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12:44 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Baseball Wins OVC Tournament, Headed to NCAA Regional

Morehead State University, 2015 OVC Championship Baseball Team
Credit MSU Athletics

One more trophy will be added to the Morehead State athletic department case.

The second-seeded MSU baseball team finished off a perfect run through the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament on Saturday evening with a 16-3 victory over top-seeded Southeast Missouri at The Ballpark at Jackson.

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Arts/Culture
12:36 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Lee Ritenour on Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Lee Ritenour
Credit Montreux Jazz Live

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #72 (May 24 at 8:00PM)

Known to fans as "Captain Fingers" for his uncommon dexterity on the guitar, Lee Ritenour is a noted jazz artist and session musician who has been one of the leaders in his field since the early '70s.

Born in Los Angeles, California on January 11, 1952, Ritenour took up the guitar when he was eight years old, and decided to make music his career when he was 12. Ritenour's parents were supportive of his ambitions, and arranged for him to study with some of the best guitar teachers in Southern California.

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Environment
3:21 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Cave Run Lake Reforestation Improves Fish Habitat

Fisheries biologist Tom Timmermann looks over buckets of wooden stakes used to create fish habitat last year in Cave Run Lake.
Credit Dave Baker, Kentucky Living

Sections of Cave Run Lake flourished with underwater forests when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Licking River to create the lake, which became operational in 1974.

The submerged branches formed canopies where predator and prey fish could thrive. Much has changed beneath the surface in the ensuing 41 years. 

“Cave Run Lake still has a lot of timber standing in some areas, but they’ve basically become telephone poles,” notes Northeastern District fisheries biologist Tom Timmermann. “It’s not what it was when it was impounded decades ago.”

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Economic
6:11 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Beshear Hopes Next Governor Will Embrace SOAR

Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers announcing plans in 2013 for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative.
Credit Kentucky.com

Governor Beshear is optimistic that SOAR will continue after he leaves office.

“Shaping Our Appalachian Region” is the non-profit organization he established with Congressman Hal Rogers more than a year ago to help diversify and improve the economy of eastern Kentucky.

The governor leaves office at the end of this year but he’s hoping Kentucky’s next chief executive will be committed to the SOAR initiative.

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Transportation
10:52 am
Thu May 21, 2015

KY 1722 in Rowan/Fleming Closed For Repairs

Credit ACCU Permit

An embankment fix on KY 1722 at the Rowan-Fleming county line will start this month, requiring a three-month highway closure and detour.

On Tuesday, May 26, contractors expect to start reconstruction of KY 1722 at the 9 mile marker where a slip has undermined surface pavement. Repairs will include full excavation of the roadway, stabilization of the embankment, installation of new drainage measures and other work – all of which will require temporary closure of the highway.

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Government/Politics
4:56 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Massie Opposes Patriot Act

Credit Fox News

Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie says technology has made it easier for the government to invade people’s privacy but that doesn’t make it right or constitutional.

The Garrison Republican appeared Saturday (May 16) on C-Span’s The Communicators program.

Massie is hoping Congress stops the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone data, which has been taking place under the Patriot Act.

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Economic
11:50 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Rowan County Disaster Recovery Center Closing May 21

Credit Fairfield Citizen

The disaster recovery centers in Madison and Rowan counties will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, and the Bourbon County disaster recovery center will close at 6 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, May 22.

The centers, which have been operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are located at:

• 525 High St. (Paris Municipal Service Building) in Paris.

• 558 S. Keeneland Drive (Madison County Joint Information Center) in Richmond.

• 314 Bridge St. (Morehead City Administration Building) in Morehead.

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WMKY Program Updates
1:23 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

2015 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame Ceremony Broadcast

Wendell Berry giving his induction speech. The event attracted nearly 300 people.
Credit CHASE CAVANAUGH

Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY/90.3FM) will present a program showcasing Kentucky writers.

The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame announced the 2015 Hall of Fame class at an induction ceremony on Jan. 28 at the Carnegie Center in Lexington (KY). This is the third class to be inducted.

MSPR will air a program showcasing the introductions and readings as recorded from that evening. The broadcast will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 24 and at Noon on Memorial Day.

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Environment
10:17 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Crews Begin Final Cap For Maxey Flats

The secondary drain of the Maxey Flats storm water management system is seen during a light rain on Friday. The area will serve to regulate runoff when the site's final cap is in place.
Credit Cody Evans, The Ledger Independent

Crews constructing the final cap on Maxey Flats began clearing the area recently in order to begin construction on the cap itself.

According to Jeff Webb, with the Kentucky Environmental Cabinet, The Walker Company has been clearing buffer zones in order to gain access to materials, such as dirt and rocks, that will be needed to complete the work on the final cap, which will be a geo-synthetic liner.

