Regional Headlines
12:40 pm
Tue August 11, 2009

Metropolis City Council Meeting Reviews Deficit

Massac, IL – The Metropolis city council last night discussed a budget deficit, a sewer separation project and rising water bills. The city has a 2.5 million dollar deficit due to an EPA ordered separation of sewer and runoff pipes. Also the water bills can no longer be subsidized by the local gaming industry because of a drop in revenue. City officials have applied for government loans and grants to help buffer citizens from large sudden hikes to sewer and water rates. The financial committee meets on the issue August 20th and there will be a full city council meeting August 24th.

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Regional Headlines
11:53 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Balloon Causes Outage

Paducah, KY – Paducah Power System officials say a balloon was the cause of a power outage in the downtown area yesterday afternoon. The helium-filled foil balloon created an arc when it touched two electrical power line switches on Sixth Street. The Paducah Sun reports the resulting surge caused partial power loss to building between Second and Sixth Streets for about two hours. No injuries were reported.

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Regional Headlines
11:45 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Ky. Trans. Secretary Resigns

Kentucky – Kentucky Transportation Secretary Joe Prather has resigned effective September 30. The nearly 70-year-old Prather says he's stepping down to return to private life in Hardin County. Before heading up the Cabinet under Governor Steve Beshear, Prather served several terms in the General Assembly and was finance secretary under former Governor Brereton Jones. Governor Beshear has appointed State Highway Engineer Mike Hancock as acting secretary for the Transportation Cabinet.

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Datebook
10:16 am
Tue August 11, 2009

A datebook of regional events for August 11, 2009 from WKMS.

Murray, KY – A datebook of regional events for August 11, 2009 from WKMS.

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Newscasts
10:15 am
Tue August 11, 2009

The 806 Newscast on August 11, 2009. From the WKMS News Team.

Murray, KY – The 806 Newscast on August 11, 2009. From the WKMS News Team.

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Regional Headlines
8:44 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Quinn Signs Environmentally Friendly Bills

Regional Headlines
8:42 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Montgomery Co. OKs Guns in Parks

Clarksville, TN – After the first of September, people will legally be allowed to carry guns with valid permits in Montgomery County parks. The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle reports that inaction by the county's Conservation Board last night, effectively stopped a resolution to continue the ban on guns in parks. Montgomery County voted in June to keep guns out of their four parks in the wake of Tennessee's newly passed state law. Other dangerous weapons like crossbows, knives, and boomerangs are still on the ban list.

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Regional Headlines
8:40 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Madisonville's Re-Leaf Project

Madisonville, KY – An initiative to replenish Hopkins County's tree population has taken root. The Re-Leaf Project is a move by the Community Improvement Foundation to restore area tree canopies, decimated by January's ice storm. It plans to plant one thousand trees a year for the next five. The Madisonville Messenger reports the group is hosting a public meeting at 10 A-M tomorrow in the second floor conference room of U-S Bank in Madisonville.

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Regional Headlines
8:38 am
Tue August 11, 2009

ACT Math Scores Post Slight Improvement

8:34 am
Tue August 11, 2009

KY Education Update

Kentucky Public Radio?s Tony McVeigh

Frankfort, KY – Lawmakers in Frankfort are now up-to-date on implementation of Senate Bill One, the first major reform of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has details.

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