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12:19 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

KY Journalism Hall of Fame: "Doc" McGaughey Reflects on Teaching, Radio

Dr. Bob "Doc" McGaughey, right, and Bob Valentine at WKMS.

Earlier this year, the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame inducted three west Kentuckians to the ranks of other great Kentucky Journalists: D.J. Everett of WKDZ/WHVO radio in Cadiz, Chip Hutcheson, publisher of The Times Leader and Murray State University professor emeritus Dr. Robert McGaughey. Today we begin a series of conversations with these gentlemen, today we hear from Dr. Robert Mcgaughey better known as “Doc.” Doc retired in 1997 after 30 years with the Journalism and Mass Communications department, 23 years of which he spent as department chair. He taught part time at Murray State until 2010.

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Education
10:45 am
Wed August 22, 2012

KY ACT Scores Improve, Still Below National Average

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Kentucky's public high school seniors scored higher on the ACT college entrance exam than a year ago, but their overall performance remains below the national average. State education officials say the average composite ACT score rose to 19.5 for Kentucky's public high school class of 2012, up from 19.2 in 2011.

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Education
11:29 am
Tue August 21, 2012

MSU Named Among "Great Colleges to Work For"

The Chronicle of Higher Education has again named Murray State University as a “Great College to Work For.” Murray State earned excellence in three categories, Professional/Career Development Programs, Respect and Appreciation, and Teaching Environment.

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Education
9:03 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Sen. Durbin Calls for Passage of Student Loan Bill

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Illinois’ U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is calling on his colleagues to pass his Know Before You Owe Act, a measure that would help college students understand the range of educational loan options before they borrow.  Durbin says most undergraduates with private loans didn’t know they were eligible for safer, and cheaper, federal loans.  Federal student loans have fixed interest rates and offer a range of consumer protections and favorable terms to make repayment more manageable.  By contrast, private loans often have uncapped variable interest rates and few, if any, customer protections.

Education
8:35 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Henry County Begins Texting-tip Program at High School

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Henry County, Tenn., school officials begin a new texting tip program this school year.  According to the Paris Post-Intelligencer, the sheriff’s office will give the Henry County High School resource officer a cell phone so students can text him with tips about crime. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew says young people will communicate more readily in a text than they will face-to-face.  Belew says that means students can quickly alert the resource officer if someone brings a weapon or drugs to school or if they overhear someone planning to harm students or faculty.

Education
9:00 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Green Dorm Construction Booming in Kentucky

College students in much of Kentucky move into dorms later this week.  Many will be greeted by the sounds of construction.  Residence halls are under construction at the University of Kentucky, Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University. And those new buildings will be some of “greenest” ever built in the Commonwealth.

The residence hall or dormitory projects, if you prefer, at Berea College, EKU and UK will be built with energy efficiency in mind.  At Berea College, Vice President Steve Karcher says a new 122-bed green dorm will be sealed against the elements…

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Education
9:48 am
Wed August 15, 2012

EKU President Announces Retirement

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During a meeting this morning of faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University, President Doug Whitlock announced his retirement.  Whitlock, who's spent his higher education career at EKU, says his administration will end at the conclusion of this academic year. 

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Education
9:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

New History App Offers Details About Kentucky's Past

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The Kentucky Historical Society is releasing a smartphone app so users can find out more about the Commonwealth's historic sites.  The Explore Kentucky History app connects historical markers, related items in the Historical Society's collections and user-submitted images and stories to points of interest on a map. The information is then grouped together into tours, with a Civil War-themed tour the first available.  The KHS says it hopes Kentuckians and local history groups will participate, submitting images and stories.  The app is available for free.

Education
8:56 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Kentucky Teachers Beg, Borrow and Steal Resources

Kentucky teachers are being pushed to find more resources online as more and more textbooks become outdated and are not being replaced. The problem stems from a state budget that hasn’t allowed for full textbook funding in several years.  Todd County school superintendent Wayne Benningfield says teachers have no choice but to move away from textbooks. He says teachers are always searching for materials that they can, in his words, beg, steal or borrow.

Education
8:33 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Kentucky Board of Ed Changes Restraint Regulations

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The Kentucky Board of Education has approved a new regulation to limit the use of certain disciplinary actions in schools that involve physically restraining or secluding children. The approval came Thursday at the board's meeting in Frankfort. The regulation calls for using restraint or seclusion only if a child's behavior poses a danger of serious physical harm, and says the actions should be avoided. The board also agreed to retain David Karem as chairman for the next 12 months.

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