Commonwealth of Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin is urging all Kentuckians to help beat back the opioid epidemic with a new public awareness campaign that highlights the dangers of opioid abuse and offers information on drug treatment and naloxone.

The campaign combines web content with statewide advertising to drive home a simple message: “Don’t Let Them Die.”

The theme encourages Kentuckians to recognize the inherent value of human life – even in the grip of addiction – and take proactive steps to help their friends, family and communities overcome this crisis.

RIP Lawrence Weed show

Jul 10, 2017

Dr. Lawrence Weed realized that a medical record organized around patient problems, not dates of service, would provide a structure to guide diagnostic critical scientific thinking. He crisscrossed the United States presenting arguments for a universal structure to medical records and changed medicine. We are now engaged in a great struggle over an electronic medical record, designed for billing purposes, that does not hold true to Weed’s model. This, plus liver disease, tattoos, smoking, and defibrillators, makes for an interesting show.

Morehead State Public Radio has announced the hiring of Leeann Akers as assistant news director.

Her first day will be July 17. Akers will succeed Dan Conti, who retired June 30.

“We are excited to have Leeann join MSPR’s award-winning news team. Leeann is a smart and passionate journalist who strives for excellence in reporting,” said Paul Hitchcock, MSPR general manager.

A two-time graduate of Morehead State University, she earned her bachelor’s degree in theatre and master’s degrees in communications.

July 10, 2017 -- Godiva, Countess of Mercia, in Old English Godgifu, was an English noblewoman who, according to a legend dating at least to the 13th century, rode naked – covered only in her long hair – through the streets of Coventry to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation that her husband imposed on his tenants.

Old Time Radio Downloads

  • Incredible, But True
  • Adventures of Frank Race
  • Blue Coal Minstrels

Secret Sisters

Jul 7, 2017
Americana Music Show

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #111 (July 7 at 8:00 p.m. and July 8 at 3:00 p.m.)

Muscle Shoals, Alabama-based country-folk duo Secret Sisters formed in the late 2000’s around the talents of siblings Lydia and Laura Rogers.

Parents Magazine

Morehead State University’s Imaging Sciences Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program will offer free, two-dimensional fetal ultrasounds to expectant mothers.

The ultrasound examinations will be given July 20 through July 25 by appointment only on the fourth floor of the Center for Health, Education and Research, Room 402, in the University’s sonography lab.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Early College Program held its summer faculty meeting with nearly 60 high school faculty instructors that will participate in the 2017-18 school year.

More than 60 high schools and area technology centers will offer MSU classes with nearly 3,000 high school students participating in the program in the upcoming year.

Qualifying students are given the opportunity to prepare for the future while attending high school. In the program, students may enroll in a course taught in their high school and receive college credit for successful completion.

Conflict and compromise in Kentucky's tax reform

Jul 5, 2017
Kentucky Tourism

Sometime after August 15, Gov. Matt Bevin is expected to call state lawmakers into special session to consider an overhaul to the state’s tax codes. The governor has set a general goal of transitioning from a tax system focused on production (or income) taxes to one based on consumption (or sales) taxes, but more specific details on what his tax proposal would include have yet to emerge.

Representatives from four advocacy groups appeared on KET’s Kentucky Tonight to discuss their ideas for how to overhaul state taxes.

New Jersey Chapter of NWCOA

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), along with local health departments across the state, is reminding the public about the potential for rabies exposure from contact with infected wildlife.

Wildlife rabies cases, primarily in bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes, have been identified in the U.S., and these result in human and animal exposures requiring thousands of human rabies post-exposure treatments and animal euthanasia or quarantines.

Statewide initiative to address dental care

Jul 4, 2017
Stress Free Dental

A new initiative is taking a personalized approach to addressing the unmet oral health-care needs of Kentucky kids.

The 2016 Oral Health Study of Kentucky's Youth found that while the state has made strides in improving dental care for children, more progress is needed.

Delta Dental of Kentucky and Kentucky Youth Advocates are teaming up to launch five regional networks to develop localized dental-care solutions.

Healthy summer meals reaching more Kentucky children

Jul 4, 2017
Kentucky Teacher

Hunger prevents some Kentucky kids from enjoying the carefree days of summer, but the state is making progress to make food available for youngsters in need.

According to the Food Research and Action Center's annual "Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation" report, Kentucky had the third-largest increase nationally in the number of children served by summer meal programs in July 2016.

Reid Livingston, coordinator of the No Kid Hungry Kentucky campaign, said that means 32,000 kids received much-needed nutrition.

The Ledger Independent

A Fleming County man was sentenced Thursday (June 29) in U.S. District Court in connection with the August 2016, drug overdose death of an Augusta woman at a park and ride area near Orangeburg in Mason County.

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Officials have scheduled the dedication of a 1.35 mile hiking trail at Crooked Creek State Nature Preserve with a free guided hike for attendees.

"This will be a great addition to the Crooked Creek Preserve," said Lewis County Judge Executive Todd Ruckel. "The trail will be open to the public during the daytime hours and will offer some of the best views to be found."

