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11:32 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Honors Fallen Employees

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

In observance of National Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is honoring employees who lost their lives while on the job.

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock and Assistant State Highway Engineer Bob Lewis joined KYTC Employee Safety and Health Branch Manager Rob Hecker and KYTC graphic designer Shannon Martin to hang a memorial print in the KYTC Central Office lobby in Frankfort.

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Government/Politics
11:27 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Absentee Voting For May Primary Open Across Kentucky

Credit Virginia Voters Alliance

In many Kentucky counties, eligible voters may already cast absentee votes for the Kentucky’s May 19, 2015, Primary Election in their county clerks’ offices. All counties will allow eligible voters to cast in-person absentee ballots at least 12 working days before the election.

Individuals who may be eligible to vote by in-person absentee ballot include:

• Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens who are absent from the county on Election Day

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Business
10:37 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Open House and Workshop set for Innovation Launchpad

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Small Business Development Center will host an open house and a free business workshop Wednesday, May 6, at the Innovation Launchpad located at 149 East Main Street.

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., come by and celebrate National Small Business Week and learn about the services of the SBDC and tour the new business incubator.

Refreshments will be served.

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Arts/Culture
10:35 am
Tue April 28, 2015

“Moulin Rouge” Spring Gala 2015 recap

Morehead State University held its annual Spring Gala on Saturday, April 25, with this year’s theme was “Moulin Rouge.”

Dr. and Mrs. Wayne D. Andrews invited guests to experience the spectacle and excitement of the world famous Moulin Rouge.

The proceeds from this event, which raises approximately $100,000 annually, provides educational opportunities for MSU students.

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Arts/Culture
10:09 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Legendary guitarist Phil Keaggy to play MSU

Morehead State University will play host to guitar legend, Phil Keaggy Wednesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Button Auditorium.

Keaggy boasts a career spanning more than 30 years and 50-plus albums. He is known as one of the greatest guitarists in history. He is a seven-time recipient of the GMA Dove Award for Instrumental Album of the Year, and was twice nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album. His talent and range of style, which varies from rock-and-roll to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions makes him one of the most sought-after studio guitarists.

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MSU Sports
9:24 am
Tue April 28, 2015

MSU Athletics Recognizes Achievements at Awards Banquet

L to R: Jade Flory, Michael Fehrenbacher, Chris Robinson and Kim Borys
Credit MSU Athletics

The Morehead State Athletics Honors Banquet, hosted by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was held Monday evening (April 27) and recognized academic, athletic and civic achievements of students in the department.

"I'm proud of everyone for a great 2014-15 school year," Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services Sara Larson said. "It's important that we take time at the end of each year to honor their accomplishments in and outside of their sports."

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Arts/Culture
11:59 am
Mon April 27, 2015

New Book Examines Life of Jesse Stuart

Jesse Stuart
Credit Jesse Stuart Elementary School

The Jesse Stuart Foundation is pleased to announce the release of Dr. James Gifford’s latest book, “Jesse Stuart:  Immortal Kentuckian.”

The new biography examines the life of the late Poet Laureate of Kentucky in broad historical context and explains that Stuart immortalized himself though enduring influences on the people who read his books and the people who knew him personally.

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Arts/Culture
11:49 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Florence Crittenton Site to Receive Historical Marker

The Florence Crittenton Home, previously served single pregnant women and girls in Lexington.
Credit Kentucky.com

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker in Lexington to honor an organization’s long-term efforts to help women in need.

The ceremony will take place May 9 at 10 a.m. at 519 W. Fourth St., site of the former Florence Crittenton Home.

The facility opened in 1894 as the House of Mercy to provide a home for single pregnant women. In 1921 it became affiliated with Florence Crittenton Homes, a national organization that businessman Charles Crittenton founded in memory of his daughter.

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Health
11:39 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Kentucky Praised For Expanded Medicaid Program

Credit Marketwatch

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says expansion of the Medicaid program makes economic sense and she cites Kentucky as a case in point. Burwell testified on Capitol Hill on April 23 about costs associated with the expansion.       

Burwell says Governor Beshear did his homework by asking for an independent analysis of the expenses and benefits before committing to the establishment of Kentucky’s health exchange. The research concluded that Medicaid would pump thirty billion dollars into Kentucky’s economy and create forty thousand jobs.

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The Reader’s Notebook
11:28 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Reader’s Notebook Archives: Week of Apr. 27, 2015

Reader’s Notebook Archives: Week of Apr. 27, 2015

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Health
10:33 am
Mon April 27, 2015

BSCTC Receives Grant to Implement Tobacco-Free Policy

Credit Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) has received a grant from the American Legacy Foundation to help it implement a 100% Tobacco-Free college policy.

