Angela Hatton http://wkms.org en MCCH's Penner Talks Challenges, Focus for Hospital's Future http://wkms.org/post/mcchs-penner-talks-challenges-focus-hospitals-future <p></p><p></p><p>Murray-Calloway County Hospital CEO Jerry Penner has headed the local healthcare provider for two years now. One of his main focuses has been improving quality of care. In 2012, MCCH was among Kentucky hospitals struggling with financial problems related to changes in the state’s healthcare system. Penner was recently one of five Kentucky hospital leaders who met with Governor Steve Beshear to discuss slow reimbursements and a high claim denial rate from the state’s Medicaid managed care organizations.&nbsp;Penner&nbsp; recently joined Angela Hatton in his office to talk about how healthcare continues to change in our region.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Angela Hatton 26188 at http://wkms.org MCCH's Penner Talks Challenges, Focus for Hospital's Future Retiring Education Department Spokeswoman Recalls Reforms http://wkms.org/post/retiring-education-department-spokeswoman-recalls-reforms <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Kentucky Department of Education Communications Division Director Lisa Gross retired in December. Earlier in 2012, she earned the Kevin M. Noland Award for significant service to the commonwealth’s public schools.</p><p>Gross has been responsible for KDE’s public information and media relations. For many education reporters Gross has been the “go to” person at the state level. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Angela Hatton 25820 at http://wkms.org Retiring Education Department Spokeswoman Recalls Reforms Racers Winning Basketball Season Comes Back to MSU in Royalties http://wkms.org/post/racers-winning-basketball-season-comes-back-msu-royalties <p></p><p>Murray State’s record-winning 2011-2012 basketball season has prompted a 47 percent increase in revenue from merchandise licensing royalties. Assistant Vice President of Communications Catherine Sivills says the university is on track to hit the $100,000 mark for the first time this year. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Angela Hatton 26000 at http://wkms.org Racers Winning Basketball Season Comes Back to MSU in Royalties New Kentucky Standards Reflect Change in Teaching Focus http://wkms.org/post/new-kentucky-standards-reflect-change-teaching-focus <p></p><p><em>This year Kentucky public school students took tests using the state’s new accountability measure for the first time. “College and Career Readiness” are the keywords tied to education reforms brought about by 2009 legislation. The focus is making the students successful, no matter their path in life. In the 2011-2012 school year, students got the first round of tougher math and reading programs, and test scores released in November show how well they did. While school districts’ scores varied, all have benefited from higher standards. &nbsp; </em></p><p> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Angela Hatton 26201 at http://wkms.org New Kentucky Standards Reflect Change in Teaching Focus Western Kentucky Polar Plunge 2013 Set http://wkms.org/post/western-kentucky-polar-plunge-2013-set <p></p><p><em>Due to technical difficulties, we are not able to provide the audio from Friday's Special Olympics/Polar Plunge interview on Sounds Good. We apologize for the inconvenience. </em></p><p>The <a href="http://www.soky.org/westernkyplunge.htm#.UN3JXfLhd8E">2013 Western Kentucky Polar Plunge</a> is set for February 16, at Kentucky Dam Village. The event is the major annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Kentucky, with several plunges held across the state.</p><p>And, yes, it’s what it sounds like: A group of silly, happy people jumping in to freezing cold water for <a href="http://soky.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1049199">a good cause.</a> Murray-Calloway Special Olympics Coordinator Laura Miller, and Coach Chuck Williams joined Angela Hatton at WKMS's studios to talk about the plunge and Special Olympics. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 19:02:40 +0000 Angela Hatton 26185 at http://wkms.org Western Kentucky Polar Plunge 2013 Set Army Corps Sets Dates for Dam Restriction Meetings http://wkms.org/post/army-corps-sets-dates-dam-restriction-meetings <p></p><p>The Army Corps of Engineers will hear public comment on pending Cumberland River dam restrictions Jan. 10, in Grand Rivers. The Corps announced earlier this month it would restrict all water access above and below 10 dams, including the one on Lake Barkley because it's a dangerous area. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:09:56 +0000 Angela Hatton 26181 at http://wkms.org Army Corps Sets Dates for Dam Restriction Meetings Hopkins Co. Schools to Require ID Checks for All Visitors http://wkms.org/post/hopkins-co-schools-require-id-checks-all-visitors <p>While many school districts in the region have a sign in and sign out policy for visitors, at least one western Kentucky school district is tightening its security policy. In the wake of the Connecticut elementary school shooting, visitors to Hopkins County Schools will have to present a valid form of ID at the front office before getting a visitor’s pass. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 17:33:02 +0000 Angela Hatton & The Madisonville Messenger 26139 at http://wkms.org Hopkins Co. Schools to Require ID Checks for All Visitors Heavy Snowfall Expected with Christmas Blizzard (8 AM UPDATE) http://wkms.org/post/heavy-snowfall-expected-christmas-blizzard-8-am-update <p></p><p><a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/pah/">NOTE: Information on the blizzard is changing as the storm system approaches. Visit the National Weather Service for updated information. </a></p><p>Snow will continue to fall this morning with some areas in Illinois receiving up to a foot. Kentucky and Tennessee has received between 2 and 7 inches of snow.</p><p>Light now is expected to continue into the afternoon.</p><p> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 16:19:04 +0000 Angela Hatton & Whitney Jones 26078 at http://wkms.org Heavy Snowfall Expected with Christmas Blizzard (8 AM UPDATE) Banahan: Ky. Health Exchange to Benefit Small Businesses Most http://wkms.org/post/banahan-ky-health-exchange-benefit-small-businesses-most <p></p><p>Kentucky’s health benefit exchange program has received conditional approval from the federal government. The commonwealth is among 15 states operating their own health care exchanges. The government-managed health plans goes into effect January 2014. Tue, 25 Dec 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Angela Hatton 26002 at http://wkms.org Banahan: Ky. Health Exchange to Benefit Small Businesses Most National Weather Service Predicts 'Crippling' Winter Storm http://wkms.org/post/national-weather-service-predicts-crippling-winter-storm <p></p><p><a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/pah/"><em><strong>NOTE:</strong>&nbsp; The National Weather Service plans to provide regular updates as the forecast develops. Check their website often.</em></a></p><p>The National Weather Service in Paducah is predicting a major winter storm Christmas night. NWS forecasters upgraded a winter storm watch to a blizzard watch this afternoon. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 20:22:15 +0000 Angela Hatton 26061 at http://wkms.org National Weather Service Predicts 'Crippling' Winter Storm