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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), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sat., 11am-12pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales," "Shaping Appalachia," and "The Reader's Notebook."

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and a group of state attorneys general are asking federal education officials to work with them before rolling back protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses.

According to a July 19 letter from the 20 AGs, the U.S. Department of Education’s current guidance reaffirms the obligation of colleges and universities to protect survivors of sexual assault. 

Morehead State University

Morehead State University Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has received a Senior Corps RSVP grant of $103,767 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support volunteers serving in Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup and Lawrence counties.

The funds were awarded as part of a Senior Corps grant competition to expand RSVP to new geographic areas. The MSU RSVP currently serves Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan and Rowan counties. The new grant will expand services into Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup and Lawrence counties.

Morehead Tourism

The Morehead Tourism Commission, Morehead Conference Center and the GFWC Morehead Woman’s Club have partnered together to add another trail stop to Main Street. 

Located behind the Morehead Conference Center, the trail stop features a table, trail information kiosk and two designated parking spaces for trail users. 

GFWC Morehead Woman’s Club donated funds raised during one of their recent Charity Balls to support the trail town efforts.  Morehead Tourism and Morehead Conference Center matched their donation for the project. 

The Community Advisory Board for Morehead State Public Radio will conduct its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 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.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports an embankment repair project will require the Kentucky Department of Highways to temporarily close KY 1013 in Fleming County for two weeks this month.

Beginning Monday, July 24, crews will close KY 1013 at the 13.1 milepoint – a half mile north of Rush Run Road – to excavate the roadway and repair a roadside slip. The road will remain closed, day and night, until about Aug. 4 or until work is complete.

AA Roads

Motorists using I-64 between Morehead and Ashland should expect intermittent shoulder and lane closures this summer for installation and repair of median cable barrier.

Cable barrier, a safety device that uses a fence-like structure of continuous steel cables to help prevent vehicles from crossing the median into opposing travel lanes, will be installed along 22 miles of I-64 from mile marker 137 at Morehead to mile marker 159 near Olive Hill in Carter County.

Kentucky Tourism

Gov. Matt Bevin has signed a budget reduction order, meeting the Constitutional mandate that the Commonwealth of Kentucky end the fiscal year with a balanced budget. General Fund revenue receipts fell short of budgeted amounts by $138.5 million.

The Governor’s veto of a portion of the budget bill allowed an additional $5 million in lottery receipts to be dedicated to scholarships and not lapse to the General Fund.

In addition, a lower than expected lapse of debt service raised the total resource requirements to meet the shortfall to $152.2 million.

Spike Robinson

Jul 16, 2017
Alchetron

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #175 (July 16 at 8:00 p.m.)

Spike Robinson was just about the last major tenor stylist who played in the Four Brothers' cool-toned style popularized by Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, and Al Cohn. The remarkable part is that Robinson seemed to emerge fully formed in 1981 when he was already past 50.

Highline Ballroom

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #112 (July 14 at 8:00 p.m. and July 15 at 3:00 p.m.)

Formed in 2006, and drawing on the talents of then up-and-coming Nashvillians Andy Hall, Chris Eldridge, Chris Pandolfi, Jeremy Garrett, Jesse Cobb, and Travis Book, the Infamous Stringdusters managed to balance a fluency in old-timey bluegrass with indie jamgrass sensibilities.

Morehead State University

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University’s Dr. Garrick Ratliff, assistant director for guidance counseling services, recently wrote the spotlight for the Kentucky Department of Education’s email newsletter.

Prior to the Craft Academy, Dr. Ratliff was assistant superintendent of the Robertson County School System. A multi-time MSU graduate, his degrees include a Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Education, Master of Arts, Rank I, superintendent and director of pupil personnel certification, and a doctorate in education.

Morehead State University

What do eating bugs, motorized critters, and 3D printers have in common? They are all part of the experiences at the Super Summer Gifted Camp at Morehead State University.

Each year, camp instructors lead sessions in drama, art, science, math, technology and social studies. The camp is in its ninth year and hosted more than 70 children from surrounding counties this summer. Campers ranged from third grade to ninth grade.

NPR

In 2015, more than 225 Kentuckians died from a drug overdose with Opana in their blood.

Now that the makers of the opioid painkiller announced July 6 that it will no longer sell the drug, Attorney General Andy Beshear is calling the move a “first step” in fighting against what he believes is the single greatest threat to Kentucky – the state’s drug epidemic.

Scam Detector

Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning about a scam that claims Kentuckians can receive tax-free, monthly payments from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA).

Beshear said his office has identified misleading online ads and received reports of scam emails claiming Kentuckians can receive monthly payments directly from the multibillion-dollar MSA.

The solicitations proclaim Kentuckians, even if they “never used tobacco,” can receive thousands of dollars each month if they pay $5 a month or up to $100 a year to learn how.

Kentucky Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed several new fishing regulations at a special called meeting on July 7.

The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. All recommendations must be approved by legislators before they become law.

If approved by legislators, fisheries regulations proposed at the meeting would take effect March 1, 2018.

Wright Concrete

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that Wright-Mix Material Solutions LLC will invest $8.5 million in a production facility at the river port in Wurtland, creating 130 full-time jobs.

“By expanding into a new location in Greenup County, Wright-Mix will grow its parent company’s home-state economic impact and employment while reaching new customers across Kentucky’s borders,” Gov. Bevin said.

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.

The BluesMobile

Greetings Citizens, Elwood Blues, your musical chauffeur, here.

The BluesMobile began life as the House of Blues Radio Hour, way back in 1993. Over the years we moved from the house to the road, but the mission was always the same: showcase the best in blues, blues-rock, roots music, R&B, soul, jazz, straight up rock… and all points in between.

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.

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.

Target

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)

CNN

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.”

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

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.

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.

KyForward

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.

The Fat Babies

Jun 25, 2017
The Fat Babies

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #172 (June 25 at 8:00 p.m.)

The Fat Babies are an eight piece jazz band interpreting classic styles of the 1920s and 30s.

Founded in 2010 by string bass player Beau Sample, its members include Andy Schumm (cornet), John Otto (reeds), Jonathan Doyle (reeds), Dave Bock (trombone), John Donatowicz (banjo and guitar), Paul Asaro (piano), and Alex Hall (drums).

The Fat Babies have three albums out on the Delmark Record label including "Solid Gassuh" released in 2016.

(provided by Fat Babies)

Workplace Report

Gov. Matt Bevin and Kentucky Labor Sec. Derrick Ramsey have filed a motion to dismiss the purely political, frivolous lawsuit brought by the AFL-CIO and Teamsters challenging Kentucky’s Right-to-Work Act.

This lawsuit threatens to hurt Kentucky’s families, robbing them of high-paying job opportunities. The historic new law protects employees in the Commonwealth from being forced to pay union dues in order to keep their jobs.

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