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6:58 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Songs for Christmas and Winter Holidays on Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

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Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #50 (December 21 at 8:00pm)

Songs for Christmas and Winter Holidays

Diana Krall – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Marcus Roberts – Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Tony Bennett – Winter Wonderland

Tom Scott – Feliz Navidad

Dianne Reeves/Lou Rawls – Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Doc Severinsen & Tonight Show Orchestra – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Frank Sinatra – Jingle Bells

Russ Freeman – Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring

Jack Wilkins – O Little Town Of Bethlehem

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MSU Sports
6:52 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Brandon Rawe Named Preseason First-Team All-American

Credit MSU Athletics

Morehead State senior outfielder Brandon Rawe has been tabbed to the Louisville Slugger Preseason First-Team All-America squad, as selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

Rawe is Morehead State's first Louisville Slugger Preseason First-Team All-American and is just the third MSU player to be named to any of the three teams since 1998. Kevin Matuszek (2003) and Drew Lee (2010) were preseason third-team picks.

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Education
6:48 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Kentucky's Coal County College Students Receive Financial Boost

Credit Huffington Post

Two-and-a-half years after creating a pilot scholarship program to help college students in eastern Kentucky complete their bachelor’s degree close to home, Gov. Steve Beshear ceremonially signed House Bill 2, legislation that permanently extends the scholarship program to all coal counties.

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Transportation
6:40 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

U.S. 460 Project Opens in Pike County

U.S. 460 construction image from April 15, 2012
Credit Pike County U.S. 460

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear joined local and state officials to ceremonially open the much-anticipated first half of the U.S. 460 realignment project in Pike County – an 8-mile, $283 million project.

Speaking to a full gymnasium at Shelby Valley High School, Gov. Beshear emphasized the importance and need of this project.

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Education
4:02 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Shaping Appalachia (12/19)

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

Moderator: Jason Blanton

Guests: Dr. Bob Albert, Kevin Brown, Terry Ensor

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Environment
10:30 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Sheltowee Trace Association Honors Hikers

Credit Endurance Tracks

The Sheltowee Trace Association recently honored 17 people who hiked 307 miles of Kentucky’s longest trail in 2014.

Each year, the Sheltowee Trace Association leads a series of guided section hikes on the entire length of the Sheltowee Trace called the Hiker Challenge. Hikers are able to complete the Trace in 11 months by hiking one weekend a month.

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WMKY Program Updates
9:45 am
Fri December 19, 2014

MSPR Program Update for December 19th

Several MSPR shows will be on hiatus during the coming weeks as Morehead State University observes holiday break. (December 20th - January 4th)

MSU Sports
6:22 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Men’s Basketball Drops 66-50 Decision at Green Bay

Credit MSU Athletics

The Green Bay men's basketball team raced out to 12-0 advantage over the first six minutes and held Morehead State to 33 percent from the field en route to a 66-50 non-conference win on Wednesday evening (Dec. 17) at the Resch Center.

The Phoenix, which competes in the Horizon League, improves to 8-2 overall and 4-0 at home with its seventh victory in eight contests. The Eagles, who play in the Ohio Valley Conference, slip to 4-9 overall and 1-6 on the road with their fifth consecutive defeat.

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Health
6:16 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

St. Claire Regional Conducts Ebola Drill

Credit St. Claire Regional Medical Center

As soon as the first Ebola patient was diagnosed in the United States, St. Claire Regional Medical Center (SCR) began preparing for a possible encounter. 

SCR began by forming an Infectious Disease/Ebola Team in coordination with our local Public Health Department (PHD) and Emergency Management Services (EMS).   All frontline staff was trained on how to recognize and manage a suspect Ebola-positive patient and the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).  

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WMKY Feature Reports
3:47 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Feature: MSU Walk On

Jared Ravenscraft

While the life of some college basketball players can sometimes be glamorous...for others, the road to stardom is a little rockier. Chuck Mraz reports...

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WMKY Feature Reports
3:37 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Video Feature: MSU Graduate School

Morehead State University has a wide range of graduate programs are available to you, with 76 graduate degree programs, plus 42 graduate level non-degree programs that are designed especially for professional educators.

