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Murray State Town and Gown Community Band Concert on the Quad, via Facebook

The Town & Gown Community Band Concert includes 85 members of the regional community: adults, university and high school students. The group meets for three rehearsals before presenting the concert. Dr. Todd Hill of Murray State University's Music Department and Carol Brunn from MSU's Town & Gown stop by Sounds Good to preview tonight's (June 7) concert at 7 p.m. on the quad in front of Lovett Auditorium. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Council on Postsecondary Education has approved Murray State University's proposed tuition fees for the next academic year.

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Murray State University has appointed a new Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management. Jamie Herring takes the position after a national search. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS - courtesy of Pogue Library

Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah is celebrating 70 years of service this year. Vice President, and western Kentucky native, Alben Barkley was instrumental in its foundation. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf and Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian Sarah Hopley of Murray State University's Pogue Library explore the special collection documenting the correspondence between the Vice President and community leaders and a detailed account of what the early days looked like for the airport. 

When it comes to depth of curriculum, breadth of research and impact on the state economy, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville lead the way among public colleges in the Bluegrass State.

When it comes to investing donors’ dollars, though, leadership might be best found outside of the state’s money centers, in college towns like Bowling Green, Morehead and Murray.

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The so-called "bathroom bill" circulating state governments across the country, namely North Carolina, restricts transgender people to use bathrooms that align with their biological sex. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has recently questioned the need for a special legislative session called by fellow Republican lawmakers over President Obama's directive where public schools must allow students to use facilities consistent with their identity. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Murray State University psychology professor Dr. Michael Bordieri about these hot-button issues, which he calls "concerning." 

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Kentucky is facing a doctor shortage. A 2013 report commissioned by the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange found the state lacks about 3,800 doctors, including 183 primary care physicians. Universities in the Commonwealth are hoping to make a dent in that shortage. Parker Franklin has more on those efforts from Murray State.

A Murray State University geology professor is Kentucky’s new State Geographer. Governor Matt Bevin appointed Dr. George W. Kipphut on Friday. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University has a large and diverse population of international students from more than 60 countries. In our ongoing Sounds Good series meeting some of them, Matt Markgraf speaks with Maftuna Tojiboeva, a graduate student from Uzbekistan studying for a degree in public administration in the political science and sociology department. They discuss her hometown, learning English, Uzbek food and cultural history and her dreams of studying abroad from a young age. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Higher education will be cut by 4.5% under the two-year budget approved by the Kentucky state legislature Friday night. Performance-based funding will also be imposed on state colleges and universities starting in the 2018 fiscal year. Higher ed institutions will compete for 5% of state funding, which grows to 25% in 2020.

In a letter to faculty and staff, Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies shed insight into how the university is preparing for these cuts.