Paul Hitchcock

General Manager

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 30 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music, he currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am) and "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" (Sun., 8pm-9pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales," "Shaping Appalachia," "Sin Fronteras" and "The Reader's Notebook."

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Business
2:04 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Rajant Corporation to Locate in Morehead; Nearly 30 Jobs Created

Credit Battelle Ventures

More jobs are coming to eastern Kentucky. Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers joined company and community leaders today (March 30) to announce that Rajant Corporation will establish a facility in Morehead.

Rajant, a pioneer in providing multi-frequency wireless solutions, plans to create 28 jobs and invest $762,000 into the project.

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Economic
12:49 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

St. Claire Foundation Establishing Endowment in Memory of Bertha Ross Hough

An endowment is being established through the St. Claire Foundation to honor the nurses and aides who cared for the late Bertha Ross “Poage” Hough during the final year prior to her passing in January 2013.

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Environment
9:26 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Public Feedback Needed on Kentucky's Wildlife and Forest Management

Ruffed Grouse
Credit Kentucky Angling

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is seeking additional public input about forest management and restoration of woodland species such as grouse.

A recent series of public meetings on the topic included a survey for attendees to complete afterward. The department has placed this survey online to gather more input from those who were not able to attend the public sessions.

The survey is located on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at: http://fw.ky.gov

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Arts/Culture
7:45 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

Joe Lovano

Joe Lovano
Credit International Review of Music

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #64 (March 29 at 8:00PM)

Lovano is the son of the respected Cleveland saxophonist Tony "Big T" Lovano. Joe started playing alto sax as a child, taught by his father, who also introduced him to jazz. In his youth, Joe would hear many of the prominent jazz artists who passed through town, including Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Sonny Stitt, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

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Arts/Culture
7:36 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

Nothin' But The Blues Top 20 (March 2015)

Credit Mississippi Heat

Mississippi Heat – Warning Shot (Delmark)

Linsey Alexander – Come Back Baby (Delmark)

JJ Grey & Mofro – Ol’ Glory (Provogue)

Steve Earle & The Dukes – Terraplane (New West)

JW Jones – Belmont Boulevard (Blind Pig)

Marcia Ball – The Tattooed Lady and The Alligator Man (Alligator)

Jorma Kaukonen – Ain’t In No Hurry (Red House)

Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor (Blind Pig)

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Arts/Culture
12:12 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

24 Kentucky Artists Selected For Governor’s Derby Exhibit

"Eastern Bluebird and His Nest" by Ann Olson
Credit Ann Olson

Twenty-four artists from across the state will show their work in the 2015 installment of the Governor’s Derby Exhibit coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council, part of the annual Governor’s Derby Celebration in Frankfort.

The Governor’s Derby Exhibit runs from March 30-May 4 in the Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capitol Ave. The building is open 8 a.m-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and Saturday, May 2, during the Derby Celebration. The exhibit is open to the public.

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Transportation
5:07 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

New Safety Signs Planned For Rowan, Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lewis Counties

Credit Federal Highway Administration

A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet safety project to better mark curves along northeast state highways is now under way in Rowan, Lewis, Carter, Greenup and Boyd counties.

The project, part of the cabinet’s Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), will install new “horizontal alignment signs” along seven state roads identified as having a history of roadway departure crashes. The signs include highly-reflective chevrons marking the direction of curves as well as suggested speed limit signs.

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Arts/Culture
2:20 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Kilauea feat. Daniel Ho

Daniel Ho
Credit Wine Country Uke Fest

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #63 (March 22 at 8:00PM)

The contemporary jazz fusion group known as Kilauea is led by Honolulu (Hawaii) born Daniel Ho, spending his childhood immersed in the study of music. He studied organ, ukulele, classical guitar, piano, electric guitar, bass, and drums.

He played in his high-school bands while running a series of garage bands and was an accomplished enough pianist to place in the semifinals of the Young Keyboard Artists International Piano Competition at the University of Michigan.

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Education
11:04 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

KCTCS President Begins Statewide Listening Tour

Dr. Jay Box, President, KCTCS
Credit KCTCS

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Jay Box begins a listening tour this week with stops at all 16 KCTCS colleges, seeking input for the KCTCS 2016-22 strategic plan.

Throughout March and April, Box will gather feedback on the future of KCTCS colleges and the system as a whole from students, faculty, staff and community partners. College communities will consider the question “What does your community/region need for the college to be by 2022?”

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Government/Politics
10:40 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Legislation Ready For Gov. Beshear's Signature

Kentucky's State Capitol Building in Frankfort
Credit Word Press

In the days before the General Assembly adjourned for a recess, it passed several key pieces of legislation. The bills, which will benefit businesses, victims of sexual assault, and veterans, have been sent to Governor Steve Beshear for his signature.

House Bill 440 makes important updates and reforms to Kentucky laws governing nonprofit entities, including providing default rules for organizing informal entities and accounting for technological advances, such as email and conference calling.

