John Null

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John Null, a native of Benton, KY, is a senior at Murray State University and newswriting intern at WKMS. He is majoring in journalism and minoring in film studies. John's goal is to become a magazine columnist, film critic or screenwriter. Neither a borrower nor a lender-be, John enjoys deductive reasoning, not owning animals and regaling friends with his Tracy Ross impression.

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Culture
1:01 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Owensboro Museum Eyes Josiah Henson Documents

Josiah Henson
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The Owensboro Museum of Science & History is raising money in order to bid on a collection of documents from the Amos Riley plantation in Daviess County – famous for its association with abolitionist Josiah Henson.

Henson was a runaway slave whose autobiography would inspire Harriet Beecher Stowe’s "Uncle Tom’s Cabin." He lived on the Yelvington plantation for several years in the 1820s.

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Government
12:36 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Henry County Approves New Investment Plan

The Henry County Commission has approved an investment of up to $5 million with First Tennessee Bank, in an attempt to jumpstart interest earnings.

Henry County Trustee David Stone estimates the county will reap $50,000 in interest earnings this year. That’s down from 2006, when Henry County earned more than $400,000 from its investments.

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Business
12:04 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Urban Outfitters Discontinues Prescription-Themed Merchandise

Credit drugfree.org

National retailer Urban Outfitters is halting sales of a line of products that mimic prescription pill bottles and prescription pads following a plea from Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and 23 of his colleagues.

In a recent statement to the media, Urban Outfitters announced it would discontinue its “Prescription Line” of products due to its “misinterpretation.”

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Government
12:36 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Madigan Seeks to Delay Ill. Gun Plan a Second Time

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for more time to decide whether to appeal a lower court's order saying citizens should be allowed to publicly carry concealed guns.

Madigan already got one extension — until June 24 — to challenge the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that said a ban on concealed firearms is unconstitutional. Now she wants until July 24.

Madigan filed the request late Friday.

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Fatal Fire
4:13 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Hazel House Fire Victim Identified

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Kentucky State Police have identified Patricia Bohne, 32, as the victim of a Wednesday morning house fire in Hazel.

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Transportation
2:11 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Cairo Bridge Repairs Delayed

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has asked to delay the start of repairs on the U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge between Wickliffe, Ky. and Cairo, Ill. until after July 7.

During the repairs, the bridge will have a 7-foot maximum load width, which means an 80-mile detour for commercial drivers.

In a press release, KYTC spokesman Keith Todd said the agency wants truckers and suppliers who depend on the 76-year-old river crossing to be fully prepared for the coming project, which will last about two months.

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Coal
12:23 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Patriot, Union Exchange Jabs Over Bankruptcy

Prospects of a mine workers' strike involving Patriot Coal are intensifying after a bankruptcy judge signed off on the company's push to abandon its labor agreement with the United Mine Workers of America.

Patriot operates two mines in Union and Henderson counties in Kentucky.

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Government
4:57 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Ky. Education and Workforce Development Secretary to Retire

Credit educationcabinet.ky.gov

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Joseph U. Meyer will retire June 30 after more than 30 years of public service.

Under Meyer’s direction, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has played critical roles in modernizing the unemployment insurance system in the commonwealth, establishing the Early Childhood Advisory Council, merging the state’s Career and Technical Education systems and creating the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics.

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Transportation
3:43 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Coalition Proposes Illinois Gas Tax

Illinois transit advocates are proposing a plan to fix the state's deteriorating roads through a new tax that would raise the price at the gas pump.

The Transportation for Illinois Coalition says the $800-million-a-year plan is necessary to fund needed repairs to roads, bridges and rails. The influential group is pushing legislation to replace the current 19-cents-a-gallon motor fuel tax with a 9.5 percent wholesale tax.

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Fatal Fire
1:37 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Hazel House Fire Claims Life

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One person is dead after a house fire early this morning in Hazel.

Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Jay Thomas said Calloway County Dispatch received a 911 call at 4:42 a.m. The Hazel Fire Department and Calloway County Fire Rescue responded to the scene at 820 Third St. shortly afterward.

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