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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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Employment
11:21 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Affordable Care Act Creates Jobs

Credit National Healthcare Workers Association

An official with the Kentucky Health and Family Services Cabinet says the federal Affordable Care Act has brought a billion dollars into the state this year and has created thousands of jobs.

Eric Friedlander is deputy secretary of the cabinet and was testified on Monday (Nov. 17) on the state’s Medicaid expansion. He appeared before House and Senate members of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee.       

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Economic
10:19 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Two Generations to Battle Poverty

Here's a sobering statistic from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, nearly half the kids across America are growing up in low-income families. A new report from the foundation calls for a comprehensive, two-generation approach to breaking that cycle of poverty.

As Terry Brooks, who heads Kentucky Youth Advocates, put it, "You can't separate a family's wallet from their children's well-being."

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MSU Sports
9:37 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Men's Hoops Tops Cincinnati Christian in Home Opener

Sophomore Corban Collins
Credit MSU Athletics

Sophomore Corban Collins led five players in double figures with 15 points, and the Morehead State men's basketball team posted an 87-79 victory over NAIA opponent Cincinnati Christian in its home opener on Monday evening (Nov. 17) at Johnson Arena.

The MSU Eagles, who compete in the Ohio Valley Conference, improve 1-1 on the season. The CCU Eagles, who are members of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, slip to 5-2 overall. It was the first regular-season meeting between the schools.

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Environment
5:33 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Olive Hill Designated a Kentucky Trail Town

Credit Bill Slone

Olive Hill has become Kentucky’s fourth Trail Town. The other Kentucky Trail Towns are Morehead, Livingston and Dawson Springs.

First Lady Jane Beshear was in the Carter County community on Monday (Nov. 17) to recognize the achievement, which is designed to help connect communities to trail systems and promote tourism.       

She says the three trails developed in the Olive Hill area will bring tourists to the city, where they’ll spend money on local goods and services.

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Government/Politics
5:22 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Blevins to Leave Kentucky Senate

Dr. Walter Blevins
Credit Kentucky Senate Democrats

State Senator Walter Blevins Jr., (D-27 District) will resign his position in the Kentucky Senate after the first of the year.

Blevins is leaving his senatorial seat after 23 years for his new job as judge-executive of Rowan County.  Blevins defeated Republican candidate Richard White for the county's top position in the Nov. 4 general election.

Blevins told The Ledger Independent on Monday he will more than likely tender his resignation on Monday, Jan. 5 and begin his new duties as judge-executive on Jan. 6.

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Health Matters
3:17 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Weight Loss Is 1% Inspiration and 99% Dietitian Show

Health Matters, at times, can strain credulity. Crash dieting leads to the same sustainable weight loss as control dieting? True. For women, each daily glass of milk increases risk of death from all causes by 15%? Probably false. We also talk about type I diabetes, celiac disease and the importance of your approach to chocolate cake.  EKU dietetic intern Andrea Danley and St. Claire Clinical Nutrition Services Manager Jean Jones are guests.

Tip: Milk is supposed to do a body good, but coffee has all the numbers. Consider the health implications of your favorite beverage.

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Arts/Culture
10:05 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Reader’s Notebook Archives: Week of Nov. 17, 2014

  Reader’s Notebook Archives: Week of Nov. 17, 2014

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Transportation
9:51 am
Mon November 17, 2014

January Weather Hits Region Early

Credit Cody Evans, The Ledger Independent

January weather is getting an early start on the Buffalo Trace Region and Ohio River Valley. Precipitation flirted with area residents over the weekend and is expected to get serious on Monday morning.

There are also possibilities of temperatures in the teens in valley locations; but generally 20 to 30 degrees below normal for this time of year, officials at the National Weather Service in Wilmington said for the upcoming week.

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MSU Sports
9:40 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Justin Grier Earns Multiple PFL Weekly Awards

Credit MSU Athletics

Morehead State junior cornerback Justin Grier has earned multiple honors as the Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week.
A native of Saks, Ala., Grier earned the league's official accolade and was also tabbed the conference's elite defense standout this week by College Sports Madness.

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MSU Sports
9:36 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Women's Basketball Soars Past George Mason, 79-70

Senior guard Almesha Jones
Credit MSU Athletics

Sophomore forward Shay Steele registered a career-high 23 points, while senior guard Almesha Jones pumped in 20 points and had a game-best seven assists to lead the Morehead State women's basketball team to a 79-70 triumph at George Mason Sunday afternoon (Nov. 17).

The Eagles conclude their season-opening road trip to Virginia 2-0. The Atlantic 10 Conference Patriots, who defeated Atlantic Coast Conference foe Virginia Tech Friday, fell to 1-1. It marked the program's first win over GMU in three tries.

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Crime/Police
11:21 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Fleming County Suspends Drug Dog Program

Credit Richmond Times-Dispatch

The drug dog program sponsored by Fleming County Schools and Fleming County Sheriff's Office is finished, according to officials.

Sheriff Scotty Royse said his drug dog handler, Deputy Tyler Rushing, left the department for another job. At that time, the drug dog was retired and there is not currently a plan to train another dog.

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Arts/Culture
11:02 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Mural Artist to Visit Maysville

Credit Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

The artist responsible for creating the murals on the floodwall in Maysville will be in town on Nov. 19, for a book signing.

Robert Dafford, of Dafford Murals will be at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center on Nov. 19, from 5 - 7 p.m., for a signing of his book, The Public Art of Robert Dafford. Both Dafford and author and photographer Philip Gould will be available to sign copies of the book, which provides a vivid depiction of the renowned artist's work through text and images by acclaimed photographer Philip Gould.

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Education
10:50 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

KCTCS Selects Preferred Presidential Candidate

Dr. Jay K. Box
Credit The Lane Report

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents Chair P.G. Peeples, Sr. has announced that Jay K. Box, Ed.D. has been named the preferred candidate in the search for the next KCTCS president.

Box is the current KCTCS chancellor, a position he has held since July 1, 2009. As chancellor, he provides systemwide leadership for academic affairs, economic development, workforce training, and research and policy analysis.

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