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Update at 3:15 p.m. ET: Ali's Funeral Set For Friday

Muhammad Ali, the man considered the greatest boxer of all time, died late Friday at a hospital in Phoenix at age 74. He was battling respiratory problems.

He died of septic shock related to natural causes, with his family at his bedside, according to family spokesman Bob Gunnell.

Ali inspired millions by standing up for his principles during the volatile 1960s and by always entertaining — in the boxing ring and in front of a microphone.

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The Big Read returns to Christian County for the third year in a row this fall. The Pennyroyal Arts Council is one of 77 nonprofit organizations in the country to receive the grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema is hosting two critically-acclaimed movies in the next couple weeks: Gavin Hood's drone warfare thriller Eye in the Sky and Jeff Nichols' science fiction road movie, Midnight Special. John Null caught up with MAC's film programming director John Holt to discuss the coming attractions.

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The Land Between the Lakes Homeplace 1850s Working Farm hosts the 18th annual Pickin’ Party Old-time Music Festival June 11 and 12. From 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. that Saturday and Sunday, people can relive the way people would gather to celebrate with old-time music. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Public Relations Specialist Josh Frye about the summer activities.

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A judge has ended a restraining order that barred the city of Louisville from removing a 120-year-old monument to Confederate soldiers that sits near the University of Louisville.

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Market House Theatre’s next show is “All Shook Up,” a musical comedy featuring songs made famous by Elvis. The musical debuted on Broadway in 2005. “Heartbreak Hotel,” Love Me Tender,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love” are a few of the 24 Elvis numbers. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with the director and choreographer about the production.

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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. 

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

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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.

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