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1:39 pm
Fri September 18, 2009

The 104 Newscast on September 18, 2009. From the WKMS News Team.

Murray, Ky – The 104 Newscast on September 18, 2009. From the WKMS News Team.

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Regional Headlines
12:33 pm
Fri September 18, 2009

Metropolis Sewer Water Rates Increase

Massac, Ill – The Metropolis Illinois City Council approved rate increases for water and sewer services. By October first water rates should double to sixteen dollars and sewer increase to twenty-five dollars. Rates should cap in 2014 at about thirty-five to forty dollars. The Metropolis Planet reports the city is one of two in southern Illinois with combined sewer and water drains. The E-P-A is working Metropolis to separate the systems for environmental reasons.

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Local Features
11:56 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Country rock poet Brett Eugene Ralph comes to Murray State

Brett Eugene Ralph

Murray, KY – Murray State's Reading series brings poet Brett Eugene Ralph to the Clara Eagle Art Gallery in the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building Thursday. This summer, Sarabande Books of Louisville published Black Sabattical, a collection of Ralph's poems, in its Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. A-former-punk-rocker-now-a-country-rocker, the poet teaches at Hopkinsville Community College and spoke with Kate Lochte from his office.

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11:54 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Threat Level "Widespread" in Kentucky

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's flu activity level is now widespread according to the Kentucky Department of Public Health. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity. It indicates increased outbreaks in at least half of the regions in a state. Kentucky Public Health Commissioner William Hacker says most of the cases are probably swine flu, because it's still too early in the year for widespread seasonal flu. Murray State University is reporting eighteen individuals with flu-like symptoms.

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11:52 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Magistrate's Trial Set for April

Madisonville, KY – A jury trial is set for Hopkins County Magistrate Wesley Lynn. Lynn faces sexual abuse charges stemming from his time as a paramedic at Trover Health System. The Madisonville Messenger reports Lynn has two other indictments for sexual assault, rape, sodomy, and harassment. In total, seven women have accused him of misconduct. The alleged incidents occurred between 2006 and 2008, when Lynn resigned from the hospital. He maintains his innocence. The trial is set for April 13th.

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Regional Headlines
11:27 am
Fri September 18, 2009

85-year-old rapist

Montgomery County, TN – A Montgomery County Tennessee man is charged with 2 counts of aggravated statutory rape. Eighty-five-year-old John P. Van Artsdalen is charged with raping a mentally disabled teenager in March of 2008. Though Artsdalen will serve no jail time, he will serve two consecutive 4-year-terms on probation. He was only charged on two of the five counts originally filed against him.

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Local Features
11:22 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Exclusive interview with bluegrass stars Josh Williams and Michael Cleveland

Murray, KY – The 7th annual Kentucky Lake Bluegrass Festival begins next Friday. The two-day festival is held at Kenlake State Resort Park in Aurora. Mark Welch spoke recently with two of the headliners - Michael Cleveland and Josh Williams. Josh Williams & Michael Cleveland perform at the Kentucky Lake Bluegrass Festival next weekend. See a full schedule at klbf.org. The music begins Friday September 25 at 5 pm at the Kenlake State Resort Park amphitheater.

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Local Features
11:15 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Murray officials listen as residents speak out

Murray, Ky. – Thursday night, more than 100 people gathered at Murray Middle School for the city's first community listening session. City officials hosted the meeting to gather input on the municipal budget. Jacque Day attended the meeting, and brings us this.

The comments from last night's meeting are to appear on the City of Murray web site. Citizens have the opportunity to add to the comments for the next few weeks.

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Local Features
10:26 am
Fri September 18, 2009

September's conversations with MSU President Dr. Randy Dunn

Dr. Randy Dunn discussing current events at Murray State University.
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Murray, KY – As we do each month, WKMS News Director, Chad Lampe, sits down with Murray State President Dr. Randy Dunn. This week we'll learn in depth details about Murray State's swine flu preparations, what's happening with the new "Racer Routes" transportation service, and lawmakers statements on the most recent Chemistry building dedication.

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Datebook
10:00 am
Fri September 18, 2009

A datebook of regional events for September 18, 2009 from WKMS.

Murray, Ky – A datebook of regional events for September 18, 2009 from WKMS.

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