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Government
8:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

KY House panel approves bill to allow felons to vote

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The House Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs has passed legislation that would let Kentuckians decide whether to amend the state Constitution to restore some felons' voting rights.  The perennial bill by Democratic Representative Jesse Crenshaw cleared the panel Tuesday.  

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Society
11:07 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Futurist Ivan Potter on Purchase's Frontier Future

Map of western Kentucky counties potentially affected by FAR designation.
Credit West Kentucky Journal

An interview with futurist Ivan Potter

You could say that the Jackson Purchase hasn’t been frontier territory since, well, since Andrew Jackson was President.  But now, in the 21st century, the federal government is proposing a new system that would classify the Purchase as Frontier and Remote, or FAR.  Researchers and policymakers with the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services say the new FAR area codes will help such regions improve access to public services as well as food and household goods. Futurist Ivan Potter is also the publisher of West Kentucky Journal, an online publication, and in a recent article, he writes that even though this possible reclassification has slipped under most people’s radar, it could have far-ranging effects. Todd Hatton speaks with Potter to get a sense of what the pros and cons of living on the frontier. 

Politics
9:46 am
Mon January 14, 2013

A Conversation with new 1st District State Senator Stan Humphries

1st District State Senator Stan Humphries
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An interview with State Senator Humphries

Former Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries is well into his first session as the First District's new State Senator, and he's arrived in Frankfort at a particularly important time: the Commonwealth's General Assembly is set to address a range of issues from Medicaid and industrial hemp to tax reform and underfunded state employee pensions.  To see how he's settling in, Todd Hatton spoke with Senator Humphries from his office in Frankfort.

Society
1:33 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

W KY Historians consider what will make our region's history books for 2012

The cargo vessel Delta Mariner following its January 2012 collision with the Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake
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Todd Hatton speaks with history professors, and history authors, Dr. Duane Bolin of Murray State University and Berry Craig of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, about what you might find in the "2012" chapter of our region's history books.

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Business
7:08 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Barge companies plead for help on Mississippi

Barge traffic on the Cumberland River at Smithland in Livingston County, Kentucky , USA. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains the river for tug-and-barge navigation.
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Several barge companies that operate on the drought-stricken Mississippi River have asked Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to call for a presidential disaster declaration.  The companies, including three based in Paducah, say doing so could be a first step in getting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water from the Missouri River to improve the Mississippi’s flow.  Crounse Corporation, James Marine, Ingram Barge, Marquette Transportation, and AEP River Operations made the appeal in a letter sent late last week. 

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Government
7:04 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Corps to hold meetings on restricting water access

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning a series of public meeting in January to solicit opinions on restricting access in hazardous waters immediately upstream and downstream of all Corps-owned locks and dams in Kentucky and Tennessee.  Dates for the meetings have not been set. 

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Government
7:01 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Tennessee halts work on I-69 corridor

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Tennessee officials say they’re putting a hold on their state’s segment of the proposed Interstate 69 corridor until the federal government provides more money for the project.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation hasn’t made an official announcement about the delay, but TDOT spokeswoman B.J. Doughty tells the Commercial Appeal some kind of federal promise on I-69 is needed. 

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Education
6:48 am
Wed December 26, 2012

New McCracken Co high school reaching naming rights deals

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The new McCracken County High School has reached deals to sell naming rights to their gymnasium and on-campus field houses.  They’re also seeking sponsors willing to pay up to $200,000 to name the football stadium.

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Government
6:41 am
Wed December 26, 2012

LBL to see $1 million budget cut

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The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area will have to cut a million dollars from its annual operating budget following across-the-board budget reductions for all national parks.  LBL Area Supervisor Bill Lisowsky says this means some smaller roads along with Jones Creek and Rushing Creek campgrounds will be closed.

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WKMS Press Releases
11:12 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Listeners Exceed WKMS Fall Fundraiser and New Member Goal

Contributors to Murray State’s NPR station, 91.3 WKMS, exceeded the fall fundraiser goal of $130,000 in community support on October 31, 2012. A total of 1,104 contributions came from new and renewing donors from fifteen states.

Membership Coordinator Jenni Todd says, “WKMS set a goal of 150 new members for this fall’s membership campaign, and we are delighted to report that 175 listeners became members for the first time ever.  Our long-standing renewing contributors are pleased to know our sustaining membership is growing.”

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