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Business
4:48 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Aerospace Science is Kentucky's Leading Export

Morehead State University's Space Science Center has become a leader in designing and building small, high-tech spacecraft.
Credit Kentucky.com

The director of Morehead State University’s Space Science Center says Kentucky is poised to become an even bigger player in the aerospace industry.

Dr. Ben Malphrus says it is now the Commonwealth’s number one export at nearly eight-billion dollars. He says that puts Kentucky third in the whole country.

Malphrus says eastern Kentucky has built an educational pipeline to train people for careers in the field. He says so-called “nano-satellites” are becoming a key component of commerce and national defense.             

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Transportation
4:35 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Considers Salyersville to Prestonsburg Options

Based on positive feedback from a recent public meeting, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will carry forward its preliminary evaluation of a cross-country corridor for extending the Mountain Parkway from Salyersville to Prestonsburg.

More details will help KYTC better compare its two options for creating a four-lane, 14-mile extension of the Mountain Parkway: Widen along the existing corridor (KY 114) or build a new road along a cross-country corridor north of KY 114.

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MSU Sports
12:10 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Morris Crowned 5K Champion at OVC Track & Field Championships

Credit MSU Athletics

Morehead State junior Alex Morris claimed the gold medal Saturday for the women's 5,000-meter run to highlight the men's and women's track and field teams' efforts at the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Championships at Austin Peay.

Morris motored around the track in 17:03.97 to edge second-place Vallery Korir from Murray State by two seconds. She is the fifth Morehead State women's athlete to win the OVC 5K in program history and the first since Karen Lutes in 2002. She also becomes the 12th individual OVC champion in program history.

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Arts/Culture
9:56 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Carmen McRae

Carmen McRae
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #71 (May 17, 8:00PM)

Jazz vocalist Carmen McRae always had a nice voice, but it was her behind-the-beat phrasing and ironic interpretations of lyrics that made her most memorable.

She studied piano early on and had her first important job singing with Benny Carter's big band (1944), but it would be another decade before her career had really gained much momentum.

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Arts/Culture
7:47 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Alltech Hosts 2nd Annual Craft Brews and Food Fest

The crowd was wall-to-wall in 45,600 square feet of Heritage Hall at the second annual Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest in downtown Lexington on Saturday, May 16. The festival boasted over 180 beers, 51 breweries, six craft distillers, 10 food vendors, five musical acts, and of course, an enormous bourbon barrel for entrants to walk through.
Credit Alltech

It’s a huge day for the owner of The Dayton Beer Company – not only is he getting married at his new brewery today, but his “Batch 100” golden strong ale was also chosen from over 350 beers to win the Alltech Commonwealth Cup. The competition is the only professional beer competition in Kentucky and boasted 350 beers from 20 countries and five continents competing for the title.

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MSU Sports
7:42 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Baseball Lands Best OVC Tournament Seed Since 1994

Credit MSU Athletics

The 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Tournament bracket is set. Morehead State has secured the second seed -- its best since 1994 -- and will open on Thursday (May 21) at 4 p.m. ET. All games will be played at The Ballpark at Jackson in Western Tennessee.

Southeast Missouri, which finished OVC play 22-8, is the No. 1 seed. No. 3 SIU Edwardsville, No. 4 Tennessee Tech, No. 5 Jacksonville State and No. 6 Belmont round out the field. The double-elimination event runs Wednesday through Saturday, with the "if necessary" round on Sunday.

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MSU Sports
7:39 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Robinson Up for National Player of the Year Award

Credit MSU Athletics

Morehead State senior catcher Chris Robinson has been named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, awarded to the top player in Division I baseball. The accolade is selected by members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

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WMKY Feature Reports
3:58 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Feature: MSU Awards Phil Simms Honorary Degree

Often times the best things in life are worth the wait. Such is the case for legendary NFL quarterback and Morehead State University alum Phil Simms. David Patrick has the story...

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WMKY Feature Reports
12:33 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Feature: 4K For Cancer

A Lexington man is taking part in a cross-county bike ride for charity in honor of a classmate who couldn’t finish hers.   MSPR’s Jordan Simonson has more…

http://4kforcancer.org/profiles/aaron-oppegard/

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Area News
3:45 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Parts of MSU without power May 15-18

Morehead State University will have several buildings without power Friday, May 15, through as late as Monday, May 18, due to a planned power outage necessary to finalize replacement of the west campus electrical switchgear.

Buildings impacted and closed will include Howell McDowell (business office), Adron Doran University Center, Allie Young, Breckinridge, Button, Camden-Carroll Library, Claypool Young, Combs, Fields, Ginger, Lappin, Lloyd Cassity, Mignon Hall, Mignon Tower, Rader, Reed, Grote-Thompson, West Mignon and the President’s home.

