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Prescription drug abuse forums begin Monday

Hazard: The first of five public events to discuss prescription drug abuse in Eastern Kentucky, announced after the death of Dr. Dennis Sandlin in December, is set for 5 p.m. Monday at the Perry County Public Library in Hazard. A man police say was seeking pain pills is charged with shooting Sandlin at his clinic in Cornettsville in Perry County after the man was asked to take a urine test. The forums, town hall-style meetings where the public will be able to speak, will include discussions on the growing problem with abuse of prescription drugs, improving the safety of health-care providers and ways to expand drug treatment and prevention. Venues aren't confirmed yet, but the forums will be Jan. 25 in Pikeville, Feb. 8 in Pineville and Feb. 22 in Morehead, according to a press release from the governor's office. The four town-hall forums are intended to solicit public input and opinions for a medical symposium on March 6.

P&L railroad looking for new headquarters

Paducah: Paducah & Louisville Railway is looking for incentives to build a new headquarters in downtown Paducah rather than move to one of the other cities where it does business. Railroad President Tony Reck told The Paducah Sun that the company is hoping to stay in Western Kentucky, but isn't close to making a commitment to any place. P&L, a 265-mile regional railroad, has grown steadily in recent years by acquiring rail lines in West Virginia, Indiana and Illinois. Reck said the company has newer contracts with CSX to build and operate intermodal facilities in West Baltimore, Ohio, and Winter Haven, Fla. Paducah Mayor Bill Paxton says the city is trying to keep the railroad, despite heavy recruiting from places like Louisville and Florida.

Public forum to be heldfor Legacy Trail artists

Lexington: People with ideas or who want to learn more about the process for putting public art along the Legacy Trail are invited to a public meeting Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main St. At the meeting will be Todd Bressi and Stacy Levy, an urban designer and artist who were chosen to coordinate the project. They have done similar work elsewhere, including Washington, D.C., and Pinellas County, Fla. Marnie Holoubek, who helped form the Legacy Trail Public Art Consortium, said organizers want to continue the strong public participation that has marked planning for the Legacy Trail, a 9-mile walking and bike path from the Kentucky Horse Park to downtown Lexington's East End. There will be another public meeting before the public art master plan is completed in April, said Steve Austin, director of the Blue Grass Community Foundation's Legacy Center. For more information, contact Austin at the Legacy Center at (859) 225-3343 or

Attorneys want photos of crime scene excluded

Smithland: Attorneys for a Western Kentucky man charged with murder don't want jurors to see pictures of injuries to three children their client is accused of killing. Kevin Wayne Dunlap's lawyers filed a motion on Friday asking that the pictures be kept out of the trial because they would be inflammatory and prejudicial. Dunlap has pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, rape and other charges. Police say a mother was raped by an assailant who killed her three children at their home in the Roaring Spring community near the Fort Campbell Army post in southern Kentucky in October 2008.

BB Gun Championship moved

Bowling Green: Daisy Outdoor Products has decided to aim closer to home with the International BB Gun Championship Match in 2010. The Bowling Green Daily News reports that the competition, which attracted about 1,000 people to Kentucky, will be held in Rogers, Ark., the company's home town. Daisy Vice President of Marketing, Joe Murfin, says a high school in Rogers built a field house large enough to host the competition, allowing Daisy to hold the match near its corporate headquarters and museum. Western Kentucky University has hosted the shoot-out for the past six years and Bowling Green has hosted it 16 times. The university's director of campus and community events, Jeff Younglove, said Daisy informed the school about a month ago the competition would not return this year.

staff, wire reports