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morning cram (weather voodoo edition)

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We @ WKMS are still watching for snowfall, as the National Weather Service’s wild predictions are petering out. Still, most of West Kentucky has closed for the day. The latest reports guess the most snow will fall tonight. Remember, other drivers are probably idiots, so be careful out there.

KY~ McCracken’s big high school will cost +$65m. P&L Rail’s new tax break secures green building. Trigg County could partly reinstate prohibition Monday. Buy an LBL bison (later). Rand’s got some bank.

TN~ A Clarksville cop resigns.

SPORTS~ APSU beats out EKU (both).

Written by Chris Taylor

January 29, 2010 at 9:11 am

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Matt’s Good Read

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When we’re not on-the-air or at our desks, we like to pick up good books. Most of us here at the station are, in fact, avid readers. We decided to share what’s currently being read by WKMS staff members, student workers and volunteers.

Interested in a book on our list? Follow the Amazon link. A small percentage of your purchase of anything on Amazon through this link goes right to WKMS at no additional cost to you.

What are you reading? Share your good read our Facebook Fan Page, here.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

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Boys don’t keep diaries — or do they? The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to. It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary. Since its launch in May 2004 on Funbrain.com, the Web version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been viewed by 20 million unique online readers.

“I read all four books in this series in four sittings, partly because they are easy and meant for kids who generally dislike reading, but also because they are friggin’ hilarious and awesome. Greg, the wimpy kid on the cover, is encouraged to write a ‘diary’ by his mom, and so he does – chronicling all his hopes, fears and mis-adventures in what may be considered the typical life of a middle-schooler. The power of this series, which both kids and adults would appreciate is in the author, Jeff Kinney’s masterful narrative, making Greg funny, loveable and most importantly: real.” – Matt Markgraf

See more “Good Reads” on the WKMS web site.

Written by Matt Markgraf

January 28, 2010 at 10:44 am

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morning cram (fast-trains edition)

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Yay for mass public transport!

KY~ Snow tonight. Paducah Police think they know who robbed US Bank. Grayson, Paul, & Johnson will speak there in February. Paducah’s PATS is still pushing for Greyhound merger. Murray eyes its finance options. Prison food may go public (again). The Commonwealth slips into bed with Microsoft to help jobless.

TN~ Judge: Clarksville red light cameras are constitutional. Legislator abandons health insurance smoking ban.

Written by Chris Taylor

January 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

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morning cram (elective edition)

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KY~ Snow tomorrow. Paducah aspires to become more big brotherly.  That Loan Oak-thing probably won’t happen. 2 Murray Hospital staffers head to Haiti. This year’s candidates are locked in, and Henley gets some competition. The House votes soon on driveby texting.

TN~ Clarksville’s Piper touts city’s progress. A Martin High School may payoff families. State’s using road $timulu$ effectively.

IL~ Quinn/union broker deal; save jobs.

Written by Chris Taylor

January 27, 2010 at 9:44 am

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At Least the Sun’s Kinda Out

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By Todd Hatton

In the off chance that anyone’s been curious as to why Angela and myself have been absent from the airwaves, well, we’re in Washington, D.C., both for a little R&R before the next fundraiser, and for our third anniversary.

And, just in case you’re thinking, “Well, how, uh, romantic.  Washington.  In January,” keep in mind that Angela and I are history, literature, and culture nerds.  Therefore, we are in history, literature, and culture-nerd heaven.

Just a few of the highlights of our week so far:

1)      The view from our motel room in Lexington, VA.  Angela said it reminded her of Darbyshire, in England.  Lacking that comparison, it reminded me of Tolkien’s Shire.  (See, “Lit Nerd!”)

2)      Little red flashing lights on Interstate 64.  They’re imbedded into the shoulders of all four lanes.   I had no idea what they were for until we got up into the Blue Ridge Mountains for a visit to Jefferson’s Monticello.  Apparently, it’s not uncommon to drive into clouds up there.  Clouds. Or at least, fogs so heavy they appear to be clouds.  So, those lights are there to keep you from driving off of an impossibly high cliff to your doom.  Wow.  Hats off to the Virginia Department of Highways!

