Neal Trail.

    The roadway at this site is expected to close at approximately 8 am each day. It is expected to reopen to traffic at about 2 pm each day.

    Timely traffic advisories for the 12 counties of KYTC Highway District 1 are available by going to www.facebook.com/kytcdistrict1. You do not have to be a Facebook member to access this page.

  13. Lyon County LBL Reunion Planned for Sept. 20
    Former residents of the Lyon County portion of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will gather for their annual homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Star Camp Picnic Area, on the northern portion of LBL.

    All former residents, relatives, and friends are invited. Those attending should bring food, beverages, lawn chairs, and any other picnic or recreation items they wish. Restrooms, picnic tables, and grills are provided.

    For more information on the Lyon County Between the Rivers Homecoming, contact Ms. Underhill at 270-388-0358.

    To learn more about Land Between The Lakes, visit: www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000.

  14. LBL Hosts 41st Campers' Fair at Piney Campground
    Piney Campground at Land Between The Lakes will host its 41st Annual Campers’ Fair September 17-21. The Campers’ Fair will showcase the newest in RVs, camping equipment, golf carts, and boats. The flea market will include arts, crafts, and other items for sale. The event is open and free to the general public on Saturday, Sept. 20th from 8 am-4 pm, and on Sunday, September 21st from 10 am-2 pm. Guests can also enjoy a variety of entertainment, dancing, games, and music.

    “Campers’ Fair is a great way to celebrate the end of summer,” said Derrick Washington, Piney Campground Manager. “Campers can come out and have a great time with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. If you're considering getting into camping or upgrading, Campers’ Fair provides the perfect event to check out the different types of gear available.”

    Campsites and shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made 24/7 at www.landbetweenthelakes.us, or by calling 1-800-525-7077 Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm. Piney Campground campers will have access to the entire event all week, including live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

    Piney Campground offers scenic lake front and wooded sites, capable of accommodating tents and large RVs, ranging from primitive to full hookups. Rustic camping shelters are also available. Hiking and biking trails, ball courts and fields, a playground, and a pavilion are also available to campers.

     

  15. Born Learning Workshops Begin Monday at Farley
    On Monday September 8th, Farley Elementary invites the public to an early childhood education program, United Way Born Learning Academy. Educators take aim at the alarming fact that 50 percent of Kentucky children are not prepared for kindergarten.

    The workshops are free and include a meal for participating families to enjoy together. Parents are not required to have a child enrolled at the school to attend.

    Workshops are from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Tuesdays Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 13, and Feb. 10.

    For more information and to register, parents and caregivers should contact Marianna Romero at 270-538-4170.

    Farley is one of 20 veteran schools and 14 new schools with academies funded by Toyota across the state through a five-year, $1 million investment.

    Other western Kentucky schools involved in the United Way Born Learning Academies program include East Calloway and Murray Elementary Schools, both in Murray; Lacy Elementary in Hopkinsville; Trigg County Primary in Cadiz; and Wingo Elementary.



    Information provided by The United Way.

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