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An artisanal and gastronomic festival in Mexico will feature Paducah culture and cuisine.

The Palestinians threatened on Saturday to cease communication with the United States if the White House closes its diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C., lodging a potential thorn in President Trump's plans for Mideast peace.

The State Department says the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization must close under a little-known provision in U.S. law that forbids it from requesting Israelis be prosecuted for crimes against Palestinians. Trump may reverse the closure within 90 days if the Palestinians prove they are engaging in peace negotiations with the Israelis.


 The United States’ planned pullout of UNESCO isn’t likely to have any negative ramifications to Paducah and its designation as a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

UPDATE 10/13: Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless and the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau issued a joint statement on Friday following the announcement that the U.S. will pull out of UNESCO.  

Updated at 12:50 p.m. ET

The Trump administration has announced that the U.S. will withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations' chief cultural and educational agency. In a statement released Thursday, the State Department said the move won't take effect for more than a year, noting the withdrawal will be as of Dec. 31, 2018.

via Lexington Literary Hub, Facebook

A Lexington writer recently learned lessons in Paducah on how the state's second-largest city could include its literary heritage to a UNESCO network. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Paducah is the 'poster child' micropolitan city poised for an urban-rural future. That's according to Rural Policy Research Institute President and CEO Chuck Fluharty. RPRI is a nonprofit group that assesses rural wealth, sustainable economic development and rural equity. Fluharty addressed international delegates from UNESCO Creative Cities of Crafts and Folk Art meeting in Paducah.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Using arts and culture to drive economic development and urban revitalization was the focus of Tuesday's UNESCO Creative Cities meeting in Paducah. Delegates from eight international cities of Crafts and Folk Art heard local examples of how such investments have paid off.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Panelists at a UNESCO Creative Cities meeting in Paducah on Monday discussed new technologies and ‘authentic experiences’ in developing a city’s tourism identity. Delegates from eight Cities of Craft and Folk Art are in west Kentucky to share ideas.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

  Delegates from eight UNESCO Creative Cities from around the world have arrived in Paducah for the annual Crafts and Folk Arts international meeting. It’s the city’s first opportunity to host since it became a UNESCO member in 2013.