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Murray Rotary Club, via Facebook

Rotary International President-Elect John Germ is in Murray Thursday for the ribbon-cutting of the newly constructed amphitheater in Central Park and for a dinner event in the evening. Jayne Crisp says in her 23 years as a Rotarian the local chapter has never before been honored by an upcoming president. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Crisp about the visit. 

Tri-State Freethinkers logo, via Facebook

Two billboard companies have refused to display an atheist group’s advertisement protesting the Ark Encounter park in northern Kentucky.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, via Facebook

Tourism in Kentucky's 'Western Waterlands' is on the rise. The annual Kentucky Tourism Economic Impact report released Tuesday shows a revenue gain in direct expenditures in every county in far western Kentucky, with the largest percentage gains in Todd and Hickman counties.

Don't hit your sister!

Veggies are good for you.

No, we can't watch Frozen every night.

No matter where you live around the globe, moms pretty much teach their children the same lessons. But in honor of Mother's Day, we wanted to track down a few of the world's more distinctive rules and customs. We asked four Aspen Institute New Voices Fellows — who are experts from the developing world — to share the special wisdom that moms impart in their countries.

If I say Kentucky Derby, you say ... mint julep?

Well, if you're a Kentucky dame like me you do. As my fellow Louisville native Jesse Baker once pointed out: "It ain't Derby without a mint julep."

Race fans have been drinking mint juleps at Churchill Downs in Louisville since the racetrack's inception in 1875, according to bourbon historian Fred Minnick.

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Bowling Green is preparing to welcome Syrian refugees later this year who are fleeing their country’s civil war. The Warren County-based Kentucky International Center has agreed to resettle 40 Syrians, but the decision is raising concerns in the local community.

National Corvette Museum, via Facebook

Tributes to the life and music of Prince are pouring in from all over the world following the pop superstar’s sudden death Thursday. Prince is being remembered in Bowling Green for a song he wrote more than 33 years ago.

John Howard Griffin, Thomas Merton Center (mertoncenter.org)

Next week, a group of Murray State faculty members will host a panel discussion on the American Catholic writer and mystic Thomas Merton. Hear William Mulligan, Cynthia Gayman and Matthew Robertson give a preview of the program on Sounds Good.

Prince — the Purple One, who reeled off pop hits in five different decades — has died at age 57. The shocking news was confirmed by Prince's publicist after reports that police were investigating a death at his Paisley Park compound outside Minneapolis.

"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer Prince Rogers Nelson has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57," publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said. "There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University has a large and diverse population of international students from more than 60 countries. In our ongoing Sounds Good series meeting some of them, Matt Markgraf speaks with Maftuna Tojiboeva, a graduate student from Uzbekistan studying for a degree in public administration in the political science and sociology department. They discuss her hometown, learning English, Uzbek food and cultural history and her dreams of studying abroad from a young age. 

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