Health
4:22 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Safety Tips For Sleeping Infants During Colder Months

Credit DC On Heels

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reminds parents to follow recommended safe sleep practices for infants, particularly during the colder winter months, which present different challenges for keeping babies warm and free from danger.

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Business
11:18 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Groups Petition to Ban Railroad Tankers

DOT 111 Tank Car
Credit North Country Public Radio

Oil is being shipped across the country in train cars that even the government says are unsafe, and two environmental groups are taking on the U.S. Department of Transportation, saying the agency isn't doing enough about it.

The Sierra Club and ForestEthics petitioned the department to ban the use of "DOT-111" tank cars with potentially explosive crude oil, because they are "prone to puncture, spills, and fires in train accidents."

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Health
11:11 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Kentucky Business Leaders Claim Smoke-Free Helps Bottom Line

Credit CNN

Health advocates are targeting the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly for passage of a comprehensive smoke-free law that would cover all indoor public places and workplaces.

Lawmakers on the Health and Welfare Committee will explore the impact on property rights in Frankfort on Wednesday. Brent Cooper, president of an I.T. firm in Covington, says a statewide law is a sensible compromise.

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Arts/Culture
10:58 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Adams County Teen Chosen For Disney Dreamers Academy

Karlie Harper
Credit Wendy Mitchell, The Ledger Independent

Taking the initiative to fill out an application, an Adams County girl was successful in being chosen to participate, with 99 other children from across the nation, in the Steve Harvey Disney Dreamers Academy.

Karlie Harper, 17, who is a junior in the Farm Business Management courses at Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center, hopes to one day become a veterinarian.

She is also thankful for the inspiration of her younger brother, Douglas, who battled cancer from a young age.

One of the essays she had to write for the application was about him, she said.

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Arts/Culture
9:24 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Adopt-A-Highway Poster Contest Winners Announced

First place, ages 6-8, Sarah Maloney, Simpson Elementary, Simpson County
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Students from Williamstown Independent Schools in Grant County, Drakes Creek Middle School in Warren County, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Boone County and Simpson Elementary in Simpson County took first place in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s 2014 Adopt-a-Highway poster contest.

“The purpose of the contest is to increase environmental awareness among children,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said. “We hope to educate our young people about the damaging effects of litter, and to change attitudes and behaviors about littering.”

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Environment
5:25 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Kentucky Residents Wait For Coal Ash Ruling

A coal ash storage site in central Kentucky near Herrington Lake is at risk for a potential disaster, according to The Sierra Club.
Credit Earth 911

Federal rules about the storage and disposal of coal ash are expected from the Environmental Protection Agency this week.

Kentucky is "in the center of the storm" about public health risks caused by coal ash, a toxic byproduct created when coal-fired power plants generate electricity, said Thomas Pearce, Kentucky organizing representative for the Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal campaign. Rules that classify coal ash as a hazardous substance are long overdue, Pearce said.

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Business
5:14 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Distribution Center Groundbreaking Ceremony Planned

Credit KAFB

A ground-breaking ceremony will take place in Morehead on Wednesday (Dec. 17), celebrating the initiative to construct a food bank warehouse that will serve eleven surrounding counties.

The project is funded by God’s Pantry Food Bank, whose new Morehead location will become the organization’s fourth distribution center in a fifty county service region throughout central and eastern Kentucky.

God’s Pantry serves over 200-thousand people in central and eastern Kentucky.

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Arts/Culture
5:03 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

James Baird, Builder of America's Treasures

The Flatiron Building in Manhattan, the first steel-framed skyscraper in New York City.
Credit Central New York

Lewis County has the distinction of being the birthplace of one of America's premier civil engineers.

Think of such structures as the Lincoln Memorial; the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater; and the Flatiron Building in New York City.

So how is a Lewis County native tied to such well-known and distinguished landmarks, you may ask?

Through a man named James Baird, who was born in Vanceburg in 1873.

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Arts/Culture
4:55 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

March Expresses Community Concern

Marchers carry signs Sunday during a protest march in Maysville.
Credit Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

To chants of “Hands up, don't shoot,” “Black lives matter,”and “All lives matter,” marchers from area congregations participated in a peaceful show of community concern in Maysville on Sunday (Dec. 14).

