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Datebook
10:11 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Datebook: December 18 - Teen Spirit, Police Food Drive, Christmas Tree Sale

Tomorrow is the deadline to enter artwork in the Yeiser Art Center’s 22nd annual Teen Spirit Exhibition. Students in grades 9-12 are invited to submit images of their work to submissionsteenspirit@gmail.com. Include a high resolution image, the name of the work, artist's name, teacher's name, school name, medium, price, and date created. More information at theyeiser.org

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Government
4:05 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Simpson County on the Verge of Passing Local Right-to-Work Law

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 3:21 pm

Simpson County has become the third Kentucky county to give preliminary approval to a right-to-work law. 

The Simpson County Fiscal Court voted unanimously Tuesday on a local ordinance that allows workers to decide whether to join a union and pay dues without fear of losing their job.  Simpson County borders Tennessee which has a right-to-work law.  For Judge-Executive Jim Henderson, it’s an economic development issue.

"It is perceived by many new and expanding businesses throughout the country that Kentucky is not as business-friendly because we don't have right to work," Henderson told WKU Public Radio.  "Whether it's real or perceived doesn't really matter because when those companies are looking at locating a plant somewhere in the country, many of them simply won't look at Kentucky."

Eldon Renaud, president of the United Auto Workers Union in Bowling Green, spoke out against the ordinance at the fiscal court meeting, arguing right-to-work laws drive down wages and benefits for employees.

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Environment
3:51 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Change in Nerve Agent Disposal Process Under Consideration at Blue Grass Army Depot

Discussions are underway regarding proposed changes in the process of disposing chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot.

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Education
3:28 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Haslam Names Lipscomb University Dean Education Commissioner

Credit Lipscomb University

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has named Lipscomb University senior vice president and dean Candice McQueen as the next education commissioner.

McQueen oversees the College of Education and the 1,300 pre-k through 12th grade students at Lipscomb Academy.

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Business
12:26 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Hemlock Semiconductor Closing Its Clarksville Plant

Credit http://www.hscpoly.com/

Hemlock Semiconductor is closing its Clarksville plant in Tennessee due to industry oversupply and international trade disputes. The plant’s approximately 50 workers will have the opportunity to relocate to other company or Dow Corning sites.

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Education
11:46 am
Wed December 17, 2014

MSU President Talks Tobacco Ban, University Marketing Shifts

Murray State University President Bob Davies.

Murray State University President Bob Davies stopped by WKMS to discuss topics ranging from a long-discussed tobacco ban to the school’s overall marketing approach.

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Government
11:12 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Obama Unveils 'New Approach' On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

President Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. will work with Cuba to normalize diplomatic ties.
Doug Mills UPI /Landov

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 1:41 pm

Updated at 2:39 p.m. ET

President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana.

Obama said "we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries."

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Datebook
9:39 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Datebook: December 17 - State of Downtown, Food Distribution, Pet Adoption

There’s a State of the Downtown: Moving Forward town hall meeting tomorrow morning at 9 at the Robert O. Miller Conference Center in Murray. The focus of the meeting is to look at the past year and discuss strategies for 2015. It’s open to all. 

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Government
6:52 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Fitch to Lower PPS Credit Rating to Triple B

Paducah Power Systems interim general manager Mark Crisson addresses the Paducah City Commission.
Credit Lance Dennee

Paducah Power Systems interim general manager Mark Crisson told the Paducah city commission Tuesday night the credit rating company Fitch plans to announce a downgrade of PPS to triple B.

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Education
7:55 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Play Turns Scientific at Robotics Tournament

Kids commanding their team's robot through the obstacle course.
Credit Allison Crawford

On average, every person on earth owns 86 Lego bricks according the Lego Company. And that number could grow with Christmas around the corner and kids looking forward to toy stuffed stockings. But the plastic bricks and Lego robotic systems are more than just toys. Play and science collided in the educational world of Lego tournaments last weekend at Paducah’s West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

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