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Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema is ending the summer on a high note, with several acclaimed independent films programmed for the rest of July and August. In the next couple weeks, the nonprofit arthouse will feature Tickled, a documentary on the surprisingly seedy world of competitive tickling, as well as The Neon Demon, the latest offering from Nicolas Winding Refn – the director of Drive. John Null caught up with MAC's John Holt to discuss the coming attractions.

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A western Kentucky tourism official says fundraising is continuing toward the construction of a proposed museum dedicated to bluegrass music legend Bill Monroe.

We're still waiting for the full picture of what happened in Dallas, Texas — and in Baton Rouge, La., and in Falcon Ridge, Minn., for that matter — to emerge. But what we know so far is this: In Dallas on Thursday night, hundreds of people gathered for what had been a peaceful protest over the deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana, two black men who were killed by police officers earlier in the week.

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Every few years, Appalachian food gets “rediscovered” by mainstream media outlets as an up-and-coming culinary trend. But does that interest actually benefit residents of the region as they navigate away from a coal-fueled economy?    Ashlie Stevens of member station WFPL looked at the pros – and cons – of the outside attention to Appalachia’s other natural resource. 

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Indian American poet Vandana Khanna speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good ahead of her reading next week at MSU's Clara M. Eagle Gallery, part of Murray State's 2016 Creative Writing MFA Summer Residency. Khanna’s work has won the Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize and the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize as well as been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

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A Noah's Ark attraction built by Christians who say the biblical story really happened is ready to open in Kentucky.

The long-awaited theme park based on the story of a man who got a warning from God about a worldwide flood will debut in central Kentucky this week. 

It somehow just seems right the last A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor will be heard tonight, on this weekend of flags, parades, and lemonade stands. The show was recorded last night at the Hollywood Bowl.

The first Prairie Home Companion was in 1974, and all of us who share this sliver on the radio spectrum know we wouldn't be in business if Garrison Keillor hadn't made a new thing called public radio truly sing.

Months after he was granted a new hearing because of new evidence, Adnan Syed, whose 2000 murder conviction was a key focus of the hit podcast Serial, has been granted a new trial, according to his attorneys.

Baltimore City Circuit Judge Martin Welch vacated Syed's conviction, saying in a memorandum that his attorney "fell below the standard of reasonable professional judgment" in handling his case.

Announcing the news Thursday, attorney Justin Brown tweeted in all-caps: "WE WON A NEW TRIAL FOR ADNAN SYED!!!"

As the Obama presidency draws to a close, white and black Americans are deeply divided on views of race relations in the United States, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.

The report, titled On Views of Race and Inequality, Blacks and Whites are Worlds Apart, found that just 8 percent of black Americans say the changes needed to achieve racial equality for blacks in the U.S. have already been made, while nearly 40 percent of white Americans say the same thing.

Religious liberty is a rallying cry for many evangelical voters, and it has been popping up repeatedly throughout this presidential campaign. But in the current political climate, some conservative Christians are struggling with how to apply religious freedom to other faiths — like Islam.

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