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The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden in Owensboro wraps up the summer with Balloons Over The Garden, the last weekend of August. Originally part of the Dazzling Daylillies Festival last June, the event was rescheduled due to weather. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Rob Blackham, Vice President of the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden Board and engineer involved with "Balloons Over The Garden" about how one can cross 'riding in a hot air balloon' off their bucket list and whether or not 'selfie sticks' are allowed on the ride.

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An effort is underway in Owensboro to help prevent drunk driving. 

A program called SafeRide provides free rides to people who have consumed too much alcohol at restaurants and bars, or any venue that serves alcoholic beverages. 

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Bluegrass music is just a part of the territory around Owensboro and Daviess County.

Now there’s a more formal push, as part of a promotional campaign, to let people know it’s a year-round place to hear bluegrass music or jam.  

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Update: Due to a technical issue with the connection to the live feed, we were unfortunately unable to broadcast the live performances. We hope to broadcast a recording of the Punch Brothers performance at a later date. Stay tuned.

We're broadcasting LIVE from the International Bluegrass Music Museum's ROMP Festival Thursday night, with thanks to a partnership with our friends at WNIN in Evansville. The Jive House and The Off Beat will be pre-empted, but you can catch them at their Sunday times: 7 p.m. and 8.

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Next week, Western Kentucky Botanical Garden in Owensboro hosts "Dazzling Daylilies - Balloons Over the Garden" featuring talks centered around daylilies and how to hybridize them, a display garden, hot air balloon rides and a release of Japanese lanterns. Susie and Bill Tyler speak with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the event and the flowers, which Susie Tyler says, "meet or exceed the beauty of roses."

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Chris Thile brings the Punch Brothers back for the fourth time to the International Bluegrass Music Museum's ROMP Festival in Owensboro this month. Thile says he loves the space and the enthusiastic group of festival goers in his Sounds Good conversation with Tracy Ross. He also talks about how being a new father has influenced his music writing, the differences playing in duos and groups and an upcoming performance at Murray State University.

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Citing a need for docking locations on the Ohio River between Louisville and Paducah, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded the city of Owensboro a $1.5 million grant toward the building of a new 500-foot dock for traveling boaters.

Former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford Dies, KY Lawmakers React

Jan 22, 2015
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Update: Reactions from Kentucky lawmakers.

Longtime Kentucky politician Wendell Ford died Thursday morning, CN2 is reporting. A force in Kentucky Democratic politics, Ford was a U.S. senator from 1974 to 1999, where he was the Democratic whip for the latter part of his tenure. He was also Kentucky governor from 1971 to 1974.


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A debate over beer distribution has made its way to the Kentucky legislature. House Speaker Greg Stumbo has filed House Bill 168 to specify malt beverage licenses and prohibit brewery-owned distributorships.

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Owensboro's new smoking ban takes effect Wednesday. The ordinance bans smoking in public spaces like restaurants, stores, and city parks among others.

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