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3:29 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Shaping Appalachia (8/29)

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

Moderator: Jason Blanton 

Guests: Dr. Thomas Frieden, Congressman Hal Rogers, Representative Rocky Adkins, Dr. Gerald DeMoss

  

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Area News
3:25 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Last Two Augusts Wettest Ever in Eastern Kentucky

According to the National Weather Service, last month and August, 2013 were the wettest Augusts ever in eastern Kentucky…At least, as long as records have been kept. John Jacobson is a meteorologist with the Jackson office. He says the region received eight and a half inches of rain last month, second only to the ten-plus inches that fell the previous August.

He says normal rainfall for the month in eastern Kentucky is about three and a half inches…

Jacobson says it’s anybody’s guess whether the unusual amount of precipitation will continue this month.

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Arts/Culture
2:43 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

‘Between the States’ to open Thursday at KFAC

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center has announced its newest changing exhibition, “Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War” from the George Eastman House Collection.

The exhibition will open Thursday, Sept.  4, from 5-7 p.m. and remain on display through Nov. 26.

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WMKY Feature Reports
2:34 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Feature: Commonwealth Curiosities

Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland Museum Roadside attraction

A Morehead State University professor is working to complete a documentary on some Kentucky oddities. MSPR's Jordan Simonson has more...

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Arts/Culture
8:43 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Reader’s Notebook Archives: Week of Sept. 1st, 2014

“The Reader’s Notebook” is a daily radio feature using general interest pieces, often of literary or historic significance. Topics will also include science, technology, philosophy, folklore and the arts.

    

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Arts/Culture
8:31 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Browning Orchard Festival slated for Sunday, Sept. 28

Morehead State University will hold its fourth annual Browning Orchard Festival Sunday, Sept. 28, from noon to 4 p.m.

Bring the family out to enjoy an afternoon of hayrides, horse-back rides, food, you-pick opportunity, family-friendly activities and musical entertainment by the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music.

The Department of Agricultural Sciences will have a number of Kentucky Proud items for sale, including apples, cider, mums, pumpkins and more.

The orchard is located at (10955 Wallingford Road) Wallingford in Fleming County.

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Environment
3:21 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Protecting Wildlife From Polluted Water

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

A coalition of conservation groups claims recently weakened federal water quality standards pose a threat to wildlife in Kentucky - both from coal mining and agricultural pollution.

The conservation groups are asking the U.S. District Court to order the Environmental Protection Agency to reassess the dangers of its new regulations, claiming they violate the Endangered Species Act.

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Arts/Culture
3:10 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Maysville Facade Program A Success

This row house on West Third Street is one of 22 properties in downtown Maysville receiving an upgrade through participation in the city's Renaissance Facade program.
Credit Cody Evans, The Ledger Independent

The City of Maysville's investment of $115,000 to its facade improvements program is getting a big bang for the buck.

Earlier this year, city commissioners approved the funds for properties in the downtown Maysville historic and renaissance districts, and the Washington historic and renaissance district.

Initially, downtown was allocated $50,000 for improvements and Washington received $30,000 for improvements.  An additional $25,000 was added to the downtown facade program in August, because of the number of applicants.

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MSU Sports
3:01 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Soccer Stays Undefeated With Tie At Ball State

Junior defender Kimberly Golden
Credit MSU Athletics

The Morehead State soccer team rallied from a two-goal deficit late in the first half to earn a 2-2 tie with Mid-American Conference opponent Ball State on Sunday afternoon (August 31) at the Briner Sports Complex. The Eagles move to 2-0-2, while the Cardinals are now 2-1-1.

Morehead State junior defender Kimberly Golden trimmed the deficit to one on her first goal of the season in the 44th minute. Ball State held a 2-1 advantage at intermission. Both teams took four shots, two corner kicks and committed four fouls during the opening half.

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Business
2:58 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Conway Announces Omnicare Settlement

Credit Jones Lang LaSalle

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit have announced that Kentucky has joined with other states and the federal government in a $16.48 million settlement with Omnicare Inc., the nation’s largest provider of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services to nursing homes. 

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MSU Sports
11:51 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Richmond Offense Overpowers Football In Season Opener

Sophomore quarterback Austin Gahafer
Credit MSU Athletics

Senior quarterback Michael Strauss threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns Saturday night (August 30) to help Richmond defeat Morehead State, 55-10, at Robins Stadium in the 2014 season opener for both teams.

