Higher Education Costs Continue to Rise

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As students return to Kentucky's 24 public colleges and universities to begin the fall semester, the price they are paying continues to escalate, while lawmakers continue to slash state support.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Kentucky is among the five states with the highest increase in the average cost of tuition since last year. The nearly four percent jump averages $344 a student.

Lacey Parham, Owensboro Community and Technical College sophomore and student government president, says tuition has become a major factor in students' plans.

LGBTQ Nation

There’s a civil rights rally in Morehead on Saturday (August 29) at 9AM.

The event is sponsored by the Rowan County Rights Coalition and is taking place outside the county administration building, where Clerk Kim Davis has her offices.

Coordinator Mary Hargis says groups like the National Organization for Women, AllYance (alliance), various faith groups and others will take part in the event.

Hargis says the rally is a reaction to the continued denial of marriage licenses to same sex couples in Rowan County.

Buzz Quotes

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #47 (August 28 at 8:00PM)

John Harford (the added "t" was the brainchild of Chet Atkins) was born in New York City to a medical resident and his painter wife but grew up in St. Louis near the Mississippi River he would always love. His first job, on a riverboat, came at age ten.

Host: Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, President, Morehead State University

Moderator: Jason Blanton

Guests: Julia Hawkins, Megan Boone

Topic:  MSU Career Services

Officials of Morehead State University along with members of its Board of Regents, local and state legislators held a ribbon cutting ceremony today (Thursday, Aug. 27) for the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics. ( View gallery )

Dr. Ellen Hahn show

Aug 25, 2015

Everyone in Kentucky owes Dr. Ellen Hahn a vote of thanks. Without her pioneering work in the 1990s, Lexington and other communities in the Commonwealth would never have gone smoke-free. We thank you, and our children thank you. Dr. Hahn discusses her latest work on radon and we remember tobacco wars and discuss e-cigarettes.


Childrens Advocate

Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer doesn’t think school should start in Kentucky until late August.

The Georgetown Republican is co-sponsoring legislation with Senator Chris Girdler of Somerset mandating a later opening.

Their bill says the new school year could not begin before the Monday closest to August 26th. Thayer discussed the proposal on CN2’s Pure Politics.

Better Sleep = Better Students

Aug 22, 2015
Union County

Classes are back in session in Kentucky and many school buses are on the road early in the morning across the Bluegrass State.

According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when middle school and high school students get more sleep, they do better academically, are healthier and make healthier choices.

LifePoint Health Acquires Fleming County Hospital

Aug 22, 2015
Cody Evans, The Ledger Independent

Several officials with LifePoint Health, Fleming County Hospital and community leaders gathered at Fleming County Hospital on Thursday (August 20) to celebrate the acquisition of the hospital by LifePoint Health.

The acquisition of Fleming County Hospital by LifePoint Health was officially announced Aug. 3.

City of Maysville Hosting Job Fair

Aug 22, 2015

Persons interested in exploring job opportunities with the City of Maysville government are invited to attend a job fair next month.

The City of Maysville and Maysville Utility Commission will host a job fair on Sept. 2 from 1 - 5 p.m., at the Maysville Conference Center at 24 East Second Street.

Human Resource Director Karen Cracraft said while there are no openings at this time, the intention of the job fair is to allow people interested in working for the city an opportunity to meet with department heads and to complete an employment application.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #84 (August 23 at 8:00PM)

Joe Augustine's serious study of the piano began at age 15. He played professionally six nights a week while earning a degree from Youngstown State University.

Classical training with Dolores Fitzer and extensive jazz and compositional training with Gene Rush coupled with study in New York with masters in the jazz field distinguishes Augustine's work from other players.

MSU Athletics

The Morehead State soccer team was defeated 2-1 by Illinois-Chicago in the 2015 season opener Friday at Jayne Stadium.

A fast-paced first half set the tone, as UIC scored two quick goals. The first score came off a rebounded penalty kick by Jasmin Carrera in the seventh minute after a save by MSU senior goalkeeper Kaitlynn Murphy.

Morehead State University will induct three new members into its Alumni Hall of Fame and honor Carol Johnson and the late W. H. “Honie” Rice with the 2015 Founders Award for University Service during its Homecoming Banquet at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9

The event will be held in the Crager Room of the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC).

Morehead State University’s Sustainability Committee has received a Kentucky Pride Recycling grant for $10,701 and a $2,300 donation from G & J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Inc. to purchase 1,250 six-gallon recycling totes for residence hall rooms.

The Dr. Thomas Whayne show

Aug 19, 2015

Dr. Thomas Whayne is a veteran cardiologist, and a Professor at the University of Kentucky’s Gill Heart Institute. He was also smart enough back in the 1960s to change his PhD work to the emerging specialty of lipid metabolism. Throughout a distinguished cardiology career, he has continued to research, publish, and care for patients. Please join us for the privilege of hearing the thoughts of an outstanding doctor as he approaches the end of his professional career.

