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Government
11:57 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Drinking Water Week: Ways to Conserve Water

Credit Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection

Next week is the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act, and it’s Drinking Water Week in Kentucky.  The state Energy and Environment Cabinet is marking the occasion by offering residents ways to conserve water inside and outside their homes. 

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WKMS Press Releases
3:50 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Media Release: WKMS News Wins Five First Place Awards

The Kentucky Associated Press awarded WKMS five first place radio broadcaster awards of excellence this year. Radio stations across the Commonwealth participated in the 2014 Kentucky Associated Press Awards competition. 

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Weather
6:46 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Winter Weather Update: Avoid Travel

Road Conditions 10:25 A.M.
Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

UPDATE: 2:25 p.m.

A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman says I-24 is clearing due to plowing and salt, but other western Kentucky roads remain snow-packed after the last 24 hours of winter weather. Keith Todd says to avoid unnecessary travel, and that recommendation won't change until sometime Tuesday as temperatures rise to 30 degrees and road salt starts working. But Todd says KYTC salt supplies are running out.

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Government
8:43 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Beshear Gives Go-Ahead for GLE Land Purchase at PGDP Site

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has given the go-ahead for a transfer of state-owned land across from the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant to build the Global Laser Enrichment facility.  GLE has advised the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of their plans to construct and operate the facility. 

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Weather
2:10 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

[Update] NWS: Significant Ice Threat... Strong Winds... Possible Prolonged Power Outages

Credit National Weather Service

UPDATE 3:30 P.M Sunday

An ice storm warning remains in effect for Fulton, Hickman, Graves, Marshall, Calloway, Trigg, Lyon, Caldwell, Hopkins, Christian, Muhlenberg and Todd Counties until 9:00 a.m. Monday.

The Commonwealth’s Emergency Operations Center is open and will remain active at Level III through Monday afternoon to monitor the winter storm.

Freezing rain will change over to sleet and snow later tonight...before ending midday Monday.

Heavy ice accumulations from a half inch to an inch appear likely before the change to snow later tonight.

Widespread tree damage and numerous power outages will be possible. Travel conditions will become treacherous as temperatures fall well below freezing later today and tonight.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has issued some generator safety tips, in the event of prolonged power outages.

To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning or fire hazards:

·    Generators should only be operated outside in well-ventilated areas and never in a garage, basement or breezeway.

·   Do not operate generators near windows, doors or in other areas where exhaust fumes could be drawn into a home or other occupied structure.

·    Do not use charcoal grills, gas grills or other open-flame devices indoors for heating or cooking.

·   Use only portable heaters certified for indoor use. They should be placed in well-ventilated areas and kept well away from combustible materials.

·   To prevent fires, generators should never be refueled while they are running. Refuel only after the generator has been turned off and allowed to cool.

The PSC also is reminding electric customers who use a portable generator of electric safety guidelines that will protect them and those working to restore power. Keys to safe operation of generators include:

•   Make sure a generator is properly sized for the load you will place on it. Remember that starting an electric motor, such as a refrigerator or air conditioner compressor, requires more electricity than the amount needed to keep it running. DO NOT OVERLOAD YOUR GENERATOR.

•   Use only three-prong, grounded extension cords, properly rated for the load, to connect appliances to generators.

•   DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FEED POWER INTO YOUR HOME BY ADAPTING AN EXTENSION CORD TO CONNECT A GENERATOR TO A WALL OUTLET. THIS CAN CAUSE A FIRE.

•    DO NOT CONNECT A GENERATOR TO INSIDE WIRING IN ANY WAY UNLESS YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS IS EQUIPPED WITH A TRANSFER SWITCH THAT PREVENTS POWER FROM FLOWING BACK INTO (BACKFEEDING) THE WIRES THAT SUPPLY YOUR ELECTRICITY. 

UPDATE SUNDAY NOON:

From National Weather Service:

A major late winter storm will significantly impact the entire area late today through midday Monday.

Travel conditions will begin to deteriorate as surface temperatures drop below freezing today. The approximate arrival time of the sub-freezing conditions is plotted in blue.

Most of the area will see freezing rain lead to a quarter to a half inch of ice accumulation before the precipitation changes over to sleet and snow.

Much of the area will see from 2 to 6 inches of sleet and snow on top of the ice. The Missouri Bootheel and much of west Kentucky, outlined in blue, will have a significant threat of icing up to three quarters of an inch or even more. Strong north winds and that icing load in trees and power lines could lead to significant power outages.

Update SATURDAY: The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning in effect from 3 PM Sunday to 9 AM on Monday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect. Light rain on Sunday will turn into freezing rain later in the day.

Heavy rainfall Sunday evening is possible, along with thunder. Freezing rain will change to sleet and snow before ending Monday morning. Moderate accumulations of at least 1/4 inch of ice are likely. Widespread tree damage and power outages are possible.

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Government
12:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

KPR's Jonathan Meador's 2/28 General Assembly Update

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The 2014 session of Kentucky's General Assembly is well past the halfway point, but there's still plenty of business to take care of before it ends April 15th.  Todd Hatton speaks with Kentucky Public Radio's Capitol Bureau Reporter Jonathan Meador to get an update on how much of that business saw movement this week.

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WKMS Press Releases
5:23 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

WKMS Meets Goal to Establish All-Classical Channel in Murray

Mayor Bill Wells presents a check to WKMS Development Director Asia Burnett

Murray listeners have contributed over $10,000 to put the WKMS all-classical music channel on an FM source before summer. This service at 99.5 FM will carry the nationally syndicated Classical 24 dedicated to live classical music programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week, produced by American Public Media and distributed by Public Radio International. This channel is also available online at wkms.org, on HD radios, and at 92.5 Paducah and 105.1 Madisonville. 

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Government
11:52 am
Fri February 7, 2014

This week in KY's General Assembly with KPR's Jonathan Meador

KPR Capitol Bureau Correspondent Jonathan Meador
Credit WFPL

The 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly continues in Frankfort, and Todd Hatton speaks with Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Reporter Jonathan Meador about what lawmakers have been working on this week.

Hear about Governor Beshear's plan for tax reform and whyRepublican House Floor Leader Jeff Hoover wants tax reform negotiations held behind closed doors.

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Culture
3:54 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Muhlenberg County Students Cope with Losing Classmates to Fire

Left to right: LaRae Watson, 35, Madison Watson, 15, Kaitlyn Watson, 14, Morgan Watson, 13, Emily Watson, 9, Samuel Watson, 8, Raegan Watson, 7 and 4-year-old twins Mark and Nathaniel Watson
Credit Facebook

In western Kentucky, Friday was a solemn day in the Muhlenberg County School System.  Classmates  mourned the loss of eight children a day after they died in an early morning fire in the Depoy community. 

Superintendent Randy McCarty spent much of the day at Longest Elementary School, where two of the Watson children attended.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Hatchett Enters Democratic Race for 1st District U.S. House

Charles Hatchett
Credit Hatchett for Congress

Marshall County real estate broker Charles Hatchett has joined the race for the Democratic nomination to oppose Republican 1st District U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield.  Hatchett filed his paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office today.  He will face Wesley Bolin of Murray in May’s Democratic primary. 

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