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Lexington Mayor and U.S Senate candidate Jim Gray is joining fellow Kentucky Democratic leaders Thursday in Madisonville to discuss plans to revitalize coal communities. 

The TransAmerica bicycle trail is now marked through western Kentucky. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has placed signs along the route north of Madisonville and through Marion before continuing into Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. 

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A western Kentucky dermatologist selected to replace a state pension board’s chairman has declined Governor Matt Bevin’s appointment. William Smith of Madisonville informed the governor in a letter that after careful consideration he decided to respectfully decline the appointment.

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Madisonville’s new downtown park is nearing completion. City Clerk Leslie Curneal says workers are putting the finishing touches on First United Bank Plaza, which will open with the “Celebrate Summer” event May 13th.

George Burns' career in American comedy spanned over nine decades, from vaudeville acts in the early 20th century to The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on television and later films The Sunshine Boys and Oh, God! Alan Safier portrays the comedy legend in "Say Goodnight Gracie," the Broadway show that brings Burns back to life through reflection, video clips and photos. Todd Hatton speaks with Safier ahead of his performance at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville this Friday.

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The Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation lacks funds and has no plan to save Madisonville’s historic Dulin building, despite owning the property for two years.

Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce President Lee Lingo is in Washington DC this week, meeting with a 140 participant U.S. Chamber of Commerce committee appointed to meet twice a year to discuss the nation's infrastructure issues. Kate Lochte learns more about these issues on Sounds Good, in a conversation with Lingo, how it can affect our roads, waterways and airways.

A Madisonville official says the city is weighing its options as the effective date of a disputed contract with electricity provider Kentucky Utilities nears. In September, KU notified the city of impending changes to the parties’ contract that would take effect April 23rd.

  The Goldenrod dairy plant in Madisonville will close within the next two months, resulting in a loss of 139 jobs.

Hopkins County Judge-Executive Donnie Carroll said the loss will take a toll on families, especially with holidays approaching, but steps have been taken to lessen the impact.

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The Madisonville Police Department is looking to update its squad car computers.  Madisonville Police Chief Wade Williams said their current computers are eight years old and completely worn down.