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12:18 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Commentary: 50 Years Later - Freedom Summer 1964

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"All my life I've been sick and tired. Now I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired." - Fannie Lou Hamer

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a campaign to open the polls to African-American voters in Mississippi, which became a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights era. The summer marked a turning point in ending white supremacy in the state and decades of isolation in the Deep South for black voters ahead of the 1964 elections. Commentator and Murray State history professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects back on Freedom Summer and its legacy 50 years later.

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Datebook
10:16 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Datebook: July 11 - E. B. White's Birthday

Tonight’s Friday Night Live around the old courthouse square in downtown Madisonville goes from 5 to 10 p.m. with entertainment by Rob Blumrick, Larry Grisham & The Beat Daddys, Grace Warehouse Church STOMP Team and the Boscoe France Band. There are kids activities, vendors, and the Chamber Beer Garden as well. 

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Government
6:02 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Kentucky Revenue Shortfall Nears $91 Million

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Kentucky’s general fund is short $91 million, and one of the driving factors is a decline in a form of income primarily used by the nation’s wealthiest individuals.

In 2012, U.S. Congress was preparing to take the country over the “fiscal cliff” over rising debt, rising healthcare costs and spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. To reduce the deficit, President Obama proposed raising the federal capital gains tax, which largely impacted the nation's wealthiest, prompting a massive sell-off by 2013.

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Society
5:31 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Western Kentucky Loses Civil Rights Trailblazer

Wardelle G. Harvey
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Paducah has lost a formative civil rights activist and its first black City Commissioner. Reverend Wardelle G. Harvey died the Tuesday evening at the age of 88. 

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Government
4:40 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Kentuckians Like Expanded Medicaid But Not The Legislation That Made It Happen

A new poll finds Kentuckians aren’t happy with the Affordable Care Act, but they do like benefits the legislation made possible.

According to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky study released today, this disconnect is consistent throughout the state, although people in the more urban areas—Lexington and Louisville—were at least nearly 10 percent more favorable of the ACA.

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Society
4:25 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Commentary: Preventing Gun Violence with "Magical Thinking"

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Earlier this month, Georgia lawmakers passed a sweeping gun bill, known as the "guns everywhere bill" allowing licensed owners to carry firearms in many churches, bars, and government buildings. One of the provisions allows school districts to let teachers carry guns. Commentator Celia Brewer draws on a personal experience when living in New Orleans to express her concern over expanding gun rights.

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Environment
3:59 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

TVA Sued Over Muhlenberg Co. Coal-Fired Unit Closures

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A lawsuit has been filed against the Tennessee Valley Authority over its plans to shut down two coal-fired units at plant in Muhlenberg County.

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Society
3:59 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Don't Be #Intexticated: The Dangers of Texting and Driving

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The Paducah Business and Professional Organization recently sponsored an event to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving. Captain Donald Hodgson of the Paducah Police Department made a presentation along with Hillary Coltharp, a young Paducah woman who was severely injured in an automobile accident while she was texting and driving. Kate is joined by Captain Hodgson to learn more about the campaign.

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Society
3:44 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Calloway County Teen Missing Again

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A Calloway County teen has gone missing, just days after being found safe in Paducah following a previous runaway.

The Calloway County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Gabrielle (Gabby) Rose Gowen.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Hopkinsville Mayor's Race: Money Raised (and Spent) Thus Far

The race to become Hopkinsville's next mayor is generating quite a bit of fundraising – easily outpacing other local mayoral races.

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