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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

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

Hopkinsville's Rail Bed Recycling Project

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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

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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

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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.

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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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