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Society
9:52 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Heroin's resurgence in Kentucky

The varying forms of drug abuse have created challenges for both treatment and law enforcement professionals.  Much attention across Kentucky in recent years has centered on a growing prescription drug abuse problem.  State lawmakers have taken steps to crack down on improper pain clinics while also providing better communication within the medical profession about patients’ use of prescribed drugs.   Michelle Lofwall (LAHF-wall) is a University of Kentucky psychiatrist who treats prescription drug users.  She is beginning to see another alarm go off.

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Government
9:50 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Ky. mine operators owe $29M in delinquent fines

A published report says Kentucky coal operators owe more in delinquent fines to federal authorities for mine safety violations than any other state.  The Louisville Courier-Journal reports the finding from an analysis of records from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.  Records show Kentucky mine operators owe MSHA just over 29 million dollars, 40 percent of the total seventy-three and a half million owed to the agency in mine safety fines.

Government
9:37 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Tax Reform Commission to Hold First Town Hall in Paducah

Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson and members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform will hold the first of six town hall meetings throughout the Commonwealth tomorrow night at 6 at Paducah Tilghman High School.   The town hall meetings will occur throughout the summer, encouraging public comment before the Commission completes its work at the end of the year.   The Commission was created by Governor Steve Beshear to evaluate numerous areas of Kentucky’s tax system and propose ways to reform it. The Commission will report its findings to the Governor by November 15th.

Society
9:36 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Crane, barge sink near Ledbetter bridge

Coast Guard officials have restricted traffic along the Tennessee River at Ledbetter as several sinking barges threaten to topple a construction crane into the water.  The barges provide a platform for the crane used in the building of a new bridge at the site.  Work had been shut down at the site for the Memorial Day weekend, and a worker for contractor C.J.

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Culture
10:24 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Historian William C. Davis on Jefferson Davis

June 3rd marks the 204th birthday of one of the only two native Kentuckians to hold an American presidency.  One is, of course, Abraham Lincoln, and the other is his Civil War counterpart, Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  

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WKMS Press Releases
2:49 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Sounds of the Silver Screen Returns with a New Season

WKMS Producer David Weatherly begins a new season of Sounds of the Silver Screen on WKMS Sunday, June 3 at 7 p.m.  Weatherly's fascination with cinematic soundtracks has led him to continue creating Sounds of the Silver Screen for WKMS during summertime months. The new season airs Sundays in June and July.

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WKMS Press Releases
2:46 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Listeners Reach WKMS Spring Fundraiser Goal

Dedicated listeners and underwriters met the WKMS spring fundraiser goal of $130,000 in community support in early May. WKMS-FM is the listener supported public media service of Murray State University, serving southernmost Illinois, northwestTennessee, and western Kentucky. Individual contributions and matching grants go to the WKMS budget for programming, transmission, and related expenses for the 100,000 watt public service.  

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WKMS Press Releases
12:53 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

WKMS Broadcasts Live from LowerTown Arts and Music Festival

Murray State's listener supported public radio service 91.3 WKMS presents a special live broadcast from the Main Stage of Paducah’s LowerTown Arts and Music Festival on Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m. WKMS Program Director and Beyond the Edge host Tracy Ross emcees the live broadcast preempting World Café and House Blend. This marks the second consecutive year WKMS has partnered with the LowerTown Arts and Music Festival for a live broadcast from the festival.

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Government
8:02 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Plan ending free IL retiree health insurance goes to Quinn

Longtime Illinois state employees could be on the verge of losing the free health insurance they get in retirement.  The state Senate approved legislation ending the benefit yesterday. It now goes to Governor Pat Quinn, who is pushing to cut retirement benefits.  

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Government
8:01 am
Fri May 11, 2012

KY Reports Drop in Government Revenue in April

Kentucky is reporting a decline in general government revenue in April after several months of growth.  State Budget Director Mary Lassiter says the nearly 1 percent drop in revenue isn't a sign that the economy has taken a step backward.  

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