Taylor Inman

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says he will back legislation that requires commercial truck drivers to undergo training to help spot and report sex trafficking. His office made the announcement Tuesday. Beshear and Colorado based Truckers Against Trafficking pushed for bipartisan legislation requiring the training the past two regular legislative sessions, but each time the measures failed.

Marshall County High School is making several security changes for the upcoming school year.

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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles will emcee the annual Fancy Farm Picnic this year. The fundraiser for Saint Jerome’s Catholic Church is one of the best known political events in the state. Organizer Mark Wilson says Quarles is the first millennial to emcee the picnic.

Wilson suggested the relatively young emcee is a sign the picnic, in its 138th year, is  “embracing the changing times.”

  Students from Marshall County High School say they are concerned with vulnerabilities in the school’s safety plan. A group of students discussed concerns last week with Democratic sheriff candidate Trent Weaver. Freshmen Lela Free says she is most concerned with the unintended effects of the metal detector system. Currently, students are wanded as they enter the school each morning. Free says this creates a ‘bottleneck’ of students waiting in a small space with no protection. 

Marshall County Daily News

Commonwealth’s Attorney Mark Blankenship’s Office is requesting a special judge step in to preside over the Marshall County High School shooter case.

The move comes after lawyers representing Paxton Media Group filed a writ alleging Marshall County Circuit Judge Jamie Jameson improperly interfered with the prosecution of the accused shooter, 15-year-old Gabe Parker. Blankenship says the allegations have shaken victims and families that were already fragile. He says no matter the outcome of the request, it might bring ‘peace of mind.’.

With 2018 here, now comes a common tradition... New Year’s resolutions. Murray State Psychology Professor Dr. Michael Bordieri says as creatures of habit, developing change is one of the hardest things for humans to do. That’s why a majority to fail at keeping their resolutions. He says people tend to focus more on outcomes rather than daily process.

Bordieri says setting smaller goals can make it easier to stick with a resolution for the entire year.

Think twice before giving pets bones to chew on during holiday meals. Licensed Veterinary Technician Racheal Shultz of the Murray Animal Hospital says to avoid giving pets any part of the meal. She says the biggest problem she encounters during the holidays is pets suffering from digestive problems after their owner slipped them food from the table.

Shultz says to stay away from pork products because they are hard on dogs’ and cats’ systems.

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Louisville-based LGBTQ advocacy group The Fairness Campaign is gearing up for an election year and working towards an ‘anti-discrimination’ law. Chairman Chris Hartman says a measure to include LGBTQ protections in the Kentucky Civil Rights Act failed to gain traction in Frankfort in 2017. He says until that passes, the group will work to bar potential bills that include discriminatory language. 

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The deadline applies to registered voters who wish to vote for another party in the May 2018 Primary Election or be a candidate for a different political party in the 2018 elections.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says next year, Kentuckians will elect officials at every level - from Congress to the General Assembly to county offices.Voters who change affiliation after the deadline are not eligible to vote in partisan races in the Primary Election. 

  A business owner in Benton is looking to flip Democrat Will Coursey’s Sixth District State House seat in 2018.

A gay couple in Graves County says they were unfairly targeted and harassed in their home by members of the local sheriff’s department. Body camera videos uploaded to YouTube show the officers forcibly arresting Billy Hamilton and Patric Rodriguez.

The point of greatest eclipse just happens to be outside of Hopkinsville, Kentucky but the folks at an alien festival down the road in Kelly swear it was written in the stars. The Little Green Men Days Festival is an annual celebration remembering when aliens allegedly visited the rural community 62 years ago to the day of the total solar eclipse.

The Director of the Vatican Observatory is in Hopkinsville to view the total solar eclipse and speak on the confluence of religion and science. Taylor Inman of WKMS News sat down with Brother Guy Consolmagno to discuss how the two are philosophically connected and how the eclipse should be interpreted in Christian faith.

 

A non-election year didn’t stop an enthusiastic crowd from showing up to this year’s 137th Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County. 

The annual Fancy Farm political picnic in Graves County next month will see no shortage of GOP presence.

Kentucky Democratic Party executive director Mary Nishimuta said the upcoming Fancy Farm Picnic won’t be quiet for Democrats - even though it’s a non-election year.

Kentucky Waterways Alliance spokesperson Bijaya Shrestha said the possible repeal of the Clean Water Rule could make it harder to keep wells safe.

  Fancy Farm Picnic chairman Mark Wilson says the non-election year will make this summer’s event a little different.

  Left-leaning advocacy group Kentuckians For the Commonwealth held a protest Wednesday in Paducah against Governor Matt Bevin’s plan to overhaul the state tax code.

Kentucky Congressman James Comer says he voted to pass the Financial CHOICE Act to roll back many regulations that he says stifles community banking. The act would repeal much of the Dodd-Frank Act, which was put in place following the 2008 recession.

  The transportation cabinet is awarding nearly $25 million dollars in federal grants for projects in 28 Kentucky counties.

 President Donald Trump signed an executive order to “promote free speech and religious liberties” Thursday that has garnered opposing responses from two Kentucky advocacy groups.

  Kentucky veterans leaving Fort Knox and Fort Campbell are prime picks for jobs in the civilian workforce. That’s according to Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs Executive Director Colonel Blaine Hedges. He spoke to Paducah area business leaders Thursday about skills veterans have that may be appealing to employers.