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MSU takes action on Ebola nations


Murray State University is deferring applications from students in West African countries affected by Ebola until the fall of 2015. Provost and Vice President Jay Morgan says the school is still accepting applications from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, but students will not be admitted in January. Morgan said the university has made sure not to plan any study abroad programs for the next six months to a year in any of the three countries. The university has not traditionally received many applications from the three countries. Morgan says the university is trying to approach international student applications with simple precautions. Morgan says because Nigeria was recently declared Ebola-free, Nigerian students will be allowed to register for spring classes. (Murray State University; Updated: 10:24 am, Wednesday)

Over 35K absentee ballots cast in KY

The polls don't open until Tuesday, but more than 35,000 people have already voted in Kentucky. The State Board of Elections said 22,390 people have voted absentee at their county clerk's office as of Monday morning. That's about 4,500 more people than at this time in 2010, the last time a U.S. Senate seat was on the ballot. Another 12,716 people have voted absentee by mail. To be counted, the county clerk must receive all ballots by 6:00 pm on November 4. Kentucky's high profile U.S. Senate race between Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes is likely increasing turnout in absentee voting. (Updated: 10:21 am, Wednesday)

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Area Red Cross director steps down

The Executive Director of the Calloway County Red Cross Chapter, Matt Hamblen, is stepping down. Hamblen's position is among nine statewide that will be formally dissolved by mid-November as part of a transition that will consolidate chapters across the country. Hamblen said the Red Cross is looking to create a massive 24-county service region headquartered in either Paducah or Owensboro. (Updated: 10:14 am, Wednesday)

Bridge demolition almost complete

The contractor working to demolish the Old Ledbetter Bridge is hoping to complete the job by December 1.   Demolition crews were working this week to remove the final remnants of three west approach spans that collapsed due to land movement in June.  When the last steel truss section over the Tennessee River main navigation channel was detonated October 1, the blast damaged the piers that held it up.   The contractor planned to place a platform on the piers, drill them for placement of explosives and bring them down with controlled detonations. But cracks left in the piers raised safety questions about the drilling process. KYTC engineers are continuing to devise options for removing the in-water piers. (Updated: 10:12 am, Wednesday)

Update on road construction projects

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of KY 2192 in Graves County on Thursday to allow a cross drain to be replaced. This is along KY 2192 between Richardson Road/Candace Lane and KY 945 in the Mayfield Creek area. The roadway is expected to close at 8:00 am and reopen at 3:00 pm. Meanwhile, KY 131/Mayfield-Symsonia Road in Graves County has reopened to traffic at the Intersection with KY 58 just east of Mayfield. Motorists should take note that while KY 131 is now open to traffic, this intersection will continue to be an active work zone with frequent traffic shifts and one lane traffic controlled by an automated signal. The contractor will continue placement of concrete pavement in the KY 58/KY 131 intersection for about three more weeks, weather permitting. (Updated: 10:09 am, Wednesday)

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