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1:07 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Davies Begins Work as Murray State's 13th President

Listen to Bob Davies' interview with Chad Lampe during Monday's Sounds Good.

Monday marks the first day of work for new Murray State University president Bob Davies, who comes to MSU after five years in the same post at Eastern Oregon University.

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Datebook
9:36 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Datebook: July 14 - Bastille Day

The Murray State University MFA Reading Series continues tonight with a reading by Cristina Garcia*. Tony D’Souza reads tomorrow night, and Esther Lee reads Thursday night. All readings are open to the public and are at 7:30 in the Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery, located in the Doyle Fine Arts Building.

*Tonight's reading by Cristina Garcia has been canceled due to travel issues. 

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Health Care
9:27 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Western Kentucky Smokers Less Likely than Others to Be Offered Help to Quit at Their Doctor’s Office

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According to a new poll, doctors in western Kentucky don’t ask their patients who are smokers if they would like to kick the habit as often as other physicians in the Commonwealth.

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s Health Issues Poll found 58 percent of all Kentucky smokers were asked by their doctor if they would like information on quitting. The foundation’s  President Susan Zepeda says in western Kentucky the amount dropped to 45 percent.

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Government
9:25 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Tilley: “All Options” Considered for Heroin Bill’s Revival

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State lawmakers are reconsidering legislation that would combat Kentucky’s heroin problem.

Rep. John Tilley, a Democrat from Hopkinsville, chairs the powerful House Judiciary Committee. 

He is working with his Senate committee counterpart, Republican Sen. Whitney Westerfield, and other lawmakers to revive the failed bill.

“"There’s a very concerned group of us who are meeting and discussing it often, and everything is still on the table,” said Tilley.

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Government
4:41 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Medical Marijuana as Treatment for PTSD

Jimmy Higdon
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A Kentucky legislative committee heard testimony this week from veterans who say marijuana helps them treat symptoms of their post-traumatic stress disorder. Veterans say medical marijuana would alleviate PTSD symptoms better than pharmaceutical drugs.

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Arts
4:24 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Acclaimed Nashville Writer Kicks Off MFA Reading Series

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Two decades after his debut collection "Here We Are in Paradise" heralded Tony Earley as one of the most accomplished writers of his generation, his latest work coming out in August re-affirms his story-telling prowess. We meet Mr. Earley on Sounds Good today, in advance of his 7:30 p.m. Sunday presentation for the Murray State MFA Reading Series.

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Crime
4:22 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Princeton Police Chief Kills Bank Robber

 

The Princeton Police Chief has shot and killed a man attempting to rob the city’s Planters Bank.  Media report the same bank was robbed on Wednesday.

Kentucky State Troopers say James Hamm, 67, of Princeton entered the bank shortly after it opened this morning wearing stockings over his face and brandishing a gun.

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Government
1:11 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Tennessee Ridge Addressing Water System Leaks

Preliminary results of a water loss audit in Tennessee Ridge show significant leaks in the city's system.

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Politics
12:18 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Commentary: 50 Years Later - Freedom Summer 1964

Students protesting in Mississippi
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"All my life I've been sick and tired. Now I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired." - Fannie Lou Hamer

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a campaign to open the polls to African-American voters in Mississippi, which became a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights era. The summer marked a turning point in ending white supremacy in the state and decades of isolation in the Deep South for black voters ahead of the 1964 elections. Commentator and Murray State history professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects back on Freedom Summer and its legacy 50 years later.

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Datebook
10:16 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Datebook: July 11 - E. B. White's Birthday

Tonight’s Friday Night Live around the old courthouse square in downtown Madisonville goes from 5 to 10 p.m. with entertainment by Rob Blumrick, Larry Grisham & The Beat Daddys, Grace Warehouse Church STOMP Team and the Boscoe France Band. There are kids activities, vendors, and the Chamber Beer Garden as well. 

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