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Crime/Police
10:24 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Attorney General Conway Warns of Scam Targeting Seniors

Credit Patch Media

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) is warning consumers of a reported scam targeting Kentucky's seniors.

DAIL has reported to the Office of the Attorney General that it has received multiple reports of an individual or individuals who falsely identify themselves as a representative of the "Division of Aging" offering a complimentary Life Alert system paid for by the state.

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Arts/Culture
7:32 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Barrett Deems Big Band

Barrett Deems
Credit Zildjian

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #62 (March 15 at 8:00PM)

Drummer Barrett Deems was born on March 1, 1914 in Springfield, Illinois and died on September 15, 1998 in Chicago, Illinois.

Throughout the 1930s, Deems worked with Paul Ash and led his own small bands. Towards the end of the decade he worked extensively with Joe Venuti, an association that lasted until the mid-40s. Thereafter, Deems played in bands led by Red Norvo, Charlie Barnet and Muggsy Spanier.

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Arts/Culture
7:21 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

First Lady Jane Beshear Announces 2015 Reading List

Credit Mommy Shorts

As a part of her ongoing reading recommendations initiative, First Lady Jane Beshear today announced a special reading list for the 2015 Kentucky Literacy Celebration, March 16-20. The fifth annual celebration will involve several statewide events focused on improving literacy levels for all Kentuckians.

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Health
4:14 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

St. Claire Regional and Susan B. Komen Offering Free Mammograms

Credit CDC

It’s important to have regular mammograms for women ages 40 or more. Early breast cancer detection can increase survival rates.

St. Claire Regional and Susan B. Komen continue to have a limited number of free mammograms thru March 31, 2015. The mammograms will be given out on a first- come, first-serve basis and provided at no cost at St. Claire Regional Women’s Imaging and Aesthetics. 

Participants must be uninsured or underinsured, 40 years or older and have not had a mammogram within the last year or had a lump identified during a clinical exam.

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Government/Politics
12:07 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

KY Human Rights Commission Recognizes Women's History Month

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is pleased to recognize the month of March as Women’s History Month.

Each year in March, nations highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. The Women’s History Month of March corresponds with International Women's Day on March 8.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky celebrates the national recognition and also celebrates its own Kentucky Women’s History Month. The 2015 Women’s History Month theme is "Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.”

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Transportation
3:07 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Mountain Parkway Work Begins Near Salyersville Interchange

Credit Mountain Parkway Expansion

Crews are starting work in a second section of the Mountain Parkway Expansion. The latest project will widen 1.1 miles of the parkway and make improvements to the KY 7/Salyersville interchange.

The interchange improvements include reconfiguring the westbound exit ramp to KY 7 from the Mountain Parkway and re-aligning the three other ramps at the interchange.

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Arts/Culture
2:54 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Seattle Slew License Plate Unveiled

Credit KEEP

A new license plate option for Kentucky drivers has been unveiled by the Kentucky Equine Education Project Foundation. 

The new license plate will feature a photo of the legendary Seattle Slew, and proceeds from the sale of each plate will support the organization’s grassroots funding program and educational activities. 

Pre-orders for this license plate are currently being taken thru the foundation office and online at: http://www.thekeepfoundation.org

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Transportation
1:48 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

KY 3138 Reduced to One Lane in Rowan County

An embankment failure has reduced a portion of KY 3138 (Clay Lick Road) in Rowan County to one lane until further notice. The two-mile highway is off KY 1274 in the Cave Run Lake area. Motorists should travel with caution, heed all warning signs and note that the maximum width has been reduced to 10 feet. Repairs are pending by the Kentucky Department of Highways.

Environment
4:56 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Kentucky State Parks to Offer Camping Discount in April and May

Credit Passport To Texas

Kentucky State Parks are offering a weekday camping deal in April and May – pay for one night and get the second night free Sunday through Thursday.

To get the discount, campers need to make online reservations at: http://www.parks.ky.gov

Look for the “reservations” tab at the top of the page. Use the promotion code “SPRING15.” The offer runs through May 21, 2015.

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Employment
11:09 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Kentucky’s 2014 Annual Jobless Rate Drops to 6.5 Percent

Credit NBC

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate plunged to 6.5 percent in 2014 from 8 percent in 2013, while nonfarm employment gained 29,000 jobs, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2008 when it was a pre-recession 6.4 percent.

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Transportation
3:54 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

KY 52 in Lee County Closed Due to Flood Damage

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

KY 52 in Lee County is closed indefinitely at milepoint 17.2, approximately five miles east of Beattyville near St. Helens, due to damage caused by recent flooding. This impacts travel between Beattyville and Jackson. Approximately 2,200 vehicles per day travel the closed portion of roadway.

