Business
11:12 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Honeywell/USW talks continue amid dispute preparations

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United Steelworkers Local 7-669 officials say they’re concerned by the arrival this morning of salaried and contract employees during contract talks at Honeywell’s Metropolis facility.  Both sides say discussions have been professional and productive, but USW spokesman John Paul Smith says the new workers, coupled with increased supervision, make it appear Honeywell wants to intimidate union members.  But Honeywell’s Peter Dalpe says these actions are standard procedure given the uncertainty surrounding any negotiation. 

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Politics
9:32 am
Thu July 31, 2014

2015 KY Governor's Race Poll: Up for Grabs

A new poll suggests the race to decide Kentucky’s next governor, it’s still very much up for grabs.

Data from a recent Bluegrass poll shows a plurality of Kentucky voters have either “no opinion” or are neutral toward three gubernatorial candidates, including Attorney General Jack Conway; former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner; and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, whom is expected to announce his candidacy this weekend at the Fancy Farm political picnic.

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Environment
9:06 am
Thu July 31, 2014

5 Takeaways From The Annual Kentucky Coal Report

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 6:01 am

The Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence released its annual coal report earlier this month. Kentucky Coal Facts 2014 is a huge, comprehensive document of nearly all facets of the coal mined and burned in Kentucky.

In case you don’t want to read all 127 pages, here are five interesting takeaways:

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Education
9:05 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Enlisting Smartphones In The Campaign For Campus Safety

Circle of 6 was born out of the 2011 "Apps Against Abuse" challenge, a partnership between the Office of the Vice President, Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 8:00 am

Technology – and particularly smartphones – could reshape safety efforts on college campuses. At least that's the hope of some developers.

Several new apps offer quick ways for college students facing unsafe or uncomfortable situations to reach out to their peers, connect with resources on campus and in their communities, or notify law enforcement.

These apps for the most part target sexual assault and rape, amid growing national concern about the prevalence of incidents and criticism of the ways colleges and universities are handling them.

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Datebook
9:02 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Datebook: July 31

The Murray Fire Department’s Storm Shelter Registration program is underway. The voluntary program helps emergency personnel know where to search if storms severely damage your home. Find registration forms at murrayky.gov

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Sports
5:29 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Flyboarding: The New 'Rockstar' Sport on the Lakes

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Boaters on Kentucky Lake may have seen a new sight this summer: a person atop columns of water moving high across the surface of the water. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with T.J. Gladwell about how he brought this new water sport to our region, how it works and reactions from onlookers.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

From Flashbulb to Flashpoint the Attempts to Curb Fancy Farm Shout-Fests

Shouting crowd member during Fancy Farm 2013
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Organizers expect a larger than usual crowd at this weekend's Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County. The 134 year-old event has evolved from old-timey political stump speeches to a shout-fest as spectators try to overpower the speaker.

In 1975 the Fancy Farm Picnic was a little more refined. In fact, it was quiet enough to hear a flash bulb pop during then-Presidential Candidate George Wallace’s speech. Wallace survived an assassination attempt in 1972 that left him paralyzed below the waist.

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Education
5:04 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Graves Co. Schools Might Allow Homeschoolers to Participate in Elementary Sports

The Graves County Board of Education is exploring the idea of allowing homeschooled elementary students to participate in extracurricular activities - including football - organized by the school district. Such a move would make Graves County one of only a handful of Kentucky school districts to allow participation from homeschoolers.

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Government
4:57 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Waide Attorney: Indictment Is 'Politically Motivated'

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An attorney for Kentucky state Rep. Ben Waide says the indictment against his client is “politically motivated.”

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Environment
4:48 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Celebrate All Things Hummingbird at LBL this Weekend

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The Land Between the Lakes Nature Station hosts the annual Hummingbird Festival,  their premiere event this weekend. It's peak season for the ruby throated hummingbirds, who regularly nest in LBL and Kentucky, before migrating to Costa Rica. Brooke Gilley, Naturalist at the Woodlands Nature Station, talks with Tracy Ross about all things Hummingbird Festival on Sounds Good.

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