9:28 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Drought affecting butterfly population in W. Ky.

The female Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
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A naturalist at Audubon State Park in Henderson is noticing another effect of the high heat and drought that has plagued western Kentucky, a dearth of monarch butterflies.  Julie McDonald says the butterflies are usually migrating through the area to Mexico by now, but she hasn't seen any yet.

9:26 am
Mon September 17, 2012

ROMP may move up 2013 dates


Organizers of the annual ROMP bluegrass festival in Owensboro are considering a change in next year's dates.  The festival is usually held during the last weekend in June, but organizers are polling fans to see if they would favor moving it up to the last weekend in May.  International Bluegrass Music Museum executive director Gabrielle Gray says organizers want to keep their audience happy, safe and cooler, if possible.  The proposed 2013 dates for the festival are either May 30th to June 1st or June 27th through the 29th.  Gray says the dates for next year's festival will be announced on

9:22 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Judge considers Farmer’s request to lower child support

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A Franklin County judge is weighing whether to grant University of Kentucky basketball star and former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer's request to reduce his child support payments. Family Court Judge Squire Williams heard testimony from Farmer and his ex-wife, Rebecca Farmer, late last week.  Farmer says he is unable to find work due to ongoing health issues and a continuing investigation by the state Attorney General’s office into Farmer’s alleged use of state personnel and resources while heading the agriculture department.

9:19 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Many for-profit colleges excluded from KY law

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Kentucky lawmakers say new legislation that created an oversight agency aimed at protecting students of for-profit colleges doesn't apply to many of the schools.  State Representatives Dennis Keene and Carl Rollins say they thought the law would apply to at least some programs at all for-profit colleges. They say they want to bring the legislation up again at the next General Assembly.  Keene says they worked with college representatives on the legislation and they think the issue was mistakenly overlooked.

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Cookie Contest
2:42 am
Sun September 16, 2012

WKMS Sounds Good Cookie Bake Off (Recipes Included)

Susie Fenwick of Water Valley, Jessica Evans of Murray, Patricia Carrico of Paducah, Barbara Cox of Cadiz, and Erin Carrico of Murray - Our Five Finalists!

The WKMS Sounds Good Cookie Contest Bake-Off was Saturday, September 15, 2012 in the food preparation laboratories of Murray State's Nutrition, Dietetics and Foot Management Program. Five finalists baked. Judges Kathy Timmons, Anne Newberry and Cadelia Turpin selected winners as follows: 1st: Patricia Carrico's French Cream Wafers; 2nd: Barbara Cox's Double Chocolate Dream Cookies; and 3rd: Jessica Evans' Macadamia Cookies with Lemon and White Chocolate. The top three cookie bakers received Gift Certificates from Elements of Murray. All finalists received autographed copies of Lynne Rosetto Kasper's book A Summertime Grilling Guide from the Splendid Table. WKMS received 23 recipe entries in its first cookie contest.

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9:48 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

Speaker's Corner: Berry Craig's keynote address at MSU History Dept. Hammack Banquet

Todd Hatton

At the 11th Annual Murray State University Department of History Dr. James Hammack Memorial Scholarship Banquet, author, educator, and historian Berry Craig delivered the keynote address, sharing stories of the politics and politicians who made Kentucky what it is today, as well as his remembrances of his former teacher, the late Dr. James Hammack.

12:14 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Todd Hatton speaks with futurist Ivan Potter on Sounds Good

Ivan Potter is a futurist and publisher of the West Kentucky Journal.  Mr. Potter has advised Kentucky governors and American presidents on rural development and intergovernmental relations.  Todd Hatton speaks with Mr. Potter about a recent article of his published in the Journal that looks at the effects of the recent drought on our region in terms of hard numbers.

10:37 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Cosmopolis at Maiden Alley


This week, the 2012 film Cosmopolis plays at Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema.  Legendary Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg presents 24 hours in the life of a young billionaire as he makes his way around New York City.  The film offers insights into life, reality, and capitalism in the unexpected way you'd expect from Cronenberg.  Todd Hatton and Maiden Alley's Larry Thomas take a spin around Cosmopolis.

8:23 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Mowing Employee Injured on US 41 in Christian Co.

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A commercial mowing company employee is being treated at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center after being run over by a tractor on the right-of-way along US 41 in Christian County late Wednesday.  The worker, who has not been identified, was part of a mowing crew working for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet on US 41 near Pembroke.

Morning Cram
8:33 am
Wed September 12, 2012

the morning cram [tragedy in Libya edition]

U.S. Ambassador Christoper Stevens
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Today on NPR:

  • The U.S. Ambassador to Libya is among four Americans killed in an attack on an Libyan consulate.

In Kentucky:

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