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Vandana Khanna

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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Now that Mayfield residents have voted to allow alcohol sales within city limits, those interested in establishing a liquor store have to wait 60 days before they can apply for a license.

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UPDATE: 7:00 p.m.

Mayfield residents voted Tuesday to allow alcohol sales within city limits. The "yes" votes numbered 1,356, while 968 city voters cast "no" votes, according to Graves County Clerk Barry Kennemore. That's a 58-42 percent margin.

The referendum generated a 37.5 percent voter turnout among Mayfield's nearly 6,200 registered voters.

Lexington Pride 2016 Features Prayers, Fun & Billy Gilman

Jun 27, 2016
John Hingsbergen, WEKU

Thousands turned out in downtown Lexington over the weekend for Pride 2016. Organizers of the LGBT-focused event were predicting crowds larger than last year’s total of about 25,000.

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Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema is featuring a pair of music-related movies over the next two weekends: Once writer-director John Carney’s 1985-set Sing Street and Don Cheadle’s directorial debut Miles Ahead, in which he stars as the late jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis. John Null caught up with MAC's film programming director John Holt to discuss the coming attractions.

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