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Meth Labs Increase in 2009, Stats

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The number of methamphetamine labs found in Kentucky has reached record high levels. The Kentucky State Police report officials busted 716 meth labs last year. That’s a sixty percent increase from 2008. Hopkins County had the highest total with 13.

KSP Trooper John Hawkins said many meth producers slip by because police don’t have the manpower to proactively investigate every possible meth complaint. Hawkins said the KSP supports a bill making its way through the General Assembly that would put greater restrictions on some of the ingredients used to make meth. The measure (SB 211) passed the Senate unanimously last week and awaits action in the House.

A complete list of labs by county and a list of arrests by county for 2009  is below. The information is courtesy of the KSP.

2009 Meth Lab Busts
(Note: Jefferson County had an additional ~60)

NAME Count
Boone 2
Campbell 1
Kenton 7
Pendleton 3
Gallatin 0
Bracken 0
Grant 3
Carroll 0
Mason 1
Greenup 0
Trimble 0
Owen 1
Lewis 0
Robertson 0
Henry 1
Harrison 0
Oldham 1
Fleming 0
Carter 1
Boyd 0
Scott 0
Nicholas 0
Rowan 0
Jefferson 91
Franklin 0
Bourbon 0
Shelby 0
Bath 1
Lawrence 0
Elliott 1
Fayette 2
Meade 3
Montgomery 0
Woodford 0
Spencer 2
Anderson 1
Morgan 1
Bullitt 43
Clark 0
Menifee 0
Breckinridge 5
Hardin 28
Johnson 1
Jessamine 0
Hancock 0
Nelson 9
Henderson 10
Mercer 7
Martin 4
Powell 0
Daviess 37
Madison 14
Washington 1
Union 5
Magoffin 1
Wolfe 0
Estill 2
Garrard 2
Floyd 2
Pike 0
Ohio 7
Larue 1
Marion 1
Lee 0
Boyle 3
Breathitt 2
McLean 0
Webster 1
Lincoln 3
Grayson 16
Jackson 6
Hopkins 13
Casey 1
Crittenden 0
Owsley 0
Rockcastle 5
Knott 0
Taylor 0
Green 0
Hart 6
Perry 3
Livingston 2
Muhlenberg 3
Butler 7
Caldwell 0
Pulaski 44
Clay 0
Edmonson 10
Laurel 67
Leslie 3
Adair 2
Letcher 0
Ballard 1
McCracken 3
Warren 31
Russell 2
Lyon 0
Metcalfe 4
Barren 28
Christian 2
Todd 7
Logan 7
Marshall 5
Knox 7
Harlan 1
Trigg 1
Wayne 23
Whitley 3
Carlisle 0
McCreary 3
Bell 2
Graves 0
Cumberland 2
Allen 15
Simpson 1
Clinton 5
Monroe 5
Hickman 0
Calloway 0
Fulton 0
   
METH ARRESTS BY COUNTY, 2009
   
County Arrests
ADAIR 2
ALLEN 9
ANDERSON 5
BARREN 40
BELL 2
BOONE 6
BOURBON 1
BOYD 2
BOYLE 14
BREATHITT 6
BRECKINRIDGE 1
BULLITT 27
BUTLER 24
CALDWELL 4
CALLOWAY 8
CAMPBELL 1
CARLISLE 1
CARROLL 2
CASEY 3
CHRISTIAN 24
CLAY 39
CRITTENDEN 1
CUMBERLAND 4
DAVIESS 73
EDMONSON 18
ELLIOTT 4
ESTILL 1
FAYETTE 2
FRANKLIN 1
FULTON 3
GALLATIN 3
GARRARD 3
GRANT 20
GRAVES 4
GRAYSON 25
GREENUP 3
HARDIN 29
HARLAN 3
HART 51
HENDERSON 22
HENRY 3
HOPKINS 49
JACKSON 28
JEFFERSON 70
JOHNSON 29
KENTON 9
KNOX 1
LARUE 8
LAUREL 106
LESLIE 5
LINCOLN 12
LIVINGSTON 7
LOGAN 21
MADISON 7
MARION 4
MARSHALL 19
MARTIN 9
MASON 7
MCCRACKEN 19
MCCREARY 13
MCLEAN 3
MEADE 15
MERCER 5
METCALFE 12
MONROE 6
MONTGOMERY 1
MORGAN 4
MUHLENBERG 50
NELSON 4
OHIO 54
OLDHAM 2
OWSLEY 3
PENDLETON 10
PIKE 1
PULASKI 48
ROCKCASTLE 17
ROWAN 2
RUSSELL 1
SHELBY 2
SIMPSON 8
SPENCER 12
TODD 17
TRIGG 3
TRIMBLE 1
UNION 15
WARREN 78
WASHINGTON 2
WAYNE 54
WEBSTER 2
WHITLEY 4
WOLFE 1

