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FEMA Aid Available to Western Kentucky Counties for July Severe Weather

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared federal disaster aid for 20 Kentucky counties, including more than a dozen in our listening area.
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Lexington Mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray says the Kentucky Farm Bureau should change its policies that oppose same-sex marriage and other LGBTQ issues.

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Update: With reaction from  Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

A Kentucky abortion has lost its appeal to the state's Supreme Court in an effort to reopen. The EMW Women's Clinic in Lexington has been closed since June, when the state Court of Appeals granted Governor Matt Bevin's request to close it. 

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A judge has denied a request to stop the University of Louisville board of trustees from taking action on its budget. 

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Governor Matt Bevin has ceremonially signed legislation that requires all untested sexual assault examination kits to be sent to the Kentucky State Police crime lab by the beginning of next year.

Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles, via Twitter @KYAgCommish

A Lexington-based bank is taking home the Kentucky State Fair's grand champion ham for $600,000 dollars.

Central Bank made the winning bid in a charity auction at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast this Thursday. 

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The head of the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet has named Paul Joseph Vido as director of the state Division of Enforcement at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

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Update 11 a.m. The roadway has reopened.  

UPDATE: 10 a.m.

A portion of US 641 south is still blocked as crews work to unload 40,000 pounds of rice in order to rollover an overturned semi. 

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A Paducah man has been charged in the fatal stabbing of another Tuesday.

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Owensboro Health has named its next President and CEO.

Greg Strahan has been promoted after serving in the roles on an interim basis since mid-April. He previously helped oversee construction of the Owensboro Health Regional Hospital as the system’s chief operating officer.

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A federal appeals court has struck down a rule preventing judicial candidates in Kentucky from declaring a political affiliation.  

But a three-judge panel of the 6th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld rules blocking judicial candidates from making financial contributions to other candidates or hosting political fundraisers.  

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New to the WKMS Saturday night lineup is Sound Opinions – a show for people who love smart and engaging music, criticism and conversation.
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[Audio] Western Kentucky Botanical Garden Hosts a Back Woods Ball

On Sounds Good, Dr. Bill Tyler talks with Austin Carter about the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden’s upcoming Back Woods Ball.
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Grazing In The Grass: An Old-Fashioned Idea Holds New Promise For Sustainable Farming

Small-scale farmers in the region often find it challenging to keep their land sustainable while staying competitive in the marketplace. Nicole Erwin of Ohio Valley ReSource visited a farm that’s doing both with a method called rotational grazing. She found that this “new” approach grows from some very old ideas.
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Historic 534-Acre Farm Donated to Murray State University

Murray State University is now home to an historic, 534-acre farm in Ballard County. Long-time district judge, attorney and farmer Jimmy Don Robinson has donated his farm, known as Eagle Rest Plantation, to benefit the Hutson School of Agriculture.
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