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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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The investigation continues into a weekend report of “shots fired” in downtown Richmond that led to the arrest of five people. 

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a package of criminal justice legislation, saying the system "needs to be approached with more compassion."  

The Republican governor signed the five bills this morning (Monday) at an Illinois Department of Corrections adult transition center in Chicago.  

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UPDATE: A Frankfort judge has blocked Governor Matt Bevin’s removal of the chair of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board, but he’s allowing the governor’s reorganization of that agency’s board of directors to remain.

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  Two weed resistant seed varieties are popping up across the Commonwealth faster than management practices can control. Palmer Amaranth also known as ‘pigweed,’and its cousin variety Water Hemp were first noticed in 2010 in just a portion of the state, now University of Kentucky Extension Weed Specialist JD Green says every county has at least one variety.

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Kentucky education officials have determined that 241 testing violations occurred on required statewide tests for the 2014-15 school year. 

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The fourth and final defendant in a Hopkinsville sexual assault case involving a minor has accepted a plea agreement. 

Months after the Obama administration advised school districts that transgender students should be given access to bathrooms based on their gender identity, a federal judge in Texas has blocked the guidance from going into effect — for now.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor has granted a preliminary, nationwide injunction in response to a lawsuit filed by Texas and a number of other states.

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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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A citizens group wants representation at the table as the state of Kentucky negotiates the clean-up of radioactive waste at a Central Kentucky landfill. The best a state official is offering is to hear citizen comments.

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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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