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Visits to Kentucky parks on the rise 


A National Park Service report shows that 1,828,192 visitors to national parks in Kentucky spent $114.7 million in the state in 2014. That spending resulted in 1,816 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $146 million. The national park sites are: Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, and Mammoth Cave National Park. (State of Kentucky; Updated: 12:16 pm, Friday)

Grant looks to stop pregnant smoking 

The Kentucky Department for Public Health has announced a grant to address the issue of women who smoke while pregnant. The Anthem Foundation is supplying the $140,000 grant, which will help fund the Giving Infants and Families Tobacco Free Starts program. The program is aimed at decreasing the number of women who smoke during pregnancy and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke. (Updated: 12:14 am, Friday)

Jobless rates down in all KY counties

State officials say unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between March 2014 and March 2015. Woodford County had the state's lowest jobless rate at 3.5 percent. Magoffin County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 14.7 percent. In our region, Fulton County had the highest jobless rate at 9.3 percent. Calloway and Carlisle counties had the lowest at 6.5 percent. (Updated: 12:11 pm, Friday)

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Law Enforcement ceremony in area 

The National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is the week of May 15, is when those around the nation pause to remember the fallen and honor those who still serve. In an effort to honor the sacrifices of the 126 officers in 2014 who have made the ultimate sacrifice, the West Kentucky Law enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be held on Tuesday May 12, beginning at 6:30 pm in Marshall County’s Mike Miller Park. Former Department of Criminal Justice Training Instructor of the Year Walt Tangel will serve as guest speaker for the event. A picnic-style meal will be provided. Everyone is invited. For more information, call (270) 527-3112. (Updated: 10:44 am, Friday)

Donations needed for area animals

As a Kentucky State Wildlife Rehabilitator, Donna Floden takes in animals and tries to nurse them back to health. Her latest case involves caring for and treating more than 120 rabbits, including 80 taken from a Reidland home last month and their offspring. She started with 80 rabbits. Nine adults died and she estimates close to 60 kits have as well. Floden believes the deaths were a result of the lack of quality living space. Floden needs alfalfa hay for the rabbits and new cages for the chinchillas, as well as other items for the seized dogs and ducks. Floden goes through 50 to 75 pounds of rabbit food and 20 gallons of water a day. She said trying to sustain that effort is nearly impossible. The owner of the animals, Deborah Luken pleaded not guilty to cruelty charges. Her next court appearance is scheduled for May 7. (Updated: 10:40 am, Friday)

Marshall Co. man dies after wreck

A Marshall County man died Thursday after he wrecked his truck after apparently blacking out behind the wheel. According to Benton Police, 57-year-old Stanley R. Riley of Benton, was traveling westbound on Symsonia Highway when he reportedly lost consciousness. Police said Riley's vehicle crossed into the eastbound lanes and struck the concrete overpass. The truck finally came to rest on the metal guardrail. Riley was transported by Marshall County EMS to Marshall County Hospital and then transferred to Baptist Health Paducah, where he later died. (Updated: 10:34 am, Friday)

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