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West Kentucky High Iron
3:27 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Hopkinsville's Rail Bed Recycling Project

Credit Casey Northcutt

This story originally aired Sunday, March 3, 2013

As the nation becomes increasingly conscious about the environment, people recycle more and more, giving new life to various items. Abandoned railways, however, are usually not among them. Yet, the city of Hopkinsville has begun a Rails to Trails project, revamping an old Fort Campbell track into a beautiful new walkway, which officials hope will add flavor to the city.

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Society
4:46 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Afternoon Fire Destroys Murray Apartment, No One Injured

Credit Rob Canning

Officials with the state fire marshal’s office are investigating a fire in a Murray apartment complex.

A neighbor reports the fire in the Cambridge subdivision began around noon.  No one was injured.   

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Society
11:07 am
Mon January 13, 2014

West Kentucky Coal: Places, People, and Power

Credit Austin Ramsey, WKMS

This documentary originally aired Sunday, September 1st, 2013.

West Kentucky Coal: People, Places, and Power

In 2013 for the first time in over 50 years West Kentucky coal mines produced more than their eastern counterparts. Coal companies employ more than 4,000 people in 10 west Kentucky counties, and more than 90% of Kentucky’s power comes from this ancient mineral. But there is much more beyond these numbers. In the coming hour we explore West Kentucky Coal and its people, places and power in this WKMS News Documentary. 

SEGMENT 1 - PEOPLE

In our first story, Chad Lampe and Austin Ramsey head 800 feet below western Kentucky, to Warrior Coal’s Cardinal Mine #2 to uncover what miners do and why they do it.

Then, Whitney Jones speaks with Mike Foster, a retired miner from Greenville, Kentucky, about a less-than-desirable legacy of his career in the coal mines: black lung.  And she discovers that if he could, Foster would go back in a heartbeat.

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Society
6:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Kentucky House Members Hear Pleas for Medical Marijuana

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 5:52 am

In 1994, Eric Crawford was rendered a quadriplegic following a traffic accident. Confined to a wheelchair, the Maysville resident says he has since developed glaucoma, and that his doctor told him that, while it could not be prescribed, marijuana could alleviate his pain.

But in the absence of legislation that would add Kentucky to the list of 20 states with some form of medical marijuana law, Crawford says he has to obtain his marijuana illegally.

Kentucky lawmakers are weighing a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

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Society
12:30 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

New Calloway Ag Agent Shares Thoughts on State of Agriculture in Area

The Calloway County Extension office has a new Agriculture Agent. The fresh from college Matt Chadwick fills the position which has been vacant for more than six months.

Whitney Jones speaks with Chadwick about his background and big issues facing farmers in the region.

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Society
2:53 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Kentucky Flu Outbreaks on the Rise, Prompt Officials to Raise Flu Level to Widespread Status

More than half of Kentucky’s regions have seen an increase in flu outbreaks in the past week prompting the state health department to raise the flu level to widespread. That’s the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s highest level for flu.

State epidemiologist Craig Humbaugh says this year the main strain is H1N1, which first emerged in 2009.

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PGDP
12:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

USEC Prepares for Winter Layoffs

Credit DOE

As negotiations continue between the U.S. Department of Energy and GE Hitachi's Global Laser Enrichment for use of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site, the United States Enrichment Corporation is preparing for another round of layoffs beginning at the end of this month.

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Winter Weather
12:32 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Area Warming Shelters Open, Tips for Combating the Arctic Cold

UPDATED: Mid-Day, Monday 

Over the week, temperatures in our region are expected to drop into the single digits, and possibly even lower. Listed below are resources available in our listening area to help combat against the harsh cold. Included are a list of local warming shelters, road condition links, tips for keeping pets warm as well as a survival kit checklist. 

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Weather
5:14 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Weather Related Closings

Here is a list of area closings for January 6, 2014 due to extreme cold and/or snow and ice. (THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED)

Ballard County Schools

Calloway County Schools

Carlisle County Schools

Christian County Schools (and sporting events)

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Society
4:32 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Dodson to Cut Back on Weather Updates

Credit facebook

A volunteer meteorologist in Paducah says he is cutting back on his weather coverage this year.

Beau Dodson has volunteered with the McCracken County Emergency Management Agency sending weather updates online, but says after a decade of service he will stop sending email updates for the agency.

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