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3:50 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Murray Named Best Place to Live in Kentucky

A real estate blog has named Murray as the best place to live in Kentucky, citing its low unemployment rate and low cost of living among other factors for its appeal.

Movoto found Murray has one of the states lowest unemployment rates at 7.2 percent. Kentucky's average rate last year was 8.4 percent. The small town also scored 79 for cost of living, with the nation's average at 100.

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Fire
11:41 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Nine Family Members Confirmed Dead Following Muhlenberg County House Fire

Credit Lisa Autry

Updated at 3:20 pm

The nine victims of Thursday's Muhlenberg County house fire ranged in ages from 4 to 36 and included twin brothers.

Investigators with the Kentucky State Police and state fire marshal’s office say the fire was accidental and caused by an electric baseboard heater malfunction. 

Kentucky State Police spokesman Stu Recke confirmed the names of the nine family members who died in the fire that broke out around 2 a.m. in the town of Depoy.

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Society
7:08 am
Wed January 29, 2014

KY Baptist Leader Speaks Out Against Gambling

The Kentucky Baptist Convention is speaking out against expanded gambling in a new radio ad aimed at stirring grassroots opposition to legalizing casinos.

The ad is debuting today on Christian radio stations. It features the Baptist Convention's executive director, Paul Chitwood. He says casino operators want to "cash in on the misery" of others.

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Society
3:39 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Western Kentuckians Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

Credit Special Olympics Kentucky / soky.org/westernkyplunge.htm

Brrr! Perhaps the chilliest fundraising event of the year, the Western Kentucky Plunge Polar Plunging pits brave Kentuckians against the icy waters of Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park to raise funds for the Special Olympics. The event, held this year on February 15, has grown to more than 500 participants and raising more than $100,000 each year. Kate Lochte speaks with coach and coordinator Laura Miller of Murray about the event.

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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’

Credit Owensboro Convention Center

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
11:31 am
Thu January 23, 2014

John Prine and Paradise (KY) Lost

(This story originally aired Sept. 1, 2013.)

Knowing when to add some spice to the facts is the mark of a good storyteller, or a good songwriter.  But sometimes, digging a little further into the truth is the only way to do a story justice.  Todd Hatton brings us one such story; the tale of a long-vanished community, coal, and the progress of man.

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Society
7:14 am
Thu January 23, 2014

At Least 17 Dead in TN Flu Season

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Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center say at least 17 Middle Tennesseans have died from the flu.

The Tennessean newspaper reports the deaths come from Davidson and seven surrounding counties. This year's outbreak has also sent at least 498 Middle Tennesseans to the hospital.

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Society
6:47 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Small Bomb Found On Southern IL Railroad

Madison County, Ill. authorities say a bomb found along rural railroad tracks in southwestern Illinois has been deactivated without injury.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Norfolk Southern Railroad workers notified sheriff's deputies after finding the bomb Monday near Edwardsville.

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Society
10:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Water From West Virginia Chemical Spill Makes Its Way Toward Paducah

Credit Matthew Bowden, Wikimedia Commons

Water containing pollutants from a chemical spill in West Virginia is making its way down the Ohio River, causing water treatment plants throughout Kentucky to take special precautions.

Paducah Water General Manager Glen Anderson said the plant will use activated carbon when the plume reaches the city tomorrow afternoon. He said the ORSANCO River Group has been monitoring the pollutant levels along the Ohio River.

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Society
2:59 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Early Morning Fire Leaves Trigg County Woman Dead

  A 75-year-old Trigg County woman died of smoke inhalation when her home caught fire the early this morning.  Kentucky State Police say the fire was reported around 2 a.m. at the Cadiz home of Dorothy C. Mitchell on Rocky Ridge Road.  Montgomery Volunteer Firefighters found Mitchell's body after extinguishing the blaze.  State police say an autopsy determined the woman's cause of death. The fire's cause hasn't been determined, but police say no foul play is suspected

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