Written by Angela Hatton

March 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm

morning cram (break the spring edition)

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BOO! or YAY! Healthcare passed yesterday… without help from Tanner or Whitfield.

KY~ Police search for an escaped Paducah inmate. Police radios didn’t help a convicted felon avoid arrest for long. McCracken County commissioners may decide tonight where to build a new Emergency Operations Center. A Graves County fire kills 2. MSU bows out of March Madness tourney. The General Assembly has only 9 days to get ‘r done. State sees a 14% increase in foodstamp usage.

TN~ A Clarksville rapper is stabbed to death. A Martin teacher faces federal sex charges.

Not A Prideful National Moment

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– John Dillon

Regarding Sunday’s (3/21/10) actions on the part of the United States Congress:  Hey, health care is a good thing.  But this way to legislate it is a bad thing.

What I see is a cluster of ideologues pledging their votes, and many having their fascinations “bought” BY THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF (aka: Executive Orders and so forth) to bring about a forceful and massively expensive new entitlement program.

Wow. Thomas Jefferson, close your dead eyes. I really don’t know what the longer-term impact will be of the Health Care Reform action, but at the very best it is stealing from Peter to pay Paul. At the worst, we are ceding to the Feds that which they are worst at: Running yet another $$$ juggernaut. They bankrupted AMTRAK, the United States Post Office, and have rendered of limited solvency a universe of other programs, to include Medicare and Social Security.

I have been giving through paycheck for Social Security Insurance (SSI) for 35 years… literally tens of thousands of my bucks already sunk in there. Methinks it may be evaporating.  I’VE BEEN ROBBED!

Arrrrgggh!

To those who have not been receiving health care and who didn’t have these basic health protections, the actions of the President and Congress must appear just.  But look at the twisted shenanigans it has taken to achieve this change.

What will be will be. As soon as people are required to pony up money for their own health care – whether they want it or not – they’ll get a taste for my distaste then. “That government is best which governs least,” said Thomas Paine.  He also suggested that government at its worst is an “intolerable” intrusion into the lives of free people.

I have now seen the process… at its worst.

Written by JD

March 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm

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I could have been an athlete

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by Bec Feldhaus

Perhaps it was watching Murray State University’s presentation of “Working,” last night that got me thinking. Murray State music and theatre students sang and danced about what they could have been.  When compounded by the inspiring last second Racer win over the Vanderbilt Commodores yesterday, the day dreams begin.

I’m a sturdy woman. I hit my final height of 5’10 when I was about 12. Naturally,  I played both forward and center positions during my glorious basketball career from 3rd to 8th grade. From the cradle, I was raised to know and respect the talent and tradition of the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Crackling fires whispered behind early winter games, and right after my birthday in March I could count on spending evenings with my father in front of the TV. Among occasional outbursts, I learned the magic of the institution of basketball. Then I played, and the passion glows on.

To be honest, I wasn’t ever on the best team, and I wasn’t ever a great ball handler, but my defense was solid. My 8th grade Holy Trinity School team took the Catholic School division city title in the Spring of ’96. This is still one of my life’s finest moments.

