Society

A Backgrounder On Background Checks

Mar 8, 2018

It's been more than three weeks since 17 people died in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The 19-year-old accused in the shooting used a military-style rifle he bought legally after passing a background check.

The attack has reignited the debate over the effectiveness of the current system. People on both sides of the gun debate agree it needs fixing. The question is how.

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A Kentucky newspaper and radio station have been ordered not to report on Kentucky State Police investigations before receiving a state police news release, under threat of being taken off the agency's media distribution list.

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  Local students are leading organization efforts for the west Kentucky ‘March For Our Lives’ event.

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Kentucky’s unemployment rate decreased nearly a full percent since last year according to statistics obtained Thursday from the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics.

It's A Rocky Road To Power For Rural Women

Mar 8, 2018

From Hollywood and Bollywood to the media, NGO and corporate worlds, stories about harassment and discrimination against women in the workplace have captured global attention for months. And rightly so.

But what about the millions of rural women facing these injustices, who almost never make the headlines?

Development agencies have struggled to find ways to help rural women overcome obstacles in male-dominated societies and to gain an education, to own land, to take out loans, to earn a living and to gain equal rights in all arenas.

Editor's note: This story was originally published in December and has been updated on March 8.

March 8 is International Women's Day — dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in all arenas: social, economic, cultural, political and personal as well.

To mark the day, we've compiled some of the profiles we've done of truly remarkable women, from a 101-year-old runner from India to a Yemeni refugee who didn't let war stop her from being a scientist.

She was hanged in effigy and mocked in cartoons; laughed at by Congress for demanding equal rights for women and fined for casting her "illegal" vote in 1872; shouted down at public meetings and ridiculed in the press by the upright and uptight columnists of the day. That Susan B. Anthony, champion of the women's movement in the U.S., had to suffer these ignominies is well known.

When the bell rings at Chicago's Sullivan High School on the city's far north side, it's a familiar scene. Hundreds of students pour into the hallway heading to their next class. What's also becoming increasingly familiar is the presence of two uniformed police officers in the hallway keeping watch. The school resource officers often chat with the students passing by and Sullivan's principal Chad Adams says the officers provide a higher level of security for the school and much more.

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The National Organization of Women was created in 1966 to provide women with more equality in American society. Just over fifty years later, a local western KY chapter of NOW has been formed with similar, but expanded, goals. Catie Bates Robertson and Debi Danielson visit Sounds Good to discuss the new chapter, its mission, and ways for the community to get involved. 

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A greeting card manufacturer says it will close its plant in Nelson County early next year, laying off about 450 workers.

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