WKMS News presents a new documentary: Living on the Line: Poverty in Western Kentucky.
Living on the Line tells the story of three families, each making less than a living wage. They share stories of dealing with hardships, trying to move forward and staying optimistic in spite of their situations. Each family has hope for better days and works to get out of poverty.
Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell will spend Monday morning visiting with constituents and later honor prominent Kentucky Senator Alben Barkley. The Senate Minority Leader plans to meet with Murray community leaders at 8:30 AM in the Robert O. Miller Conference Center, then travel to Benton for a 9:50 AM visit at Sugar and Spice Restaurant.
Join us Sunday, March 30 at 9 a.m. for the story of Irvin Cobb: Back Home.
Irvin Cobb's name can be found throughout western Kentucky. It graces a bridge, a resort, a hotel, and a golf tournament. But despite being one of the most famous writers of the early 20th century, not many people know that much about him. This latest Sounds Good documentary hopes to change all that.
Governor Steve Beshear’s proposed biennial budget includes investments for every community in the state, as well as multiple targeted investments for specific regions. Below is a list of the proposed investments for western Kentucky, including the cities of Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah.
Murray State is experiencing “sluggishness” when it comes to regional enrollment. That’s according to an email sent by Provost and Vice-president of Academic Affairs Jay Morgan to University staff and faculty yesterday.
To address the issue the University is starting a program called Racer RoundUp to target more students in its service region.
Madisonville is hosting the 1st Annual MAD Flavor Fest this Saturday, celebrating artists of all medias in the Western Kentucky region The MAD Flavor Fest will feature over 20 arts and crafts makers, 24 local musicians, 12 independent film, and food venders from The Crowded House to Patterson's Tru Blu BBQ. All profits from this festival will go to the Western Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross. Kate Lochte speaks with Jessica Dockrey about the event. See more at the Mad Flavor Fest website.
Murray State and WKMS alumnus John Gibson, now a member of the Northern Kentucky University faculty, visits with Tracy Ross about the upcoming premiere of his project of passion, the western horror movie Revelation Trail at Maiden Alley Cinema. The film was shot largely in western Kentucky and southern Illinois, and involves a cast and crew of several Murray State alumni and local residents. In an event sponsored by Golden Cat Productions and Shandies of Paducah, the film will premiere on April 12, at Maiden Alley Cinema.
We continue celebrating West Kentucky raised individuals who are succeeding in the arts in major markets with a profile on Candra Kennedy, who also goes by CW Kennedy or just plain "Kennedy" in Philadelphia. Last year a Kennedy play was one of Philadelphia Inquirer critic Wendy Rosenfeld's top 5 picks of the Philly Fringe Festival which included about 260 plays. Kennedy grew up unschooled/homeschooled K-12 in the Lowes Area of Graves County. Unschooling is a variation of homeschooling that is more student-led and not curriculum driven. Kennedy also performed with the Paducah Symphony Youth Chorus, studied Suzuki violin, performed with the MSU Orchestra, studied dance with Karen Balzer and performed with the Footlights Troupe of the Markethouse theatre.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a new area code for western Kentucky. The new area code, 364, will be added to the current 270 footprint in early 2014. PSC Spokesman Andrew Melnykovich says with the overlay people who currently use 270 won’t have to change numbers, but there will be a different dialing pattern.