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Wet weather putting farmers behind


Wet weather has put farmers across western Kentucky behind their normal planting schedule, as only five percent of the crop has been put out. That means farmers will be working extra hours in an effort to catch up as drier and warmer weather rolls into the region this week. Farm equipment will be on the roads as farmers move from field to field in the rush to take advantage of dry weather to put seeds in the ground. Motorists are reminded to be on the lookout for slow-moving equipment, particularly during spring planting season. Please use both caution and patience. (Stock Photos; Updated: 10:54 am, Friday)

New rules for payday loans considered

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering new federal rules on payday loans, a development that could help Kentucky families caught in a financial bind. More than 6,000 borrowers in Kentucky each took out 30 or more loans last year. A coalition of faith-based and poverty-fighting organizations is asking the Kentucky General Assembly to cap interest rates on payday loans at 36 percent. (Updated: 10:50 am, Friday)

Elk hunt permits for landowners available

More than 4.1 million acres in 16 counties are being placed in a program to make that land accessible during elk hunting seasons. The Voucher Cooperator Elk Permit Program offers private landowners and lessees an incentive for opening their land for elk hunter access: an elk tag of their own. The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed the framework for the program late last year. Interested landowners and lessees may call (800) 858-1549 for more information. (Updated: 10:47 am, Friday)

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KSP to host safe-driving course

Kentucky State Police have partnered with the National Safety Council and Toyota to provide a state-certified, four-hour safe driving course for teens. The program is free to schools throughout Kentucky and can be taken in lieu of the state's Graduated Drivers Licensing Program. The course involves interactive media segments, workbook exercises and role playing by using language that resonates with young adults and places emphasis on classroom participation. Two classes are scheduled for 8:00 am and 1:00 pm on May 16 at the Murray-Calloway County Transit Authority Authority office. To register, call Trooper Jay Thomas at (270) 356-6264 or e-mail dennis.thomas@ky.gov. (Updated: 10:41 am, Friday)

Suspects sought in area burglaries

Police are seeking the public's help in identifying three people who allegedly broke into a Marshall County home on Wednesday. The homeowner told Marshall County sheriff's deputies he found two males and a female inside his home on Oak Grove Church Road. The homeowner chased the subjects out of the home to a vehicle that was parked at the rear of the home, but it got stuck, and they were forced to flee on foot. If you have information on the crime, call (270) 527-3112. Additionally, Paducah police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of shoplifting at Walmart. According to police, a man left the Hinkleville Road store without paying for various items. Police confronted him before he fled on foot. The suspect is black with long hair. He stands about 6 feet tall and has a muscular build. If you have information on this suspect, call (270) 444-8550. (Updated: 10:34 am, Friday)

Missing Mayfield man found

Mayfield police say they have found Tommy D. Hunt-Kemp and he has been safely returned to his guardian. Hunt-Kemp, age 23, was reported missing by his mother, Debbie Kemp. Hunt-Kemp was last seen by his mom at K&N Root Beer on South 9th Street in Mayfield around 9:00 pm Wednesday. The two had an argument at the restaurant, and Hunt-Kemp told his mother he would walk home, but never returned there. Hunt-Kemp has mild retardation, ADHD, Aspergers syndrome and has a history of running away from home. (Updated: 10:30 am, Friday)

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