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Amidst issues such as the threat of Zika, theft, and corruption, the Rio 2016 Olympics are officially underway. A Kentucky expert has insight as to why many empty seats are attracting attention early on in the troubled city and country hosting the summer games.

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While the world’s best known amateur athletic competition is about to gear up, Kentucky’s long standing amateur sports event is winding down. The Olympic Games carry an impact in the Commonwealth.

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UPDATE: Friday 6 p.m.

Former Murray State sprinter Alexis Love didn't move on in the trials for this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Friday, she finished 24th out of 28 competitors in the first round of the women's 200-meter dash trials.

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Murray State University alumna Alexis Love is in Eugene, Oregon this weekend trying to qualify for this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

UPDATE: Love did not qualify for the next round of trials in the women's 100 meter dash. She finished 29th out of 33 competitors on Saturday. Love still has a chance to qualify for the Olympics, however, with the women's 200 meter dash trials beginning Friday, July 8.

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Last year, the World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA declared Russia out of compliance with the ban on performance- enhancing drugs. Unless Russia fixes the problem, their athletes could be barred from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. On Sounds Good, Todd Hatton speaks with Dr. Kalinski about how deep the "culture of cheating" runs.

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Murray State alumna Alexis Love finished her college career as a three time All-American, OVC Athlete of the Year, NCAA Division 1 Finalist and Top 25 ranked in the US in the indoor 200 meter. Now as a post-collegiate athlete she's working on getting a bid to compete in next August's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's all about time, as we learn in Love's conversation with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good.

Murray State's Tom Lough is a teacher of science teachers, an Olympian who participated in the 1968 US Team in modern pentathlon and has consulted with LEGO robotics. He can now add musical composer to his list of accomplishments, having recently premiered three songs at West Point's Class of 1964 50th Reunion. We hear about his foray into writing music today during Sounds Good.

Officials with Kentucky’s tourism department say they gave away Olympic tickets worth more than $31,000 after canceling plans to send a delegation. The state's 20 tickets were nonrefundable and couldn't easily be resold under Olympics rules. So tourism officials gave them to two British tour companies that sometimes do business in Kentucky.

Afternoon Round-Up 8/8/12

Aug 8, 2012
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The 2012 Summer Olympics begin in London this weekend, with the opening ceremony scheduled for Friday at 6:30 p.m. on NBC. WKMS Youth Reporter Patrick Jones is keeping a close eye on how the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team fares in the exhibition games and brings us this analysis.

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