Datebook
9:00 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Datebook: March 31 - Easter Egg Hunt, Tax Prep Workshop, Mutt Strut

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park holds an Easter egg hunt this Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the lodge. Pictures with the Easter Bunny are at 1:30, and the Easter buffet is served from noon to 8. Events are held rain or shine. 

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KYCIR
8:53 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Ethics Committee to Investigate Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield, Wife’s Lobbying Work

Credit WKMS News

 

This story has been updated with comments from Whitfield’s office.

A congressional ethics subcommittee has been directed to investigate whether U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield violated House rules in connection with his wife’s lobbying work for The Humane Society of the United States.

The investigative subcommittee will determine whether the Kentucky Republican used his office to benefit himself or his wife, Connie Harriman-Whitfield, and whether he “dispensed special favors or privileges” to her or her organization.

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Government
6:24 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Stumbo Plans to Revive Casino Debate

Kentucky Speaker Greg Stumbo
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The leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives plans to revive a decades-long effort to expand gambling in the state.

Following this year’s legislative session, Speaker Greg Stumbo said casino legislation will be part of his "personal agenda" in 2016. But Martin Cothran of the Family Foundation is doubtful it will gain much traction.

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Society
6:15 am
Tue March 31, 2015

PCM Begins Construction on New Homeless Shelter

An artist's rendering of Paducah's new homeless shelter
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Paducah Cooperative Ministry has begun construction on their new homeless shelter on North 12th Street in Paducah.

The new shelter will have six housing units and an administrative building.

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Michel Martin is curious about many things. "I wonder what it's like to leave everything and everyone you know for the promise of a better life, to run for President, to be a professional athlete, to parent children of a different race," she notes. "I am fascinated by people who live lives different from my own. And at the same time, I feel connected to all of these lives being a journalist, a woman of color, a wife and mother."

Michel can be heard across NPR news programs, bringing her deep reporting and interviewing experience to bear on NPR's coverage of relevant topics, including education, families, faith, race and social issues. Outside the studio, she is hosting NPR Presents Michel Martin, an ambitious live event series in collaboration with Member Stations.

Society
5:20 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Kentucky Career Center Offers Employment Workshops After Hospital Closes

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The Kentucky Career Center is offering two employment workshops to help the more than 60 people laid off from the recently closed Parkway Regional Hospital.

 

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Business
5:12 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Rural Kentucky Hospitals Struggling Because of Decline in Private Insurance, State Audit Says

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An increase in Medicaid services and a decline in the private insurance market in rural Kentucky has hit rural hospitals hard, according to State Auditor Adam Edelen.

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Politics
5:08 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate Comer Calls For Reducing Medicaid Rolls, Repealing Obamacare

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Jamie Comer says he wants Kentuckians off Medicaid and onto private insurance.

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Culture
3:58 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

'Discover Islamic Culture' in Activities, Film & Food at Murray State, Tomorrow

Maysoon Suleiman-Khatib and Dr. Ihsan Alkhatib on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University has a Muslim student population of roughly 360 students, along with their families, which is relatively large for the small college town. Dr. Ihsan Alkhatib, who teaches in the Political Science Department, says he hadn't encountered many Saudis in his life until he came to western Kentucky. Tomorrow, students, faculty and community members are invited to meet and interact with people from different parts of the world in a day-long Islamic Culture Experience in the Curris Center Dance Lounge, hosted by the Murray State's Muslim Student Organization, including documentary films, cultural activities and food. Dr. Alkhatib and his wife Maysoon Suleiman-Khatib, an adjunct professor in the Organizational Communications department, join Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with the details.

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Government
2:45 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

How MSU Students Can Apply to Legislative Research Commission's 2016 Internship Program

Jordan Smith on Sounds Good
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Each of Kentucky's public universities has someone managing governmental affairs, who follows pieces of legislation affecting higher education and its impact on a regional level. Murray State's Director of Governmental Relations Jordan Smith joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about some of the bills passed in this year's Legislative Session, an internship opportunity with the Legislative Research Commission for qualified college students and his thoughts on what it's like to work with Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies in Frankfort.

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