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February Conversation with Murray State's President (FPAM Edition)

The University of Louisville, according to the U.S. Department of Education, earned a 16 million dollar profit for it's basketball team in 2009-2010 season. That's a significant difference for smaller mid-major schools like Murray State. But, MSU is in the middle of an historic Cinderella Story season. We hear more about potential revenue from this season from MSU President Dr. Randy Dunn.

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Feb 24, 2012
Howlett on Kentucky General Assembly Issues

Kentucky's General Assembly session continues in Frankfort, where lawmakers continued talks on regulating pseudoephedrine, raising the high school dropout age and Medicare's Managed Care Organizations.

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Feb 17, 2012
Purchase Players present "Oklahoma!"

The first musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein tells the stories of love in the turn of the century, the adventures of cowboys, and the land of Oklahoma. Almost 70 years after "Oklahoma!" opened on Broadway, the Mayfield Purchase Players are opening their own production of it. Rose Krzton-Presson sat down with Director Samantha Doran and Music Director Justus Wright earlier this week to talk about their experiences putting this show together.

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Feb 17, 2012
Kentucky SB30 and the Future of County Constable

Todd Hatton spoke with Calloway County Constable Tim Stone to find out more about what he and his colleagues do, how they're funded, and what the future may hold for them if SB 30 becomes law.

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Feb 17, 2012
Two Film-Makers Tell the Story of Cairo, Illinois in Their Documentary "Between Two Rivers"

Two documentary film makers from England stumbled upon Cairo a little more than four years ago and have now finished the film called "Between Two Rivers." One of the films two directors Jacob Cartwright joins Chad Lampe from Nottingham to talk about the film.

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Feb 17, 2012
The Infamous Stringdusters play at Marathon Music Works

The Infamous Stringdusters are touring Yonder Mountain String Band for the next two weeks. The 'Dusters just released their first recording from their independent label High Country Recordings called We'll Do It Live and will release their next album Silver Sky on March 12th.

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Feb 17, 2012
Listener Jan Basile Tells Her "Journey Story"

A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution called "Journey Stories" is at Murray State's Wrather West Kentucky Museum through March 10th.

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Feb 17, 2012
Occupy Nashville Removed From Capitol

This past week, the Tennessee House passed a bill that would force Occupy Nashville's encampment off the plaza outside the capitol.

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Feb 17, 2012
Draffen's Department Store Demolition

For the past several years, the building that once housed Draffen's Department Store has sat vacant on a street corner in Calvert City. Boards cover its front windows and "Keep Out" signs warn people away from its unsteady walls, but at one time, the store operated as one of the city's chief centers of commerce. Yet money counts more than memories in the preservation of buildings, and Saturday, Calvert City will lose another historical landmark to demolition. Casey Northcutt has more.

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Feb 16, 2012
Kentucky Officials Consider Options for Eggner's Ferry Bridge

It's been two weeks since the Delta Mariner crashed into the Eggners Ferry Bridge, collapsing a 300 foot section of the road deck. The biggest question still remaining for motorists and business owners who depend on the traffic over the bridge is when and how will traffic be restored.

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Feb 10, 2012
Remembering the 1952 State Champion Cuba Cubs

Amidst the basketball fever sweeping the Jackson Purchase, one area high school took time out to celebrate some former western Kentucky basketball greats. Sixty years ago, the Cuba Cubs, a small Graves County high school basketball team, took the Commonwealth by storm with an unlikely march to the state championship. Graves County Highs School celebrated that 1952 championship season during half time of a recent basketball game, and invited some of the players from that team to come and be honor

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Feb 10, 2012
Mild Winter Good For Bugs?

We are in our first extended cold snap of 2012 following a warm couple of months. While the cold weather means layering your clothing to keep warm, it also to some has historically been a predictor for a normal spring insect population.

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Feb 10, 2012
Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston on This Week in Frankfort Politics

Hear Kenny Colston rundown the top headlines from the state capitol this week in a chat with Rick Howlett in Louisville.

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Feb 10, 2012
Mother and Daughter Team Campaign Against Bullies

McCracken County's Susan Guess and her daughter Morgan have a message for bullies: enough is enough. Through videos and posts on social media sites Susan and Morgan are getting the word out on the dangers of bullying and how to stop it.

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Feb 09, 2012
TWO presents "Sweeney Todd"

Theatre Workshop of Owensboro is running Steven Sodenheim's famous musical "Sweeney Todd" about a vengeful barber in post-industrial London.

