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State politicians announce 2015 plans


Alison Lundergan Grimes will run for re-election as Kentucky secretary of state. The decision likely clears the way for Attorney General Jack Conway to become the party's nominee for governor. Grimes does have an aggressive state legislative agenda planned that could set herself up for another attempt at federal office in 2016. Additionally, Hal Heiner, a Louisville businessman, has filed to run for the Republican nomination for governor. Finally, local State Rep. Richard Heath has filed to run for Kentucky Attorney General on the Democratic ticket. (State of Kentucky; Updated: 10:22 am, Tuesday)

Paducah Power System hires new GM

The Paducah Power System Board of Directors voted this week to hire Gary Zheng as the utility's new General Manager. Zheng spent 18-years at Lubbock Power & Light in Lubbock, Texas, serving as President and CEO from 2005 until 2014. PPS says Zheng is credited with turning around LP&L, which was near bankruptcy, increasing the company's cash reserves from $26,000 to more than $100 million. Zheng holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Liaoning University in China, a Master of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He will begin work February 9. (Updated: 10:16 am, Tuesday)

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WKCTC to host tax-prep workshop

West Kentucky Community and Technical College will host a series of free tax preparation workshops. The free workshops are open to the public, and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday through April 14 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Emerging Technology Center, Room 112. WKCTC representatives, who are certified IRS facilitators, will provide basic assistance to taxpayers with preparing 2014-15 taxes by teaching them how to use WKCTC’s self-assist web site. For more information, call Teddy Mays (270) 534-3253 or e-mail teddy.mays@kctcs.edu. (Updated: 10:09 am, Tuesday)

One killed in Caldwell crash

Kentucky State Police say one person died Monday night in a single vehicle crash, east of Princeton on Dawson Springs Road. According to the report, the accident claimed the life of one of three passengers, 19-year-old Courtney Flear, of Princeton. Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle, 25-year old Paul Loney, of Princeton, and two other passengers, 29-year old Jason Whitney, of Princeton and 42-year old Alicia Cotton, of Eddyville, were injured in the wreck. Police say a Ford Focus driven by Loney ran off the eastbound lanes of US 62, hit a guardrail and came to rest in a ravine. (Updated: 10:06 am, Tuesday)

Lane restriction on Clarks River Road

Traffic will be restricted to one lane on US 60/US 62/Clarks River Road in eastern McCracken County on Wednesday and Thursday, January 28 and 29, and Monday, February 2. The lane restriction is to allow concrete deck patching on a railroad overpass near the former US 60 Interchange for the Old Ledbetter Bridge. Lane restrictions will remain up overnight to allow the concrete to cure, but they will not be up over the weekend. This work zone is between Pugh Road and Fuller Lane. Drivers should use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers and maintenance personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow. (Updated: 10:04 am, Tuesday)

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