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6:28 am
Tue January 21, 2014

KY Retail Food Prices On The Rise

A new survey shows that average retail food prices rose slightly in the last three months of 2013 in supermarkets across Kentucky.

The Kentucky Farm Bureau says the year ended with the highest prices in the decades-long history of its Marketbasket Survey.

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Culture
12:41 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Hundreds Gather at Phil Everly Memorial

Don (right) and Phil (left) Everly in a 1958 promotional photo.
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About 200 people listened to songs and tributes at a memorial service in Powderly this past weekend for Phil Everly, who passed away January 3rd at the age of 74.  With his brother, Don, the duo had 19 Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1962. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

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Government
10:40 am
Mon January 20, 2014

USDA Expanding Poverty-Reduction Initiative

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Ten western counties are among the 73 in Kentucky joining the StrikeForce initiative, a federal program designed to help poor rural communities take advantage of government resources.  The counties in our region are Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hopkins, McLean, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Union. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says StrikeForce coordinates programs in community assistance, nutrition, farming, and resource conservation. 

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Business
10:38 am
Mon January 20, 2014

New Business Creation in KY Continues to Rise

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A new federal report shows some good news for Kentucky enterprise.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says, according to the latest available data, the state led the country in new businesses created during the second quarter of 2013.  Governor Steve Beshear's office says almost 6,700 new businesses opened in the Commonwealth in that quarter, many of them businesses with five or fewer employees.

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Environment
7:21 am
Mon January 20, 2014

LBL Waives Fees For Holiday

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Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is waiving fees at some day-use facilities on today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

General admission to the Elk and Bison Prairie will be free, and Wranglers Campground will waive day-use riding fees.

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Politics
7:20 am
Mon January 20, 2014

IL Session Begins Later This Month

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Illinois’ legislative session that begins later this month is expected to be more politically driven than last year's because of the looming election.

Tax questions are expected to dominate the agenda as lawmakers return to Springfield January 28. Upcoming issues include what to do about the pending expiration of the temporary income tax, corporate tax incentives, Chicago pension reform and the possibility of a construction bill that could give a boost to Governor Pat Quinn's re-election bid.

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Government
7:19 am
Mon January 20, 2014

State Awards Contract For Parkway Upgrades

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The state has awarded a $29 million dollar contract to reconstruct the Pennyrile Parkway interchange with the Western Kentucky Parkway/Interstate 69 near Madisonville.

According to The Gleaner, the project will convert the existing reduced-speed cloverleaf interchange to a "full flow" connection interchange.

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Business
7:16 am
Mon January 20, 2014

KSP Arrest Hopkinsville Man For Forged Checks

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Kentucky State Police charged Timothy Wharton, 38 of Hopkinsville, with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument and 2nd Degree and Theft by Deception, on Friday.

The charges stem from an investigation into a computer-generated, forged check that was passed against the checking account belonging to the Graves County Board of Education.

The investigation began on when the Finance Officer for the Graves County Board of Education discovered a forged check written to Wharton in the monthly bank statement.

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Society
2:59 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Early Morning Fire Leaves Trigg County Woman Dead

  A 75-year-old Trigg County woman died of smoke inhalation when her home caught fire the early this morning.  Kentucky State Police say the fire was reported around 2 a.m. at the Cadiz home of Dorothy C. Mitchell on Rocky Ridge Road.  Montgomery Volunteer Firefighters found Mitchell's body after extinguishing the blaze.  State police say an autopsy determined the woman's cause of death. The fire's cause hasn't been determined, but police say no foul play is suspected

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Government
7:06 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Quinn Encourages Low Income Tax Credit

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is encouraging low income families in Illinois to sign up for a tax credit.

The Earned Income Tax Credit is intended to provide working families incentive to work and get tax relief. The governor's office says 900,000 families received $160 million in tax credits last year.

But Quinn says there are many more eligible families in Illinois who didn't apply.

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