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6:47 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Constru Casa Builds Homes for Guatemalan Families with Western Ketucky Help

Building new homes
construcasa.org

Badgett Playhouse's Bill Minihan visits Sounds Good with Caroline van Heerde. She's the founder and director of Constru Casa, an organization that builds housing for families living in extreme poverty in Guatemala. Minihan's involvement with Constru Casa has led to more than $100,000 raised in our region to support its work. 

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Society
8:34 am
Mon July 28, 2014

People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 6:37 pm

We know that happiness and social connection can have positive benefits on health. Now research suggests that having a sense of purpose or direction in life may also be beneficial.

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Society
8:38 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Why Do 27 Percent of Kentucky's Kids Live in Poverty?

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 7:31 am

On Tuesday, we examined a report that said 27 percent of Kentucky children in 2012 lived in poverty. 

The issue of poverty raises plenty of question. One of them is simply: What factors contribute to the financial struggles of Kentucky's families and children? And what can be changed?

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Society
11:03 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Kentucky Unaffected By Contradictory Health Care Rulings

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 6:09 pm

A pair of conflicting appeals court rulings about the Affordable Care Act issued Tuesday will not impact Kentucky's implementation of the federal overhaul, state officials told WFPL.

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Society
4:07 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

'Making Busy Lives Easier' at Murray Mom Expo

CASA by the Lakes Director Lindsey Harlan drops by Sounds Good with the scoop on the first ever Murray Mom Expo this evening (Tuesday) from 4 to 8 pm in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center. Everyone's welcome to visit vendors of products and services designed to make busy lives easier.

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9:28 am
Tue July 22, 2014

27 Percent of Kentucky Children Live in Poverty, Report Says

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 5:55 am

Twenty-seven percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2012, according to the 2014 Kids Count report released Tuesday.

That percentage is worse than 25 years ago when about a quarter of Kentucky kids lived in poverty, said Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, which produced the report with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  

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Society
5:23 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Kentucky Autism Training Center Neurologist Comes to Lourdes Hospital

Dr. Gregory Barnes

Pediatric neurologist Dr. Gregory Barnes from the Commission for Children with Special Healthcare Needs in Louisville is opening the Office of Autism in Kentucky, a statewide and regional office providing support for families and caregivers by coordinating resources, and giving referrals -  local points of contact - of specific physicians such as pediatric developmental doctors. Crissy Ramey of Families on the Spectrum comes back to Sounds Good to tell us about the meeting at Lourdes tomorrow night (Tuesday, July 22), welcoming Dr. Barnes to Paducah.

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4:59 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Alltech Expanding to Pikeville with $24M Investment

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State officials have announced a new economic development project that ties in with efforts to reinvigorate eastern Kentucky’s economy in the face of declining coal jobs.

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Society
3:28 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Cairo Residents To Erect Memorial For Bank Murder Victims

Martin David Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 2:41 pm

Citizens of Cairo are planning to establish a memorial for the victims of a botched bank robbery.

Anita Grace and Nita Jo Smith were both murdered in May. A surviving bank employee was seriously injured.

Monica Smith, the director of the Cairo Public Library, is planning to place two inscribed pink granite benches in a park near First National Bank in honor of the two women who were killed. She also hopes to plant a tree with a marker to honor the surviving bank employee.

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Society
3:48 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

MSU Professor Gives Context to Central American Refugee Crisis

A poster for a campaign targeted at countries where many minors traveling to the U.S. originate. Translation: "I thought it would be easy for my son to get his papers in the North. That wasn't true."
Credit cbp.gov

Thursday, NPR's Steve Inskeep spoke with Sonia Nazario, the author of "Enrique's Journey," a book about a child from Honduras who reached the United States, and she says many of the thousands of Central American children crossing the U.S. - Mexico border are actually refugees, not migrants who mostly need to be sent home. Murray State College of Humanities and Fine Arts History Professor Dr. Bill Schell's areas of research involve Latin America and Mexico and Kate Lochte asks him about the background for the current spike in numbers of children trying to enter the U.S.

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