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3:20 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

The 104 Newscast on August 6, 2009. From the WKMS News Team.

Murray, KY – The 104 Newscast on August 6, 2009. From the WKMS News Team.

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Local Features
2:14 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Hummingbird Festival is a Humdinger

Ruby Throated Hummingbird Yawning
Teresa Gemeinhardt

Marshall, KY – It's peak season as the Ruby Throated hummingbird fuels up and prepares for the 2000 mile migration to Mexico and Central America. The Land Between the Lakes Woodlands Nature Station held its annual Hummingbird Festival this past weekend. Our correspondent Paco Long-Mendez attended the festival. Here's his report.

- The hummingbird fits between Bill Hilton, Jr.'s thumb and forefinger. At about the weight of a penny, it's so small that the crowd strains to see it.

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Regional Headlines
12:21 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

TCAA Won't Publish Names

Cadiz, KY – The Trigg County Citizens Against Alcohol group won't publish alcohol supporters' names in the newspaper. The Cadiz Record reports TCAA had planned to make a list of supporters' names public to discourage residents from signing the alcohol vote petition. But now the issue is going to a vote in September and TCAA has decided to refocus their efforts. Members plan a phone drive and ad-campaign against alcohol ahead of the September 29 vote. A county-wide rally is also planned.

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Newscasts
10:48 am
Thu August 6, 2009

The 806 Newscast on August 6, 2009. From the WKMS News Team.

Murray, KY – The 806 Newscast on August 6, 2009. From the WKMS News Team.

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Regional Headlines
10:38 am
Thu August 6, 2009

Firefighters Head West

London, KY – A team of Kentucky firefighters is headed out west to help fight California wildfires. Forty firefighters, including some from western Kentucky and the Fort Campbell area, are going to Redding, California. They will assist with suppression efforts. The firefighters represent the Kentucky Division of Forestry, the National Park Service, and the Tennessee Division of Forestry.

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Regional Headlines
10:37 am
Thu August 6, 2009

Illinois Says No Texts

Chicago, IL – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and state lawmakers are telling motorists to put down their cell phones. Quinn signs a new law today that bans text messaging while driving. While drivers can't read their e-mail or text if they're moving, they can check messages if they pull over to the side of the road or are at a standstill in traffic. Also, motorists can still read directions on a navigation system. Illinois joins at least nine other states that regulate texting in vehicles.

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Regional Headlines
8:40 am
Thu August 6, 2009

Tax-Free Tennessee

Tennessee – Tennessee is going tax-free for the weekend, starting at midnight tonight. This year's sales tax holiday is aimed at the back-to-school crowd, with clothing and computers getting the break. Tennessee's Department of Revenue says buyers will not pay state or local taxes on clothing and school supplies under $100 and computers priced under $1,500.

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Regional Headlines
8:37 am
Thu August 6, 2009

Military Assessing Needs of Families During War

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8:31 am
Thu August 6, 2009

KY Police Warn about Spike in Thefts

Mayfield, KY – Police are warning people in three western Kentucky counties to lock up their valuables after a spike in thefts. Kentucky State Police say there's been an increase of equipment such as four-wheelers, trailers, generators and lawn mowers reported stolen in Calloway, Graves and Marshall counties.

Police say property owners should secure valuable equipment to help reduce their chances of being a victim of theft. Anyone with information about theft in their community can contact Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.

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Regional Headlines
8:29 am
Thu August 6, 2009

Zumwalt: Paducah Qualifies for Police Grant

Paducah, KY – A federal stimulus grant will fill three open slots on Paducah's police force. City Manager Jim Zumwalt says Paducah has qualified for the nearly $500,000 grant which will pay full salaries and benefits for three years. Zumwalt hopes the new-hires can be added to the force by the end of the year. City commissioners are expected to formally approve the grant application next Tuesday. The new additions will bring the total number of uniformed staff to 81.

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