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10:08 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Blevins Resignation Date Uncertain

Sen. Walter Blevins

One week after saying he would tender his resignation from his state Senator seat in January, Senator Walter "Doc" Blevins (D-27 District) is rethinking that decision.

On Monday, Nov. 17, Blevins told The Ledger Independent he would resign on Jan. 5, 2015, and assume his new duties as judge-executive of Rowan County on Jan. 6.

The 27th Senatorial District includes Bourbon, Fleming, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Robertson and Rowan counties, covering a population of approximately 100,000 people.

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Arts/Culture
9:41 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Kentucky Artisan Center to Offer Holiday Programs

Wyman Rice
Credit Kentucky.gov

On Saturday, Dec. 6, visitors to the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will experience the arts through demonstrations, book signings and music as Wyman Rice, of Lexington, demonstrates his sculptural hand-built pottery, Stephen M. Vest and James B. Goode sign copies of Kentucky’s Twelve Days of Christmas, and musicians Kyle Meadows and Tisa McGraw, of Cold Spring, fill the air with holiday favorites.

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Arts/Culture
9:13 am
Wed November 26, 2014

KCTM ‘finale concert’ set for Dec. 2

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music will present “The Semester Finale,” an evening of traditional music, at the Morehead Conference Center, Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m.

The Traditional Music Program is among the fastest growing academic traditional music programs at any school of higher education.

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Business
4:30 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Conway Wants Telemarketing Rules Updated

Credit Open Forum

Attorney General Jack Conway is urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to update the Telemarketing Sales Rule to reflect the realities of today’s marketplace and give consumers more protections against unscrupulous telemarketers.

In a letter sent to the FTC, Attorney General Conway and 37 other attorneys general asked the agency to update the Telemarketing Sales Rule to further protect consumers from the continued prevalence of telemarketing fraud and abuse.

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MSU Sports
12:53 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Flory Earns Second-Team Academic All-America Honors

Jade Flory
Credit MSU Athletics

Jade Flory, a senior forward on the Morehead State soccer team, has been named a Second-Team Capital One Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America. She becomes MSU's first Academic All-American, in any sport, since 2011.

"I am really proud of Jade and everything she has accomplished," Head Coach Warren Lipka said. "This is a very prestigious honor for academics and athletics. Jade is the true meaning of a student-athlete. She competes at a high level, takes academics seriously and gives back to the community."

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Arts/Culture
12:07 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Kentucky State Parks to Offer Holiday Programs

Credit Kentucky.com

Three Kentucky State Park historic sites will continue the holiday tradition with tours during November and December.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown will hold its Christmas Candlelight Tours of Federal Hill mansion Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6 and 12-13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Arts/Culture
10:28 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Appalachian Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair set for Dec. 6

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center will host its annual Appalachian Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair at the Laughlin Health Building, on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With more than 100 artists and craftspeople from Kentucky and other states, arts and craft fair is the largest and most diverse event of its kind in the region.

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MSU Sports
10:35 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Three Double-Doubles Highlight Women's Hoops' 30-Point Win

Freshman forward Eriel McKee
Credit MSU Athletics

Morehead State senior guard Almesha Jones tied a 34-year-old single-game assist record to lead three Morehead State players with double-doubles as the Eagle women's basketball team raced past Brescia (Ky.) 98-68 Monday (Nov. 24) at Johnson Arena.

The Ohio Valley Conference Eagles halted a two-game losing skid and improved to 3-2. The Bearcats, who play in the NAIA Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, slipped to 2-6.

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Transportation
4:23 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

KYTC Suspends Installation of ET-Plus Guardrail

ET-Plus Guardrail End Treatment
Credit WSB TV

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has temporarily suspended installation of the ET-Plus guardrail end treatment, pending results of new crash tests mandated by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Trinity notified state departments of transportation that it would stop shipment of ET-Plus units until testing is completed. KYTC has de-listed the ET-Plus as a permitted option for installation or replacement of Type 1 guardrail end treatments.

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Environment
3:05 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Muskellunge Returns to Dewey Lake in Floyd County

Muskellunge
Credit PBase

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources this week stocked 500 muskies measuring 13 inches apiece in the lake. While the lake is not slated to receive annual stockings of this species, department personnel will add muskellunge when excess fish are available from state hatcheries.

Dewey Lake was once home to the state record tiger muskie, a hybrid cross between muskellunge and the northern pike. The fish that went into the lake this week are pure muskies. The lake is within the native range of muskies in the state.

