Government
7:07 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Heroin Bill Narrowly Passes Out of Committee

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A bill to raise penalties on heroin traffickers and provide new treatment options for opiate addicts has narrowly cleared a Kentucky House committee.  

The House Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 5 with 12 yes votes, and 8 members abstaining due to concerns over the measure’s constitutionality regarding charging drug traffickers with homicides for overdose deaths and the bill’s emphasis on prosecution.

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Government
7:05 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Cannabis Oil Bill Passes in the House

A bill permitting the research and medicinal use of cannabis oil to treat neurological disorders has cleared the Kentucky House.  Families with ailing children gathered into the House chambers to witness the vote on the bill.

“I feel like we’ve won the lottery. I never thought it would happen. I honestly didn’t.”

That’s Rita Wooton, overjoyed at the passage of Senate Bill 124, which will allow her son, Eli, to receive cannabidiol treatment at the University of Kentucky for his chronic seizures.

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Education
7:02 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Kentucky Senate Once Again Tries For Charter Schools

A bill that would open the door to charter schools in Kentucky has passed the state Senate, although similar legislation has previously failed to gain traction in the Democratic-led House.

The measure passed by a 22-14 party line vote—not unlike the vote last year.

The bill would allow certified teaching staff and parents to petition the principal of a low-achieving school for a vote on whether a privately run charter organization should be in charge of the school.

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Arts
5:04 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Ukrainian Photographers Hold Paducah Exhibition, Talk Crimea

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Two Ukrainian-born, Moscow-based photographers, hosting an exhibition Thursday in Paducah, have a unique viewpoint about the current political upheaval in Crimea and U.S./Russia relations.

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Government
4:49 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Paducah Officials Examining Whether or Not City is Responsible for Barbecue on the River Festival

Paducah officials are investigating whether or not the city is required to hold Barbecue on the River Incorporated accountable to requirements listed in municipal orders the city adopted to subsidize its largest downtown event.

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Education
4:47 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

West Kentucky School District Set to Return to 5-Day Week

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One of the first school districts in the state to implement a 4-day week has voted to return to the 5-day grind.

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Culture
3:48 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Columbia Theatre Control to Pass from City to Nonprofit

Paducah city officials are passing control of the historic downtown Columbia Theatre to a nonprofit group for renovation.

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Government
2:28 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Kentucky Senate Approves $5.4 Billion State Road Plan

The state senate's approach to building and maintaining roads and bridges across the Commonwealth is moving forward.  The state senate adopted the six-year road plan Wednesday.  

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Culture
2:11 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

The 22nd Annual Edgar Cayce Hometown Seminar

Hopkinsville native Edgar Cayce became a household name for allegedly possessing strange powers of mental telepathy. His purported psychic abilities to answer questions on health and other personal problems while in a trance garnered him worldwide fame. Museums of Hopkinsville Director Alissa Keller joins Kate on Sounds Good with events Friday through Sunday (March 28-30) remembering Cayce's legacy in the 22nd annual Edgar Cayce Hometown Seminar featuring experts and a hypnotist.

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Society
1:54 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Carmen Lowry on Social Change and Empowerment Initatives

Carmen Lowry's humanitarian work with the International Rescue Committee has recently taken her to Lebanon and Iraqi Kurdistan. Her focus is programming involving social change, empowerment, and addressing gender-based violence. She visits Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to speak about her work.

"You know, I think what really drives me in this work is this notion that we can really make a difference, that we can create a world where people are valued, a world where, in particular, women are valued, where we don't have that level of violence."

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