Strauss, a candidate for the Walter Payton Award (top player in the Football Championship Subdivision), connected on touchdown tosses of 41, 16 and 12 yards. The Spiders generated 643 yards of total offense, while the Eagles totaled just 304.

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Drugs/Alcohol
11:46 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Mobile App Designed For Boater Safety

Credit Mobile Life Solutions

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ new Boat Sober mobile app for smart phones and tablets informs boaters about boating under the influence and overall boating safety. Boaters can download the app now.

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Government/Politics
11:33 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Gov. Beshear Ceremonially Signs Juvenile Justice Law

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear
Credit The Lane Report

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has joined state and local leaders  to ceremonially sign legislation that revamps Kentucky’s juvenile justice system by steering more young offenders into community-based treatment instead of locking them up in detention centers.

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Arts/Culture
11:22 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Natural Bridge Chef Wins Cast-Iron Cooking Competition At Kentucky State Fair

Kendra Epperson, chef at Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Credit Facebook

Kendra Epperson, a chef at Natural Bridge State Resort Park, was a Cast-Iron Chef cooking competition winner during the 2014 Kentucky State Fair.

Epperson, who also picked up a Cast-Iron Chef win in 2010, was given secret ingredients to prepare in 30 minutes. She cooked sirloin steak with sauteed onions, fettuccine alfredo with vegetables and a creamy southwest roll up.

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MSU Sports
11:16 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Volleyball Drops Saturday Matches In Eagle Challenge

Senior setter Colbey Cameron
Credit MSU Athletics

The Morehead State volleyball program dropped both of its Saturday (August 30) matches in the Eagle Challenge at Wetherby Gym. MSU suffered a 25-10, 25-21, 25-10 defeat to Northern Kentucky and then lost a 20-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-22 decision to Radford.

NKU finishes the three-team event by winning both of its matches, while RU posted a 2-1 mark and MSU dropped all three of its tilts. The Highlanders won the Big South Conference last season, while the Eagles are the four-time defending Ohio Valley Conference champions.

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MSU Sports
11:11 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Flory's Hat Trick Lifts Soccer To Victory

Senior forward Jade Flory
Credit MSU Athletics

Senior forward Jade Flory tallied all of the Morehead State soccer team's goals in a 3-1 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Friday night (August 29) at Flames Field. The reigning Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year found the back of the net in the sixth, 28th and 37th minutes to help the Eagles build an early three-goal cushion.

MSU improves to 2-0-1 on the season, while UIC falls to 0-4.

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Arts/Culture
4:52 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Nothin’ But The Blues Top 20 (August 2014)

Gregg Allman – All My Friends (Rounder)

John Mayall – A Special Life (Forty Below)

Robert Cray Band – In My Soul (Provogue)

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Goin’ Home (Concord)

John Nemeth – Memphis Grease (Blue Corn Music)

Lucky Peterson – Son Of A Bluesman (Jazzbook)

Vanesse Thomas – Blues For My Father (Segue)

Damon Fowler – Sounds Of Home (Blind Pig)

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Arts/Culture
3:52 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Mike Stern On Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Mike Stern
Credit Pop Dose

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 34 (August 31 at 11pm)

Recognized as one of the finest guitarists among his peers, Mike Stern was born on January 10, 1953, in Boston, MA, but grew up in Washington, D.C., before returning to Boston to study at the Berklee School of Music.

Stern was only 22 when he joined Blood, Sweat & Tears, for whom he played three years before signing on with Billy Cobham's jazz fusion outfit, which led to Stern's big breakthrough when Miles Davis enlisted him as guitarist for Davis' return from a five-year musical hiatus in 1981.

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Economic
3:41 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Child Care Assistance Now Available

Credit Bloomberg Business Week

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) is now accepting new applications for its Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) through the Child Care Council (3C’s) of Kentucky, a nonprofit offering access to affordable, quality care and education.

DCBS, an agency of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, reopened CCAP after closing it to new applicants in April 2013 because of a budget shortfall in the department’s fiscal year 2014 budget.

