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Datebook – September 30, 2010

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It’s Thursday, September 30.

The Murray Art Guild offers Messy Friday workshops for children 3 to 5 years of age, starting tomorrow at 9 a.m. and continuing through December 10. Children and parents work to develop motor skills with age appropriate projects, including painting, drawing, collage and 3D. The fee is $70. The Guild is at 500 North 4th Street.

The Paducah School of Art Faculty Art Exhibition opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Clemens Gallery of the Clemens Theatre Lobby at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. About 30 works by eight faculty members are on display through October.

Murray State invites the community to host international students over Thanksgiving or Christmas breaks or plan activities with these students during parts of the breaks. Attend an information session at 4 p.m. on one of the next three Tuesdays in the Ohio Room of the Curris Center. Contact the Institute of International Studies for more.

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morning cram [youth vote edition]

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The White House is trying this week to re-energize college students and young voters who played a big role in electing President Obama two years ago.

~NPR reports polls show Democrats still lead the youth vote, though not by the record margin they did in 2008.

KENTUCKY~ Police search for a band of ruffians who tied up and robbed an elderly lady. An investigation report is due out tomorrow on Paducah’s halfway house escapes and nearby Kentucky Oaks Mall has a couple new stores opening up next month. Calloway County’s 911 system will stand on its own. A family gives Murray State University $1.3mil. Paving begins on a short stretch of US-68 tomorrow near Draffenville. A coal company gets a pat on the back for it’s environmental efforts. Fort Campbell prepares to deploy another 4k soldiers. Federal regulators greenlight Paducah’s Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Facility and a study is released finding a higher average of past employees died from leukemia and lymphoma.

TENNESSEE~ A man pleads guilty to a Clarksville 2006 double murder. A man dies in a high speed Montgomery County wreck. One institute has committed over $9mil for business solar grants.

Datebook – September 29, 2010

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It’s Wednesday, September 29.

Saturday  a 5K Race at Kenlake State Resort Park benefits the therapeutic riding center, Horses, Inc. $20 registration opens at 7 with the race starting at 9.  Meet behind the Kenlake Tennis Center. See more at

The Westside Jail and Prison Ministry presents Facing the Dragon by David Parnell, one man’s battle against methamphetamine Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at Westside Baptist Church, 207 Robertson Road, South, Murray.

The Humane Society of Marshall County is accepting donated items for their fall yard sale coming up October 9.  Take all items except for TVs, computers and other electronic equipment to the facility at 6301 US Highway 68 East of Benton 10 to 4 Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Saturday the Yeiser Art Center on Markethouse Square in Paducah hosts an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. for its next Artist of the Month exhibit.  See the paintings of Carol Jones of Elizabethtown, including an image of the ice storm.

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Murray State University Flash Mob

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Wikipedia defines flash mob as “A large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse. The term flash mob is generally applied only to gatherings organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails.”

Written by Chris Taylor

September 29, 2010 at 8:45 am

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morning cram [terror$ edition]

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The Federal Treasury Department will soon publish new rules that would pave the way for tracking all money transfers coming in and out of the US to ferret out terrorism financing.

~NPR hears from experts it isn’t clear the plan is going to work.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah police search for an eyebrow-less burglar and city commissioners there welcome funding a dog park. McCracken County Clerk Jeff Jerrell will oversee the November ballot.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville teachers are getting a pay bump. Senators review changes to the state’s Board of Regents. Cyclists can comment on how the roads are. State representative candidate Roy Herron accuses his opponent of not disclosing his finances.

WKMS Kindle Giveaway Winners

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Congratulations to Rodney and Saundra Shinall, winners of our pre-fundraiser web Kindle giveaway, Autumn 2010.  Here are some kind words from the Shinalls:

We want to thank WKMS so very much for the wonderful Amazon Kindle. I don’t remember ever winning such a valuable prize.

We love WKMS and listen daily. We especially like all of the NPR news and talk programs. We try never to miss Car Talk on Saturday mornings. I could listen to those guys all day. Anything associated with Garrison Keillor is a class act; please keep him coming.

I most certainly will continue supporting WKMS as long as I am financially able to do so.

Again, thank you and all of the WKMS staff who do such a wonderful job, the service you provide is greatly appreciated and I look forward to many more years of listening.

Rodney and Saundra Shinall

morning cram [secret hurricane edition]

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Scientists aboard a NASA DC-8 hope to better predict the strength of hurricanes at landfall.

~NPR hears how scientists aboard a flying laboratory hope to figure out what makes the storms so sneaky.

KENTUCKY~ A Murray schizophrenic pleads guilty to murder. Paducah Power christens its gas plant. A Benton man is charged with a DUI murder. Officials ID the dead body found near Earlington.  A 200-mile yard sale begins this weekend. Flags are @ half-staff today in honor of another Fort Campbell casualty and one soldier at the base is awarded a bronze star. Nightly roadwork begins tomorrow on a couple of Paducah I-24 interchanges. An education report calls the Commonwealth’s schools too slow after poor test results. You have only 1 week left to register if you want to vote in November.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville shooting suspect turns himself in.

Datebook – September 27, 2010

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It’s Monday, September 27.

The Paducah Aero Modelers Air Show is Saturday and Sunday at the model air park on County Park Road just off Coleman Road near I-24 Exit 4.  It starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and continues “until”  There’s no admission fee to see control line, free flight and radio control model airplanes at rest and in action.  Pilots are tail-gating and swap-meeting during demonstrations.

Tomorrow is Saudi Arabia National Day at Murray State University.  Explore and discover the Saudi Culture, including sampling Arabian Food and henna from 9 to 3 p.m. in the dance lounge of the Curris Center.

The Yeiser Art Center, Markethouse Square in Paducah, begins Life Drawing Sessions this Wednesday.  It’s $15 per session for all eight sessions Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. through November 17.  All artists must be 18 years of age or older.  Sessions begin with a series of warm-up gesture poses then proceed to longer poses.

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morning cram [middle class edition]

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President Obama sets off on a multi-state, 3-day political tour today, designed to appeal to middle-class voters, many of whom are dissatisfied with the state of the economy on his watch.

~NPR details the president’s plans.

KENTUCKY~ Bardwell’s J-Mack Cookers wins Paducah’s BBQ on the River grand championship (for a 4th year in a row). The Executive Inn liquidation sale is almost over and demo teams ready to tear down the former hotel. Former Barkley School of Law students won’t have to pay back all their loans. 3 Michigan men are jailed in Christian County for a mobile methlab. An autopsy is scheduled this morning on a decomposed body found near Earlington. Official: I-69 development slow, but coming. The state’s Episcopalians now have a new leader. Jack accuses Rand of accepting donations from white supremacists.

OVC SPORTS~ (football) MSU > UTM, APSU < WU. (women’s soccer) MSU & UTM < EKU & MHSU; SEMO > APSU > EIU.

morning cram [toxie’s dead edition]

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Toxie, NPR‘s Planet Money toxic asset pet, died this week. She was killed by one of the worst housing busts in U.S. history.

~NPR illustrates Toxie’s life on the Planet Money blog.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah’s Housing Authority is going to be a lot more big brother-like next summer. Murray’s mayoral candidates will debate @ MSU in October. Mayfield will vote next month on the ACLU’s request to reverse its mosque denial. State Police find a gun and drugs during an I-24 traffic stop. Lawmakers hear more about state furloughs from Beshear’s Personnel Secretary. Rep. Whitfield wants to make it easier to dispose of prescription/controlled substances. The state’s No Child Left Behind test scores are disappointing.

TENNESSEE~ A federal judge rules the state’s ballot requirements for 3rd parties is unconstitutional.