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A Chinese hemp hardwood flooring company has shown interest in developing a pilot project in west Kentucky.

Murray State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture Dean Tony Brannon announced Thursday during a hemp panel discussion at an ag conference in Carlisle  County that the company called him two weeks ago saying it wants to work with Murray State.

President Trump threatened to impose tariffs on every product imported from China, dialing up the pressure in the growing trade dispute between the world's two economic superpowers.

In an interview with CNBC broadcast this morning, Trump said, "We're down a tremendous amount," referring to the trade imbalance between the U.S. and China. "I'm ready to go to 500."

National Weather Service

UPDATE 4:09 p.m.: National Weather Service Forecasters have reduced their confidence in the timing of the storm. The region remains in at an "enhanced" to "moderate" risk of severe weather. The NWS Reports, "There is some indication that activity could develop over southeast MO and southern IL near the Ohio River, but overall confidence in timing is low."

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The National Weather Service in Paducah is predicting  severe and unusual weather between 1:00 and 5:00 this afternoon throughout the WKMS listening area.

Jim Arndt was selected to be Paducah’s new City Manager following a nationwide search to fill the position vacated by Jeff Pederson.  Arndt has over a decade of experience in local government as well as a background in law enforcement and the armed services. He’s been on the job for a little over two weeks and hopes to spark growth in Paducah.

If you've never considered what happens to the remnants of the fully loaded plate of enchiladas, chips and salsa you grab from the buffet at an all-inclusive Mexico resort, you might be in for a shock.

Mexico's Velas Vallarta produces a veritable ton of food waste each day, but rather than dumping it into the trash, the Puerto Vallarta resort delivers roughly 700 pounds of it, each morning, to a hog farmer down the road to use as feed.

What are the international rules for dealing with foreign nationals who show up in a country often without any travel documents and definitely without a visa?

It's a timely question in this era of unprecedented refugee movement, as nations around the world struggle to deal with huge numbers of uninvited migrants who've appeared at their doors.

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Seventeen people are dead after an amphibious tourist boat carrying 31 people capsized and sank Thursday during a severe squall in a lake in southern Missouri.

The Ride the Ducks Branson boat sank on Table Rock Lake near the resort town of Branson on Thursday. Divers worked through the night on rescue and recovery operations. On Friday morning, the county sheriff told reporters that all the bodies had been found, bringing the death toll to 17.

5 Facts To Know About Migrant Family Reunification

Jul 19, 2018

A federal court in San Diego has given the government until July 26 to reunite thousands of children with their parents. It has been a chaotic, much disputed process, but a process that is undeniably underway. Here are five questions about family reunification answered:

1. When did family separations start?

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A Kentucky school board has approved a property tax increase to fund a $13.5 million initiative to help prevent school shootings., cropped

Republican Congressman James Comer of Kentucky's First District says being one of the only farmers in Congress and being a former state agriculture commissioner made him a frontrunner to serve on the conference committee that will negotiate the final version of the Farm Bill.


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Hogwash: Farmers Fear Trump Trade Disputes Are Damaging Ag Markets

Jimmy Tosh sells a lot of pigs. He is owner and CEO of Tosh Farms, Tosh Pork, and Bacon By Gosh, in Henry County, Tennessee, and has 84 contracted barns in the region where farmers grow pigs for his products.

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Beyond The Burger - Brewers Grocery

The west Kentucky region is home to some great burger joints, but often there’s more to these places than just a good burger. Austin Carter is a self-proclaimed burger enthusiast and he's starting a new series about the people that make these burgers special. His first installment of “Beyond the Burger” begins in Marshall County, Kentucky.

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