Ruckel said the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission (KSNP) is joining Lewis County Fiscal Court for the opening of the trail on the 728 acre preserve.

Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

A longtime fixture of the Maysville educational scene is closing its doors, officials said recently.

Nativity Montessori School will not open for the fall 2017 school year, according to information sent to parents. Declining enrollment and the inability to attract and keep high-quality support staff.


Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)

Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire – Grown Ass Woman (Delmark)

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (Jay-Vee)

Mississippi Heat – Cab Driving Man (Delmark)

Ronnie Baker Brooks – Times Have Changed (Provogue)

Sean Chambers – Trouble & Whiskey (American Showplace)

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Live From The Fox Oakland (Fantasy)


Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is taking another step in the fight against what he believes is the single greatest threat to Kentucky – the state’s drug epidemic.

Beshear has announced that his office intends to file multiple lawsuits against drug manufacturers, distributors and retailers where there is evidence that they contributed to the opioid epidemic by illegally marketing and selling opioids to Kentuckians. 

LA Times

Gov. Matt Bevin has restored the right to vote and hold public office to 284 more prior offenders who have completed their respective sentences and have applied for restoration of their civil rights.

The orders are pending final background reviews by the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. They exclude individuals convicted of violent or sex crimes, bribery or treason.

Kentucky Artisan Center

Kentucky Artisans interpret the world – and the Kentucky Artisan Center is illustrating that fact with sand, in the amazing sculpture “The Sands of Time” by internationally known sand sculptor Damon Farmer.

Farmer states, “My long-time avocation of sculpting sand gradually blossomed into a major aspect of my commercial work, and it now provides me opportunities to share my favorite art form worldwide.”

MSU Athletics

Morehead State sophomore slugger Niko Hulsizer and New York Yankees and Major League home run leader Aaron Judge now have something in common, and hey, make that two things in common to be exact.

Hulsizer smacked 49 actual home runs and also connected on the money balls (worth 2 homers) Saturday night to win the 2017 College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University's Steven Middleton, instructor of mass communication and Kentucky filmmaker, will have his documentary “Between The Rock and the Commonwealth” begin airing Monday, July 3, at 9 p.m. on KET and Sunday, July 9, at 8 p.m. on KET2.

The film is simultaneously airing on WOSU Ohio Public Television in conjunction with KET and details the controversial removal of Indian Head Rock from the river in 2007 and the ensuing legal battle between Ohio and Kentucky about ownership rights.

English 2308

  • Father Knows Best (Vacation Arrives)
  • Misadventures of Si and Elmer (Snoop & Sneak Detective Agency)  

Nnenna Freelon

Jun 30, 2017
Kauai Music Scene

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #173 (July 2 at 8:00 p.m.)

Nnenna Freelon is a world-renowned jazz vocalist, recorded extensively and has been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards. While this doesn't necessarily set her apart from other more prolific female jazz singers, there is one aspect of her career that does: she didn't begin recording until she was in her late thirties.

The Trail Blazer

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

Moderator: Jason Blanton

Guest: Sue Andrews

Topic:  MSU Legacy


June 30, 2017 -- Man Mountain Dean, born Frank Simmons Leavitt, was a professional wrestler of the early 1900s. 

Two Dollar Pistols

Jun 29, 2017
Yep Roc Records

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #110 (June 30 at 8:00 p.m. and July 1 at 3:00 p.m.)

Two Dollar Pistols

Since their formation in 1996, the Two Dollar Pistols, led by baritone singer John Howie, Jr., have gained the respect of country music fans worldwide through international touring and four critically acclaimed releases.

With a soulful honky-tonk country sound as their foundation, the Chapel Hill-based Pistols drive their music home with an energetic edge that leaves their audiences wanting more.


June 29, 2017 -- John Willard Toland was an American writer and historian. He is best known for a biography of Adolf Hitler and a Pulitzer Prize-winning history of World War II-era Japan, The Rising Sun  


June 28, 2017 -- John Wesley was an English Anglican cleric and theologian who, with his brother Charles and fellow cleric George Whitefield, founded Methodism.   

Science News

The nationwide opioid epidemic continued taking its lethal toll on the Commonwealth last year, driving up overdose deaths to unprecedented levels with an ever-stronger mix of fentanyl, heroin and prescription pills.

According to a report released by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, fatal overdoses totaled 1,404 in 2016, a 7.4 percent increase from the previous year. Of those cases, toxicology data was available for 1,330 deaths.


Gov. Matt Bevin, joined by state legislators and constituents today (June 27) and signed nearly a dozen pieces of recently enacted legislation at the State Capitol. Among the acts signed were House bills (HB) 128 and 161 and Senate bills (SB) 4 and 79.

Gov. Bevin has called the General Assembly’s 2017 regular session “the most successful in Kentucky history.”

“The members of the House and Senate came together and passed legislation at a rate and significance that will transform the commonwealth for generations to come,” Bevin  said.