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2:50 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Kentucky's $91 Million Shortfall Explained

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Update: Beshear Cuts Budget to Balance $90.9-Million Kentucky Budget Shortfall

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed a budget reduction order Wednesday, announcing that there would be a $21 million dollar transfer from reserves bringing the state's rainy day fund to $77 million. Murray State Distinguished Professor of Economics Dr. Jim McCoy serves on the Kentucky Consensus Forecast Group. He puts in perspective  the origins, anomalies, and implications of the Commonwealth's $91 million shortfall during Sounds Good.

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Government
12:13 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

kynect Premium Numbers Are In and They're Close to Federal Counterparts

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Kentucky’s health benefits marketplace customers’ average premiums are slightly higher than the national average.

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Datebook
9:52 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Datebook: July 17 - James Cagney's Birthday

There's a free state-certified four-hour safe driving course for teens on Saturday, July 26, at the Murray Calloway Transit Authority. The first session meets at 8 a.m., and the second session starts at 1 p.m. The course includes interactive media segments, workbook exercises, role playing, and more. To register or request more information, call (270) 356-6264. 

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Education
5:09 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Campbellsville University Distances Itself From Kentucky Baptist Convention

Updated: 5:21 p.m. 7/16/14

Campbellsville University is seeking looser ties with the Kentucky Baptist Convention so it can appoint its own trustees. But the move will cause the loss of KBC funding.

Baptist paper The Western Recorder reports the university's trustees voted to revise its bylaws allowing the board to appoint its own trustees.

Board Chairman Joseph Owens and President Michael Carter wrote a letter saying it wants a self-perpetuating board to avoid “undue influence and the imposition of theological and doctrinal control.”

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Environment
4:56 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

[Slideshow] TN Wildlife Refuge Opens New Visitor Center, Saturday

The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge near Paris, Tennessee, has opened a new visitors center. The 12,000 square foot center features day-long activities this Saturday for its grand opening. Joan Stevens joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about children's activities and describes the things you'll see while standing out on their scenic veranda overlooking Kentucky Lake.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

McConnell/Grimes Race Could Draw 20,000 to Fancy Farm Picnic

The brand new stage at St. Jerome Parish.

The 134th Fancy Farm Picnic is now just a little more than two weeks away and the line-up of speakers is almost complete.

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Government
4:12 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library Bids Way Above Budget

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Bids for the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library’s new location have come in too high and the library board meets tomorrow to discuss further options.

Library director Joel Meador says the county appropriated $500,000 for the project but with fees related to the building and a prevailing wage judgment less than $400,000 is available. The bids the library board received last week were nearly double the available budget, ranging from nearly $604,000 to $813,000.

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Arts
3:49 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

'Spit' Poet Lee Reads at Murray State MFA Series

Two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Esther Lee, is the author of the poetry collection Spit, which received the 2010 Elixir Press Poetry Prize. Having won many other literary awards, Lee is also Kundiman fellow. Kundiman is a national organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American creative writing. lee' son faculty at Agness Scott College in Atlanta and reads her poetry tomorrow night (July 17) at 7:30 in the Clara Eagle Gallery of Doyle Fine Arts. Kate speaks with Dr. Lee on Sounds Good.

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Business
3:34 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

TeleTech Brings Hundreds of Jobs to West Kentucky

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Customer service agency TeleTech is adding 300 employees at its new center in Paducah and an additional 300 to its Hopkinsville location, bringing total employment between the two locations to 1,000.  

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Sounds Good Special
2:38 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

A Short History of Apple Corps 'Sounds Good'

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Tune in to Sounds Good Thursday, July 24 as guest host Todd Hatton takes us back to the 1960s for a look at Apple Corps. The label, founded by the Beatles, was a launching pad for artists like James Taylor and Badfinger as well as a source for the Fab Four's classic solo work. We'll prepare crisp facts and some sweet tunes in this music documentary.

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