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Universities, Students Defend The Arts After Bevin Calls For Cuts

Gov. Matt Bevin is calling for state higher education officials to eliminate some college degree programs if they don’t graduate students who can go into high-demand jobs. In a speech earlier this week, he specifically called out students majoring in “interpretive dance,” a program that isn’t technically offered in Kentucky. Despite this rhetoric, many still believe there’s room for fine arts and liberal arts majors in Kentucky’s state universities.

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Murray, KY – Looking for a way to impress your adult guests with summer-time drinks?

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Denise and Johanna's suggestions for some delicious summer drinks. Johanna Comisak Rhodes is a food lover and former WPSD-TV personality. Denise Gordon is chef and co-owner of Cafe Minou in Paducah.

Murray, KY – In addition to his public school teaching, administration, and university administration and faculty experience, Murray State's next president Dr. Randy Dunn has served as a consultant to school districts throughout Illinois on issues including strategic planning, financial analysis and administrative restructuring. These experiences may serve him well as he forges his first year plan in collaboration with the Murray State Board of Regents and the community of the Murray State service region.

Murray, KY – Dr. Randy Dunn is preparing for his presidency at Murray State University and plans to be at the helm by Christmas.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Kate Lochte's interview with Dr. Dunn.

Murray, KY – Louisville cartoonist Don Rosa draws and writes Uncle Scrooge McDuck comic books, adhering to the essence of Uncle Scrooge that the late cartoonist Carl Barks originated. Rosa and Uncle Scrooge enjoy relative obscurity in the United States, while they sell big in Europe.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear the final part of Kate Lochte's interview with Don Rosa as he explains how the Donald Duck comic subscriptions that her grandfather used to give her are no longer part of the comic book business model.

Murray, KY – Garrison Keillor and "A Prairie Home Companion" have been part of the public radio landscape for over 30 years. The program is heard by over 4 million listeners each week on over 580 public radio stations - including WKMS - and is now the inspiration for a major motion picture by Robert Altman.

Murray, KY – TVA is putting on a Clean Boating event at Big Bear Saturday July 1.

Click the "Listen" icon to hear Kate Lochte's interview with TVA representative Nick Morris.

Murray, KY – I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream. In this edition get a chef's spin on America's favorite summer-time desert.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Denise and Johanna discuss ice cream. Johanna Comisak Rhodes is a food lover and former WPSD-TV personality. Denise Gordon is chef and co-owner of Cafe Minou in Paducah.


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Ohio Valley ReSource

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Trouble In The Air: Herbicide Dicamba Blamed For Crop Damage

The Environmental Protection Agency is reconsidering its approval of a controversial new form of herbicide that farmers say is damaging millions of acres of soybeans. Some 40 complaints have come from Ohio Valley farmers. Growers are looking for answers, and some suspect a quirk of the region’s climate may be increasing the risk of harm.

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