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Feb 07, 2012
Combatting Kentucky's Prescription Drug Problem - Part 3

The effect of Kentucky's prescription drug abuse problem reaches beyond the state's borders. In the final segment of a three-part series, Kentucky Public Radio's Brenna Angel reports on the challenges of launching a nationwide prescription monitoring network.

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Feb 03, 2012
February's Weather Outlook: with Beau Dodson

As you may have noticed, it's been a fairly mild winter thus far. Today's February 3rd, and highs are in the 60's. So Gary Pitts spoke with McCracken County Emergency Management Meteorologist Beau Dodson to find out what's behind the mild weather, and what we can expect for the coming month.

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Feb 03, 2012
Murray Shakespeare Festival Begins Next Week

The 2012 Murray Shakespeare Festival gets underway next Tuesday, but festival chairs Dr. Rusty Jones and Dr. Barbara Cobb of MSU's English Department could argue that it's not only already begun, it's an ongoing process.

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Feb 03, 2012
Ky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman on Restoring Eggner's Ferry Bridge

Shelly Baskin speaks with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd for some perspective on the process of restoring Eggner's Ferry Bridge.

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Feb 03, 2012
"Almost, Maine" opens at Glema Mahr Center

The Glema Mahr Performing Arts Center in Madisonville opens the John Cariani play "Almost, Maine" Thursday.

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Feb 02, 2012
January Conversation with Murray State President

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has outlined significant cuts in the Commonwealth's two year budget. This week, Chad Lampe sat down with Murray State President Dr. Randy Dunn to learn what MSU can do to weather a potential 6.4 percent cut to the school's budget.

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Jan 27, 2012
McCracken Merger Meeting

The Charter County Government Merger Committee held a public meeting Thursday night at Paducah Tilghman High School to discuss the possible merger of the Paducah city and McCracken County governments.

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Jan 27, 2012
Bridge Collapse Round Up

The now partially collapsed Eggner's Ferry Bridge remains split by a 312 foot cargo vessel called the Delta Mariner. The ship struck the nearly 80 year old bridge last night. Around 2800 vehicles cross the bridge connecting Marshall County to Land Between the Lakes each day.

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Jan 27, 2012
Combatting Kentucky's Prescription Drug Problem - Part 2

They can be bought on the street or obtained through a doctor's prescription. However people get them, prescription pain killers can lead to a life of addiction. But for the past ten years, the state has offered a tool meant to curb the abuse. In the second of a three-part series, Kentucky Public Radio's Brenna Angel examines what the state's prescription monitoring program is doing right, and what it needs to do better.

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Jan 27, 2012
Kentucky Statehouse News Round-Up

KPR Capital Bureau Chief Kenny Colston has this round up of statehouse news of the week: Major stories included the redistricting decision and response, including lawsuits; the progress of the gambling bill; and movement on the bill that would raise the high school dropout age in Kentucky.

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Jan 27, 2012
Bowling Green woman tells of chaotic scenes aboard capsizing ship in Italy

It's perhaps a crowning irony that in this centennial year of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, another passenger liner wreck has made headlines.

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Jan 20, 2012
Murray State Students May Have to Purchase a City Sticker Next Year

Potentially thousands Murray State University students, who attend classes in the city of Murray, may soon be required to purchase a $50 city sticker annually for their vehicle. Typically residents and students who live and work in Murray purchase a city sticker in lieu of a payroll tax. Students who don't work in Murray are currently exempt from the requirement.

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Jan 20, 2012
Murray State Professor Named Art Educator of the Year

Dr. Camille Serre is a working artist and has taught at Murray State University for 27 years. The Kentucky Art Association recently named her 2011 Art Educator of the year.

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Jan 20, 2012
Impact Poverty: A Conversation with Paducah/McCracken County United Way Director Ashley Wright

Statistics in the city of Paducah from 2000-2008 show poverty in the city growing at an alarming rate of five and a half percent, nearly fourteen times the state and national average.

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Jan 20, 2012
A One-of-a-Kind Habitat for Humanity Home Opens in Paducah

Last week Habitat for Humanity officials in Paducah welcomed owners of the organizations first ever Solar handicap-accessible house. Habitat partnered with local Stargaze Energy for the project. Chad Lampe spoke with CEO Tyson Viniard about the project.

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Jan 20, 2012