John Paul Henry, WKMS

  National Railway Equipment Company in Paducah is laying off 65 of their 110 employees on January 31st. NRE General Counsel Hal Burgan said the large cut is due to many different factors, including low scrap metal prices and a dying coal industry.

Burgan said the company has a couple million dollars in outstanding bids, and if that if they land a good share of them they will be able to get those laid-off back to work.

Murray State’s NPR station, 91.3 WKMS presents the first program in its new “Sounds Good Documentary Series” with the airing of West Kentucky High Iron: The Story of Four Rivers Rail on Sunday, March 3 at 9:00 a.m.

Listen to this Documentary:

The hour-long documentary takes listeners around the four rivers region exploring the rail industry’s history and how this method of transportation has touched people’s lives. Rail historian Cliff Downey and WKMS Producer Todd Hatton connect the segments with reflections recorded while riding the historic “City of New Orleans” Amtrak line from Carbondale, IL to Fulton, KY.