The march was in response to national events and lack of indictments in police involved shootings of young African American men.

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Business
4:39 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Federal Mogul to Remain in Maysville

Federal Mogul Plant Manager Danita Applegate delivered the good news to employees at both plant locations the Maysville plant will remain open.
Credit Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

Employees of Federal Mogul received an early Christmas present last week, with the announcement the Maysville facility will remain in operation.

The good news comes six months after the company announced the Maysville plant would close effective June 30, 2015.

Plant Manager Danita Applegate made the announcement mid-afternoon on December 11 to employees at both Federal Mogul locations.

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Environment
11:13 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Proposes 2015-2016 Deer Season Dates

Credit Pike Pond Cabins

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed the dates of the 2015-2016 deer seasons and numerous changes to deer and elk regulations in the state at its quarterly meeting Dec. 12.

Commission members proposed allowing resident hunters 65 or older to use crossbows during the entire archery deer season as well as deer zone changes for Hopkins, Larue, Green, Nelson, Bullitt, Grayson, Ohio, Breckinridge and Allen counties. They also recommended modifying deer hunting regulations on 10 wildlife management areas (WMAs) and on Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area.

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Health Matters
10:09 am
Tue December 16, 2014

“Heme for the Holidays” show

Health Matters salutes hemoglobin, the chemical on your red blood cells that carries oxygen, but also colors your skin, your stool, and your urine. The show is about the risks of deer hunting, the healthiest choice for drinking, toy injuries, and the annual state health rankings, that show Kentucky dropping to number 47 nationally. Enjoy Christmas! We’ll try to find something happier next week.

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Education
4:00 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Edwards Named KCTCS Interim Chancellor

Dr. George Edwards
Credit KCTCS

Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS) president- elect Dr. Jay Box announces that Dr. George Edwards has been named interim chancellor effective Jan. 26.

As the system-level chief academic officer, the chancellor provides leadership, direction and support for academic affairs, economic/workforce development, institutional research and effectiveness, distance learning initiatives, professional development and external collaborative relationships.

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WMKY Feature Reports
3:58 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

2014 MSU Fall Commencement Highlights

Morehead State University honored more than 600 degree candidates during its 2014 Fall Commencement.

Arts/Culture
3:55 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Reader’s Notebook Archives: Week of Dec. 15, 2014

Reader’s Notebook Archives: Week of Dec. 15, 2014

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MSU Sports
3:03 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

ETSU Uses Long-Range Game to Outduel Women's Basketball

Almesha Jones (left) and Head Coach Greg Todd. Jones was honored for scoring her 1,000th career point.
Credit MSU Athletics

The East Tennessee State women's basketball team knocked down 14 three-pointers, hitting 54 percent from beyond the arc on Monday as the Buccaneers held off Morehead State 86-77 in an Education Day matinee at Johnson Arena.

ETSU, a Southern Conference member, won its fourth consecutive game and improved to 7-4. The Eagles slipped to 4-6 overall. ETSU now leads the overall series 6-4.

The visitors hit 14-of-26 from three-point range, 32-of-65 (49 percent) overall and led by as much as 76-60 in the middle of the second half.

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Arts/Culture
2:52 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Six Kentucky Sites Nominated for National Register of Historic Places

Elkhorn City Elementary and High School in Pike County
Credit Kentucky Heritage Council

The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board this week approved six sites for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, nominations which will now be forwarded to the National Park Service (NPS) for final determination of eligibility. A decision on designation will be rendered within 60 to 90 days.

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Arts/Culture
7:50 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Kevin Eubanks

Kevin Eubanks
Credit WEMU

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #49 (December 14 at 8:00pm)

An adept guitarist with a bent toward contemporary jazz, Kevin Eubanks is best known for leading the Tonight Show Band with host Jay Leno.

Born in 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Eubanks grew up in a musical family along with his older brother, trombonist Robin, and younger brother, trumpeter Duane and his uncle is pianist Ray Bryant. A talented musician by his teens, Eubanks eventually studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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Health
7:43 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Public Health Officials Report Widespread Flu Activity in Kentucky

Credit Primal Docs

Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week that the influenza (flu) activity level in the state has increased from “regional” to “widespread.”

Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.

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