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Government/Politics
10:08 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Disaster Recovery Center Now Open in Rowan County

Credit WOBM

A disaster recovery center operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been opened in Rowan County.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The Rowan County center is located at 314 Bridge St. (Morehead City Administration Building) in Morehead.

Specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

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WMKY Feature Reports
12:18 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Feature: Women’s Leadership

Community leadership rolls aren’t just for the men anymore. A women’s leadership conference took place in Frankfort and offered advice for stepping up and taking charge in the community. MSPR’s Jordan Simonson has the story…

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Health Matters
3:29 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Two Variables Walked into a Bar Graph Show

Mayo Clinic researchers have shown that 85% of the bar graphs used in top physiology journals in 2014 were used for the wrong purpose. If you have a discrete variable (“yes or no”), put it in a bar graph. If you have a continuous variable (test scores from 50-100) don’t divide them into quartiles, average the quartile, and put those averages in a bar graph. The show is also about techno trousers, double chins, and the new ACP guidelines on Pap smears.

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Business
5:09 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Kentucky Legislation Expected to Create Jobs and Promote Tourism

Credit Secretariet

Governor Steve Beshear has signed House Bill 340, which will make Kentucky more competitive in attracting film and television productions and help create jobs, generate tax revenue and promote tourism.

“House Bill 340 gives Kentucky a strong advantage when competing with other states for outside film projects,” said Gov. Beshear. “Increased film production in Kentucky means a boost to local economies and an opportunity to highlight the Bluegrass state on both big and small screens across the world.”

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Education
4:59 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Morehead State University Awards Phil Simms Honorary Degree

From left, Paul Goodpaster, MSU Board of Regents chair, Phil Simms and MSU President Wayne D. Andrews.
Credit Morehead State University

Former Morehead State and New York Giants football star Phil Simms received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree Saturday (May 9) during the University’s spring commencement.

Simms told more than 11-hundred graduates that being back on the MSU campus was a special experience.

“You know, it’s a special place in my heart. Being here the last couple of days, being with everybody here, to see all the people, to come back, to meet my friends and all that.”

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Government/Politics
4:44 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

FEMA May Open Additional Disaster Recovery Centers in Kentucky

Credit FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be opening more disaster recovery centers in Kentucky this week. Spokesman Tim Tyson says exactly where those offices will be has not yet been determined.

“The Commonwealth and FEMA are in constant discussion about which counties to open-up next and where to open them.”

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MSU Sports
4:16 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Alex Stephens Tabbed OVC Baseball Player of the Week

Credit MSU Athletics

Morehead State sophomore third baseman Alex Stephens has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Player of the Week after his efforts in helping MSU claim a series sweep at Jacksonville State.

After missing a month with an injury, Stephens returned this past weekend. He made his return to third base in the eighth inning of Friday's 4-2 extra-inning victory and then singled in the 10th inning before scoring the eventual winning run. On Saturday, he was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two doubles. He added two more hits in Sunday's series winner.

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MSU Sports
4:10 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

MSU Athletics Mourns the Loss of Craig Mullins

Craig Mullins

Craig Mullins, who spent the past two football seasons as Morehead State's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, lost his battle with cancer on Monday morning. He was 45. The MSU athletic department sends its deepest condolences to his family and friends.

"We are deeply saddened by Craig's passing," Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Craig was a terrific person, and we are grateful for the time he spent on Morehead State's football staff. He was liked and respected by everyone."

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The Reader’s Notebook
10:14 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Reader’s Notebook Archives: Week of May 11, 2015

Reader’s Notebook Archives: Week of May 11, 2015

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Education
9:14 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Practice Driving Tests Available Online

A new website allows motorists to take free practice driving tests. The website has already been launched and offers 10 practice motor vehicle tests, three commercial driver's license and six motorcycle tests.
Credit Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

The Fleming County Public Library is partnering with a new website that allows motorists to take free practice driving tests.

According to Young Adult Services Director Hillary Worrix, the website has already been launched and offers 10 practice motor vehicle tests, three commercial driver's license and six motorcycle tests. Three handbooks for each license test are also available online.

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Arts/Culture
8:43 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Storyteller Lepp to Headline St. Claire Foundation Signature Event

Bil Lepp
Credit Southeast Missourian

Returning after a sold out performance last year, master storyteller Bil Lepp will bring his folksy, family friendly humor to Morehead on Thursday, June 11, in a benefit dinner engagement for the St. Claire Foundation.

Proceeds from the dinner, to be held at 6 p.m. at Morehead State University’s Adron Doran University Center, will assist with the planning stages of a new medical office building for St. Claire Regional Medical Center. There will also be a silent auction.

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