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West Kentucky High Iron
9:00 am
Sun March 3, 2013

Remembering Railroad Detective Richard Kelley

Former prosecutor, FBI Agent, and Paducah mayor Albert Jones at the site of Illinois Central Special Agent Richard Kelley's murder, the former South IC Yard in Paducah.
John Paul Henry Photography

On an unseasonably cool May night in 1935, railroad special agent Richard Kelley was gunned down by thieves trapped in a freight car in Paducah's south Illinois Central yard.  Todd Hatton speaks with Kelley's daughter about his legacy, and with the former prosecutor and Paducah mayor who wants to make sure the policeman is remembered.

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Business
9:00 am
Sun March 3, 2013

VMV Paducahbilt Is Alive And Growing

Bob Pedersen stands next to one of VMV's unifinished locomotives.
John Paul Henry

VMV Paducahbilt, a subsidiary of National Railway Equipment, is one of the oldest locomotive factories in America and one of the largest suppliers of locomotives in the world. Built in 1925 by the Illinois Central Railroad, this factory hasn’t shut its doors in 85 years. The facility, located off Kentucky Avenue, is a testament to how big rail is alive and growing.

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