The Community Advisory Board for Morehead State Public Radio will conduct its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, May 10, at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the MSPR studios, located in Breckinridge Hall on the Morehead State University campus. Meetings of the board are open to the public.

Morehead State Public Radio broadcasts 24-hours a day from the MSU campus. WMKY (90.3 FM) serves as the flagship station for the network. MSPR serves more than 20 counties in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

People's Energy Plan for Kentucky Proposed

Apr 24, 2017
Public News Service

Saying a transition to clean energy is an opportunity for Kentucky, not a burden, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth has released its Empower Kentucky Plan, the organization's blueprint for the state's energy future.

The grassroots citizens group began working on the plan nearly two years ago, when state leaders rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s crackdown on pollution from coal-fired power plants. The plan was crafted from statewide public input and in-depth analysis.


Annual unemployment rates decreased in 86 Kentucky counties in 2016 compared to 2015, rose in 26, and stayed the same in eight, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2016 at 3.2 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.4 percent; Fayette and Shelby counties, 3.5 percent each; Scott County, 3.7 percent; Boone, Campbell, Jessamine and Spencer counties, 3.8 percent each; and Warren County, 3.9 percent.

BSCTC to host Commencement Ceremonies May 5-6

Apr 24, 2017

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will host commencement ceremonies on May 5-6 at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC).

A ceremony for allied health (nursing, respiratory therapy, and dental hygiene) graduates will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, May 5. Ceremonies for all other graduates will occur at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, at the MAC.

Morehead State University will present the annual President’s Spring Concert on the Lawn Thursday, April 27, at Wayne D. and Susan H. Andrews Hall lawn.

The event, which will begin at 5 p.m., is free and open to the public. Parking will be available at the Recreation and Wellness Center lot. 

This year's entertainment will feature the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music.


Spring is in the air, which means sneezing, coughing and puffy eyes are on the horizon. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) estimates that nearly 50 million Americans each year suffer from nasal allergies and Kentucky is commonly ranked among the worst places to live with spring allergies by the AAFA. This spring, KentuckyOne Health is offering tips on how to manage your seasonal allergies, often referred to as hay fever, as trees and flowers begin to bloom.

Kentucky Attorney General's Office

A group of state attorneys general is imploring members of Congress and the President to adequately fund drug treatment in any plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Attorney General Andy Beshear said.

The initial ACA replacement plan would have cut federal funding for drug treatment by an estimated $5.5 billion, Beshear said.

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Swimbaits Fool Trophy Fish

Apr 24, 2017
Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife

Anglers with a bit of salt in their hair remember fondly the venerable Sassy Shad, the paddle-tailed, shad-shaped soft plastic wonder that caught practically anything that swims.

In the fishing lure world, what is old oftentimes becomes new again. Over the last decade or so, the soft-plastic swimbait stormed the fishing world, looking remarkably like a Sassy Shad with refinements.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Catlettsburg-Kenova Bridge (US 60) in Boyd County will be restricted to one-lane traffic for at least a month once Kentucky Transportation Cabinet contractors begin a $700,000 renovation.

Improvements to the bridge, which carries U.S. 60 across the Big Sandy River to link Catlettsburg and Kenova, West Virginia, include replacement of the old driving surface with a new latex overlay to protect the concrete bridge deck as well as sandblast cleaning and expansion joint replacement. The work will extend the life of the 30-year-old bridge and improve driving conditions.

Men's Basketball Signs De'Von Cooper of Waggener High School

Apr 24, 2017
Morehead State Athletics

De'Von Cooper, a 6-foot-4 guard from Waggener High School in Louisville, Ky., has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Morehead State men's basketball program.

Cooper will be a freshman during the 2017-18 school year.


Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March unemployment rate remained unchanged from February at 5 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The preliminary March 2017 jobless rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the 5.1 percent rate recorded for the state in March 2016.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for March 2017 was 4.5 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 


With prisons and county jails operating at or above capacity, the Kentucky Department of Corrections is implementing an emergency regulation this week to expedite release of certain offenders who have already been approved for parole.

The move will impact about 570 inmates whose cases have been reviewed by Kentucky’s independent Parole Board as part of the normal discharge process. Prior to the change in regulation, these inmates were already deemed safe for parole and were scheduled for release within 60 days.

MSU Athletics

Not even a cool, light rain could put a damper on the Morehead State spring football game Saturday afternoon.

The offense scored four touchdowns - three through the air and one rushing - to culminate a spring that saw the Eagles go through 14 on-field sessions.


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Johnny Lytle

Apr 21, 2017

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #163 (April 23 at 8:00 p.m.)

Considered one of the top vibes players in the world, Johnny Lytle was known for his great hand speed and showmanship. He was also a songwriter and wrote many of his own hits, including "The Loop," "The Man," "Lela," "Selim," and the jazz classic "The Village Caller."

Everyday Health

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is calling on homeowners to help control mosquitoes by eliminating standing water from containers that can collect rainwater where insects breed.

Office of the Kentucky Governor

On Wednesday (April 19), Gov. Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin visited Ashland’s Paul Blazer High School, where they surprised one of the First Lady’s Derby Poster Contest finalists, Anistyn Conner.

