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the morning cram [fat jokes edition]

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Many t.v. sitcoms lean on fat stereotypes for much of their programming needs.

NPR reports stereotypical fat characters on many t.v. sitcoms do not accurately reflect actual life for overweight people.

Kentucky~ Politicians discuss coal at the Fancy Farm Picnic. The Attorney General race heats up. Thousands attend the Fancy Farm event. Independent gubernatorial candidate Galbraith shined at the picnic. The 40th annual LBL homecoming is ahead.

Tennessee~ Employment services could be scamming you. Schools without collective bargaining do slightly better.

the morning cram [more jobs edition]

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Unemployment rates are down as new jobs are created in July.

NPR reports 117,000 new jobs were created last month, bringing the unemployment rate down to 9.1 percent.

Kentucky~ Paducah is a good place to retire. Fort Campbell begins the Week of the Eagles. Paducah won the Chamber of the Year award last night. A highway maintenance man died yesterday. Jack Conway says he is frustrated with Washington too. The Highway Safety Director has been fired.

Datebook: August 4 – 90th birthday of Herb Ellis

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American jazz guitarist Mitchell Herbert “Herb” Ellis was born on August 4, 1921.  In addition to being a staple of west-coast studio recording sessions, Ellis is well-known for performing with the Oscar Peterson Trio from 1953 to 1958 along with pianist Peterson and bassist Ray Brown.  His inclusion in the trio provoked controversy; he was the only white person in the group in a time when racism was still very much widespread.  Ellis died on March 28, 2010.


It’s Thursday, August 4.

Stefan Jagoe presents “African American Genealogical Research: Tips and Tools to help you find your black roots” for Evenings Upstairs at the McCracken County Public Library tonight at 7.  An avid genealogist, Jagoe is Youth Minister at Grace Episcopal Church in Paducah.

Political speaking starts at 2 p.m. at the legendary Fancy Farm Picnic on the grounds of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church Saturday. The picnic actually starts tomorrow at 5 p.m. with a fish fry at the Knights of Columbus Hall with Lew Jetton and 61 South performing later. Saturday’s activities start at 10 a.m., including Bingo and barbecue. Jennifer Fox and the Pillow Fighters perform Saturday night. Details at

Murray State’s Department of History’s 10th Annual Dr. James W. Hammack, Jr. Scholarship Banquet on September 17 features UNC-Charlotte historian Dr. Karen L. Cox. She speaks on “Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture.” $40 ticket reservations are due by September 10 at 270-809-2234.

Take care. Thanks for being with us.



morning cram [suicide edition]

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“It’s a perfect storm. You subject people to terrible trauma, and then you take away all their mental health resources. What do you expect?”

~NPR speaks to New Orleans EMS workers about post-Katrina suicide rates (which doubled following the hurricane and still remain high).

KENTUCKY~ A Benton man drowns in Kentucky Lake. A report finds the Shawnee Fossil Plant’s coal ash pond has been leaking into the Ohio River since the ’80s. An MSU staffer will participate in a roundtable discussion celebrating the 50th birthday of the  Commonwealth’s Human Rights Commission. Instant Racing hits the courts this week and a ruling on the state furlough lawsuit is expected soon. Jack and Rand make another BBQ date at a planned McCracken County picnic.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville pedestrian was killed on Fort Campbell Blvd. Wednesday is the deadline to file for flood-related tax relief and if you’re confused, call this hotline. The former Montgomery County EMS Director claims the County Mayor bullied him into retirement. Police in Weakley County warn someone’s posing as an officer and pulling people over.

NCAA WOMEN’S SOCCER~ MSU loses to South Florida (4-2); wins against Alabama A&M (1-0). APSU beats Western Illinois (1-0) and Chattanooga (2-0). UTM beats Lipscomb (1-0); loses to Missouri State (2-0).

Professor Calls Fancy Farm “Old Time Politics at Its Best”

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Earlier this week we brought you news from the 130th annual Fancy Farm picnic. There, I interviewed Hanover College Professor of Communication Barbara Garvey, who was attending her first Fancy Farm picnic, about the event. Garvey told me she’s interested in following the evolution of political party “message.” Part of that interview made it into a feature WKMS ran on air. Curious to see what she thought now that the weekend has passed, I called her.

