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[Photos] 101st Conduct Mine-Clearing Exercise with C-4 Rocket Launcher at Fort Campbell

On Friday, soldiers with the US Army's 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell conducted a mine-clearing training exercise using a particular device. The 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion along with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” spent nearly a week preparing for use the a trailer-mounted Mine Clearing Line Charge, known to them as a “MIC-LIC."
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On Friday, soldiers with the US Army's 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell conducted a mine-clearing training exercise using a particular device. 

The 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion along with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” spent nearly a week preparing for use the a trailer-mounted Mine Clearing Line Charge, known to them as a “MIC-LIC."  

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared federal disaster aid for 20 Kentucky counties, including more than a dozen in our listening area. 

Once upon a time, cigarettes were the currency of choice when those behind bars needed to barter. But these days, America's prisoners are trading with ramen.

When the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau looked into the Mississippi-based regional bank BancorpSouth, it didn't just review thousands of loan applications. It sent in undercover operatives — some white, some black — who pretended to be customers applying for loans.

"They had similar credit scores and similar background and situations," says CFPB Director Richard Cordray. "Our investigation had found that BancorpSouth had engaged in illegal redlining in Memphis, meaning refusing to lend into specific areas of the city."

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On Sounds Good, Dr. Bill Tyler talks with Austin Carter about the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden’s upcoming Back Woods Ball.

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Update Friday Afternoon:

Illinois’ payment to its largest public-pension fund is expected to increase by more than $400 million next year. The Teachers Retirement System trustees agreed Friday to lower the assumed rate of return on investments from 7.5% to 7%.

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At least two people have reported finding worms in food from McDonald's restaurants in Mayfield and Draffenville. 

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Health and law enforcement officials in Kentucky are responding to a rash of heroin-related drug overdoses. In the community of Mount Sterling alone, there were 12 overdoses this week including one death.  

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The Paducah City Commission is in the process of hiring an engineering firm to study the conversion of Broadway and Jefferson streets back to two-way traffic.

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Update Friday: The soldier has been identified as 23-year-old Spc. Bryan Castillo, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter repairer. Castillo arrived at Fort Campbell in 2013. The motive for his shooting incident is still unknown. He is now being held at the Montgomery County Jail. No formal charges have been filed.

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Let’s Talk Rock Music Saturday Nights at 8 with "Sound Opinions"

New to the WKMS Saturday night lineup is Sound Opinions – a show for people who love smart and engaging music, criticism and conversation.
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[Audio] Western Kentucky Botanical Garden Hosts a Back Woods Ball

On Sounds Good, Dr. Bill Tyler talks with Austin Carter about the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden’s upcoming Back Woods Ball.
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Grazing In The Grass: An Old-Fashioned Idea Holds New Promise For Sustainable Farming

Small-scale farmers in the region often find it challenging to keep their land sustainable while staying competitive in the marketplace. Nicole Erwin of Ohio Valley ReSource visited a farm that’s doing both with a method called rotational grazing. She found that this “new” approach grows from some very old ideas.
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Historic 534-Acre Farm Donated to Murray State University

Murray State University is now home to an historic, 534-acre farm in Ballard County. Long-time district judge, attorney and farmer Jimmy Don Robinson has donated his farm, known as Eagle Rest Plantation, to benefit the Hutson School of Agriculture.
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