The Latest: Possible tornado damage reported in Alabama
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the South (all times local):
Severe weather moving through Alabama caused heavy damage in parts of Cullman and Lawrence...
Officials: Tornado hits Kentucky, leaving damage, injury
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A tornado touched down Thursday in Kentucky, leaving some damage and at least one injury, officials said.
A state of emergency was declared in a western Kentucky county...
Kentucky man drowns on flooded roadway
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a western Kentucky man pulled from flood water over a roadway has died.
News outlets report emergency crews responded to a call Tuesday evening reporting...
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky prosecutor says he has dropped one of two charges against a high school principal accused of not reporting a student's allegations of sex abuse to police.
Flooding forces closure of Kentucky-Illinois bridge
WICKLIFFE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says a bridge linking Kentucky and Illinois is being closed probably until late next week due to flooding.
Police charge principal with not reporting sex abuse
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky high school principal is facing criminal charges after police say he didn't report a student's allegations of sex abuse to police.
Court date set for ex-worker accused of giving inmate meth
HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) — A court date has been set for a former Hickman, Kentucky, public works employee accused of providing an inmate under his supervision with methamphetamine.
Officials consider options to get rid of wild hogs
GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — An increase in the number of wild hogs at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area on the Kentucky-Tennessee border has officials considering options to get rid of the animals, including aerial gunning.
Weather Service confirms tornado hit southwest Indiana city
OAKLAND CITY, Ind. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado toppled trees and damaged homes last week in a small southwestern Indiana community.
The weather service's Paducah, Kentucky, office says a survey crew determined that an EF-1 tornado swept through Oakland City last Thursday with peak winds of 110 mph (177 kilometers per hour).
Crews will survey possible tornado damage in SW Indiana
OAKLAND CITY, Ind. (AP) — The National Weather Service says survey crews will be assessing storm damage in two southwestern Indiana counties to determine if tornadoes touched down there during Thursday's storms.
The weather service's Paducah, Kentucky, office says crews will examine storm damage Friday in Gibson and Pike Counties.
Appellate judge announces run for Supreme Court seat
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — An appellate judge has announced he will run for a spot on the Kentucky Supreme Court days after Justice Bill Cunningham retired.
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Families sue parents of Kentucky school shooting suspect
BENTON, Ky. (AP) — The families of victims of a Kentucky school shooting have filed separate civil lawsuits blaming the suspect's parents for failing to secure a handgun used in the attack.
The lawsuits say the mother and stepfather of Gabriel Parker were negligent in supervising the teen, who is charged with double murder and assault in the Jan. 23, 2018, shootings at Marshall County High School. Police say Parker, now 16, used his stepfather's gun.
Friendships, thrills help keep generations of Ski Nuts going
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — At first glance, the New Year's Day tradition a group of regional water-skiers has adopted may seem a bit, well, nuts.
But the Kentucky Lake Ski Nuts have proven their annual ritual has staying power: Members have braved occasional below-freezing temperatures and lakes encrusted with ice every Jan. 1 for 41 consecutive years.
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Cunningham to step down from Kentucky Supreme Court
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham has announced that he will retire from the bench early next year.
News outlets report Cunningham, who is 74, announced on Thursday that his last day will be Feb. 1. He was first elected in 2006 to represent the First Supreme Court District, which encompasses 24 counties in western Kentucky.
Purple Toad Winery in Paducah known for sweet wines
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Purple Toad Winery in Paducah, Kentucky, has gained a great following among Tri-State sweet wine lovers.
Tasters enjoy the winery's clever flavors such as Black and Bruised (blackberry and Concord grape); Strawberry Lemonade and Chocolate Harbor (a strong port-style wine fermented with cocoa).
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Police investigate death of Kentucky jail inmate
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say they are investigating the death of a McCracken County jail inmate.
A statement from police says jail staff called troopers on Friday to report an inmate had attempted to hang himself. Jail staff told police they found 35-year-old Ronald G. Ledbetter in his cell and gave him first aid until first responders arrived. The statement says Ledbetter was taken to a local hospital where he died early Sunday.
Bookkeeper who used stolen money for condo, trip sentenced
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A former Paducah bookkeeper who used stolen money to pay for a condo in Panama City, Florida, and a trip to see New York City's New Year's Eve ball drop, has been sentenced to prison.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Dana Thomas was a bookkeeper at Audiology and Hearing Center in Paducah, where she used company credit cards for personal transactions from about May 2015 to December 2017.
Paxton Media Group buys Kentucky New Era, 4 other papers
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Paducah-based Paxton Media Group has bought the Kentucky New Era and four other newspapers.
Taylor Hayes is the publisher-editor of the Kentucky New Era. He said in a news release it was important to his family to keep the Hopkinsville paper in the commonwealth and pass it on to another family.
Kentucky hosting National Retriever Championship
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is hosting the National Retriever Championship for dogs.
A statement from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says it is the first time the state has hosted the event, which is the Super Bowl of competitive retrieving. The event begins Saturday at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area near Paducah and continues through Nov. 17, when the national champion will be crowned.
Coast Guard: formal probe of Louisiana bridge-closing crash
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard has begun a formal investigation of the crash that closed a Louisiana bridge over the Mississippi River.