Effective July 1, 2015, all BSCTC campuses will be 100% tobacco-free. 

John Herald, director of facilities at BSCTC, said the policy will enhance the health and wellness of students, employees and visitors to the college.

“The college supports healthy lifestyles and understands that this policy may provide difficulty to some of our employees, students and visitors,” said Herald.

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Business
10:23 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Kentucky Equine Group Appoints Executive Director

Joe Clabes
Credit Kentucky Equine Education Project

Joe Clabes has been appointed Executive Director of Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), it was announced by the Board of Directors of the Lexington-based organization.

Clabes represented KEEP during the recently completed Kentucky 2015 legislative session and has worked in equine policy on the state and federal level for over 15 years. Along with his lifelong involvement in the horses industry, he has served as an independent government affairs consultant for the past nine years.

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Environment
10:16 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Groups Push For Tougher Environmental Laws

A coalition of conservation and environmental groups are giving the Republican-led Congress a failing grade on protecting the nation's waterways and air.
Credit Greg Stotelmyer

The Republican-led Congress is receiving a failing grade from several national conservation and environmental groups.

The coalition of organizations claims Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell's first 100 days as Majority Leader has been a failure on both the environmental and public health fronts.

Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, says McConnell and his colleagues deserve an "F."

"It's an 'F' from our perspective," he says.

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Employment
10:09 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Kentucky's Right To Work Showdown

While some politicians are trying to pave the way for Kentucky to become a right-to-work state, a new report claims a statewide law would lower wages.
Credit Greg Stotelmyer

The Bluegrass has become a battleground state over right-to-work legislation with a handful of counties passing local laws and all four Republican candidates for governor supporting the idea.

But, a new economic analysis questions whether right-to-work legislation delivers on its promise of economic growth.

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Crime/Police
9:52 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Bracken County Officials Issue Scam Warning

Credit Rip Off Report

A potential scam has been reported in Bracken County.

According to Sheriff Howard Niemeier, “Bracken County Sheriff’s Office received several calls in regards to a Jeff Brown identifying himself as a member of the Bracken County Chamber of Commerce attempting to sell totes/bags to businesses.”

The Bracken County Chamber of Commerce has been contacted and replied to police they are not involved in the alleged project, he said.

Totes2Go has also been contacted and told to stop all such solicitations in Bracken County, Niemeier said.

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MSU Sports
9:39 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Baseball Eagles Win Fourth Straight OVC Series

Senior Clayton Mayer
Credit MSU Athletics

Senior Blaine Tanner delivered the game-tying hit, and fellow senior Clayton Meyer drilled the game-winning single in the eighth inning as the Morehead State baseball team erased a 4-0 deficit to defeat Austin Peay 5-4 and claim an Ohio Valley Conference series at Raymond C. Hand Park Sunday.

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MSU Sports
2:38 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Men's Hoops Adds Two Junior College National Champions

(L to R) Treshaad Williams and Xavier Moon
Credit MSU Athletics

Treshaad Williams and Xavier Moon, teammates in 2014-15 at Northwest Florida State College, have signed National Letters of Intent with the Morehead State men's basketball program. Both have two seasons of eligibility remaining and will be able to play immediately.

Williams and Moon, both Second-Team All-Panhandle Conference selections as sophomores, helped Northwest Florida to a National Junior College Athletic Association national championship in 2015. The duo led the Raiders to a 33-2 overall record, including 23-0 in non-conference action.

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MSU Sports
2:33 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

MSU Softball Notches Eight Wins in Nine Games

Junior Dana Hutchins
Credit MSU Athletics

The Morehead State softball team collected 21 hits and took advantage of 10 errors to register a doubleheader sweep of Tennessee State on Saturday afternoon at Tiger Field. The Eagles posted a 4-3 win in the opener and 12-1 victory in a six-inning nightcap.

The Eagles, who have rolled to eight wins in their last nine contests, improve to 21-19 overall, 10-8 in the Ohio Valley Conference and 7-9 on the road. The Tigers, who have dropped 18 straight affairs, fall to 9-34 on the campaign, 2-20 in league action and 4-12 at home.

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MSU Sports
11:36 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Hogge Picks Up All-Conference Honors

Morehead State junior golfer Logan Hogge
Credit MSU Athletics

Morehead State junior golfer Logan Hogge, who ranks fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 72.1 stroke average, has been named to the 2014-15 All-OVC team.

Hogge becomes the first Eagle to earn all-conference honors since Matt Gann in 2006-07.

Hogge, who has recorded six top-10 finishes and three top-five performances this season, owns a team-best .894 winning percentage. He claimed medalist honors on Oct. 21 at the Austin Peay Intercollegiate, which was MSU's first tournament win since Oct. 10, 2006.

