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Environment
3:57 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Canadian Mining Company to Pay $3 Million Settlement for Western Kentucky Water Violations

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A Canadian coal mining company has reached a settlement with the federal government over Clean Water Act violations at several former mining sites in Western Kentucky.

Elgin Mining Company will pay more than $3 million in fines to a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife program that works to mitigate the effects of mining on the commonwealth’s wetlands.

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Business
3:50 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

GLE Continues Negotiations for PDGP Depleted Uranium Despite Drop in Market

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The market for uranium has taken a steep drop, prompting Global Laser Enrichment to cut back and reign in, with plans to move the work from its facilities in Australia and Oakridge, Tennessee, to their home base in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

GLE Spokesperson Christopher White says despite the lull in demand, negotiations continue between GLE and the Department of Energy for the purchase of depleted uranium tails at Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

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Health
3:20 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Skin Cancer Rates Rising, But Best Way to Reduce Risk is Still Avoiding Too Much Sun

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A western Kentucky dermatologist says he sees multiple cases of skin cancer a day as the U.S. Surgeon General is warning of a steady increase of people with the disease.

Dr. Halden Ford in Paducah says skin cancer cases have been common since he started practicing in 1996. He says using sunscreen can reduce the risk of skin cancer but it’s not the only option.

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Arts
2:56 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Murray State MFA Grad Publishes YA Novel on Identity and Bullying

Murray State MFA graduate and writer Christine Bailey published her first young adult fiction novel Girl in the Middle, a story of identity and bullying. Before teaching English at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, Bailey worked as a journalist, marketing/public relations writer and freelance writer. She reads from her book on Sounds Good.

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Arts
2:28 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

MSU Professor Receives One of Six Fellowships for Individual Artists in Kentucky

Murray State University Professor of English Carrie Jerrell has received an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. She is one of six writers chosen for demonstrating a high level of excellence and creativity in their literary ares careers. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Jerrell, reading form her newest work. 

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Society
1:01 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

$700K in Additional Funding Approved for Trigg County Hospital Expansion

The Trigg County Hospital Corporation Board has approved an additional 10 percent funding request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program for its hospital expansion project.

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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.  

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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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