Culture
3:09 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

In Forcing Out Senior Executive, New CEO Mohn Puts Stamp On NPR

Jarl Mohn, a veteran of radio and television, became NPR's CEO in July.
Jim Tuttle for NPR

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:27 am

The ouster earlier this month of NPR's chief content officer, Kinsey Wilson, did little to stir outcry or concern among public radio listeners.

Yet because of Wilson's prominent role in seeking innovative ways for the network to flourish as the audience's habits shift, the announcement generated much attention and consternation inside the circles of digital journalism.

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Politics
2:51 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

McCracken County Judge-Executive Debate: Bob Leeper v Jeff Hines

Independent Bob Leeper (left) and Democrat Jeff Hines (right)
Credit Lance Dennee

The candidates for McCracken County Judge-Executive laid out their plans for improving the local economy.

Democrat and former circuit judge Jeff Hines debated independent 2nd district state senator Bob Leeper for over 45 minutes at the Crisp Center on Murray State University Paducah Regional Campus. 

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Politics
1:03 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Bill Clinton to Return to Western Kentucky Next Week in Support of Grimes

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Former President Bill Clinton will return to Kentucky next week to continue campaigning for democratic US Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Clinton will join Grimes Tuesday at rallies in Owensboro and Paducah.

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Business
9:46 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Predictions Of 'Peak Oil' Production Prove Slippery

Workers drill for oil in the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, N.D., an area experiencing an oil boom.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 11:52 am

The dustiest portion of my home library includes the 1980s books — about how Japan's economy would dominate the world.

And then there are the 1990s books — about how the Y2K computer glitch would end the modern era.

Go up one more shelf for the late 2000s books — about oil "peaking." The authors claimed global oil production was reaching a peak and would soon decline, causing economic chaos.

The titles include Peak Oil and the Second Great Depression, Peak Oil Survival and When Oil Peaked.

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Science
9:24 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Just Seeing Charts And Graphs Makes Drug Claims More Credible

When people see charts like this, they think the drug is more effective than if they just read about the data, a study finds.
Source: Cornell University

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:24 am

Graphs and formulas say "Science!" to consumers, so much so that simply seeing claims about a new drug that were accompanied by data visualizations made people more likely to believe the claims.

The effect is especially true if people have a strong belief in science to begin with.

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Datebook
9:22 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Datebook: October 17 - Duo Pianists, Harvest Moon Ball, Zombie Fun Run

The Paducah Chamber Society presents Matthew Gianforte and Meeyoun Park, duo pianists and assistant professors at Murray State University, in recital this Sunday afternoon at 4 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Paducah. Admission is free. 

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Sports
6:02 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Racer Football, Basketball Mid-October Update with Neal Bradley

Credit Tab Brockman, goracers.com

Voice of the Racers Neal Bradley talks Racer Football and Basketball with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good. They discuss some of the recent games played by the Football team, namely the stunning homecoming win against Southeast Missouri and predictions against Austin Peay. Bradley also takes a look at the Basketball schedule.

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Arts
5:16 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Hear 'Haint Tales' from a Master Storyteller at McCracken County Library

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A "haint" is an old-fashioned Appalachian mountain term for "haunt" and can be anything from Bigfoot in the woods to a ghost in the house. On Sounds Good, East Kentucky Master Storyteller Octavia Sexton previews next week's "Haint Tales" presentation at the McCracken County Public Library with a hair-raising story about "Raw Head and Bloody Bones," first told to her by her grandfather.

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Business
4:45 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Paducah Power Names Interim General Manager While Still Searching for Permament Replacement

Mark Crisson
Credit www.publicpower.org

Paducah Power System has named Mark Crisson its interim general manager after Dave Clark stepped down two weeks ago amid community concern over high power bills.  

A PPS statement says Crisson will start today and serve in the position for around five months while the utility’s board searches for a permanent replacement. Crisson is the former president and CEO of the American Public Power Association and Director of Utilities at Washington Public Utilities.

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Commentary
4:34 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Uncommon Mystery: Death is a Lonely Business

One of the most influential science fiction writers of the 20th century also dabbled in stylish noir tales of mystery and murder. Drawing inspiration from Raymon Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, Ray Bradbury penned a mystery set in a 1950s Venetian circus and the quirky detective Elmo Crumley.

On Sounds Good, Murray State University Professor Emeritus Michael Cohen continues his series of commentaries about "uncommon mysteries" with a review of Ray Bradbury's Death is a Lonely Business, published in 1985.

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