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Government
4:46 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Hopes Engineer Raises Mean Less Turnover

Credit transportation.ky.gov

Last month the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet boosted the salaries of about 550 engineers by an average of 20 percent. The raises were authorized by the state legislature in 2014 and will cost about $7.8 million per year.

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Culture
4:36 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Why the Liberty Bells Ring for Indpendence on July 8

Courthouse in downtown Murray
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

When the liberty bells ring on July 8, it will symbolize our beginnings, as a small country of three or four million people taking on the greatest military power in the world. While we celebrate July 4th as Independence Day, it wasn't until four days later when the average American heard the Declaration of Independence for the first time by orators on the court square or read it posted on the wall of the local tavern. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Captain Wendell Oury Chapter in Murray, hosts a Liberty Bell Tolling Ceremony at noon tomorrow, July 8, on the Calloway County Courthouse Lawn. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte sought the back story for the bell tolling to celebrate the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence from Murray State University Professor of History Bill Mulligan.

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Society
1:50 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Clemens Fine Arts Center Director Retiring

Credit Gail Robinson Butler / Facebook

A leader of Paducah’s art community is retiring. 

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Society
1:49 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Grand Opening This Saturday for Martin, Tenn. Farmers' Market Pavilion

Credit Martin Area Farmers Market / Facebook

City Officials in Martin, Tennessee are holding a grand opening this Saturday for the city’s new farmers’ market facility.

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Environment
1:34 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Flash Flood Watch in Effect for Region Through Wednesday Evening; Paducah Hit Hard by Heavy Rains

Flooding near Madison and 25th streets in Paducah Tuesday morning.
Credit Courtesy of Paducah Police Department

A flash flood watch is in place through Wednesday evening as heavy rain continues to fall on parts of the region.

McCracken County Emergency Management meteorologist Beau Dodson estimates that overnight storms caused “several million dollars” in flash flood damage, with pocket areas receiving more than 5 inches of rain.

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Politics
1:21 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Louisville Cat Running For President (Seriously. Sort of.)

Limberbutt McCubbins
Credit Emilee McCubbins

  The first thing people noticed was the name.

A Louisville resident named Limberbutt McCubbins had apparently filed to run for president, gaining attention in recent months from a campaign watchdog and, most recently, The Rachel Maddow Show.

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Government
1:16 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Kentucky Employment Levels Rebound to Surpass Pre-Recession Peak

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Kentucky has achieved a milestone of economic health with statewide employment levels back up above the peak levels of 2007 and 2008, which were before the recession. That’s according to a new study by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

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Science
9:32 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Knowing How Doctors Die Can Change End-Of-Life Discussions

Nora Zamichow says if she and her husband, Mark Saylor, had known how doctors die, they might have made different treatment decisions for him toward the end of his life.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 1:03 pm

Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky recalls the anguish she felt performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients.

It looks nothing like what we see on TV. In real life, ribs often break and few survive the ordeal.

"I felt like I was beating up people at the end of their life," she says. "I would be doing the CPR with tears coming down sometimes, and saying, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry, goodbye.' Because I knew that it very likely not going to be successful. It just seemed a terrible way to end someone's life."

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Datebook
9:28 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Datebook: July 7 - Liberty Bell Tolling, Youth Art Camp, Cool Critters Day

The Captain Wendell Oury Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution holds a Liberty Bell Tolling Ceremony tomorrow at noon on the Calloway County Courthouse Lawn. The event celebrates the anniversary of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall in 1776. 

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Government
7:58 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Family Foundation Forms Defense Fund For Clerks Refusing to Issue Marriage Licenses

Credit http://www.kentuckyfamily.org/

  The Family Foundation’s Kentucky chapter has established a legal defense fund for county clerks who refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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