3)      Monticello in the Mist.  That all-encompassing fog on the Interstate settled down into a mist that seemed to pull Jefferson’s home out of time.  Normally, you can see the University of Virginia from Jefferson’s front door, but that day (Sunday), nothing but fog.  Beautiful and ingenious house.

4)      The Cardozo Guest House.  Gorgeous room and I promise I’ll post pictures very, very soon.

5)      The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.  Nerd.  Heaven.

6)      The Smithsonian Museum of American History.  This is where I’ll go, if I’m good, when I die…

7)      The Lincoln Memorial.  Profound experience.  In fact, the picture I’ll take with me for the rest of my days is the small Latina woman who came up to the threshold of the monument, bowed her head, and crossed herself.  Then she went inside.

8)      The Newseum.  This is where journalists go to remind themselves how crucial their jobs are.  Angela told me after we left that she saw one Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph that in her words was “soul-killing.”  It’s the photo of an eastern African child, starving and struggling to reach a UN food station.  Lurking in the background, waiting, is a vulture.  I prefer to see it as the ultimate call to action.  If nothing else, the photo screams, “Do Something!”  I can only hope and pray that child is alive and healthy.

9)      The Rivalry at Ford’s Theatre.  This ranks as one of the most ghoulish, poignant, and thought-provoking of my experiences in D.C. so far.  The play is about the rivalry between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln.  The actor playing Lincoln was eerie, looking just like him and sounding like I imagine Lincoln sounded like.  All within feet of the box where Lincoln was assassinated.

That’s it so far.  We’re off to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum today.  Watch this space!

Written by Todd Hatton

January 27, 2010 at 8:16 am

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Bec’s Good Read

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When we’re not on-the-air or at our desks, we like to pick up good books. Most of us here at the station are, in fact, avid readers. In the style of NPR’s “What We’re Reading” (an excellent weekly guide) we, too, decided to share what’s currently being read by WKMS staff members, student workers and volunteers.

Interested in a book on our list? Follow the Amazon link beneath the picture. A small percentage of your purchase of anything on Amazon through this link goes right to WKMS at no additional cost to you.

What are you reading? Share your good read our Facebook Fan Page, here.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

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A popular bestseller since its publication in 1844, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the great page-turning thrillers of all time. Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, Dumas’s grand historical romance recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond Dantès, a dashing young sailor falsely accused of treason. The story of his long imprisonment, dramatic escape, and carefully wrought revenge offers up a vision of France that has become immortal. As Robert Louis Stevenson declared, “I do not believe there is another volume extant where you can breathe the same unmingled atmosphere of romance.”

“Though I’m not reading it right now, I highly recommend Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo to anyone. Yes, yes, it’s long, but that just means you get more for your money. It’s filled with action, adventure, romance, revenge, a little philosophizing and much more. I read it this summer on my daily subway commute from Brooklyn to Lincoln Center, and I finished it in about a week. I could not put it down. It’s a classic for a reason.” – Bec Feldhaus

See more “Good Reads” on the WKMS web site.

Written by Matt Markgraf

January 26, 2010 at 5:33 pm

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morning cram (triggcohol edition)

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KY~ You can pick up a sixer in Trigg. McCracken’s on a boat! (not Reidland-Farley’s). 20 Paducah Sam’s Club workers get the axe. Hundreds of coal jobs coming to Muhlenberg County. Midnight homeless person spotting event scheduled tonight. 21 drug arrests and 1 embezzler jailed in Graves yesterday. Bad economy blamed for last year’s rise in crimes. Senate passes ultrasounds-before-abortions bill.

TN~ A Clarksville cops’ DUI gets him a week off (paid), and the city is working to stop itself from falling into the Cumberland River.

SPORTS~ UTM Men’s won; Ladies lost.

Written by Chris Taylor

January 26, 2010 at 9:49 am

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