Sadly, during high school I was too caught up in elite choir groups to have time for basketball. I followed my musical dreams to college and spent more time in the practice room than the RSEC. However, I’ll never lose my inner basketball player. Now I work at a public radio station, and don’t get me wrong, I love my job. I spend my days searching for news and feature stories.  Strategic? Yes. Athletic? No.

I would have looked great in the Blue and Gold of Murray State, and naturally have gone right on to the WNBA. I’d find a signal to tell my family I love them, while the camera closed in on me before my free throws.

I would wager a hefty bet I’m not the only one craving the days of yesteryear when the ideas of becoming an athlete were plausible. Maybe it’s football for some, or the international excitement of soccer for you. For me, it will always be basketball.

Maybe it’s not too late to rekindle the dream. The news crew would make a great team. Angie, two inches taller than myself would play center. Chris would take the left  forward and I would be right across the lane waiting to rebound. Chad would be the point guard, calling out the plays. And the early-rising Todd Hatton would buzz around the court with the first comment to the cameras after our victory.

It takes coordination to work a microphone while asking the tough questions. Perhaps a few laps would help me beat the competition for the latest breaking stories. The Murray State Racers used focus, determination, resourcefulness and stamina to defeat Vandy. These are the characteristics expected of a great reporter. Is it such a far stretch?

Who knows. Maybe I’ll call Tony Easley and see if he wants to switch places for a day.

morning cram (msu > vandy edition)

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KY~ Murray State pulls it off against Vanderbilt. Work begins today on Paducah’s pavilion. McCracken County figures out why it’s emergency siren went off late. Human Rights Commission celebrates 50 years. A Senate Committee recommends (instead of requires) universities adopt smoother credit transfers. The abortion/ultrasound bill is still going nowhere in the House, but school’s snow day legislation passes. The state’s Supreme Court overturns 3 murder convictions (due to legal errors).

TN~ Voters will decide if hunting/fishing is a constitutional right. For 3 months in a row, the jobless rate still hovers near 11%.

Written by Chris Taylor

March 19, 2010 at 8:28 am

Posted in The Morning Cram

A Slightly Sunnier Afternoon in Murray

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BY TODD HATTON

By all estimates, I’ve had a pretty darned good day.  Morning Edition went well enough, work on tomorrow’s Front Page went swimmingly, I had a wonderful conversation with Berry Craig, an old friend and teacher, and everybody seemed to be in the kind of genuinely good mood that makes you think Something Is Up.  I made it home, got some research done for an upcoming feature and a book idea I’m tinkering with, and even managed an all-too-brief nap.

Turns out my day was rather pedestrian.

When I awoke from that nap, I found that the MSU Racers Men’s Basketball team, had beaten Number 4-seeded Vanderbilt in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament with a last-second shot from forward Danero Thomas.

Let’s just savor that for a moment.

We can also savor New York Times sportswriter Billy Witz’s statement that Murray State’s 66 to 65 victory over the Commodores is the biggest upset of the tournament so far.  See for yourself.

According to the Associated Press, Coach Billy Kennedy dismissed the idea that it was anything other than darned good basketball.  “They can say it was an upset,” he said, “but we’ve got a good team. They’re a very good team. We’ve got good toughness and good character. It definitely wasn’t about a coach drawing up a great play. It just goes by what the feel is.”  Well said, sir.

Nevertheless, I detected more than a little bit of surprise from the national sports punditry.  The first sentence in Sports Illustrated‘s Ann Killion piece read, “He (Thomas) wasn’t going to get off the shot, was he?”  Killion went on, however, to enumerate the reasons why Thomas had every right in the world to not only get the shot off, but sink it too.  After all, the President of the United States himself predicted a Racer win.

I do have to confess that I liked the way she ended the article.  “Jeffery McClain — in the game because Tony Easley had fouled out — inbounded the ball because Kennedy wanted a big guy who could see the court.  McClain got the ball to Miles. Miles dribbled it and swung it around to Thomas.  Who dribbled it, pulled back for the jumper, and changed the history of Murray State with one motion. He got the shot off.”