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Arts/Culture
11:32 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

George Ella Lyon Inducted as Kentucky's Poet Laureate

Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon strums a washboard, accompanying her poem “Creed” on April 24 in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.
Credit Kentucky.gov

Joined by fellow writers, friends, students, teachers and state dignitaries on Friday (April 24), George Ella Lyon was inducted by Gov. Steve Beshear as the Kentucky poet laureate for 2015-17 in the Capitol Rotunda.

April 24, the birthday of Kentucky native and the nation’s first poet laureate Robert Penn Warren, is annually celebrated as Kentucky Writers’ Day. Kentucky’s poet laureate is selected biennially and is inducted on Writers’ Day.

Lyon, a Harlan County native who now lives in Lexington, was effusive in her remarks to the audience that filled the Rotunda.

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WMKY Feature Reports
12:17 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Video Feature: President's Concert on the Lawn

Morehead State University President and First Lady Dr. Wayne and Sue Andrews hosted their annual Concert On The Lawn.

Education
11:37 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Shaping Appalachia (4/24)

Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, MSU President, Morehead State University Projects

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MSU Sports
6:19 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

MSU Athletics Set for 1,000 Hours of Giving Back

Credit MSU Athletics

Morehead State Athletics will perform 1,000 community service hours in an upcoming 10-day period. All students, coaches and staff members from the department have been asked to participate in the initiative, with each individual putting in at least three hours.

Morehead State has more than 300 students, across 16 NCAA Division I sports, and employs approximately 75 individuals in its athletic department. The Eagles will make a variety of stops, including neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, parks and donation centers.

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Employment
5:36 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Documentary to Outline Impact of Coal Industry’s Decline

Credit Politico

East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) and its 16 owner-member electric cooperatives have released a second documentary film examining the effects of Eastern Kentucky’s declining coal industry on the region’s residents.

The film, “The People At The End Of The Lines,” documents the impacts on laid-off coal miners, local schools and people struggling to pay household bills.

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WMKY Feature Reports
2:57 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Feature: White Nose Syndrome

Credit National Park Service

A new species has been added to the list of endangered bats and it has officials at Carter Caves State Resort Park on alert. MSPR's Jordan Simonson reports... 

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WMKY Feature Reports
1:08 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Video Feature: Celebration of Student Scholarship

Morehead State University hosted the 2015 Celebration of Student Scholarship at the Adron Doran University Center.

Government/Politics
9:22 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Kentucky Vehicle Registration Decals Changing

The new design for Kentucky's vehicle registration sticker is gray in color and features a duplication of the license plate number.
Credit Cody Evans, The Ledger Independent

Vehicle registration decals will soon look different in all Kentucky counties.

According to Lewis County Clerk Glenda Himes, the new registration system will require print on demand of registration papers and decals.

"Previously, when you registered a vehicle, you were given a half white and blue slip with you decal stapled to your registration. Now, however, the registration will be a full sheet of paper with the decal printed on it."

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MSU Sports
9:02 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Magnusson Named OVC Women’s Golfer of the Year

L to R) Sophomore Anna Magnusson and OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche
Credit MSU Athletics

Sophomore Anna Magnusson, who led Morehead State with seven top-10 finishes in 2014-15, has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Women's Golfer of the Year. She was presented the award on Wednesday after the final round of the league championship.

Magnusson, who has earned all-conference accolades each of the last two years, paces the league with a 75.6 stroke average. She finished fourth out of 50 golfers at the OVC Championship with rounds of 74, 71 and 76 en route to a 221 at the Hampton Cove on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

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Health Matters
4:03 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

“The Dream Is over but the Nightmare Continues” show

Big Blue Nation is still in mourning about our first basketball loss of the season. Rick and I take a somber look at healthcare and the interaction of healthcare and technology. The show includes an analysis of Kentucky’s extremely low “well-being” ranking, and our thoughts on texting while driving and screen time.

Tip: in order to devote our healthcare resources to things we can change, we have to stop doing things that don’t work. This includes getting x-rays for routine cases of low back pain, and prescribing antibiotics for routine cases of bronchitis.

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MSU Sports
5:43 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Newell Earns Second OVC Baseball Player of the Week Honor

Senior Nick Newell
Credit MSU Athletics

Morehead State senior leftfielder Nick Newell has been named Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Co-Player of the Week. He also earned the same honor on Feb. 23.

Newell hit .522 (12-for-23) with two runs scored, three doubles, a triple, two home runs, a .522 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage as Morehead State compiled a 4-1 record last week. In the process, he extended his hitting streak to 18 games.

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