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Environment
12:21 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Ky Receives Federal Funds to Help Stem Asian Carp Spread

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  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is providing Kentucky $240k to fight the spread of Asian carp.  

The abundant invasive species outcompetes the native fish for food causing an economic distress for local fisheries.  

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Datebook
10:26 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Datebook: July 2 - Autism Awareness Walk, Golf Tournament, Red Wolf Treat Time

The autism support group Families on the Spectrum hosts the 4th Annual Autism Awareness Walk this Saturday morning at 9 on the Kentucky Dam walking trail. The free event includes watermelon and a piñata bust. Kids are invited to bring wagons, scooters, and bikes. Proceeds from T-shirt sales and donations support Families on the Spectrum. 

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Government
4:57 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Election Admin: Local Rep. Changed Weakley Co. Commission to Install a Friend as Her Successor

Weakley County administrator of elections Barbara Castleman
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Weakley County, Tennessee’s election administrator is crying foul over moves made by a local lawmaker to reshuffle the county’s election commission.

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Government
3:55 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Decision Delayed on Possible Fort Campbell Troop Reduction

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  A decision on possible troop reductions at Fort Campbell, once expected by the end of June, has been pushed to the end of this month.

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Science
3:51 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

"Cancer Doesn't Wait" Local Hospital Launches Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

Breast Cancer Awareness Prevention Campaign Flyer
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The American Cancer Society predicts nearly 235,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year. The key word is "invasive" says Murray Calloway County Hospital Wellness Works Coordinator Melissa Ross, because this form of breast cancer can be prevented with routine mammograms. She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about their new breast cancer prevention awareness campaign at the hospital.

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Sports
3:41 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

'Ladies' No More? Gender Issues Under Scrutiny in Women's Sports Branding

University of Tennessee Womens Basketball Team
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As the University of Tennessee- Knoxville Athletics program evolves from their moniker “Lady Vols” other universities with gender distinguishing titles are being asked if they will change as well.

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Society
2:57 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

KY Commission on Human Rights Director Reflects on Charleston Shootings

John Johnson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights
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The NAACP writes on their Facebook page: "After tireless work and Congressional hearings that led to the Church Arson Prevention Act being passed in 1996 - almost 20 years later, we must again seek justice, investigate and find #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches. Six black churches have burned since the terrorist attack at Emanuel AME Church." Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights John Johnson was the youngest president of any NAACP chapter at the age of 18 and spent 20 years working at the national headquarters before his current position. He spoke with Kate Lochte last week before the funeral for victims of the Charleston shooting, about it being long past time for racism to exist and how he thinks law enforcement can improve practices in black communities.

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Culture
2:54 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Friends of Confederate-Focused Memorial Pick 2015 to Host First Independence Day Celebration

Jefferson Davis Monument by J. Stephen Conn, on Flickr via Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) license
Credit J. Stephen Conn

A state park honoring confederate leader Jefferson Davis will play host to its first Independence Day celebration this weekend. The “Friends of Jefferson Davis Historic Site” suggested the Fairview park host the event. The decision comes despite national controversy over the confederate flag and its heritage.  Parks Manager Rod Syndor denies any controversy at his park and said the celebration will be focused on U.S. independence.

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WKMS Press Releases
1:34 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

WKMS Newsroom Wins National Awards for Documentary Work

WKMS News Director Chad Lampe at the PRNDI Awards 2015

The WKMS Newsroom recently received two national awards for the radio documentary Living on the Line: Poverty in Western Kentucky at the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) annual conference in Salt Lake City. Attending the conference as a Board Member of the organization, WKMS News Director Chad Lampe accepted the awards given to the WKMS Newsroom for reporting about people challenged by the economy in the WKMS listening area.

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Business
11:17 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Christian County Chamber of Commerce Announces New President and CEO

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Following an intensive selection process beginning in March,  the Christian County Chamber of Commerce has announced the hiring of its new President and CEO, Kelli Pendleton. 

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