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Education
3:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Study Shows College Graduates Find Work In Kentucky

Credit Bridge TEFL

A report released from the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) on the Commonwealth’s eight public four-year universities shows that students from Kentucky were more likely to stay in the state to work than students from out-of-state. It also indicates that people who complete postgraduate degrees are less likely to remain in Kentucky to work than people with undergraduate degrees.

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MSU Sports
3:14 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Eagle Rally Zone Offers Excitement For Morehead State Football Fans

Credit MSU Athletics

Morehead State football fans will be offered a new tailgating experience in 2014 as the Eagle Rally Zone will now be located in the Academic-Athletic Center parking lot adjacent to Jayne Stadium.

MSU Athletics is also enhancing the fan experience this season with several season-long and game-day promotions. Weather permitting, a post-game fireworks show will take place following the Sept. 6 home opener versus Pikeville (Ky.).

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Arts/Culture
1:48 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

‘Biomorphic’ opens Sept .10

Genus by Tammie Rubin
Credit MSU

"Biomorphic: Recent Work by Steve Budington, Sarah Knill, Claudine Metrick, Tammie Rubin and Scott Turri" will open in the main gallery of Morehead State University's Claypool-Young Art Building Wednesday, Sept. 10,  from 5-7 p.m.

The exhibition that features contemporary ceramic sculpture, painting, drawing, mixed media and collage, will close Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Education
1:37 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Family Weekend slated for Sept. 5-6

For more than three decades, Morehead State University has welcomed students’ parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and neighbors to campus for a weekend of events and good times. This year marks the 35th annual Family Weekend, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5-6.

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Transportation
1:33 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

I-64 Sealing Work Underway

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has begun some preventative maintenance to Interstate 64 in Clark County. Spokeswoman Natasha Lacy says the work is being done between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. to minimize the impact on traffic…

Lacy says the work is likely to continue through September 3rd and could continue onto the exit ramps for Kentucky 627.

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Government/Politics
1:21 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

NAACP Chair Visits Ashland, Reflects on Ferguson

Roslyn M. Brock
Credit http://www.naacp.org/

The woman who chairs the board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says a simple lesson emerges from the recent shooting death of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri by a white police officer. Roslyn Brock reflected on the incident yesterday during a visit to Ashland.

She says it’s clear that race still matters in America…

Brock says the NAACP is working with local officials in Ferguson, the U.S. Justice Department and the family of the victim in an effort to help the community heal.

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Business
11:29 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Big Sandy Power Plant To Switch From Coal To Natural Gas

Big Sandy Power Plant in Louisa (KY)
Credit The Lane Report

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a plan that will enable Kentucky Power Co. to continue generating electricity at its Big Sandy plant by converting the smaller of its two coal-fired units to run on natural gas.

The decision does not affect plans to close the larger unit by June 1, 2015. The Big Sandy plant is located near Louisa in Lawrence County.

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Environment
11:14 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Kentucky Squirrel Hunting Season Underway

Credit SurfKY.com

Generations of hunters have honed basic hunting skills and techniques and provided tasty table fare by stalking the forest for squirrels.

For a young Chris Garland, squirrel hunting provided a gateway into the woods and remains a family tradition.

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Arts/Culture
11:05 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Kentucky Adopt-A-Highway Poster Contest Seeks Entries

Image created by Jessica Dunham — Randall K. Cooper High School (Boone County)
Credit Page One

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) today announced the beginning of the 2014 Adopt-a-Highway Poster Contest.

Students across the Commonwealth are invited to submit creative works for use in the Adopt-a-Highway calendar for 2015. The contest is open to all Kentucky students of elementary, middle and high school age.

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WMKY Feature Reports
3:13 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

New Headstone to Honor 1920s Blues Singer Sara Martin

Sara Martin
Credit www.allaboutbluesmusic.com

Cemeteries across the country are filled with unmarked graves, but two organizations are collaborating to provide a headstone for a famous blues singer from Louisville. 

MSPR's Paul Hitchcock has the story...

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Area News
9:46 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Morehead Water & Sewer Rates

The Morehead Utility Plant Board is considering changing the way it bills customers for water and sewer service. General Manager Mike Nickell says indexing the rates may be a way to avoid huge, periodic increases…

Nickell says the idea is still in its early stages and it’ll be subject to a lot more analysis before any recommendation is brought before Morehead City Council. He says that could happen in October.

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