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9:25 am
Fri January 15, 2010

McCracken Matches Convention Board Fund

Paducah, KY – The Paducah-McCracken County Convention Center Corporation will get $75,000 from the county fiscal court to help pay bills and operating costs through the next half-year. The funding matches a payment approved by the Paducah City Commission last month. Among its debts, the Convention Center board owes about $70,000 to the Paducah Power System. The board operates the Julian Carroll Convention Center and Paducah Expo Center, which have seen little use last year with the closure of the Executive Inn.

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9:16 am
Fri January 15, 2010

Massac Co. without Emergency Director

Metropolis, IL – Massac County, Illinois is without an emergency response director, after its long-time official died this week. 84-year-old O.D. Troutman ran the emergency coordinator post for nearly 25 years. His funeral was yesterday. Massac County Commission Chairman Jayson Farmer says a search for a new director will begin immediately. Farmer says the right person for the job will have emergency accreditation, experience, and networking skills. Commissioners hope to have a serious candidate within the next month and a half.

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9:09 am
Fri January 15, 2010

KY Social Workers Ask Lawmakers to Fund Protections

Frankfort, KY – Social workers have again called on Kentucky lawmakers to appropriate money to fully fund the "Boni Bill" passed by lawmakers in 2007. That bill was intended to eliminate some of the dangers social workers face when making house calls. It passed after the brutal murder of social worker Boni Frederick during a welfare check at a home in 2006. Social workers who came to Frankfort Thursday also asked lawmakers to support an effort to reduce caseloads and to review manager-to-staff ratios.

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Regional Headlines
9:02 am
Fri January 15, 2010

Reidland-Farley Plans to Take a Loss

Paducah, KY – The Reidland-Farley Fire Department board has voted to borrow over a quarter-million dollars to pay for a controversial fire/rescue boat. Trustees plan to sell the boat at a loss, which could be as much as $135,000. They also voted to reject a federal grant that would pay for 75 percent, but obligate the department to respond to emergencies along some 200 miles of river waterways. The Paducah Sun reports trustees believe taking a loss on the boat is their best financial option.

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Regional Headlines
8:48 am
Fri January 15, 2010

KY House Speaker Favors Roll Back of Sales Tax

Frankfort, KY – House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he'd like to see a roll back of Kentucky's sales tax to five percent and the elimination of the state's corporate income tax. Stumbo says those are two of the options House lawmakers are considering in a tax reform proposal that could be considered in the current legislative session. He says the loss of revenue from those two taxes could be made up by eliminating a broad array of tax exemptions and ensuring that all residents and businesses are paying their fair share.

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8:44 am
Fri January 15, 2010

Regional Sports Scoreboard

Murray, KY – Women's Basketball- Austin Peay won over Tennessee State 77-66. UT Martin beat Tennessee Tech 56-52. Lady Racers won over Jacksonville State 78-49.

Men's Basketball- UT Martin fell to Tennessee Tech 76-63. Racers beat Jacksonville State 92-68.

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Regional Headlines
8:36 am
Fri January 15, 2010

Bredesen's K-12 Plan Heads to Full Senate

Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen's proposal to require up to half of teacher evaluations and tenure decisions to be based on student achievement data is headed to the full Senate for a vote. The Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed the measure Thursday. The governor has said it's key to Tennessee's chances of landing up to $485 million dollars in federal "Race to the Top" money. Tennessee currently uses no testing data to evaluate teachers.

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4:50 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

State Auditor Lobbies for Colon Screenings

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's state auditor is lobbying for additional funding to expand colon cancer screening across the commonwealth. Crit Luallen, a two time colon cancer survivor, testified before the house health and welfare committee today. She knows some people don't want to think about the colonoscopy screening procedure.

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Regional Headlines
4:24 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Hopkinsville Woman Wins Lottery

Hopkinsville, KY – A Hopkinsville woman has won a million dollar lottery prize. Fifty-two year old Barbara Baker was in Louisville today to pick up her check from Kentucky Lottery headquarters. She won the prize from yesterday's Powerball drawing. Baker takes home 690-thousand dollars after taxes. The gas station where she purchased the winning ticket will receive ten thousand dollars for the sale.

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Newscasts
3:53 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

The 404 Newscast on January 14, 2010. From the WKMS News Team.

Murray, Ky – The 404 Newscast on January 14, 2010. From the WKMS News Team.

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