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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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Members of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Rep. John Sims' medical cannabis task force on Thursday discussed the concepts of a legislative proposal for the 2018 legislative session. The legislation is anticipated to be bipartisan.

Trip Savvy

The Kentucky State Parks will celebrate the start of 2018 with several New Year’s Eve parties and events planned at resort parks across the state.

Dinner buffets, entertainment, dancing and theater are among the options at the parks on Dec. 31. Many parks are offering lodging packages that include entertainment and meals.

For more details on New Year’s Eve events at Kentucky State Parks, visit http://parks.ky.gov/new-years-eve

Kentucky Communications Network Authority

The Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA) installed a “hut” next to Maysville Community and Technical College on December 14, 2017.  The hut is part of KentuckyWired’s high-speed fiber optic cable network being installed in every county in Kentucky.

Office of the Secretary of State for Kentucky

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and representatives from the Kentucky Association of Food Banks (KAFB) and the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts presented the inaugural Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl, the prize for gathering the most food in a statewide food drive held in October.

Big Sandy Area Development District took the overall award having raised nearly 1/3 of a pound of food per person in their district. The rural district winner is the Purchase Area Development District, and the Northern Kentucky Area Development District is the urban area winner.

MyArkLaMiss

Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse announced the indictments of three individuals for defrauding the state Medicaid program.

In Fayette Circuit Court on Wednesday Dec. 13, three women were charged in two separate indictments on 44 felony counts following alleged theft from the Kentucky Medical Assistance Program, and an individual who was receiving Social Security benefits.

The Levisa Lazer

Gov. Matt Bevin joined local officials and executives from EnerBlu Inc., a high-power energy-storage provider, in Pikeville to announce the company’s decision to locate its headquarters and manufacturing operations in Kentucky.

The company will invest $372 million and create 875 full-time jobs in Eastern Kentucky with the establishment of a production facility in Pikeville, and an additional $40 million and 110 jobs with the relocation of its headquarters to Lexington.

Ammoland

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed several new deer, elk and small game hunting regulations at its quarterly meeting Dec 8.

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. Legislators must approve regulation recommendations before they become law.

Prison Fellowship

The holiday season is underway and as families gather to celebrate, it’s important to remember it’s not always the most wonderful time of the year for everyone.

While depression can occur at any time, the holiday season particularly may bring on loneliness and a lack of fulfillment for some. During the month of December, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, part of KentuckyOne Health, encourages people to learn more about holiday depression and how it might impact loved ones.

BSCTC

Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium (EKSC) was recently awarded $1,000 through the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative (KGSC) Mini-Grant Program to help bring Racing Robotics Summer Camp to the EKSC.

Amos Lee

Dec 8, 2017
WFUV

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #126 (December 8 at 8:00PM; December 9 at 3:00PM)

With his laid-back vocal delivery and earthy acoustic songwriting, Amos Lee draws inspiration from soul music, contemporary jazz, and '70s folk artists like James Taylor. The Philadelphia native first became serious about performing while attending the University of South Carolina during the mid-'90s.

Rounder

Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (Rounder)

Rick Estrin & Nightcats – Groovin’ In Greaseland (Alligator)

Tommy Castro & Painkillers – Stompin’ Ground (Alligator)

Mitch Woods – Friends Along The Way (E-One)

George Thorogood – Party Of One (Rounder)

Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint (Alligator)

Chris Pierce – You’ve Got To Feel It (Calabama)

Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)

Time Magazine

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging Kentucky cities and counties to endorse medical marijuana legislation which can help their citizens, many who are veterans fighting physical and mental illnesses, get care and relief they need.

"It's clear momentum is building for medical cannabis in Kentucky. I challenge our local officials in cities and counties across the Commonwealth to join in the effort to bring relief to thousands of Kentuckians who suffer daily – their own citizens," Grimes said.

Hill Dickinson

When it comes to living a healthy life, access to health care is critical, but understanding how to use it is as well, which is why advocates are working to improve health literacy statewide.

Michelle Ganote with the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative says when it comes to prescription information, discharge instructions and appointment scheduling; even the most well-informed consumer still struggles to navigate the complexities of our current health.care system.

Consumer Affairs

Kentuckians looking to make extra money in time for the Christmas season need to watch out for seasonal employment scams, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear.

Beshear said his office issued a scam alert this week after receiving multiple reports from Kentuckians who said they responded to a seasonal mystery shopper job advertisement that turned out to be a scam. A resident in Scott County reported losing $2,000 to the scam this week.

Vancourier

Thoughts of snow and ice may be far from the minds of Kentuckians with warm temperatures hovering over the state, but the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is sounding the battle cry “Winter is Coming” to alert motorists to prepare for the impending wintery conditions. The KYTC stands ready to tackle the elements with sharpened plow blades, stocked salt supplies and trained maintenance crews.

