Datebook
10:12 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Datebook: December 10 - Holiday Film Fest, Christmas Courtyard Spectacular, LowerTown Fest

The Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library hosts "A Very Merry Happy Holiday Film Fest" this Saturday at the library. The first show starts at 1 p.m. and the second show starts at 3 p.m. Popcorn and sodas provided.

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Government
6:28 am
Wed December 10, 2014

PPS Updates City Commission

Credit Paducah Power System

Paducah City Commissioners asked Mayor Gayle Kaler to request a brief from Paducah Power System on the Rate Recovery Plan at last night’s city commission meeting.

Commissioner Richard Abraham says the City Commission wants more details about a PPS meeting with insurance and bond rating companies this week.

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Business
4:24 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Airgas Announces Liquid Hydrogen Plant for Calvert City

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A national gas supplier plans to build a liquid hydrogen plant in Calvert City.

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Arts
4:17 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Little River Band's Wayne Nelson Preview's Glema Mahr Center Show

Little River Band
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An Evening with Little River Band at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts on campus at Madisonville Community College starts at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday. Little River Band was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1975. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with bass guitarist and vocalist Wayne Nelson about his being the bridge between the original band and the current lineup that brings new energy and arrangements to the classic hits, like "Reminiscing." 

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Education
3:52 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Report Shows Ky Public School System Funding is Below National Average

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A new report from the Council for Better Education shows that Kentucky’s public education system is below funding levels compared to the national average.  

The Adequacy for Excellence in Kentucky funding study is an independent review conducted by education research group Picus Odden & Associates.

The study was funded by the CBE. 

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Government
12:55 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Report: Tennessee Cuts Debt, Still Long Way to Go

Credit Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury

A report from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office shows that while the state has paid off a significant amount of its debt, it still has a long way to go.

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Business
12:39 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

That Nest Egg Needs To Last As Long As You Do. So How Do You Start?

While people can often estimate how much they might need for 10 or 15 years of retirement, that calculation becomes more difficult for retirement that could last 20 years or more.
Gary Waters Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:22 pm

Retirement for baby boomers will look different than it did for their parents — Americans are living longer, health care costs more, fewer people have pensions today, and many people facing retirement haven't saved much.

All of that makes managing the nest egg you do have even more vital. But many people need and want guidance on what they should do to make sure their retirement savings last.

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Business
10:24 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Western Kentucky County Could See Coal Jobs Cut in Half

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 3:13 pm

A western Kentucky county could lose half of its coal-mining workforce in the next couple of months. 

Coal mining employs about 1,200 people in Union County, but that could change, according to a layoff notice issued by Patriot Coal Corporation. 

The company is warning that up to 670 workers could be laid off in February at the Highland mine on the Union-Henderson County border and at the Dodge Hill complex.

Union County Judge-executive Jody Jenkins says, unfortunately, the news is familiar.

"For the last 60 years, I guess, coal mining has been the life blood of this community, Jenkins told WKU Public Radio.  "Historically, we've had mine closures and layoffs, but it doesn't make it any easier."

Union County's unemployment rate in October was 4.8%.  The statewide rate was 6.2%.

Patriot emerged from bankruptcy reorganization a year ago and had earlier closed its mines in Henderson County.  In a news release, the company said low natural gas prices and tougher EPA regulations continue to drive down coal prices, resulting in operating losses at many mines.

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Datebook
10:14 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Datebook: December 9 - Holiday Concert, Madrigal Feaste, Santa Claws Pet Photos

The Murray High School Choir and Symphonic Band perform a concert of seasonal holiday favorites this Thursday night at 7. The concert is held in Lovett Auditorium on the campus of Murray State University. Admission is free and everyone is invited. 

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Society
7:59 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Animal Shelter Discussion Continues in McCracken Co.

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The McCracken County Fiscal Court voted Monday night to hire an architectural firm to assess costs for a new animal shelter after shelter supporters asked the court to act on the issue.

Judge Executive Van Newberry said the cost to hire an architect will run between $10,000 and $25,000 .

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