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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.