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3:39 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Transgender Rights Rally in Madisonville This Weekend

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A transgender Madisonville North Hopkins High School Student is holding a rally tomorrow in downtown Madisonville calling for transgender rights.

Ashley Marks says the rally comes after the high school asked transgender students to use a handicap bathroom instead of the one of their choice. Additionally, State Senator C.B. Embry is behind a bill calling for students to use the restroom corresponding to their anatomical gender.

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Society
2:34 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Hazel, KY Makes List of Best U.S. Antiquing Towns

Hazel, Kentucky
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One of the world's largest publishers of travel and tourism information has named Hazel, Kentucky among the top ten best antiquing towns in the U.S.  With around 400 residents, the Calloway County community sits just north of the Kentucky/Tennessee line. 

Fodor's Travel lists Hazel alongside other top antiquing destinations as Charleston, South Carolina, Clinton, Tennessee and Galena, Illinois.

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Society
1:04 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

How Kynectors Help Kentuckians Navigate Signing Up for Health Insurance

Kynector Jaye Allen speaks with a kynect representative at an event at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville
Credit Ja’Nel Johnson | wfpl.org

Jaye Allen is a Kynector, paid by the state to help assist people with health insurance. It’s her job to meet with people face-to-face in order to enroll them in a plan under the Affordable Care Act.

She’s had the job since September, and she estimates she’s helped 400 people select a plan that fits both their needs and their budget.

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Society
4:04 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Poll: More Kentuckians Know Someone Impacted by Heroin

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New data from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll suggests the state’s heroin epidemic may be worsening. Eleven percent of those asked know someone who’s had problems with the drug, up two percent from 2013.

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Society
12:31 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Another Wet/Dry Battle Looms This Year in Marshall County

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Three years after a narrow defeat, the option to allow alcohol sales could be on the ballot once again this year in Marshall County.

Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Randy Newcomb says his board supported going wet in 2012 and will take the lead this year in the effort. He said he wants to see visitors’ dollars stay in Marshall County.

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Society
11:06 am
Thu January 29, 2015

A New Plaza is Coming to Downtown Madisonville

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The City of Madisonville and First United Bank are taking the former municipal building on East Center Street and turning it into a plaza with greenspace, a stage and public art display.

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Health
3:47 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Supercenters, Warehouses May Affect Obesity Rates

A new study says economic factors such as the concentration of major grocery stores and restaurants may explain the rise in obesity. 

University of Louisville researcher Josh Pinkston helped compile data  examining 27 variables that impact body mass index.

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Society
10:33 am
Wed January 28, 2015

How to Make (and Keep) New Years Resolutions

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If you're still wrangling down your New Year's resolution, Dr. Michael Bordieri of the Murray State University Department of Psychology may have some ideas for you to consider as we end the first month of 2015. With the new year, Kate Lochte expands the bi-weekly Sounds Good conversations from the "Understanding Depression" series to include other topics of interest.

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Society
5:13 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Rapid-Response Disaster Team Seeks Area Volunteers

John Fuqua and Ron Meloan on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Eight Days of Hope is a rapid-response disaster team comprised of more than 3,000 volunteers across the country. They recently met in Buffalo, New York to assist with recovery after the November blizzard. They went to Tupelo, Mississippi to help after a tornado demolished the area. The organization is spinning off a new ministry in Hope Reigns, who is in Murray Saturday (Jan. 24) at Kroger to recruit volunteers. Ron Meloan and John Fuqua visit Sounds Good to tell Kate Lochte what the faith-based organization is all about and how you can get involved.

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Society
2:47 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Young Women And Men Seek More Equal Roles At Work And Home

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Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 3:02 pm

Young women these days are encouraged to lean in, to want and have it all. And national polls show the idea that a woman's place is in the home has been losing traction among young people since the 1960s.

Given the option, the majority of young men and women say they would prefer to share both work and domestic duties equally with their spouses, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Sociological Review.

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