The impacted location, a drainage structure over Double Cabin Creek, suffered damage during high water last year. Department of Highways personnel patched the damaged pavement at the time as a temporary measure and posted signs to alert drivers to the rough pavement condition.

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Arts/Culture
8:34 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Kevin Mahogany

Kevin Mahogany
Credit Litchfield Performing Arts

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #61 (March 8 at 8:00pm)

With over ten recordings as a leader, vocalist, businessman and educator Kevin Mahogany has been the standard setter for jazz vocalists for three decades.

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Education
7:31 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

St. Claire Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

Credit SCRMC

Applications for the St. Claire Foundation’s 2015 Richard J. Bausch Family Scholarship and Sister Mary Jeannette Wess SND Scholarship are now available.

The Bausch scholarship is an annual $1,000 award intended to assist a college student from Appalachia who is pursuing a health sciences degree. To qualify, an applicant must be a pre-professional health sciences student enrolled in a community/technical college or university program and a resident of an Appalachian county as defined by the federal government.

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Transportation
11:58 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Kentuckians Asked to Remain Cautious Following Winter Storm

Credit WTOP

After declaring another state of emergency for the Commonwealth, Gov. Steve Beshear met with state emergency management officials and the Kentucky National Guard on Thursday (March 5) at the Boone Center in Frankfort as part of his monitoring of the recent winter storm.

“We are continuing to direct our road crews, emergency management officials and the National Guard to manage the impact of this second winter storm in as many weeks that hit the Bluegrass yesterday,” Gov. Beshear said.

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Local Sports
11:49 am
Fri March 6, 2015

16th Region Basketball Tournaments Rescheduled

Credit Slideshare

As a result of the winter storm, the 16th Region Basketball Tournament girls semifinals originally scheduled for Friday, March 6 have been postponed.

The revised schedule for the 16th Region Girls and Boys Tournament is as follows:

The girls semifinals will be played on Saturday, March 7 at Johnson Arena on the campus of Morehead State University. The first game will start at 6 p.m., with Ashland Blazer facing East Carter.  The second game will begin 25 minutes following the end of the first game, or at approximately 7:30 p.m., with Fleming County facing Boyd County.

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News
9:38 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Morehead State Postpones Open House on March 7

Due to the significant amount of snow and ice, and the fact that Kentucky has been placed under a “state of emergency,” declared by Governor Steve Beshear on Thurs., March 5, Morehead State University (MSU) has postponed the Open House program scheduled for Saturday, March 7.

Postponing the event will help ensure the safety of guests and visitors to MSU’s campus, as well as faculty and staff. MSU is working on a make-up date, which will be announced as soon as possible.

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Government/Politics
2:56 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Gov. Beshear Declares New Statewide Emergency

Credit WSB TV

Governor Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth – the second such declaration in less than a month. 

“Two significant winter storms nearly back-to-back are rare in Kentucky, and pose a challenge for our emergency management teams, road crews and local emergency responders. This emergency declaration will allow us to deploy any needed state assistance, including National Guard troops if necessary, without delay,” said Gov. Beshear.

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Transportation
7:38 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Road Conditions Poor, Travel Not Recommended

Kentucky Department of Highways crewmen on the road in Rowan County Wednesday night during the snow, pulled over as a mechanic works on a plow blade. Plow blades and crews have taken a beating, but will continue to push snow today and until roads are clear.
Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Update as of 6am, Thursday, March 5 for the Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 including the counties of Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet road crews have been on the road in plow trucks all night and are still plowing and salting as needed - concentrating on I-64, AA Highway, US 23, US 60 and other main Priority A routes - but snow continues to fall at such a rate that snow is piling up behind plows and creating completely covered, slick roads across the district.

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Transportation
4:14 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Roads Closed Throughout NE Kentucky Due to High Water

Credit Cleveland

While preparing for tonight’s snow threat, northeast Kentucky highway crews are placing high water signs in several counties this afternoon.

As of 2 p.m., the following roads were closed or impacted by high water in Kentucky Department of Highways District 9:

·         KY 3303 at Plummers Landing in Fleming County, milepoint 0-0.5

·         KY 324 in Mason County near Mill Creek, milepoint 10-10.3

·         KY 989 at AA Highway in Lewis County, milepoint 12.6

·         KY 854 at milepoint 0-1 at KY 1654 and the Boyd-Carter county line

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Transportation
11:03 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Mountain Parkway Expansion Work Continues

Credit Mountain Parkway Expansion

After a few days off following the severe winter weather that hit Eastern Kentucky late last month, crews returned to work last week along the Mountain Parkway, just west of Salyersville.

Clearing, drilling and blasting activities continue as construction crews expand a 1.4-mile corridor near mile point 70 to add an interchange at Gifford Road and widen the parkway to four lanes.

The speed limit in this area has been reduced to 45 mph.

Traffic on the parkway will continue to be stopped during blasts for the safety of workers and travelers, causing short delays.

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