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Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET

The U.S. could have prevented roughly 36,000 deaths from COVID-19 if broad social distancing measures had been put in place just one week earlier in March, according to an analysis from Columbia University.

Underlining the importance of aggressively responding to the coronavirus, the study found the U.S. could have avoided at least 700,000 fewer infections if actions that began on March 15 had actually started on March 8.

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The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.1 million to Murray State’s Science Department.

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Governor Matt Bevin says the University of Louisville is a key component of a national center that will research what he called "automotive efficiency and sustainable transportation."   That could include everything from online transportation services to self-driving vehicles.  He made the announcement Monday speaking before the second Auto Vision Conference meeting in Lexington.  He says the U of L focus could result in some new automotive technologies.

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A field research station on Kentucky Lake has received a $3.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation that will fund the study of toxic algae blooms.

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Hopkinsville Community College has been awarded its first National Science Foundation grant, a $200k award through the Advanced Tech Education program. It's called "Technological Education for the Rural Community" and focuses on access, low math comprehension and employability. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with faculty members Sherry McCormack of math and Stuart Zieman of industrial electronics to learn more about their project.

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A statewide effort to further the economy through funding energy research and attracting more students into STEM fields is getting a major financial boost.

Kentucky is one of six jurisdictions chosen to receive a five year research award from the National Science Foundation.