Morehead State University welcomed more than 1,200 new students to campus during its Move-In Day activities.

Fleming County High School Plans Multi-Million Redesign Project

Aug 15, 2015
Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

Fleming County High School will undergo a $7 million redesign over the next year.

Mike Sparkman, with Alt 32 of Lexington, was present during a board of education meeting Wednesday to give a presentation showing what the high school could look like once construction has been completed.

Renovations will include updates to safety and access for students, wireless connectivity, lighting and interior.

"We want this building to have a face to the community," he said. "We want people to see a place for education."

Protests Continue at Rowan County Courthouse

Aug 15, 2015
Beaumont Enterprise

Protestors outside the Rowan County Courthouse say they’re not waging a personal battle against Clerk Kim Davis.

Members of the Rowan County Rights Coalition say they just want Davis to comply with the federal court order and begin issuing marriage licenses to all eligible couples.

The clerk suspended the practice following the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same sex marriage.

Davis cited her religious beliefs in opposing gay marriage in doing so. However, she stopped giving licenses to all couples, saying she didn’t want to discriminate against anyone.


Aug 15, 2015
No Treble

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #83 (August 16 at 8:00PM)

Founded in 1981 as an R&B-oriented band that starred guitarist Robben Ford, the group took a giant step forward when, after Ford's departure, altoist Marc Russo took his place. With original members Russell Ferrante on keyboards and electric bassist Jimmy Haslip, in addition to drummer William Kennedy, the band found its own R&B-ish sound, sometimes playing original compositions that sounded like Joe Zawinul at his most melodic.

MSU Closing West Liberty Campus

Aug 13, 2015
Morehead State University

A regional campus of Morehead State University for nearly three decades is closing.

MSU opened its West Liberty branch in 1987, but the school’s President Dr. Wayne Andrews says participation has declined over the past five years and it’s now easier for Morgan County residents to take classes online.

In addition, he says, improvements to Kentucky 519 between West Liberty and Morehead have made it easier to get to the main campus.

Andrews is quick to add, however, that MSU is hardly severing ties with the West Liberty community.

Pink News

The Rowan County Clerk’s Office refused to issue marriage licenses to two same-sex couples on Thursday (August 13), acting in defiance to an order from a federal judge.

Judge David Bunning ruled on Wednesday (August 12) that Rowan Clerk Kim Davis must issue marriage licenses to all couples, despite personal conflicts stemming from her religious beliefs.

Deputies in Davis’s office turned away two gay couples one day after that ruling.

Davis was not on-hand for Thursday’s license refusals. Deputies in the Rowan office say the clerk is “on vacation.”


St. Claire Regional Medical Center (SCR) recently earned two achievement awards from The Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare - Stroke Care Network; the 2015 "Pioneer Award" for its innovation and the “Galileo Award” for its comprehensive approach in improving stroke assessment and care for its patients.

Most of the freshman class of Morehead State University moved into its residence halls Wednesday, Aug. 12, during “New Student Move-In Day.”

Students were allowed to move into residence halls from 1-8 p.m. Wednesday while West Mignon, Butler, and Nunn halls will start Thursday at 8 a.m.

Volunteers from across campus were on hand to assist with the move-in.

According enrollment services, a class of approximately 1,450 first-time freshman students will attend MSU in the fall 2015 term.

MSU Athletics

Mark Maloney, whose journalistic career in Kentucky spans five decades, has joined as a contributing writer. Maloney will produce unique feature stories on all MSU Athletic teams and staff.

It was also announced this week that Maloney is the recipient of the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Media Lifetime Achievement Award.

Morehead State University rolled out the red carpet for 60 high school students enrolling at the brand new Craft Academy.

Comment on Kentucky (10:00am)

Journalists from around the state discuss news of the day with host Bill Bryant from WKYT, Lexington. Scheduled guests: Jack Brammer, Frankfort bureau chief, Lexington Herald-Leader; Lawrence Smith, reporter, WDRB-TV in Louisville; and Michael Gossum, political director, WBKO-TV in Bowling Green. 


Connections with Renee Shaw (10:30am)

Morehead State University’s Lunar IceCube mission is a featured story on

Senior writer Mike Wall takes a look at the mission.

Click here to view the article.

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall show

Aug 4, 2015

According to Health Matters, summer would be great if you could only avoid Tiggers and chicks. That is way more funny than avoiding chiggers and ticks, and the comedic high point of the show. Otherwise we talk about the states cancer rates, the dangers of detergent pods and how to see with your tongue.

Tip: DEET 10-35% strength is still the best way to repel ticks. It is not as good as avoiding ticks by staying out of the high grass and leaves and tucking your trousers into your socks.

Morehead State University’s Master of Business Administration with Health Systems Management concentration has been named one of the “50 Most Affordable Healthcare MBA Degree Programs 2015,” by MBA Healthcare Management.

The Kentucky Folk Art Center at Morehead State University preserves the cultural heritage the region's self-taught artists.