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3:43 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

KY's jobless rate hits 26-year high

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's preliminary unemployment rate for May has jumped to its highest level in nearly 26 years. Kim Saylor Brannock of the Office of Employment and Training says the job losses are cutting across several sectors of the state's economy.

I would say it's being led by manufacturing but also trade, which of course is connected to manufacturing. It's really a ripple effect throughout all the sectors because they overlap each other.

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2:50 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

The 104 Newscast on June 19, 2009. From the WKMS News Team.

Murray, KY – The 104 Newscast on June 19, 2009. From the WKMS News Team.

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Regional Headlines
2:40 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Chicago Locomotive Contract Saves Mayfield Factory Jobs

Mayfield, KY – An upcoming project with a Chicago area train company will keep 62 jobs in the region. Metra, a northeast Illinois commuter rail service, is exercising a contract option with Mayfield Progress Rail to remanufacture 40 of its locomotives. Officials expect the project to last two and a half years. Metra says the $68.6 million locomotive rebuilding contract could add up to 25 years of life to the engines.

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Local Features
2:12 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Stimulus Jobs for Area Youth

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Purchase and Pennyrile, Ky. – The economic stimulus plan has made finding summer work a little easier for area young people, with a Summer Works Program slating 600 youth worker jobs in 17 Western Kentucky counties. Summer Works also gives a boost to participating businesses: the workers' wages are paid by the project, at no cost to the work site. Still, more than 240 jobs are yet available. Jacque Day has the story.

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Regional Headlines
2:03 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

KY Sex Offender Law Goes Into Effect

Local Features
12:07 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

MSU alum shoots local movie

Murray, KY – In 2001, Angie Gregory wrote a short screenplay for a class at Murray State University titled Goodbye, Wendell. After graduation, she moved to L.A., where she pursued acting and directing. Little did she know that she would return to Murray nearly eight years later to make the 30-minute short film on her home turf.

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Local Features
11:29 am
Fri June 19, 2009

Shelters Look for Alternative Funds

Murray, KY – The title "Emergency Shelter Grants," is somewhat misleading. An ESG provides funds for building shelters, paying operating expenses, and preventing homelessness by helping a family pay their rent or utilities. The Gentry House in Calloway County is one agency not receiving a grant this year. Gentry offers emergency housing for families with kids and domestic violence victims. It's a small operation and Director Wendy Lovett says most of their funding came from the ESG.

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Regional Headlines
11:16 am
Fri June 19, 2009

Jail Votes for Consultant

Clarksville, TN – Montgomery County Jail officials have decided to hire a local consultant to review security concerns. The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle reports the consultant will focus on the fortitude of walls, windows, and fencing at the prison. The decision comes after the Sheriff's Office presented a report on the most recent county jail escape. On May 15, two inmates broke out of their cell by sawing through bars on their window.

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Local Features
11:14 am
Fri June 19, 2009

Influx of calls after the Digital TV transition

Regional Headlines
11:11 am
Fri June 19, 2009

Courthouse Arsonist Pleads Not Guilty

Bardwell, KY – The man charged with setting fire to the Carlisle County Courthouse appeared in court yesterday. Twenty-year-old Jeremy Ellis pleaded not guilty to charges of arson, burglary and two counts of tampering with evidence at his pre-trial conference. Carlisle Circuit Judge Tim Langford set a trial date for the end of October. Ellis remains in the Fulton County Jail in Hickman.

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