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Kara Lofton, West Virginia Public Radio

People in West Virginia are still recovering from floods that tore through communities like vengeful gods. When you look at the pictures and videos of the June flood – thick, brown, furious, unrelenting – it’s not hard to imagine how our ancestors believed supernatural beings were behind the devastation. Today, of course, we have better insight into the natural forces at work, and science shows us that the damage from nature’s wrath has a lot to do with human behavior.

Solid Rock'it Boosters

Todd Anderson and Nathan Brown of the Paducah band Solid Rock’it Boosters speak with Austin Carter on Sounds Good about the growth of Paducah's music scene, Solid Rock’it Boosters history, and the band’s performance Saturday night at the recently renovated Twinkling Star.

Paducah Sun-Democrat, via Pogue Library collections

Scattered in the pages of the Paducah Sun-Democrat during the fall and winter of 1940, among accounts of the Nazis’ movements in the Balkans and FDR’s defeat of Wendell Willkie for an unprecedented third term as president, a murder mystery unfolded on the eastern bank of the Tennessee River.

Marcus Obal, Wikimedia Commons

A Tennessee man faces arson charges after torching a Paducah hotel room.  

By Paul Goyette from Chicago, USA (bird's eye) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Public health officials in Lexington say the Zika virus has been confirmed in an infant born to a woman who traveled to a virus-prone area.  

Test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate the infant was exposed to the virus in the womb.  

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has named Will Cromer as the new chief of staff for TennCare, the state's expanded Medicaid program.  

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

  Storms swept across the region Friday afternoon with only minor damage in Murray. Part of the roof belonging to BobNanney Insurance, at 107 North 4th Street,  was blown off the building but with no other reported damages or injuries according to dispatch at the Murray Police Department. 

Karen Guse was close when gusts of wind reaching an estimated 60 mph hit the downtown area. 

"The roof just started coming off and swirling around and a piece has fallen down...that's my car. It was a little freaky," said Guse. 

Courtesy of Bill Bartleman

The Republican National Convention in Cleveland has ended with Donald Trump formally accepting the GOP nomination for president. McCracken County Commissioner and retired Paducah Sun journalist Bill Bartleman was a delegate at the RNC. Matt Markgraf speaks with him about Trump's speech last night and the message he plans to bring back home to western Kentucky voters. 

J. Tyler Franklin/WFPL News

Donald Trump is now officially the Republican nominee for president. He delivered an expansive, sometimes dark, acceptance speech Thursday night, reiterating promises to build a wall on the southern border of the United States, bar immigrants from terror-linked states and overhaul international trade deals.

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State officials say Kentucky’s unemployment rate fell slightly in June. The state Office of Employment and Training said Thursday that last month's jobless rate dropped to 5 percent, down from a revised 5.1 percent in May. 

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