I liked it because of what it said, not just directly, but in its subtext.  These guys played like a team, the gods of good sportsmanship guiding every movement of the players and the ball.

And on top of all of that, consider what the Racers are doing for the University in a very real, and possibly lasting, way.  The hard work they’ve done has placed Murray State front and center before a lot of people.  They’ve made the aforementioned New York Times and Sports Illustrated, but they’ve also appeared on websites like mental_floss and Bloomberg.com.  Publicity like that might bring in more and better student athletes from around the country and it may even draw a second look from those less concerned about basketball.  With all that could come from Murray State’s presence at the tournament, with all that it took to get there (our thoughts are with you, Picasso), the satisfaction of beating Butler and giving Syracuse the fright of their lives is the least these guys deserve.

Wait a minute…a 2010 NCAA Championship trophy is the least they deserve.

So, my hat’s off to Coach Kennedy and the Racers.  I don’t know if they’ll make it to Indianapolis and win it all, but I hope they d0, even if they have to beat my beloved Kentucky Wildcats to do it.

morning cram (basketball, really? edition)

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Obama picks MSU to beat Vandy in California today.. watch @ 1:30pm (central).

KY~ Paducah man (allegedly) broke into 8 area homes. No death penalty for (alleged) Fort Campbell arson mom. UK Basketball offers new fodder for US Senate campaign attack ads. Judges can now order domestic violence offenders wear GPS tracking devices. Senators will vote on contract transparency bill.

TN~ Paris Schools have a new snow day plan.

Katie’s Good Read, “Identity Crisis”

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Identity Crisis

by Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales, Joss Whedon, Michael Bair

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Product Description:
The most talked-about and successful DC Comics miniseries of 2004 is now available in a stunning hardcover volume! New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer delivers an all-too-human look into the lives of super-heroes and the terrible price they pay for doing good. Identity Crisis is a seven-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics from June to December in 2004. It was created by writer Brad Meltzer and the artistic team of penciler Rags Morales and inker Michael Bair.


“It’s a little off the beaten path, but I read DC’s Graphic Novel, Identity Crisis. The wives and loved one’s of the super heroes of the Justice League of America are being targeted. The league bans together, but find that the threat isn’t any super villan, but themselves… It is one of the best stories I have read yet.”
– Katie Villanueva

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Written by Matt Markgraf

March 17, 2010 at 9:58 am

Jacque’s good read, “‘Tis: A Memoir”

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‘Tis: A Memoir

by Frank McCourt

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Frank McCourt’s glorious childhood memoir, Angela’s Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Rarely has a book so swiftly found its place on the literary landscape.

“‘Tis is Frank McCourt’s memoir-in-continuation, a follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Angela’s Ashes, which chronicled his impoverished childhood in Ireland. We loved McCourt the boy-a life told with heartbreaking humor and a singing brogue. In Angela’s Ashes McCourt gives us a clear roadmap into the complex heart of the man recalling the events of a half-century earlier. ‘Tis begins, with some necessary overlap, where Angela’s Ashes leaves off-a young Frank McCourt stepping off a boat from Ireland to make a life in New York. The memoirist tosses us without apology into his shoes. Frank McCourt is no longer with us, and sadly he wrote precious few books in his lifetime. ‘Tis is an exercise in humanity by a man with a rare gift for a story, and a brogue that sings on.” – Jacque Day

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Written by Matt Markgraf

March 17, 2010 at 9:41 am

morning cram (ovens are not cribs edition)

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KY~ MSU Racer Picasso Simmons loses his mother in a Nashville car accident. Paducah’s Commission should discuss automatic raises tonight. A Reidland man (allegedly) put his baby in the oven overnight (it wasn’t on). Whether or not Trigg County’s Montgomery precinct can revert back to prohibition awaits a Supreme Court decision. The House passes a bill that would clear ice storm debris blocking streams and the Senate votes to exempt swine flu absences at schools.

TN~ Clarksville Police search for a runaway girl.