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KY Senate nominates new leaders


Senate Republicans have nominated a Greensburg business owner to become the second-highest ranking official in the state Senate. Republicans chose Sen. David Givens to replace retiring Sen. Katie Stine as Senate president pro tem. Republicans also ousted Sen. Brandon Smith as majority whip, replacing him with Sen. Jimmy Higdon of Lebanon. Higdon will resign as chairman of the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee. Senate President Robert Stivers was nominated for another term. The Senate president and president pro tem must be voted on by the full Senate. Republicans control 26 of the 38 Senate seats, all but ensuring their nominee will win. (State of Kentucky; Updated: 10:44 am, Wednesday)

LBL Planetarium to host holiday event

The Golden Pond Planetarium celebrates the holiday season with several Holiday shows – Let it Snow, Season of Light, and Laser Holidays from November 28 to December 23. The Planetarium will also be open for daily shows. Admission to the Golden Pond Planetarium is $5 ages 13 and up; $3 ages 5-12; free for ages 4 and under. The newest show, Let it Snow, features a variety of high resolution scenes and artistic animations suitable for all ages. Season of Light traces the celestial reasons behind many of our holiday traditions that involve light: yule logs, lighted trees, luminaries, and Menorahs. Laser Holidays features lasers dancing to popular holiday music and songs by Bing Cosby, Burl Ives, and many others. (Updated: 10:54 am, Wednesday)

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'Duck' renovations near complete

The duck house is back on Duck Island, and the work is almost complete. Paducah city commissioners have introduced an ordinance for a change order with Youngblood Excavating & Contracting regarding to finish the Noble Park Lake bank stabilization project. The contractor has already created a retaining wall to stabilize the erosion on the southern and eastern sides of the Noble Park Lake. It also included earthwork, drainage, seeding and the construction of new sidewalks. Concrete was poured around the top of Duck Island to elevate it, and the new duck house and windmill are back on the island. (Updated: 10:38 am, Wednesday)

Old Ledbetter Bridge pier comes down

Another piece of the old Ledbetter Bridge has been brought down. The contractor has successfully taken down the top of the in-water pier, or Pier "B," closest to the McCracken County shore of the Tennessee River.  The contractor rigged the top of the pier with cables that were connected to two large excavators tied to a barge anchored near the west bank of the river. Last week, the contractor excavated a trench along the bottom of the river outside of the navigation channel for the concrete slab to fall into. Pier "C," which is closest to Livingston County, should be down by the end of the week. (Updated: 10:35 am, Wednesday)

Public can comment on Shawnee Plant

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it will offer another opportunity for the public to comment on options being considered for the future of the Shawnee Fossil Plant in western Kentucky. The agency is accepting comments through December 9 on a draft environmental assessment of either retrofitting or retiring two units at the plant. TVA says it considered about 90 public comments in developing its draft assessment. It is asking for another round of comments from making a final recommendation to its board. TVA must inform the Environmental Protection Agency of its decision by the end of the year. The agency's current preferred alternative is installing emission controls. (Updated: 10:31 am, Wednesday)

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