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Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped to six percent in November, the lowest rate in more than six years. The state Office of Employment and Training said last month's seasonally adjusted rate was down from a revised 6.2 percent jobless rate in October. Officials say last month's rate was Kentucky's lowest since April 2008, when the rate was 5.9 percent. The trade, transportation and utility sector added 2,300 jobs in November from a month earlier. Manufacturing jobs in the state held steady from October to November, while employment in the mining and logging sector dropped by 400 in November. The preliminary November rate was 2.1 percentage points below the state's 8.1 percent jobless rate in November 2013. (State of Kentucky; Updated: 9:47 am, Friday)

Mid-Continent loses accreditation

Mid-Continent University is no longer an accredited university and the president of the commission in charge of carrying out that process said the fact the school isn't offering classes means it isn't in compliance with several of the accreditation requirements. The university failed to comply with 14 core requirements like faculty competence, student support services and it didn't have financial stability. Mid-Continent Board of Trustees Chairman Tom Butler said does not plan to file an appeal. MCU will not be eligible for state or federal financial aid. The school could continue to operate and re-apply for accreditation. (Updated: 9:41 am, Friday)

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Murray Main Street hosts public forum

On a day when new Murray Mayor Jack Rose and two new city council members took the oath of office, Murray Main Street hosted a town hall meeting seeking public input on the future of downtown. This past year was a challenge after a building collapse on 4th street, fire at a business on South 5th street, and another business that sustained a partial roof collapse on South 4th Street. Almost 100 people attended the meeting and addressed a variety of concerns. Murray Main Street sent out surveys to help narrow down the topics discussed in the meeting. (Updated: 9:39 am, Friday)


Conway calls for stiffer heroin penalty

Kentucky's top prosecutor joined other law enforcement officials to call for higher penalties for heroin dealers and better treatment options for overdose victims. Attorney General Jack Conway made the announcement a few weeks before state lawmakers return to Frankfort for the 2015 legislative session. Conway said any heroin legislation in 2015 should allow first responders to give Naloxone to overdose victims without fear of civil liability. He also called for a Good Samaritan law that could allow people to avoid drug possession charges if they call for help during an overdose. Kentucky's heroin overdose deaths increased 60 percent in 2013. (Updated: 9:36 am, Friday)


Police search for armed man

Police are still searching for a Paducah man after he reportedly broke into a south side home in November and threatened residents with guns. According to police, a woman told them she heard noises at her back door of her home on Walter Jetton Boulevard at about 8:00 am November 13, and when she went to check she found 27-year-old Jamal M. Nance standing in the kitchen. She said Nance went into a bedroom of the home and threatened a man and woman with two handguns. Anyone with information about Nance is being asked to call the Paducah Police Department at (270) 444-8550. (Updated: 9:34 am, Friday)

 
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