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Barge Collision Causes Slurry Oil Spill, Shuts Down Part of Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard has shut down a portion of the Mississippi River after a tow boat collision last night released and what could be thousands of gallons of clarified slurry oil into the water. The slurry oil is a partially refined product used in gasoline production. The Coast Guard reports up to 250,000 gallons could have been released at the crash site near Columbus, Kentucky.
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The Justice Department says it will beef up legal requirements for using cell-site simulators, an increasingly controversial form of surveillance technology that secretly gathers data about mobile devices.

Under the new policy, federal investigators will be required to get a warrant from a judge demonstrating probable cause, in most domestic criminal probes. Agents will need to explain to judges how the technology is being used. And they'll be directed to destroy volumes of bystanders' data "no less than once daily."

Author: Jim Champion, via Wikimedia Commons

  Officials in Christian County are awaiting the results of a study aimed at assessing the economic impact of agriculture in the area.

TBI

A former Tennessee school district technology director is facing an indictment on alleged bid rigging to benefit a now-shuttered business owned by Murray businessman Chuck Jones.

The charges allege the technology director received lavish gifts like a $7,000 Rolex watch and St. Louis Cardinals tickets.

Tab Brockman, goracers.com

The Murray State Racer Football season kicks off tonight at 6 with a home game versus Kentucky Wesleyan College. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley about lessons learned from last season, changing head coaches, new players and the league at large.

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The U.S. Coast Guard has shut down a portion of the Mississippi River after a tow boat collision last night released and what could be thousands of gallons of clarified slurry oil into the water. The slurry oil is a partially refined product used in gasoline production.  The Coast Guard reports up to 250,000 gallons could have been released at the crash site near Columbus, Kentucky.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Two weeks from today is the AT&T Women in Telecom Golf Day, an effort to raise scholarships funds for women in the TSM program at Murray State interested in going into the Telecom and IT career field. Program Coordinator and Marketing Specialist Annie Vandiver joins Tracy Ross on Sounds Good to talk  about the event.

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET

The U.S. Coast Guard has shut down a section of the Mississippi River south of Paducah, Ky., after two tow boats collided, causing an oil spill of unknown size.

In a statement, the Coast Guard said that the collision occurred Wednesday at 8:22 p.m. at Mile Marker 937, just north of Columbus, Ky.

The number of confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease at California's San Quentin prison is holding steady at six, one of three outbreaks of Legionnaires' around the country that have sickened dozens and killed 20.

Another 95 San Quentin inmates are under observation because of respiratory illness, state officials said, but they have not been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease. The inmates are being treated at San Quentin's medical unit.

Updated at 1:39 p.m. ET

A federal judge found a Kentucky clerk at the center of the national debate over same-sex marriage in contempt of court after she defied the Supreme Court by refusing to issue marriage licenses in protest of such marriages.

Kentucky Public Radio's Ryland Barton reports that District Judge David L. Bunning ordered Kim Davis taken into custody by federal marshals "until she complies" with a court order.

The 40th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival at Grand Rivers is this Saturday through Monday at Little Lake Park. The festival features nearly one hundred craft booths and artisans from seven states. Handcrafted items available include floral arrangements, baskets, honey, soaps, furniture, pottery, stained glass, and more. Admission benefits Kentucky’s Western Waterland. 

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Tab Brockman, goracers.com

[Audio] 'Voice of the Racers' Neal Bradley Looks Ahead at the Racer Football Season

The Murray State Racer Football season kicks off tonight at 6 with a home game versus Kentucky Wesleyan College. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley about lessons learned from last season, changing head coaches, new players and the league at large.
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WKMS Sci-Fi Friday, Sept. 11

WKMS hosts a free showing of Blade Runner with MSU's Cinema International

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

[Audio, Slideshow] Thank You Kate

WKMS is saying goodbye to our fearless leader, station manager Kate Lochte. Kate has been with WKMS since 1989 and as station manager since 1992. She has been a tremendous leader for this station that has shown exponential growth on all fronts. Thanks, Kate for your service to this station and its members and listeners. Here is a short montage of some great "Kate" moments on air, all the best for your retirement.
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