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Culture
12:41 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Hundreds Gather at Phil Everly Memorial

Don (right) and Phil (left) Everly in a 1958 promotional photo.
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About 200 people listened to songs and tributes at a memorial service in Powderly this past weekend for Phil Everly, who passed away January 3rd at the age of 74.  With his brother, Don, the duo had 19 Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1962. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

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Government
10:40 am
Mon January 20, 2014

USDA Expanding Poverty-Reduction Initiative

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Ten western counties are among the 73 in Kentucky joining the StrikeForce initiative, a federal program designed to help poor rural communities take advantage of government resources.  The counties in our region are Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hopkins, McLean, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Union. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says StrikeForce coordinates programs in community assistance, nutrition, farming, and resource conservation. 

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Business
10:38 am
Mon January 20, 2014

New Business Creation in KY Continues to Rise

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A new federal report shows some good news for Kentucky enterprise.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says, according to the latest available data, the state led the country in new businesses created during the second quarter of 2013.  Governor Steve Beshear's office says almost 6,700 new businesses opened in the Commonwealth in that quarter, many of them businesses with five or fewer employees.

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Government
2:39 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

KPR Capitol Chief Jonathan Meador on KY General Assembly

Kentucky's State Capitol Building
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The opening days of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly in Frankfort have seen a flurry of activity as lawmakers consider issues like tax reform, education funding, and the budget.  Todd Hatton speaks with Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Jonathan Meador to find out more about the session and the part our region's legislators are playing there.

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Government
4:08 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

KY General Fund revenue down 3.5 percent in Dec.

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Kentucky officials report a 3.5 percent drop in tax collections for December, but say state revenue is up slightly for the first six months of the fiscal year.  State Budget Director Jane Driskell says December’s General Fund revenue totaled almost $913 million, a drop of over $33 million for the same month in 2012.  Driskell says 2012 collections included a $25 million windfall due to a taxpayer amnesty.  

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Politics
3:55 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Rhoads Won't Seek Re-election

State Senator Jerry Rhoads (D)
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Democratic State Senator Jerry Rhoads of Madisonville says he won’t seek re-election this year. 

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Government
3:49 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

McCracken County Officials Indicted in Zoning Case

McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry
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McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry and Deputy Judge-Executive Doug Harnice face a charge of tampering with public records in connection with unauthorized zone changes affecting at least 500 pieces of property in the county.  

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Environment
11:42 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Fewer Summer Bugs Could Be Cold Weather Silver Lining

Flea Life Cycle
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The region’s dangerously cold temperatures could bring some benefits later in the year in the form of a smaller flea and tick population.  But according to entomologist Doug Johnson of the University of Kentucky’s Princeton extension office, they’re resourceful animals.  He says fleas, once indoors on a human or a pet brought in from the cold, can thrive, surviving on waste or debris until they mature.  Johnson says ticks, by contrast, live mostly outdoors, and are more susceptible to cold.

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Culture
1:08 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Paducah Author Among Finalists for 2014 KY Writers Hall of Fame

Etheridge Knight
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Paducah poet Etheridge Knight is among the thirteen finalists for the 2014 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.  Knight was born in Mississippi but moved with his family to Paducah when his father got a job working on Kentucky Dam.  

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Government
9:11 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Get Covered Illinois Sees Spike in Calls, Visitors

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A crush of health insurance shoppers in Illinois have been calling a telephone help line set up to answer their questions, as an important deadline looms for the nation's health law.  More than 1,600 people called the Get Covered Illinois Help Desk over the weekend. That's more than double the call volume from the previous weekend. The state's health insurance website saw more than 26,000 visitors over the weekend, an increase of 4,000 from the weekend before. 

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