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MSU Sports
2:55 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Men's Basketball Drops 51-46 Decision to American

Senior Karam Mashour
Credit MSU Athletics

The American men's basketball team turned 22 turnovers into 24 points and scored a 51-46 non-conference victory over Morehead State on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 23) at the Thomas Assembly Center. The game was part of a four-team Coaches vs. Cancer Classic round robin.

American, which is the defending Patriot League Tournament champion, improves to 3-2 overall and 2-0 on a neutral floor. The Eagles, who compete in the Ohio Valley Conference, slip to 2-4 overall and 1-1 on a neutral court. It was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

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Education
12:52 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

MSU receives nearly $200K in IEQ funds

Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education awarded $944,721 in federal funds to four lead campuses to improve P-12 educator quality at its meeting held Friday, Nov. 21.

Morehead State University, University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University, and Murray State University will receive the Improving Educator Quality (IEQ) funds for seven research-based professional development projects.

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Arts/Culture
10:41 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Reader’s Notebook Archives: Week of Nov. 24, 2014

Reader’s Notebook Archives: Week of Nov. 24, 2014

  • The Reader’s Notebook will return on Monday, December 1, 2014.
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MSU Sports
10:14 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Indiana Overpowers Women's Hoops

Sophomore forward Shay Steele
Credit MSU Athletics

Six Indiana women's basketball players scored in double figures, and the Hoosiers never trailed in handing Morehead State a 98-57 defeat Friday night (Nov. 21) at Assembly Hall.

Indiana improved to 3-0, all at home. MSU slipped to 2-2, all on the road.

The Hoosiers hit 12 three-pointers and shot 49 percent (34-of-70) overall while only turning the ball over eight times in the 40-minute affair.

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MSU Sports
10:08 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Louisiana Tech Posts 73-64 Win Over Men's Basketball

Senior Billy Reader
Credit MSU Athletics

The Louisiana Tech men's basketball team limited Morehead State to 33 percent from the field on its way to a 73-64 victory on Friday evening (Nov. 21) at the Thomas Assembly Center. The game was part of a four-team Coaches vs. Cancer Classic round robin.

The Bulldogs, who play in Conference USA, improve to 2-1 overall and 1-0 at home. The Eagles, who compete in the Ohio Valley Conference, slip to 1-3 overall and 0-3 on the road. The win was Louisiana Tech's first over Morehead State in six all-time meetings.

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MSU Sports
8:55 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Charlotte's Quick Strike Offense Stymies Football, 52-14

Sophomore receiver Jake Raymond
Credit MSU Athletics

The quick-strike Charlotte football team scored on six drives of 90 seconds or less and defeated Morehead State 52-14 Saturday (Nov. 22) at Jerry Richardson Stadium.

The 49ers finished the season 5-6, while the Eagles concluded the 2014 campaign 4-8. It was Charlotte's final game at the Football Championship Subdivision independent level before moving to Conference USA next season.

The 49er defense picked off MSU sophomore quarterback Austin Gahafer on the Eagles' first three drives.

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Crime/Police
5:57 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Check Cashing Scam Hits Mason County

Credit Better Business Bureau

A man posing as an employee of a cable company in order to cash fake payroll checks has scammed one local business out of more than $300.

On Friday, the Mason County Sheriff's Office reposted a photo of the man to its Facebook page. The photo, taken from a Lexington news station, shows a white male wearing a blue and white stripe polo-style shirt entering a liquor store.

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Arts/Culture
3:59 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Benny Carter on Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Benny Carter
Credit Jazz Wax

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #46 (November 23 at 8pm)

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Business
3:42 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Experts Say Pipeline Companies Can't Claim Eminent Domain

Landowners on the route of proposed natural gas pipelines in West Virginia and Virginia have a good legal basis for denying the companies permission to survey on their land, according to legal experts.
Credit Appalachian Mountain Advocates

Pipeline companies who want to build lines through West Virginia and neighboring Virginia have told some landowners they can survey on their land without the landowners' permission. Legal experts, however, say those companies don't have that right - yet.

Attorney Joe Lovett with Appalachian Mountain Advocates says pipelines can only claim eminent domain, and the right to survey without permission, when they prove their projects serve a genuine public need. He says the pipeline companies in question haven't done that.

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Arts/Culture
2:51 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Tickets on sale for 'Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste'

Once a year, Morehead State University students, staff and faculty step back in time and place to medieval Europe to present “Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste.”

The community is invited to spend an evening in the company of the lords and ladies, knights and naves, and jesters and jugglers. Preparations are now under way for the musical, visual and culinary celebration, scheduled to be held Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4-5.

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WMKY Program Updates
2:51 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

KET Programs on WMKY for Sunday, November 23

Comment on Kentucky (10:00am)

Journalists from around the state discuss news of the day with host Bill Bryant from WKYT, Lexington. 

