Regional Headlines
9:03 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Henry County Accepts $34k Grant

Paris, TN – Henry County, Tennessee commissioners voted Monday to accept almost $34,000 in federal grant money to buy new emergency equipment. The Paris-Henry County Rescue Squad and the county's emergency management department will benefit from the funds. Officials there plan to buy radio and rescue equipment, including a portable, inflatable 37-foot antenna tower. The Paris Post Intelligencer reports the homeland security grant is all federal money and requires no local match.

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Regional Headlines
9:02 am
Wed November 18, 2009

KY Unemployed May Receive Extended Benefits

Frankfort, KY – Unemployed Kentuckians may be eligible for extended unemployment insurance benefits. The extension runs up to 20 weeks, and the state Office of Employment and Training says it will first work on contacting those people who have already exhausted all 79 weeks of benefits. The agency says nearly 10,000 people in Kentucky fall into that category.

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Regional Headlines
8:59 am
Wed November 18, 2009

USDA Says IL Corn Harvest Lagging

Springfield, IL – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that, despite significant progress last week, Illinois farmers were only a little more than halfway through their corn harvest before the latest heavy rains.

But the USDA says about 90% of the soybean crop had been harvested. About 52% of the corn crop had been harvested as of Monday compared to 31% a week earlier, but that is still well behind the 87% at this time last year and a five-year average of 95%. The five-year average for the soybean harvest by this date is 99%.

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Regional Headlines
8:57 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Executive Inn Bolsters Security

Paducah, KY – Security is being beefed up at the Julian Carroll Convention Center following two additional break-ins from the adjacent and closed Executive Inn. The Paducah Sun reports changes include steel doors installed between the connected buildings and moving the security officer station from the front of the convention center closer to the hotel.

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4:26 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Kentucky Shows Poor Birth Rate Score Again

Louisville, KY – The March of Dimes has released its annual report card on premature birth. The entire country scored a D', and Kentucky scored even worse. Kentucky has been given an F' for the last two years, mostly because its high smoking rate, especially among pregnant women. But March of Dimes Director of Program Services for Kentucky Katrina Thompson says they're seeing an increase in inductions and Cesarean births in the 34-to-36 week range of gestation.

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Regional Headlines
4:24 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Nunn Pleads Not Guilty to Endangerment

Munfordville, KY – Former Kentucky State Representative Steve Nunn has pled not guilty to six counts of wanton endangerment for allegedly brandishing a firearm when he was approached by police at a cemetery in September. Nunn faces murder charges for allegedly killing his former fianc e. A judge scheduled his trial for June 14th.

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Regional Headlines
4:22 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Soldiers Suicides Top Last Year

Fort Campbell, KY – The U-S Army says soldier suicides this year are almost sure to top last year's, but that it has made progress in stemming the problem in recent months. Army officials say 140 soldiers are believed to have died of self-inflicted wounds. That includes 18 suicides reported this year at Fort Campbell.

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Regional Headlines
4:21 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Fire Deaths Under Investigation

Cairo, IL – Illinois State Police are helping to investigate a house fire that killed two people in Cairo. Alexander County Coroner Willie Bigham says the fire happened shortly before noon Monday. The victims' names and ages haven't been released. It's unclear what sparked the blaze.

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Newscasts
3:58 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

The 404 Newscast on November 17, 2009. From the WKMS News Team.

Murray, Ky – The 404 Newscast on November 17, 2009. From the WKMS News Team.

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Local Features
3:50 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Local Agency Holds Homeless Awareness Forum

www.paducahcoopministry.org

Paducah, KY – The face of homelessness is changing. That's the message advocacy groups are sending for national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. In Kentucky, the annual homeless count tallied six thousand people earlier this year. Monday in Paducah, the Paducah Cooperative Ministry held a forum to bring attention to the rural homeless. Angela Hatton brings us this report from the event.

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