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12:43 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Media Release: WKMS Spring Fundraiser Nearing Goal

Murray, KY. Murray State's listener supported NPR member station, 91.3 WKMS-FM has reached nearly 70 percent of its spring fundraiser goal as of Friday, April 11. Listener-members and corporate matching grant contributors from western Kentucky, northwest Tennessee, and southernmost Illinois have contributed nearly $90,000 towards the $130,000 goal in community support. 

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Datebook
12:41 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Datebook: April 11

The Mayfield-Graves County FNB Bank holds its 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow morning beginning at 11. Children ages 10 and under are invited to attend the event, which includes treat-filled eggs, prizes, and Easter Bunny pictures. Photos and registration are from 9:30-10:45 at the bank’s main office. 

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Society
9:30 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Murray Half Marathon to Bring Traffic Disruptions

Credit Murray Calloway County Hospital

The Murray Half Marathon is set to take place this weekend. Motorists should be aware of several road closures and detours in place for runner safety. Traffic disruptions will occur from 7 a.m. Saturday morning until about 10:45 a.m.

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Society
7:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Symphony Declines Barbecue on the River Contract

The BBQ Contract given to PSO
Credit Stephen Lance Dennee

The Paducah Symphony declined the contract to operate the Paducah Barbecue on the River Beer Garden this fall after managing it for 19 years.

Roger Truitt, PSO president, felt the Symphony did not have enough options.

“We were told absolutely it’s not negotiable,” he said. “We were offered take it or leave it. And so, we’re not going to take it.”

The PSO says the nonnegotiable contract made it too difficult to deal with increasing costs, weather related issues, and the 500 plus volunteer hours required for the event.

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Health Care
3:46 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Extension Deadline Nears for Kynect Open Enrollment

Kentuckians have just a little more than one day left to apply for health insurance through the state’s health benefits exchange, kynect.

Kentucky extended its open enrollment deadline for those who couldn’t finish the application by the original March 31 deadline. Calloway County kynnector Susan Hood says the extension is mainly for those who wish to purchase qualified health plans, those eligible for tax credits and subsidies.

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Government
2:25 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Cadiz-Trigg, Southwestern KY EDCs to Merge

Credit Facebook

The Cadiz-Trigg County Economic Development Center is set to merge with the Southwestern Kentucky EDC. Trigg County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander said the merger is the result of ongoing efforts to reach more people in the Trigg EDC’s work.

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Datebook
8:35 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Datebook: April 10 - Joseph Pulitzer's Birthday

The University of Tennessee at Martin Dance Ensemble performs its spring dance concert at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night at the Harriet Fulton Theater in the Fine Arts Building on campus. Tickets are sold at the door beginning at 7 p.m., and the house opens at 7:30. Call (731) 881-7400 for more information. 

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Government
4:17 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

How a Single Vote Saved Rep. John Arnold

Credit Jonathan Meador/Kentucky Public Radio

 A single dissenting vote cleared former state Rep. John Arnold of wrongdoing Tuesday as far as the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission is concerned. But on official business days where only five members of the nine-member body show up, a single vote is all it takes.

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Environment
2:42 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Sierra Club Says It Believes Shawnee Power Plant is Leaking Coal Ash into Waterways

A Sierra Club official says the environmental group is investigating whether or not the Shawnee Fossil Fuel Plant is contaminating Kentucky waterways with coal ash.

Coal ash is the residue left after the plant burns coal to generate power.

Sierra Club Louisville organizer Thomas Pearce says the group has reason to believe the Shawnee plant is leaking coal ash from its retention ponds into McCracken County’s Little Bayou Creek.

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Science
2:26 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Driverless Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

Credit Steve Jurvetson, Wikimedia Commons

Car manufacturers are working towards providing cars with enough sensory capacity that they will drive while you read, sleep, or watch a movie. The reality of these cars may not be so far off. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with freelance tech and science reporter Ucilia Wang, a UC Berkeley graduate, whose work appears in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the UK Guardian.

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