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Government
10:18 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Farmer Indicted on Felony Fraud Charges

Former KY Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer
Credit agpolicy.ky.gov

A federal grand jury has indicted former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer on four felony counts of misappropriating state funds and one of solicitation.  The indictment, unsealed today in Lexington, charges Farmer with using his state position to obtain thousands of dollars' worth of gifts, hotel rooms, clothing and computers. It also charges him with hiring friends who did little or no work for the state.  The indictment says that throughout his tenure as agriculture commissioner from 2004 to 2012, Farmer wrongfully used public funds and state resources to obtain goods and services for himself and his family.

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Business
9:55 am
Wed April 17, 2013

International Isotopes CEO on PGDP Site Interest

Aerial photo of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Todd Hatton speaks with International Isotopes CEO Steve Laflin about a joint venture with a Paducah company to lease the PGDP site.

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant has been enriching uranium since 1952, making it the world’s oldest such facility.  Now, in 2013, it faces an uncertain future.  New technology and a depressed market for their product have led the U.S. Department of Energy to consider closing the facility when USEC’s lease on the site expires next month.  This threatens some 1,200 jobs in McCracken County.  But, there are glimmers of hope.

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Politics
11:23 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Yarmuth: sequester hurts business

An 1837 political cartoon about unemployment in the United States.
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Kentucky U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth says the 85-billion dollars in cuts that have been imposed as a result of the federal budget sequester will hurt private business. The Jefferson County Democrat says seven of the nine largest employers in his district rely to a significant extent on business from the federal government. Yarmuth spoke Thursday during a meeting of the house budget committee. The acting director of the White House office of Management and Budget told the panel the sequester is likely to cost hundreds of thousands of jobs.

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Politics
11:19 am
Fri April 12, 2013

McConnell on proposed gun control bill

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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says a gun control proposal from New York Democrat Charles Schumer takes the wrong approach. The Kentucky Republican says Schumer wants to make it a federal crime, punishable by up to five years in prison, for a person not to report a lost or stolen gun within 24 hours. McConnell calls Schumer’s bill a “clear overreach” that will punish law-abiding friends, neighbors and families.

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Politics
10:15 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Liberal PAC Leader a Witness in McConnell Probe

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The attorney for the director of a liberal Kentucky political fundraising group says his client is cooperating with an FBI investigation into a secret recording of a campaign meeting held by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. That recording was leaked to Mother Jones magazine. 

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WKMS Press Releases
3:56 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Media Release: WKMS Sounds Good Singer-Songwriter Invitational

Murray, KY.  WKMS presents our “First Ever Sounds Good Singer-Songwriter Invitational” and the winning songwriter has his/her original song aired on WKMS and receives a pair of tickets to hear Bob Dylan and His Band in concert in Murray on April 27.

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Culture
11:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Hopkinsville-Christian Co. Museums feature local women in STEM fields

Credit Museums of Historic Hopkinsville Christian County

An interview with Alissa Keller

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County is hosting a special exhibit in this year’s theme, “Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.”  The exhibit features the stories of historic, local women who’ve made contributions to those fields.  Todd Hatton speaks with Museum Executive Director Alissa Keller to find out more.

Government
10:49 am
Thu March 28, 2013

KY's Feb. jobless rates fall in 2/3 of state

Kentucky’s February unemployment numbers show jobless rates fell in more than two-thirds of the state over the previous year.  Rates either dropped or increased slightly in Purchase and Pennyrile counties. According to the Office of Employment and Training report released Thursday, only two western counties, Daviess and Union, were among the ten lowest in the state at just over seven percent.  Fulton County was the fifth highest at almost sixteen percent.  The national unemployment rate for February was eight point one.

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WKMS Contest
10:26 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Congratulations to Becca Kilby, Winner of our Singer/Songwriter Invitational!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Becca Kilby, winner of the WKMS Sounds Good Singer/Songwriter Invitational! With roughly 340 votes tallied, she's going to the Dylan concert having received 160 votes. Jeff Finley came in second with 90 votes. Thanks to everyone for voting! Hear the winning song and the finalists below.

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Culture
6:27 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Volunteers Sought to Clean up Civil War Battlefields

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The Civil War Trust is looking for volunteers to clean and restore battlefields, including sites in Kentucky and Tennessee for its 17th annual Park Day, scheduled for April 6th.  Volunteers will be asked to rake leaves, haul trash, paint signs and plant trees.  The nationwide event encompasses 100 historic sites in 24 states.  The sites in our region include Fort Donelson in Dover, Tennessee and Columbus-Belmont State Park in western Kentucky.  Those interested can find more information at civilwar.org.

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