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Environment
12:25 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Mississippi River dropping, but problems remain

The junction of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers at Cairo, IL
Credit Wikimedia Commons

National Weather Service meteorologists say the flood-swollen Mississippi River is going down, but it will be some time before things dry out.  The waterway has crested from Iowa through southern Missouri and Illinois but remains above flood stage at many spots.  Hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland are under water and hundreds of roads remain closed.  The river is still 10 feet above technical flood stage at Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Grafton, Illinois.

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WKMS Press Releases
2:17 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Media Release: WKMS Fundraiser Exceeds Spring Goal

Murray, KY- Dedicated WKMS listeners and underwriters from western Kentucky, northwest Tennessee, and southernmost Illinois raised $131,177 in community support this spring to maintain Murray State’s NPR Station. 

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Government
10:32 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Rollins Resigns Legislative Seat, Takes Top KHEAA Job

Rep. Carl Rollins
Credit bluebluegrass.com

Democratic state representative and Kentucky House Education Committee chair Carl Rollins is leaving his seat to accept the top job at the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.  Legislative Research Commission Executive Director Bobby Sherman says the resignation would be effective at the close of business today.  Rollins says the new job will require his full attention.  In addition to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, Rollins also will oversee the Kentucky Higher Education Loan Corporation.

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Education
10:49 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Dunn to Interview for Illinois State Presidency Wednesday

MSU President Dr. Randy Dunn
Credit Murray State University

Murray State President Dr. Randy Dunn will be in Normal, Illinois tomorrow for an interview to become Illinois State University president.  Dunn is one of four candidates for the position.  Youngstown State in Ohio has announced Dunn is among the three finalists for their presidency.  MSU Director of Community Relations Mark Welch says the three candidates will interview in Youngstown between May 1st and 3rd.  The Murray State Board of Regents opted not to renew Dunn’s contract in March.  His current contract with Murray State expires July 2014.

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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.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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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