Gov. Bevin and Mrs. Bevin also toured the school and stopped in several other classes to visit with students. They were also joined by Boyd County Judge-Exec. Steve Towler, State Sen. Robin Webb and Ashland Mayor Steve Gilmore.

State Collaborative on Reforming Education

The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee, formed to review and select proposals for the Commonwealth’s new $100 million workforce bond program, has identified 21 projects for continued consideration for second-round funding. The committee plans to award about $34 million in the second round.

Donna the Buffalo

Apr 20, 2017
Jefferson Theater

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #102 (April 21 at 8:00 p.m.)

Rootsy folk-rock combo Donna the Buffalo formed in 1987 in Ithaca, NY. The group's three vocalists -- Tara Nevins, who also plays fiddle, guitar, and accordion; guitarist Jeb Puryear; and keyboardist Joe Thrift -- add another layer of diversity to the group's eclectic and often socially conscious sound. Guitarist Jim Miller, drummer Tom Gilbert, and bassist Jed Greenberg complete the ensemble.

Morehead State University

The MSU Farm will offer a wide selection of flower and vegetable plants to the public during its annual plant sale, April 28-30 and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays May 5-14.

Annual and perennial flowers, vegetable plants and herbs will be available, all of which were grown and cared for by MSU agricultural science students. All proceeds from the plant sale will benefit the University Farm.

The following plants will be available:

Annual flowers: Petunias, Geraniums, Begonias, Impatients, Dahlias, Zinnias, Cosmos, Snapdragons, Coleus and more.

Tyler York/The Trail Blazer

Morehead State University's Steven Middleton, instructor of mass communication, will have his new documentary film, "Between The Rock and the Commonwealth," screened at CoffeeTree Books, Wednesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

The film was co-directed with John Tanner Blevins, and had help on camera from John Flavell, convergent media faculty member and Patrick Brumback (16), a convergent media graduate. Kentucky Center for Traditional Music faculty member Scott Miller and his son, Elijah, produced the original film soundtrack.


Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that his Office of Rate Intervention has entered into a settlement with LG&E and KU that will save Kentucky ratepayers $90 million annually – $33.2 million of that for residential customers.

Late last year, the utility companies proposed to the Public Service Commission a nearly $210 million increase in annual revenues. After studying the rate proposal, Beshear proposed the PSC dramatically reduce the rate request.

BFA Art and Design Exhibition, April 26-May 10

Apr 19, 2017
The Trail Blazer

The Claypool-Young Art Gallery at Morehead State University will host its "2017 Annual BFA Art & Design Exhibition", April 26 through May 10.   The second annual show is an opportunity for MSU Department of Art & Design B.F.A. candidates to exhibit as emerging artists in a large group exhibition.  The exhibition opens with a reception featuring live music by The Canninghams and complimentary refreshments on Wednesday, April 26 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

‘The Hills Are Alive’ slated for April 23

Apr 19, 2017
Morehead State University

Morehead State University Opera will present “The Hills Are Alive,” an evening of scenes from music, theater, operetta, and opera on Sunday, April 23, at 8 p.m. in Duncan Recital Hall of the Baird Music Hall.

The event is free and open to the public.

The theme for the evening is Austria, music from and about Austria. It will include scenes from “The Sound of Music,” “The Marriage of Figar,” “Don Giovanni,” “Die Tote Stadt,” “Die Fledermaus,” and “The Merry Widow.”

The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23rd, at the Morehead Conference Center, 111 W. 1st Street, Morehead, KY.

Tickets are priced at $15 for adults, free for MSU students with an ID, children 17 and under are free.  Adult full Season Tickets are $30.

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Southeast Tourism Society

The Southeast Tourism Society has named Kentucky Crafted: The Market one of its Top 20 Events in the Southeast for April 2017.

Produced each spring by the Kentucky Arts Council, this year’s Market is April 21-23 at Lexington Convention Center. The event is in its 35th year. The society’s Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

Mountain Parkway Expansion Progress Report

Apr 19, 2017
Mountain Parkway Expansion

This periodic report includes highlights about work underway on the Mountain Parkway Expansion. Inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could affect planned activities.


Restaurant Row

Significant progress is being made to construct a new bridge across Burning Fork – on the west end of Restaurant Row – while utility and clearing work continue throughout the 2.4-mile project area.

Baseball Hammers Five More Home Runs in 19-6 Victory Tuesday

Apr 19, 2017
Morehead State Athletics

Sophomore outfielder Niko Hulsizer homered twice, including his second grand slam in as many games, and the Morehead State baseball team left the yard five times total Tuesday night in handing visiting West Virginia Tech a 19-6 defeat at Allen Field.

Bon Secours

The Bon Secours Kentucky Health System (BSKHS) has been honored with the 2017 Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the healthcare sector.

Olga-Maria Cruz

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Louisville poet, author and teacher Frederick Smock as Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2017-18, the Kentucky Arts Council announced. Smock, will be formally inducted during a ceremony on Kentucky Writers’ Day, May 1 at the Old State Capitol, 300 W. Broadway St. in Frankfort.