A news release Thursday said the agency will identify unsafe conditions which may have contributed to the accident and ways to prevent similar occurrences.
FBI to open office in Paducah in western Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the FBI will open a new office in a western Kentucky community.
The Kentucky Republican says the new FBI office in Paducah will be beneficial in responding to drug-related crimes and any crisis situations in the region. McConnell had contacted FBI Director Christopher Wray to advocate for the office.
Estranged husband arrested in Fort Campbell soldier’s death
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — The estranged husband of a Fort Campbell soldier has been accused of killing her in an off-duty shooting at a sprawling Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.
The FBI said Wednesday in a statement Victor Silvers was arrested on a federal complaint and will have a court hearing Thursday in Paducah.
Alerts offered for when inmates escape halfway houses
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Corrections says an automated system that alerts the public when inmates escape from prison is being expanded to include alerts when inmates escape halfway houses.
Department of Corrections Commissioner Jim Erwin announced the move Wednesday in a statement. He said the Keeton Corrections halfway house in Paducah has already been added to the system and all others in the state will be added by year's end.
Kentucky awards contract to expand Asian carp market
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The state of Kentucky has awarded a contract for the establishment of a fish house to expand the market for an invasive species, Asian carp.
Gov. Matt Bevin's office said in a news release Tuesday that Kentucky Fish Center LLC of Wickliffe owned by Angie Yu won the contract. Asian carp caught in the state will be sold in daily auctions overseen by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
WPSD-TV executive to take on role as Paducah Sun publisher
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The Paxton Media Group has announced that WPSD-TV vice president and general manager Bill Evans will be the next publisher of The Paducah Sun.
Evans will succeed Jim Paxton, who is retiring after 32 years at the western Kentucky newspaper. Evans will take on the role beginning Oct. 1.
Paxton Media Group owns both the station and the newspaper and said Evans would continue in his role at the station after becoming publisher.
Ex-Kentucky jailer pleads guilty to prescription drug fraud
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A woman who worked at a troubled Kentucky jail has pleaded guilty to prescription drug fraud.
American Quilter’s Society show next week in Kentucky
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The American Quilter's Society is holding its annual Kentucky show starting Wednesday.
The group says its fall Paducah show includes a public voting feature and a best of show award of $20,000. It says there also is more than $121,000 in total cash awards to be determined at the event.
Thousands of quilters attend the show. The group says almost 700 quilts will be on display.
Kentucky city requires quicker notification about escapes
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Officials in a western Kentucky city have voted in favor of an ordinance that requires private correctional facilities to more quickly notify law enforcement agencies when there is an escape.
New federal maritime office to open in western Kentucky
FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — A new federal maritime office is opening in Kentucky.
News outlets report U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby announced the new Gateway Office in Paducah on Thursday. A Maritime Administration release says Paducah's proximity to three major river confluences makes it ideal to support export activities.
Kentucky city drafts ordinance over halfway house escapes
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky city is working to create an ordinance that would require a local state Department of Corrections halfway house to more quickly notify the city of escapees.
1 woman killed, 1 man injured in Kentucky shotgun shooting
BARDWELL, Ky. (AP) — Police say a Kentucky man shot two people with a shotgun, leaving a woman dead.
Kentucky State Police spokesman Jay Thomas tells the Paducah Sun 52-year-old Kelly D. Clanahan was found dead and 42-year-old Harold Doug Compton was found injured Saturday. Police say 30-year-old Matthew K. Turnbow shot them both.
In 48-hour film contest, Kentucky participants forgo sleep
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — You can't rush perfection, but you can rush production.
With just two days' time, 11 teams work together to write, shoot and edit an original short film.
With that goal in mind, teams gathered at Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema for the kickoff of this year's 48-Hour Film Project earlier this month.
Landee Bryant, executive director of Maiden Alley and producer of the competition, considers the competition to be "one of the many, many feathers in (the city's) hat."
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A man has accepted a plea deal after Kentucky authorities who were trying to serve a warrant shot him numerous times while he was holding a pellet gun.
CALVERT CITY, Ky. (AP) — Federal investigators say a fatal towboat explosion in Kentucky earlier this year was caused by people welding and cutting near flammable gases.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of students and professors from the University of Tennessee are working to make the Tennessee River more accessible.
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A man charged in a crash that killed a former Kentucky judge has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide.
FULTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky milk processing plant is slated to close next month, resulting in the loss of 52 jobs.
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is planning to open a new post in Paducah.
A release from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office says the Republican from Kentucky urged the DEA to consider a "tremendous upsurge in the amount of methamphetamine and synthetic cannabinoids imported and distributed in western Kentucky."
3 tornadoes confirmed during Kentucky storms
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The National Weather Service says survey crews have determined that three moderate tornadoes touched down during widespread storms in Kentucky.
In far western Kentucky, the agency's Paducah office said on Twitter that one EF-1 tornado touched down at 7:09 p.m. CDT Tuesday about 4 miles northwest of Clinton in Hickman County. Eight minutes later, an EF-1 twister touched down about 7 miles northeast of Clinton. Both had estimated peak winds of 100 mph.