10:13 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Same Sex Marriage: County Officials Mulling Future of Courthouse Weddings

The Christian County "Love Chapel"
Credit Allison Crawford

As Alabama becomes the most recent state to issue same sex marriages, some lawmakers there are decrying a federal judge’s decision to strike down the ban and the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to intervene. Kentucky, another largely conservative state, may receive a final decision on its gay marriage ban this summer. The impending decision has some public officials reexamining their role as marriage officiants.

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Natalie came to the station in 2013.  She moved to the Northwoods from Providence, Rhode Island where she worked at Rhode Island Public Radio.  She studied Environmental Studies at Brown University, and learned radio production at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. 

As Community Features Editor, Natalie spends time reporting, interviewing, and working with volunteer contributors.  She also hosts All Things Considered on Friday afternoons. 

When she's not rushing to and from an interview, she enjoys cooking, eating, playing music, and skiing to survive the winter.

4:51 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

CPE's Aaron Thompson on His Appalachian Upbringing, Integration, Achievement Gaps

Credit Chad Lampe / WKMS

Aaron Thompson talked with Chad Lampe on Sounds Good about his upbringing during integration and struggles schools and teachers face today. Listen to the full interview below.


  Aaron Thompson is an outlier. The eastern Kentucky native is the son of an illiterate coal miner father who, he says, signed his name with an X. Thompson's mother held the highest level education in his family. She graduated from the eighth grade. But now, Thompson has risen through the academic ranks to be the chief academic officer for Kentucky's Council on Post-Secondary Education.

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3:41 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

New PPS GM Gary Zheng Comments On FBI Investigation

Credit Lance Dennee, Paducah Power System

New Paducah Power Systems General Manager Gary Zheng says he isn’t worried about a federal investigation into alleged wrongdoing at his previous job.

The PPS board selected the former CEO of Lubbock Power and Light in Texas last month following a national search to replace PPS GM Dave Clark.

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3:31 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

[Slideshow] Puppies Sound Good! Meet Valentino

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A puppy up for adoption from the Humane Society of Calloway County came up to the WKMS studios today with Executive Director Kathy Hodge. Valentino is a black and white rat terrier/dachshund mix is estimated to be around 4 months old. He is very expressive and curious about everything, according to Hodge. He was found as a stray and turns out to be very sweet-natured around people - didn't mind being picked up and passed around by everyone at WKMS. His foster says he's housebroken, is doing well with house training and loves toys.

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2:47 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Hopkins County Working to Appeal $50K Bill for Pension Spiking

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The Kentucky Retirement Systems billed Hopkins County more than $51,000 last month for so-called pension spiking, or artificially raising employees’ wages to increase their benefits, but county officials are disputing the matter.

Hopkins County Attorney Byron Hobgood said the Kentucky Retirement System bill is for a retiree who lost wages during a long medical leave and then received a pay increase the following year when he returned to work.

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2:43 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Distemper-Infected Raccoons Discovered in Henry County, TN

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Henry County, Tenn. animal control officials are warning residents to stay clear of raccoons after some of the animals were found infected with distemper.

The highly-contagious, fatal disease affects mainly raccoons, coyotes and skunks but can spread to dogs and cats that aren’t vaccinated against it.

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11:35 am
Wed February 11, 2015

KYTC Awards $128M Contract for New Lake Barkley Bridge

Artist rendering of new Lake Barkley Bridge
Credit KYTC

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a $128.3 million contract for a new bridge over Lake Barkley to Denver-based PCL Civil Construction.

The new Lake Barkley Bridge will carry US 68/KY 80 over Lake Barkley joining Trigg and Marshall counties and serve as the eastern entrance to LBL. 

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9:30 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Datebook: February 11 - Dinosaur Wine Tasting, Caring Wall, Theory of Everything

The Discovery Park of America hosts a Wine Tasting in Dinosaur Hall tomorrow night from 6-8. Everyone who attends gets to preview the new exhibit called “The Chamber,” and the Titanic exhibition is open throughout the evening. Tickets are available at or by calling (731) 885-5455. 

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8:16 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Paducah Ordinance to Encourage Downtown Renovations

Downtown Paducah
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Paducah City Commission last night introduced an ordinance that will encourage investment downtown by easing property tax rates. 

The Downtown & Market House Historic District Assessment and Reassessment Moratorium freezes the city’s property tax for buildings aged 50 years and older at pre-renovation assessment rates for 5 years if the owner does $75,000 or more worth of improvements.

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