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10:29 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop

Get your sci-fi with a side of cappuccino.
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Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 12:27 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly.

For a public library to expect to survive today, it must begin to take crucial cues from coffee shops. At least, that's the key recommendation offered by a much-anticipated report on British public libraries, which is set to be released Thursday.

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3:57 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Bluegrass Music Museum Director Leaves to Run ROMP Festival

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The International Bluegrass Music Museum's executive director is leaving her post to head production duties at the ROMP Festival in Daviess County. 

The Owensboro museum's board of trustees announced today that Gabrielle Gray is retiring from executive director after 12 years.  

Gray will retain her position as Executive Producer of ROMP, the signature bluegrass music festival she founded in 2004. She also remains the museum's primary grant writer. 

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6:57 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Wreaths Placed In Veteran Cemeteries Across Kentucky

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Thousands of wreaths will be placed on gravestones at four state cemeteries tomorrow, including Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville.  The nationwide observance, part of the Wreaths Across America program, will coincide with a noontime ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.  Veterans Cemetery West Director Richard Stanley said the group's mission is to remember, honor, and teach.

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2:18 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Playhouse in the Parks' Rusty Jones Previews Holiday Shows on Sounds Good

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WKMS' Kate Lochte sits down with MSU English professor and Playhouse in the Park board member Rusty Jones to take a look at the start of theater's holiday season. 

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11:57 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Vote For The Best Albums Of 2014

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Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 10:11 pm

For the past few weeks, the NPR Music team has been huddled together, trying to agree on a list of our 50 favorite albums. We'll post our final list on Dec. 8, followed by hundreds of our favorite songs on Dec. 9 and much more to follow. But we want you to get in on the act by telling us your favorite albums from 2014.

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3:06 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Emmy-Nominated Rapper Performs in Marion Despite Cancellation by School Adminstrators

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Rapper/actor T.O.N.E-z. received an Emmy nomination in 2012 for his song "Long Hard Times To Come," which is the theme song to the television series Justified. His free performance at halftime of a high school football game in October was canceled at the last minute by school administrators. On Sounds Good, T.O.N.E-z. and Crittenden County Football Boosters President Serena Dickerson talked with Tracy Ross about the circumstances surrounding the cancelation and the rapper's decision to return to Marion last Saturday to perform at Fohs Hall with Big Atomic.

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10:38 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Holiday Travel Snarls Look To Be Easing

Morgan Griffin, 20 (left), and his brother, Eric Crandell, 12, browse their mobile devices as they wait to board the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train bound for Santa Barbara, Calif., at Union Station in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Snow and rain in the East snarled holiday travel, but by Thanksgiving Day, things looked to be improving.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 10:00 am

The weather is still wreaking havoc for Americans still traveling today in planes, trains and automobiles, but for the most part, the situation has improved dramatically as people crisscross the country making their way to Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends.

AAA estimates that 46 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles to attend Thanksgiving festivities — the most in seven years.

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8:04 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Can Breeders Cure What Ails Our Breast-Heavy Turkeys?

A 40-pound tom turkey flaps his wing as Chris Conley carries him to a pen at Raymond's Turkey Farm in Methuen, Mass., on Friday. The farm raises approximately 20,000 broad-breasted white turkeys per year.
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Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 10:19 am

Many Americans will be sitting down Thursday to a wonderfully meaty, broad-breasted white turkey that grew to maturity in a remarkably short period: just 136 days, on average.

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12:55 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Healthier Options for Thanksgiving Dinner

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Many folks are likely finalizing their menus for Thanksgiving Day.  There are a few ways to lessen health concerns when it comes to preparing the star of the meal.

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6:26 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Hardin County Woman Chosen to Help Decorate the White House for Christmas

Kate Bateman of Radcliff will join an all-volunteer pool of Americans who will decorate the White House for Christmas.

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 10:33 am

Never mind that it's not even Thanksgiving yet, Kate Bateman has Christmas music playing inside her Radcliff, Kentucky home.  When you visit, you'll find she's obsessed with Christmas.

"Bad enough that I put up five trees.  I have Santas in a showcase that stay out all year long.  I have a six-foot tall Santa in the foyer and he's out all year long," explained Bateman.  "It's kind of an overkill I guess, but I love Christmas."

The retired Hardin County Schools art teacher will soon combine her passion and talent to help America’s First Home sparkle for the holidays.  Bateman is part of an all-volunteer group of people from all over the country selected to help decorate the White House for Christmas.  She first learned about the opportunity while watching a special on HGTV. 

"I thought to myself 'Man, I'd love to do that!' but it wasn't a good time for me," she said.  "I was still teaching and I said 'I'm going put that on my list for when I retire."'

Fast forward a few years to the end of last month when Bateman learned the application she submitted over the summer had been accepted.  She leaves for Washington on Thanksgiving Day.  The opportunity puts a crimp in her traditional Thanksgiving plans, but she doesn’t mind.

"My youngest daughter had already said she wanted to host Thanksgiving at her house this year and I was all for that," stated Bateman.  "I'm making the pies the day before.  Their dad will take the pies over, and I'm on a plane.  And I'm so okay with that!"

Bateman will join a group of about 100 volunteers ranging from florists to lawyers who will put their mark on the 132-room White House.  She doesn’t have her assignment yet, but the suspense, she says, is part of the fun.

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