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10:06 am
Fri February 20, 2015

What’s Happening with the West Kentucky Polar Plunge Saturday

Credit Special Olympics of Kentucky-Polar Plunge Shutterfly

 

The annual Special Olympics fundraiser is scheduled to proceed with a few minor changes.

Organizer Laura Miller says the plunge is still scheduled and the pre-registration event will happen as planned tonight from 4:00-6:00 at the Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center. The 5k has been canceled.

 

Miller says tonight is a good time to bring in the collected donations and pick up t-shirts and other incentives. She encourages attendance tonight because the possibility of freezing rain tomorrow may keep some participants from attending the plunge.

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Society
8:47 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Dangerously Cold

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Health officials are urging people to use caution if they have to be outdoors during the bitterly cold weather.

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Society
8:19 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

UT Martin Hosts 15th Annual Civil Rights Conference Next Week

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The University of Tennessee at Martin hosts its 15th Annual Civil Rights Conference next week. Conference Director, Assistant Professor of History Renee LaFleur previews the multi-day event whose keynote speaker is presidential historian and Director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library since 2009, Mark Updegrove. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with LaFleur about the theme of how President Johnson's "Great Society" contributed to the Civil Rights Movement and other featured speakers at the event.

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Society
2:44 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Warming Centers Open in Western Kentucky

Credit Matt Markgraf/WKMS

As temperatures in the region drop below freezing for the next few days, local warming centers are opening their doors. Be sure to call ahead, as hours may vary.

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Crime
6:17 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Snow Plow Shot in Southern Illinois

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Four people were arrested Monday following the shooting of an Illinois Department of Transportation snow plow.

The truck was plowing Interstate 24 in Massac County when the driver reported being shot at by an SUV with tinted windows. No one was injured, but the bullets shattered the vent windows on the truck.

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Society
6:57 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Missing Graves County Teen Found Safe

Skyyler Gore
Credit Graves County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE 6:55 a.m.: Skyyler Gore has been found safe, according to Graves County dispatch.

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Society
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
Credit Angela Lampe

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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