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Business
2:28 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Owensboro Airport Expanding

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The Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport has seen marked growth over the last few years and shows no sign of stopping.  The airport has expanded its runway to 8,000 feet, making it the third airport in Kentucky with a runway 8,000 feet or longer (CORRECTED: WKMS originally reported the Owensboro runway was the third longest in Kentucky). 

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Arts
12:50 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

"The Middle Ground" A Civil War Story Being Filmed in Western Kentucky

"A tale of two brothers, wrapped up in circumstances that could have only ever happened in Kentucky."

The Middle Ground is a Civil War era film set and currently being shot in western Kentucky - primarily in Owensboro and Madisonville. We met the filmmakers on Sounds Good, with Murray State connections: Director/Writer Dallas Lee Blanton, Actors/Producers Angela Yonts and Nathan Austin. Featuring actors and extras from western Kentucky, the film includes a reenactment of the Battle of Sacramento and a on-location shoot in a homestead from the era.

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Arts
10:48 am
Fri June 20, 2014

A Preview of ROMP Fest 2014

ROMP, the bluegrass roots and branches festival returns to Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro next weekend, with headlining acts Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush Band, Del McCoury Band, and many others. On Sounds Good, Chris Langdon, Promotions Director for the International Bluegrass Museum, previews the festival with Tracy Ross.

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Energy
7:28 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Natural Gas Companies Brief Lawmakers On Industry's Future

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Members of the Kentucky interim joint committee on natural resources and the environment and a special energy subcommittee got an update Thursday on where natural gas is, and where it could head, in Kentucky.

Republican State Senator Jared Carpenter is chair of both committees and says natural gas will grow as a portion of the state’s energy sources, but not at the expense of coal.

“I think they are going to be a major player now, because the federal regulations are being so impossible, to reach the regulations they're wanting to pass. Coal is going to be impacted by it, like it has been, but coal's not going to go anywhere. Everybody understands the importance of 

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Culture
9:17 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Owensboro Distillery Closer to Producing Bourbon

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A distillery in Owensboro will once again produce Kentucky’s signature spirit.

Officials with TerrePURE Kentucky Distillers announced Tuesday afternoon that they are purchasing the Charles Medley Distillery and will create bourbon and other lines of spirits.

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Education
3:20 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Junior Achievement West Kentucky Brings Programs to the Purchase

According to the national website of Junior Achievement, the non-profit organization provides schools with programs about young people generating wealth and effectively managing it, creating jobs which make their communities more robust, and applying entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Junior Achievement West Kentucky President Dan Douglas is based in Owensboro, but its programs are in schools throughout the Pennyrile and now, in the Purchase Area.

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Society
3:15 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Mayor Says New Convention Center Will Transform Owensboro into ‘An Entirely Different City’

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The new Owensboro Convention Center opens for business Wednesday as the Ag Expo begins. The city also has grand opening festivities slated for this weekend. 

Work began on the 170,000 square foot, $40-million dollar facility in March 2012. Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne says the finished product is impressive.

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Society
2:49 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Owensboro Police Asked to Investigate Priest

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The Kentucky Commonwealth's Attorney's office has asked the Owensboro Police Department to investigate allegations against a priest accused of inappropriate conduct with a minor.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports the Catholic Diocese of Owensboro has temporarily suspended the Rev. John Meredith following an investigation.

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Government
2:07 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Owensboro 'Blue Bridge' Won’t Open As Scheduled

Transportation officials say they won’t hit the Nov. 15 target date for re-opening the “Blue Bridge” in downtown Owensboro. 

But Kevin McClearn with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the extra work this month will reduce the number of traffic disruptions next year. 

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WKMS Press Releases
3:28 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Hear Highlights from ROMP, Labor Day on WKMS!

Join us on Labor Day for a special program featuring highlights from the ROMP music festival in Owensboro! Hear performances featuring Doyle Lawson, The Deadly Gentlemen, Della Mae, The SteelDrivers, and David Wax Museum. This show will preempt Sounds Good on Monday, September 2, at 11 am. See more at rompfest.com.

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