 

Connections with Renee Shaw (10:30am)

Sister Helen Prejean, author of the New York Times bestseller Dead Man Walking which became an Academy Award-winning film, discusses her awakening to justice and quest to abolish the death penalty.

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Education
2:42 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Shaping Appalachia (11/21)

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

Moderator: Jason Blanton

Guests: Dr. Carol Christian and Tim Rhodes  

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Health
9:37 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Stressful Times for Kentucky Caregivers

Charles Williams painted this picture of his Aunt Cookie. Williams, who is her caregiver, calls his painting "Daily Bread" because he says his aunt reads her Bible daily.
Credit Charles Williams

As we head into the holiday season, there can be added stress, especially for thousands of Kentuckians caring for a loved one.

For the past four years, Charles Williams of LaGrange has cared for his Aunt Cookie, who turns 90 later this month, and Uncle Raymond, who passed away in February. Williams said he handles their finances and routinely makes the 10-hour drive to their home in Virginia.

"I do it because I love them," he said. "I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for them."

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Employment
9:31 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Kids Toiling in America's Tobacco Fields

According to reports from Oxfam America and Human Rights Watch, children half the smoking age are working in America's tobacco fields, including this 15-year-old.
Credit Marcus Bleasdale and Human Rights Watch

Children half the smoking age are reportedly laboring in tobacco fields across the burley belt. It’s hard to tell how many or how old they are, but one study found one in 10 working in North Carolina's tobacco is younger than 18.

Baldemar Velasquez, president of the AFL-CIO's Farm Labor Organizing Committee, says the pattern is similar in Kentucky.

He says children work to help their families get by, typically starting in their early teens, but sometimes much younger.

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MSU Sports
5:12 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Men's Basketball Drops 69-61 Decision at Cincinnati

Credit MSU Athletics

Junior Farad Cobb erupted for a game-high 24 points on 6-of-9 from three-point range in his second career Division I game, and the Cincinnati men's basketball team recorded a 69-61 victory over Morehead State on Wednesday evening (Nov. 19) at Fifth Third Arena.

The American Athletic Conference Bearcats open the season with their second straight home win. The Ohio Valley Conference Eagles slip to 1-2 on the campaign and 0-2 on the road. Cincinnati also moves to 11-2 in the series with its seventh consecutive victory over MSU.

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Health
5:02 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

KCTCS Begins Tobacco-Free Campaign

Credit George Fox University

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) will kick off its tobacco-free campaign today (Nov. 20) as people around the state and nation participate in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout.

The KCTCS System Office in Versailles will enforce the ban on January 1 for all staff and visitors. Smoking cessation classes will be offered to System Office employees Jan. 15 through April 9.  Several KCTCS colleges already are tobacco-free and the others will become tobacco-free in 2015.

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Arts/Culture
10:05 am
Thu November 20, 2014

MSU Craft Bizarre slated for Dec. 4-5

The fifth annual “Craft Bizarre,” a student-run art and craft sale, will be held Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4-5, in the gallery of Morehead State University’s Claypool-Young Art Building.

The event is free and open to the public.

Featuring art and craft by MSU students, recent graduates, faculty and staff, the event is an opportunity for the campus and community to purchase locally produced jewelry, paintings, prints, knitwear, ceramics, holiday ornaments and more.

"Craft Bizarre" hours will be Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Arts/Culture
9:38 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Final Dance at The Julep Ball

Credit Medical News MD

The University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center has announced it will discontinue The Julep Ball. The gala has been held annually on the evening before the Kentucky Derby since 2009.

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MSU Sports
10:36 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Jones and McKee Earn OVC Honors

Almesha Jones (left) and Eriel McKee
Credit MSU Athletics

Morehead State senior guard Almesha Jones and freshman forward Eriel McKee have earned Ohio Valley Conference weekly accolades.

Jones was named the league's official Player of the Week and also earned the conference's standout player honor from College Sports Madness. McKee was tabbed OVC Freshman of the Week.

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MSU Sports
10:31 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Sean Woods in ESPN 30 for 30 Documentary

Sean Woods taped segments for the documentary on Oct. 15.
Credit MSU Athletics

Sean Woods, who is in his third season as the head men's basketball coach at Morehead State, will be included in an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on Selection Sunday in March. Woods played at Kentucky from 1989-92 and has been coaching at the collegiate level since 2003.

ESPN's documentary is titled "'I Hate Christian Laettner" and features the former Duke star. Laettner hit one of the most memorable shots in NCAA Tournament history, helped the Blue Devils to two NCAA national championships and played 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association.

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