6 things to know – 12/29/15

Here are six things to know for today.

Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is expected to enter a plea when he appears in court today. Van Dyke is facing murder charges for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald in October of last year.

It doesn’t look like the data hack of cheating website Ashley Madison is stopping people from signing up. The website claims on its homepage that it now has more than 43 million members. That’s up 4 million from this summer when the breach happened.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul will be in Paducah today to perform free eye surgeries. The Republican presidential candidate will also hold a town hall meeting during his visit. The meeting is at 10:30 a.m. at the Paducah Commerce Center located at 300 South 3rd Street. The event is open to the public.

Paducah is making plans to install floodgates as the Ohio River continues to rise. City engineer Rick Murphy says the city is in the middle of initiating plans. Once crews and equipment are in place, the first 20 gates can be installed in 12 hours or less.

The Cave-In-Rock ferry is closed until Thursday morning due to high winds. We’re told service could resume sooner if winds drop to a safe level. The ferry connects Crittenden County, Kentucky to Hardin County, Illinois.

Time Square will be coated in confetti today. Crews will be practicing the big confetti drop for Thursday’s New Year’s Eve celebration. To celebrate 2016, the confetti will include pieces of handwritten well wishes submitted at the wishing well earlier this year.

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