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Society
6:26 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Williams marriage ending after 9 years

Senate President David Williams
lrc.ky.gov

Kentucky Senate President David Williams and his wife are divorcing after nine years of marriage.  In a statement from Williams’ office Monday, Robyn Williams says the "rough-and-tumble pressures" of politics put "unique and incessant pressure" on their relationship.

Education
6:24 am
Tue September 11, 2012

KY Panel looks at teacher recruitment, preparation

prichardcommittee.org

A team of experts examining ways to improve teacher quality in Kentucky is using its second meeting to discuss recruitment and preparation.  The Prichard Committee Team on Teacher Effectiveness meets today in Frankfort.  Team members will hear from experts and discuss the state's existing programs for teacher recruitment and alternative certification.   The panel was formed by the nonprofit Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, an education advocacy group based in Lexington. Its goal is to make recommendations for the 2014 legislative session.

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Government
6:05 am
Tue September 11, 2012

KY Agency offers online abuse, neglect reporting

Wikimedia Commons

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services is offering a new way to report abuse or neglect in non-emergency situations.  The agency that oversees child and adult protection says it has a new web-based portal for reporting suspected abuse or neglect.  The agency says the online system makes it convenient, confidential and secure to report situations that don't need an immediate response.

Education
10:49 am
Mon September 10, 2012

A Conversation with author and educator Berry Craig, 2012 Hammack Banquet Keynote Speaker

Dr. James W. Hammack, Jr.
Murray State University

Todd Hatton speaks with Berry Craig, author of True Tales of Old Time Kentucky Politics: Bombast, Bourbon, and Burgoo and other works of Kentucky history, about his upcoming keynote presentation at this year's Murray State Department of History Dr. James W. Hammack, Junior Memorial Scholarship Banquet.  Information about reservations to attend can be found here.

Morning Cram
8:37 am
Fri September 7, 2012

the morning cram [who do you love? edition]

Wikimedia Commons

Today on NPR:

Your choice for president comes down to whose myths you believe.

In Kentucky:

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Government
8:26 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Matheny abandons TN house speaker challenge

Wikimedia Commons

Tennessee State Representative Judd Matheny says he’s no longer considering a challenge to fellow Republican Beth Harwell for House speaker next year.  Matheny announced last month he was looking into a bid for the House’s top post because he felt marginalized by other GOP leaders.  He says he will instead seek another term in his current position as House speaker pro tempore.

Society
8:23 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Summer enforcement project nets Ky. arrests

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After three months of stepped-up enforcement on Kentucky's highways, police say the project resulted in apprehension of 41 fugitives as well as thousands of drunken-driving and drug arrests.  The effort, called Operation B.L.U.E. Lights, began June 1st and ended Labor Day. Kentucky State Police held over 1,600 safety checkpoints across the Commonwealth to draw attention to unsafe driving and reduce traffic deaths.  Over 2,000 D-U-I arrests and almost 1,500 hundred drug arrests were made.

Education
8:20 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Poets & Writers ranks MSU Creative Writing MFA in top 20

MSU Creative Writing MFA Director Ann Neelon
Murray State University

Poets and Writers magazine has named Murray State University’s master of fine arts in creative writing program among the top 20 in the nation.  Program Director Ann Neelon says the seven year old, low residency program’s ranking is facilitated by great students, alumni, faculty, and administration.  The honor comes as online and distance learning increases in national and global prominence. Poets and Writers is one of the largest nonprofit literary organizations in the U.S.

Society
8:16 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Last night’s storms produce little damage

Wikimedia Commons

Little damage is being reported throughout western Kentucky in the wake of a line of strong thunderstorms that passed through the area last night.  The storms lasted for about two hours, producing rain and high winds that downed trees and power lines.  The National Weather Service reports those winds gusted as high as 50 and 60 miles per hour in McCracken, Graves, and Marshall counties.  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says a motorist in Calloway County struck a tree that had fallen across the road.  Otherwise, no injuries were reported last night.  N-W-S meteorologists

Morning Cram
8:10 am
Thu September 6, 2012

the morning cram [lost your marbles? maybe they're in Springfield edition]

The shell of the Solenosteira microspira, the marine whelk.
gastropods.com

Today on NPR:

Apparently, male snails make good adoptive fathers.

In Kentucky:

The Commonwealth, and a liquor store, are trying to block alcohol sales in groceries.

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