The word “frontier” likely conjures images straight out of a John Ford western. But what you may not be aware of is that if you reside in western Kentucky, you may soon be living in an officially designated frontier yourself. Federal officials say classifying the Purchase that way will help them assess things like access to services. We’ll speak with an area futurist about how being “frontier” could harm, or help, western Kentucky. We’ll also speak with a Murray State alumna about a frontier of a different sort. The West African native is working in her home country to expand the horizons of the nation’s young women. Then, we’ll get a report on a free clinic for Marshall County’s working poor that may be close to completion, and look ahead to next month’s MSU Presidential Lecture by director and producer Spike Lee.
Starting a new job is usually a pretty stressful proposition. Now imagine that starting that new job involves having to tackle some of the most contentious issues facing the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We’ll speak with someone who doesn’t have to imagine that: former Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries, who now represents Kentucky’s 1st State Senate District. Also, Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston will rundown the top stories he covered last week in Frankfort. Plus, we’ll learn about some big changes happening at Murray’s City Police Department.
There are host of issues awaiting Kentucky lawmakers when they get to Frankfort this Tuesday. From industrial hemp and a state-wide health benefits exchange to state pension reform and how student achievement data is used, they have a lot on their plates. We’ll look ahead to the 2013 Kentucky General Assembly. We’ll also hear a conversation with Murray Calloway County Hospital CEO Jerry Penner about how our region’s healthcare continues to develop, and speak with outgoing Kentucky Education Department Communications Director Lisa Gross to find out how learning in the state has grown over the last three decades.
This week on Front Page, Gayle Kaler is a Paducah city commissioner and stylist whose clients once included the River City’s first female mayor, Dolly McNutt. Now, appropriately enough, Kaler herself is preparing to become Paducah’s next chief executive. We’ll profile Mayor-elect Kaler, today on Front Page Sunday from WKMS News. Gayle Kaler is a Paducah city commissioner and stylist whose clients once included the River City’s first female mayor, Dolly McNutt. Now, appropriately enough, Kaler herself is preparing to become Paducah’s next chief executive. We’ll profile Mayor-elect Kaler, this week on Front Page Sunday from WKMS News.
To say the least, George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” has staying power. The powerful, moving oratorio is a masterpiece of Baroque music and has become a staple of holiday choral performances around the world, and in our region, since it was first performed in 1742. Kentucky Public Radio’s Charles Compton brings us the story of why it’s become, and remained, a Christmastime favorite, on this week's Front Page Sunday from WKMS News.
The Kentucky Supreme Court could rule soon on the case of a high school student charged and convicted after admitting to his school principal and the resource officer that he shared prescription pain pills. The student says he wasn’t read his rights and that the confession shouldn’t have been used against him at trial. The court’s ruling could change the way school administrators handle discipline problems, and we’ll bring you the details.
At long last, the 2012 campaign season is over, and while the dust is still settling, we’ll speak with two retiring Kentucky state lawmakers, Republican Senator Ken Winters of Murray and Democratic Representative Mike Cherry of Princeton, to help sort out the results. A post-election post-mortem, today on Front Page Sunday from WKMS News.
Good morning, I’m Todd Hatton. It’s Sunday, October 21st. This past week, WKMS News brought you the latest in our series of live candidate forums focusing on Kentucky’s 3rd District State House race. Democratic candidate Gerald Watkins and Republican Jason Crockett discussed their respective approaches to dealing with the issues facing both the district and the Commonwealth at large. And in case you missed it Friday, we’re bringing you a re-broadcast of the forum on today’s program. Also, Kate Lochte speaks with one of the team who crafted Woodford Reserve and Angel’s Envy Bourbon, Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson. Henderson is the featured guest at this year’s upcoming Distiller’s Dinner at the Carson Center in Paducah. We’ll also hear about the endangered Kentucky barber shop as well as the Purchase birthplace of a Southern pastry icon.
WKMS News’ regional political coverage continues with two forums originally aired last week. First, Paducah and McCracken County residents decide next month whether or not to combine their two governments. It’s a contentious issue, and we’ll sort out the pros and cons with Paducah businessman John Williams, Jr. and McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry on today’s program.
Facebook is a great way to get, and stay, in touch with friends and family, old or new. It’s also a great way for anyone to access things you may only want a few people to see. And on Front Page Sunday from WKMS News, we’ll look into ways you can get a better handle on what makes it onto the social media landscape. We’ll also get some perspective on the lawsuit filed by some national textbook publishers against a Murray businessman and speak with the new executive director of Paducah’s Yeiser Art Center. Then, we find out how a ham sandwich centuries ago helped inspire a modern art form.