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Vermont GMO Law Could Increase KY Food Costs

A mandatory GMO labeling law in Vermont could increase food costs for low income families in Kentucky. State Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the law, which goes into effect this Friday, could ‘upend the market’ and adversely affect farmers who sell their products across the U.S.
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Kentucky farmers will soon be seeing clearer skies to make drones a bigger part of their operations thanks to new federal rules.  

The Federal Aviation Administration recently released a list of updated operational rules regarding small drone use and is considering issuing exemption waivers to certain groups, like farmers.  

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Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing Gov. Matt Bevin for abolishing and then reinstating the boards of trustees of both the University of Louisville and Kentucky Retirement Systems, the state agency that manages the pensions of most state employees.

At a news conference Wednesday morning in Frankfort, Gov. Matt Bevin announced his much-anticipated plan to remake the state’s expanded Medicaid system.

Under the plan, which would require federal approval, Kentuckians who earn between 34 percent and 138 percent of the federal poverty line would be required to pay fixed premiums for the insurance. The premiums will range from $1 to $15 for “able-bodied adults,” according to Mark Birdwhistell, University of Kentucky HealthCare’s vice president for administration and external affairs who is heading up the state’s waiver process

U of L Gripped By Uncertainty Following Board's Elimination

Jun 22, 2016
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Gov. Matt Bevin’s disbanding of the University of Louisville’s governing board has cast a cloud of growing uncertainty over the institution.

While debate over the legality and wisdom of Bevin’s move continues, routine issues such as hiring deans and passing the budget remain undone on campus.

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[Audio] On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross and Dr. Michael Bordieri discuss the Orlando night club shooting from a mental health perspective.

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Nearly 1,000 volunteers from around Western Kentucky are building a community playground in Paducah this week.

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Traci Lawrence talks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about a new nonprofit organization called The Way of Wellness, a mentoring facility in Murray providing shelter, counseling, and educational services for homeless women and their children and victims of domestic violence.

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A Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has asked a federal appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit against her because of a new state law that will take effect next month.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling effectively legalized gay marriage last year.

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The Illinois House has again canceled plans to convene for a weekly session Wednesday.

House Speaker Michael Madigan released a statement saying that rank-and-file groups of lawmakers continue to make progress on negotiations toward a budget deal.  

International Bluegrass Music Center

A new home for the International Bluegrass Music Museum and Hall of Fame in Owensboro is one step closer to reality.

A groundbreaking for the facility is being held on Thursday, June 23.

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[Watch] Sounds Good Live Lunch with Vickie Vaughn

We welcome Kentucky-native and Nashville-based artist Vickie Vaughn back to WKMS Studio B for a Sounds Good Live Lunch Friday, June 24 at 11 a.m. This time, she's joined by guitarist Corey Walker for an hour of bluegrass and country tunes. Watch the live webcast here!
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Nicole Erwin, Ohio Valley ReSource

High Hopes For Hemp

Farmers throughout the Ohio Valley want to revive a crop that was once a staple in the region: hemp. After a ban that lasted more than half a century, the 2014 Farm Bill allowed states to grow hemp in research programs. Growers and processors in Kentucky are aggressively putting that research program to work in hopes of winning a share of the booming market for hemp products.
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Hot Mess: How Radioactive Fracking Waste Wound Up Near Homes And Schools

The energy that lights up, turns on, cools and heats our lives leaves a trail of waste. Natural gas is no exception. The waste from the gas drilling known as “fracking” is often radioactive. The gas industry produces thousands of tons of this “hot” waste and companies and state regulators throughout the Ohio River valley and Marcellus Shale gas region struggle to find safe ways to get rid of it.
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Kentucky to Pay $190k in Lawyer Fees to Noah's Ark Theme Park

Kentucky is paying $190,000 in attorney’s fees to the Christian group that won a tourism tax benefit for a Noah’s ark attraction that will open soon in Kentucky.
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