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2:59 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

UK Picked to Oversee Nation's First Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center

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The University of Kentucky has been selected to head the first federal Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center. The program aims to reduce child food insecurity in states with high poverty. 

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Society
1:02 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Identifying the Warning Signs of Autism in Young Children

Becky Nastally, Founder of Bloom Behavior Therapy.
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April is Autism Awareness Month. According to the non-profit Autism Speaks, the disorder affects more than two million Americans. 

Dr. Becky Nastally with Bloom Behavior Therapy in Paducah spoke with Kate Lochte on how to identify potential autism warning signs in children.

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Society
6:27 am
Thu March 19, 2015

KSP Searching for Graves County Juveniles

Kanessha Willie
Credit Kentucky State Police

Update 3/19: 

Gabrielle Gowen was located this morning and is safe.  

The investigation continues by Trooper Johnson Gordon.

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Society
6:09 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Ahead of Supreme Court Ruling, More Kentuckians Oppose Gay Marriage

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New polling shows opposition to same sex marriage is growing among Kentucky voters.

According to the most recent Bluegrass Poll, 57 percent of the registered voters surveyed earlier this month said they don’t support same sex marriage. That’s compared to 50 percent last summer.

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Society
5:33 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Meet Paducah Native and Lone Oak Graduate AO3 Hannah Wilson, Serving in the US Navy

Petty Officer 3rd Class Hannah Wilson
Credit Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO)

 Lone Oak residents Alan and Bobbie Wilson's daughter, Hannah, serves the nation aboard the U.S. Navy warship, the USS George Washington, which is stationed at the base located 35 miles south of Tokyo in Yokosuka, Japan. The ship is longer than three football fields and one of only 10 currently operational aircraft carriers in the Navy. A 2008 graduate of Lone Oak School, AO3 Hannah Wilson says she stopped playing varsity tennis after her first two years to focus on enriched and AP studies, a passion for learning she continues today as we learn in our conversation with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good.

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Society
4:10 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Should Kentucky Add a Tax on Soft Drinks? About Half of Residents Think So.

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Kentuckians are split when it comes to taxing soft drinks to pay for school nutrition and physical activity programs, according to a poll released Thursday.

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll found that 51 percent of respondents favor taxing soda and sugary drinks.

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Health
12:02 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Lourdes, Mercy Health Switch to Electronic Records for Disability Claims

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Paducah's Lourdes Hospital and parent company Mercy Health are integrating with the federal Social Security Administration in order to speed up the processing of patients’ disability claims.

The SSA’s “Health IT” program uses electronic records of medical histories, shaving weeks off of eligibility determinations.

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Society
2:14 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

The Numbers Add Up To This: Less And Less Opportunity For Poor Kids

An employee at the American Disposables Inc. factory works on the assembly line in October 2009 in Ware, Mass. The state has seen rapidly expanding income disparity in the past 50 years as highly educated tech and financial workers have seen big gains and inflation-adjusted income has shrunk for the poorest residents.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 12:57 pm

In this country, all children are supposed to have a shot at success — a chance to jump "from rags to riches" in one generation.

Even if riches remain out of reach, then the belief has been that every hard-working American should be able to go from poverty to the middle class.

On Tuesday, a book and a separate study are being released — both turning up evidence that the one-generation leap is getting harder to accomplish in an economy so tied to education, technological know-how and networking.

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Society
6:39 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Sheriff: No Dog Fighting Link in Missing Pet Reports

Sheriff Jon Hayden
Credit Lance Dennee

  McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden held a special meeting Monday night to address Internet speculation about potential dog thefts and missing pets reported to area sheriff’s departments and the Kentucky State Police.

Hayden allayed some fears about the missing pets, saying there is no known dog fighting ring in the region.

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Society
3:23 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Murray State's LGBT Programming Hosts Coming-of-Age Film 'Pariah'

Tracie Gilbert on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The film Pariah is a coming-of-age art drama looking at the life of a young woman in New York City discovering her own identity and the conflicts that arise from race, religion, sexual orientation and adolescent anxiety. Murray State University Minority Teaching Fellow Tracie Gilbert joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about the film and the unique stories it presents that tend to get overlooked, ahead of tonight's 7:30 showing at the Curris Center Theatre.

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