Latest Paducah News

MSU professor, daughter uncover new insect species

Jul. 6, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — What's it like to discover a new species of insect in your own yard? Dr. Laura Sullivan-Beckers, an assistant professor at Murray State University, learned that firsthand after encountering some treehoppers in the summer of 2016, when her daughter Sylvie Beckers, then 2, accidentally...

Weather service surveying tornado damage in Kentucky

Jun. 24, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a low-level tornado caused damage to a Kentucky Lake marina. Meteorologist Kelly Hooper told the Courier Journal that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Marshall County at Moors Resort & Marina shortly after 5 p.m. CDT Sunday. The weather service is...

Backers aim to connect communities on Tennessee River trail

Jun. 9, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Tourism officials in northwest Alabama say they hope the Tennessee RiverLine project happens soon. The Tennessee RiverLine is a planned system of trails along the Tennessee River from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Paducah Kentucky, The TimesDaily reported. The proposed trail would provide...

Ohio River bridge to remain closed another 5 months

Jun. 6, 2019 4:58 AM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — An Ohio River bridge connecting Kentucky and Illinois will remain closed for about five more months. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says an ongoing maintenance and repair project will require more work at the Brookport Bridge in Paducah. The agency says in a news release that...

Kentucky county expected to have $890K budget shortfall

May. 30, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky county of McCracken is expected to have a $890,000 budget shortfall this upcoming fiscal year. The Paducah Sun reports the county fiscal court held the first reading of its proposed 2019-20 budget on Wednesday. Deputy Judge-Executive Steve Doolittle says the county for...

McConnell: 'We'd fill' any Supreme Court vacancy in 2020

May. 29, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate majority leader says if there's a vacancy on the Supreme Court during next year's election cycle, the Republican-controlled Senate would likely confirm a nominee selected by President Donald Trump. In an appearance Tuesday in Paducah, Kentucky, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told...

Paducah council amends anti-discrimination ordinance

May. 29, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Paducah officials have approved an amendment to an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect religious liberty. The Paducah Sun reports the council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve an amendment for a January 2018 ordinance that added protections for residents who encounter discrimination...

Justice conference makes strong growth in third year

May. 27, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — When Kentucky 42nd Judicial Circuit Judge James T. Jameson and Murray State University Assistant Police Chief Jeff Gentry were discussing the formation of an annual conference three years ago to cover various topics of enforcing and practicing law locally, they knew one thing. They were...

WKU storm chase class embarks on 10th annual journey

May. 25, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — For as long as she can remember, Olivia Cahill has been captivated with weather. What compelled Cahill, a meteorology student from Dry Ridge, to study at Western Kentucky University was the chance to conduct real-time forecasting and track storms across the Great Plains through an...

Paducah council weighing religious liberty, civil rights

May. 24, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Paducah officials are debating possible amendments to an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect religious liberty. The Paducah Sun reports , the ordinance that passed in January 2018 added protections for residents who encounter discrimination based on age, gender identification and...