Our conversation ranged from Governor Steve Beshear’s “winner” speech, and how that positions him for next year’s re-election bid, to Rand Paul’s “missed opportunity” and his false post-Fancy Farm accusations.

She spoke to me from her home in Indiana:

Written by Angela Hatton

August 11, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Fancy Farm Update – 5:45 p.m.

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Ahhh, it’s nice to be back in the air conditioning.

The 130th Fancy Farm Picnic is finished. As we left we walked by discarded water bottles, pull tabs and campaign stickers. An attendee we spoke with says the event isn’t going to change anyone’s opinion at the voting booth, but candidates did their best to prove otherwise.

After U.S. Senate candidates Jack Conway and Rand Paul finished their speeches, district and local candidates took the stage, including Congressman Ed Whitfield, Candidate Charles Hatchett, Senator Ken Winters, Representative Fred Nesler, Candidate Mike East, Candidate Rex Smith, Candidate Mike Lawrence and Representative Steven Rudy. The rhetoric was less fiery, as fans and political figures filtered out. But bingo kept on, even after the stumping was done.

With an estimated 10,000 people at the picnic. National media attention inclduded C-SPAN and TIME magazine. But listen Monday to WKMS, where we’ll bring you a unique view on Fancy Farm.

Written by Bec Feldhaus

August 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Photos from Fancy Farm 2010

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Some WKMS photos from Fancy Farm 2010. More photos coming soon.

Written by Matt Markgraf

August 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Fancy Farm Update – 12:30 p.m.

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Lunch time at Fancy Farm and the lines for BBQ are getting longer and the seats are fewer.

Temperatures are rising both literally and politically. Men in Grim Reaper costumes tote signs against “Conway’s Small Farms Death Bill.” Those with Jack Conway’s campaign man the Rand Paul “Waffle House” booth. A new group called United Front Kentucky just arrived with spray painted shirts and signs against Facism. Another new-comer is former president Abraham Lincoln. Who knows what other deceased presidents will attend.

Media from across the state and the country join these WKMS reporters at the front of the hall ready for the speaking to start. If we’re lucky we might leave with Jack Conway “flip-flop” sandals or a Rand Paul “waffle” paper fan. Stay right here at the Front Blog for more updates on the 2010 Fancy Farm picnic.

Update from Fancy Farm – 11:15 a.m.

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It’s quarter after 11 a.m. on a hot Saturday in Kentucky and Fancy Farm is filling up. On the road from Murray, Jack Conway political signs line long stretches of the road. Rand Paul’s tour bus is here as well as a George Washington look-alike armed with a wooden stake to kill the Health Care Bill. Political leanings span the spectrum from revolutionaries to supporters who want to legalize marijuana.

Stumping begins in a little over 2 and a half hours and the stands are filling up quickly. Just some of the organizations here today are Tea Party members, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Teachers for Conway, AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) and those coming simply for barbecue and games. Keep watching the Front Blog for updates on what’s going on here at Fancy Farm.

Written by Bec Feldhaus

August 7, 2010 at 11:25 am

morning cram [don't shoot the messenger edition]

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“Journalists in some parts of Mexico have stopped covering the drug trade entirely after their colleagues have been kidnapped, killed or threatened.”

~NPR hears how unbiased information is also a casualty of the conflict (2/5).

WARNING: It’s hot!

KENTUCKY~ The man behind the wheel of a deadly Murray DUI (5 years ago) could be paroled today.  Investigators ID the victim of a fatal weekend fire in Marion. A Paducah man gets a 25 year sentence for child molestation charges. Several area counties get paid for their coal mines. Preview what to expect Saturday at Fancy Farm’s political picnic. An Owensboro hospice service expands into Muhlenberg/Hopkins counties. Some Dawson Springs youth are cycling their way to Memphis to deliver a donation to a children’s hospital. A dozen Fort Campbell heroes died in Afghanistan last month.

TENNESSEE~ Montgomery County commissioners could upgrade a pair of positions at the Trustee’s Office. Early voting turnout this election is the most popular on record.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell’s disgruntled union plans a +1k person rally in Metropolis.


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