Jenni Todd, WKMS

Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton was recently in Murray, visiting businesses including Iwis and Pella as well as touring the engineering programs at Murray State University. She also stopped by WKMS.

On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Hampton about healing in the Marshall County community after a school shooting there last month, the Bevin administration's response to gun violence, the pension overhaul, STEM education, business growth and infrastructure demands.


Gov. Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers this weekend announced plans for a $3.4 million water project in eastern Kentucky.  In all, more than $4.5 million will go to address long standing problems in one Appalachian community.

Part 1 of a two-part series

Almost a year ago, the opening of a re-routed stretch of Kentucky Highway 52 changed the dynamics in the rural community of Paint Lick. 

Some might say the by-pass wiped the town that hugs the Madison-Garrard County line off the map. 

A county government leader, a local entrepreneur, and a number of residents view the disconnect as a plus, not a hindrance.

City of Paducah

A Paducah city official said Friday that the city is receiving a $1 million Community Development Block Grant to rehabilitate a floodwall pump station.

Nicole Erwin / WKMS

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced in Paducah on Wednesday more than $19 million for repairs and upgrades to the city's floodwall system. 

Nicole Erwin

When President Trump picked the Ohio Valley as the setting to promote his infrastructure plan, he also drew attention to an overlooked part of the nation’s transportation system: inland waterways. Agriculture, energy, and manufacturing interests all depend heavily on the Ohio’s aging navigation system.

Ryland Barton

While the conversation on Capitol Hill Wednesday focused around the testimony of several intelligence officials and President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, Trump himself was out of town. The commander in chief was 500 miles away in Cincinnati, pushing for an infrastructure initiative.

Rob Canning / WKMS

  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has plans in place to fix some of the problems with the state’s roads and bridges. The American Society of Civil Engineers issued a new infrastructure report card last week showing that the state has more than one thousand structurally deficient bridges.

US Army Corps of Engineers

Kentucky is receiving mixed reviews in a new report card looking at the nation’s aging infrastructure. The report was issued Thursday by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The nation's roads, bridges, airports, water and transit systems are in pretty bad shape, according to the civil engineers who plan and design such infrastructure.

The new report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers gives the infrastructure of the United States a D-plus.