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Murray State President on Homecoming, Diversity, Pensions, Budgeting

Murray State University is gearing up for autumn Homecoming celebrations. Matt Markgraf speaks with President Bob Davies on Sounds Good about some of the highlights, planning for proposed pension reform and budgetary pressures, a recent lecture on diversity, health services considerations and faculty accomplishments.

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The superintendent of Owensboro Public Schools says the pension proposal unveiled by Kentucky’s Republican leaders is second-rate compared to the current retirement system. 

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 Kentucky’s children have experienced--on average-- more of what’s known as “Adverse Childhood Experiences” than children nationwide.

You might say George W. Bush wants to make America great again.

In remarks Thursday, he criticized the kind of politics, sentiment and populism that led to President Trump's rise and election — though he never named Trump explicitly.

Bowling Green Prepares to Host First Pride Festival

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The organization “Bowling Green Fairness” is hosting the city’s first-ever Pride Festival Saturday, in an effort to bring awareness to the legal discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

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This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2003 Bhutanese film "Travellers and Magicians."  It's a colorful travelogue that tells a story within a story.  A young government official in love with the idea of America travels from his sleepy village to the capital to pick up the documents that will allow him to travel to the United States.  Along the way, he meets a Buddhist monk who offers him a new way to see his native culture.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International director Dr. Therese St. Paul about "Travellers and Magicians."

It's not your imagination: Tiny tots are spending dramatically more time with tiny screens.

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, just released new numbers on media use by children 8 and under. The nationally representative parent survey found that 98 percent of homes with children now have a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone.

In his new novel Origin, Dan Brown (most famous for The Da Vinci Code), describes his protagonist Robert Langdon's approach to the conundrum of students' devotion to personal tech devices in the classroom.

Langdon is, Brown writes, "one of several Harvard professors who now used portable cell-jamming technology to render their lecture halls 'dead zones' and keep students off their devices during class."

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  Calloway County Judge Executive Larry Elkins has decided not to run for reelection in 2018.

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Murray State University is gearing up for autumn Homecoming celebrations. Matt Markgraf speaks with President Bob Davies on Sounds Good about some of the highlights, planning for proposed pension reform and budgetary pressures, a recent lecture on diversity, health services considerations and faculty accomplishments.

In 1620, the Rev. George Thorpe sent a letter from a plantation near Jamestown, Va., to England describing a "good drinke of Indian corne" that he and his fellow colonists had made. Historians have speculated that Thorpe was talking about unaged corn whiskey, and that his distillation efforts on the banks of Virginia's James River might have produced America's first whiskey.

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Trying Times For Transit: Rural Systems Face Flat Funding And Rising Demand

The Ohio Valley region has disproportionately high numbers of seniors and people living with disabilities and on low incomes - those are all groups that frequently depend on public transit. Without transit, older people lose independence, and reaching a doctor or workplace becomes much harder. A new report finds that demand for transit in rural areas is climbing faster than in cities, but spending on rural transit is not keeping pace with demand.

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