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3:45 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Next Week is Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week in Calloway County

Kim Mason and Dr. Robert Lyons of The Gentry House in Murray

Thanksgiving is around the corner and is a time to reflect on good fortune, friends and family. Some good fortunes can be taken for granted: a roof over your head, food in the refrigerator, a job that pays a fair wage. The Gentry House in Murray helps homeless families with children who may have suffered from domestic violence or lost jobs. It's a transitional shelter where people can stay for up to 90 days. During this time, they'll get help finding a job, pursuing educational routes and permanent housing.

On Sounds Good, we speak with Gentry House director Kim Mason, and the president of its board of directors, Dr. Robert Lyons of Murray State's College of Education and Health Services.

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10:51 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Death Row Exoneree Speaks at Murray State

Kirk Bloodsworth
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Amnesty International at Murray State University hosts death row exoneree Kirk Bloodsworth Friday night at 6 in MSU's Freed Curd Auditorium. Bloodsworth is the first person in the United States exonerated from death row by DNA testing. The lecture is open to all. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Kirk Bloodsworth about the circumstances of his exoneration.

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Society
3:44 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

VIDEO: Paducah Veterans Day Celebration Full of Cheers Despite Rain

Hardy Gentry speaks after receiving his Distinguished Veteran Award.
Lance Dennee WKMS

The cheers of school children erupted as veterans marched up Broadway during the annual Veterans Day parade in Paducah today. The rain did not dampen the onlookers’ spirits.

Hardy Gentry was awarded the Distinguished Veteran Award this year for his service not only in the military but also in the community. He has been the American Legion post commander numerous times.

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Society
4:51 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

Obese Women Make Less Money, Work More Physically Demanding Jobs

A recent study found obese women are more likely than other women to work physically demanding jobs, like the kind that call for hard hats. They're less likely to work in jobs that require a lot of interaction with clients and customers — jobs that, on average, make more money.
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Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 6:34 am

Being overweight hurts your earnings, and being an overweight woman is particularly tough on income. Back in 2004, a landmark study found that a 65-pound increase in a woman's weight is associated with a 9-percent drop in earnings. The authors of the study noted that, in terms of wages, the "obesity penalty" basically amounted to losing three years of experience in the workplace.

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Society
2:58 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Paducah School of Art and Design Seeking Community Video Clips for Holiday Project

Pictured: Paul Aho, Dean of the Paducah School of Art and Design
Credit WKCTC

The Paducah School of Art and Design is partnering with the Paducah Power System to add a more visual element to the annual holiday display at Noble Park. PSAD Dean Paul Aho stopped by WKMS for a Sounds Good interview to explain the project.


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Society
11:50 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Employers Can't Skip Insurance Coverage For Hospitalization

Some employers said that leaving out hospital coverage helped protect low-wage workers from big deductibles.
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Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 11:44 am

Closing what many see as a loophole that could trap millions of people in sub-standard insurance, the Obama administration said Tuesday that large-employer medical plans lacking hospital coverage will not qualify under the Affordable Care Act's toughest standard. It also offered relief to workers who may be enrolled in those plans next year.

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Society
12:21 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Murray-Calloway Parks Referendum Voted Down

Credit Murray Calloway County Parks and Recreation / Facebook

A referendum that would have raised over $1 million in much needed repair funds for Murray-Calloway County parks has been voted down.

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Society
1:52 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

More Scrutiny Coming For Medicare Advantage, Obamacare

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 11:29 am

Federal officials are planning a wide range of audits into billing and government spending on managed health care in the new fiscal year, ranging from private Medicare Advantage groups that treat millions of elderly to health plans rapidly expanding under the Affordable Care Act.

The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, which investigates Medicare and Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse, said it would conduct "various reviews" of Medicare Advantage billing practices with an eye toward curbing overcharges. Results are due next year.

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9:22 am
Tue November 4, 2014

To Prevent Kidney Stones: Go Easy On Soda And Drink Lots Of Water

To keep kidney stones at bay, drink plenty of cool, clear water.
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Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 11:42 am

If you've had a kidney stone and want to spare yourself the agony of a repeat episode, here's some simple advice: Drink more water.

In a guideline published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians recommends increasing fluid intake and spreading throughout the day.

It may take eight to 10 glasses of water over the course of a day to comply. The recommendation calls for achieving at least 2 liters of urine a day.

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5:16 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Commentary: "The Art of Caregiving" and an Alzheimer's Support Group in Murray

Constance Alexander

Working with an Arts Access Grant titled "The Art of Caregiving" from the Kentucky Arts Council, Murray author Constance Alexander is coordinating collaborators across arts agencies and healthcare providers in a positive community conversation about patients and caregivers at the end of life. There's a public forum at the Calloway County Public Library at 710 Main Street in Murray, Thursday starting at 7 p.m. Alexander's commentary relates to these community activities focusing on a new support group in Murray.

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