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Apr 13, 2012

Kentuckians have been talking about state tax reform for decades.  Now, Governor Steve Beshear has appointed a blue ribbon commission to help him do something about it. We’ll speak with a western Kentucky member of the commission about the challenges ahead, today on Front Page P.M. from WKMS News.

(1.) BLUE RIBBON TAX REFORM COMMISSION 2-WAY –- Early last month, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform held its first meeting to begin the process of addressing a long-discussed issue in the Commonwealth.  They’ll wrap up their workshops early next month and begin a series of public meetings around the state with a session in Paducah in late May.  Tax reform is a complex and contentious set of issues, and to get some perspective on how the commission will navigate those issues, I sat down with one of its members, CSI Chairman and former board chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis, John Williams, Senior.

(2.) A SEPARATION @ MA -- Playing at Paducah’s Maiden Alley Cinema this week is the Iranian film that won this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, A Separation. The drama focuses on a middle class married couple who reluctantly separate and the conflicts that arise when the husband hires a lower class caretaker for his elderly father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease.  The film is in Persian with subtitles, but don’t let that deter you.  Maiden Alley’s Larry Thomas and I talk about how the plot and the performances overcome the language barrier. 

(3.) RICHARD THIEME 2-WAY -- In a world of ever growing technology and global interconnectivity, privacy and security are increasingly rare commodities. Richard Thieme is an author and lecturer who addresses the challenges posed by these new technologies, including the personal, and even spiritual transformations people undergo as they adapt to a new world. He spoke this week at a technology summit at Murray State University. Gary Pitts sat down with him to talk about the dangers of interacting with technology, and how to meet those challenges. 

(4.) PADUCAH FAIR HOUSING -- In Paducah  the Human Rights Commission there paid tribute to fair housing practices in the area by honoring Habitat for Humanity and the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center on Thursday.  Casey Northcutt provides a quick update on the efforts in Paducah to build homes for low-income families.