6 Things to Know: November 18

1. A judge in Illinois will hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by landowners hoping to stop fracking. They claim the Department of Natural Resources violated several procedures when writing the state’s rules.

2. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury is deciding whether a white police officer will be charged with shooting and killing a black teenager.

3. Drowning now ranks in the top ten causes of death for children and young adults. The World Health Organization found more than half of drowning deaths are kids under age 5.

4. While many of you had a snow day yesterday, students at one Louisville, Ky. high school still had work to complete. Teachers used email and online portals to send students their assignments.

5. Smoking on state-owned or leased property in Kentucky will be snuffed out on Thursday. Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order banning tobacco use in state vehicles and even on sidewalks.

6. Murray State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture fired up their bio-burner yesterday. While it now burns wood, they hope to use hemp next spring.

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