WYMT-TV

Motorists traveling the Mountain Parkway near Salyersville will follow a new traffic pattern starting Monday, Nov. 27, as construction crews move lanes to a new Burning Fork bridge. The switch to the new bridge will occur around midday.

The new bridge – just west of Restaurant Row in Salyersville – will carry one lane of eastbound traffic and one lane of westbound traffic. During this phase of construction, shoulder space on the bridge will be limited.

ABC News

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has declared an outbreak of acute hepatitis A with cases in multiple counties in Kentucky.

In total, 31 cases of acute (rapid onset with symptoms of illness) Hepatitis A  have been reported throughout Kentucky in 2017, a 50 percent increase above the average of 20 cases per year reported over the past 10 years. 

Mountain Parkway Expansion

Thanksgiving travelers on the Mountain Parkway won’t experience any delays due to construction this year.

Currently, construction crews are working on projects along more than 15 miles of the parkway in Wolfe, Morgan and Magoffin counties in Eastern Kentucky. Speed limits have been reduced in work zones. In several areas, there are periodic traffic stoppages for blasting activities or to allow construction equipment to enter or cross the parkway.

Miami Herald

Small Business Saturday has quickly become synonymous with the first Saturday after Thanksgiving as a means to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize local businesses. This national Shop Small marketing campaign also coincides with holiday events and activities already planned in many Kentucky Main Street (KYMS) communities.

Mountain Arts Center

Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry will kick off its annual run of Christmas shows on Saturday, December 2 in the Willard & Lucy Kinzer Theater at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC).

As always, the Kentucky Opry Junior Pros will be the special guests and the opening act for all shows. This will be the organization’s 22nd Christmas at the MAC.

MAC executive director and Kentucky Opry producer Clayton Case says the group is ready for an exciting season.

Alzheimer's Association Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter

Specialty license plates supporting the Alzheimer’s Association are now available in Kentucky. Kentucky is the first state in the US to have this specialty license plate for Alzheimer’s awareness and education.

Having these plates will raise awareness of the disease, which will become more prevalent as Kentucky's population ages. Nearly 70,000 people in Kentucky right now have Alzheimer's disease and that number is only growing.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved $500,000 in funding to St. Claire Regional Medical Center for the purchase of equipment and supplies to be housed in the hospital’s new Imaging Center in Morehead, KY.

Partnership For Drug Free Kids

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and Operation UNITE are launching a new substance abuse call center that will connect people across the state with drug treatment, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.

Appalachia Service Project

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved $500,000 in funding to the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) for the Kentucky Appalachian Housing Program (KAHP) in continuation of their 37-year effort to provide quality, affordable housing in eastern Kentucky.

Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council will host the fourth annual Creative Industry Summit, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Morehead Conference Center, 111 E. First St. in Morehead.

Since the inaugural Summit in 2014, the gathering has become the largest training opportunity for artists, arts advocates and business and civic leaders in the state.

USA Today

Public health specialists, health care providers, environmental experts, school personnel and representatives from child health organizations were among those gathered today at the Children’s Environmental Health Summit in Bowling Green.

CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson opened the event by providing an overview of issues impacting children’s health and urging attendees to continue their efforts to protect young people.

military.com

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is convening a task force of Kentuckians to focus on a legislative proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky, Grimes announced Wednesday. The group will also study and propose potential implementation and regulation processes.

Science News

Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking Congress to repeal a federal law that effectively strips law enforcement of its ability to immediately halt drug manufacturers and distributors who have willfully contributed to the oversupply of opioids in Kentucky communities.

Beshear said as the Commonwealth is in the midst of a tragic opioid epidemic, law enforcement like the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) must be empowered and not impeded.

The Lane Report

Seventeen Kentucky State Resort Parks will serve the Thanksgiving Day buffet on Nov. 23, 2017.

Kentucky State Parks will serve 2,000 pounds of turkey, 1,500 pounds of sweet potatoes, and 750 pounds of country ham. Additionally, 4,300 pieces of fried chicken, 1,300 pounds of roast beef, and 12,000 rolls will be served along with 600 pies, including pecan and pumpkin.

The parks have hosted the Thanksgiving Day buffet for more than 40 years and typically serve around 10,000 guests.

Kentucky Tourism

The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort will close for the winter at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. 

Seasonal closures allow the center’s staff to conduct needed maintenance to exhibits and facilities, which ensure a quality experience for the center’s 50,000 yearly visitors. Staff members also use the time to train the wildlife used in the center’s educational programs.

The center offers a number of wildlife and conservation programs, many of which employ the use of live animals including snakes, turtles, raptors and mammals. 

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