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The problem with election night returns

Murray, KY ~ While many folks are glad the election is over and done with, in most of Kentucky anyway, many of us can relate to searching for results online – hitting that web browser refresh button over and over again. During Kentucky Education Television’s coverage on election night, former Courier Journal political writer Al Cross and former Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Jennifer Moore criticized the Commonwealth’s election returns website, saying it was under-performing. Since the media tends to be the public’s main conduit for race results, Chris Taylor delves into the process of how vote totals are reported on election night…
An Islamic Space in Mayfield 

Mayfield, KY ~ It was Deja vu today in Mayfield when the Zoning board met in their regular session. The board was set to consider a conditional use permit for an Islamic prayer space near the city’s downtown. It was the same application they voted to deny over two months ago. As Angela Hatton reports, the American Civil Liberties Union appealed that decision and called for a redo.

Pseudoephedrine Sparks Stalemate: the Debate Around Regulating a Meth Ingredient 

Murray, KY ~ The tinny sound of automatic doors accompanies a trip to pick up medicine at a local pharmacy chain. Cold and flu season is here accompanied by commercials from big-name pharmacies encouraging the public to stock up on medicine even before falling ill. One decongestant drug on many lists is Sudafed. Next year, however, the din of automatic doors could be replaced with the subtle flutter of magazine pages in a doctor’s waiting room.

Author of Time and the River, remembering WWII
Murray, KY ~ This past Thursday, Americans celebrated Veterans Day. This remembrance of the country’s 25 million servicemen and women who survived their wars began in World War One’s aftermath and took its final form in 1954, when US President Dwight Eisenhower, himself a veteran of the First and Second World Wars, signed the first Veterans Day proclamation. Michael Freeland is an adjunct professor at Austin Peay State University. He’s also a veteran and is the author of Blood River to Berlin, a memoir of his time in the 82nd Airborne in World War Two’s European Theatre. His new book, Time and the River, has just come out and he joined us in the studio to talk about the new book and the war-time experiences that shaped it. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Chris Taylor

November 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm

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Datebook – November 12

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It’s Friday, November 12.

There’s a Women in Business Showcase from noon to 5 Sunday at the Murray Woman’s Clubhouse on Vine Street.  Browse vendors including Gallery 109 and Magnolia Tea Room and learn more about New Beginnings Transition Homes, the Merryman House and more.  There’s also a Woman’s Club Bake Sale.

Murray State’s Performing Arts Hall hosts a concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday featuring Sue-Jean Park, violin, Angela Wu, piano, and Scott Locke, clarinet.  Hear works by Bach and Mozart as well as Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale, a work of virtuosic violin writing.  Dr. Park signs CDs following the free concert.

Mayfield First United Methodist Church, 214 South 8th Street has a Christmas Open House for Missions tomorrow from 9 to 2.  Complimentary holiday refreshments and door prizes are offered for Christmas shoppers.  It’s Mayfield’s community wide open house weekend with an offer of a Mayfield collectable Christmas ornament gift for purchases over $50.

See for local music shows on demand.  Have a great weekend and thanks for listening.

morning cram [mushy edition]

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As the former military ruler of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf is not exactly an apostle of democracy. He seized power in a 1999 Coup d’état, but was pushed out of office 3 years ago after imposing martial law.

~NPR talks to the former General about his plans to return to Pakistan to become an elected leader.

KENTUCKY~ A Paducah man is in jail for (allegedly) stealing donation money from that dancing guy in front of Kroger. You can do some figure 8’s in Paducah starting this afternoon. Modern firearm deer hunting season begins this weekend. Watch out for traffic on US-45/Lone Oak Road. Murray High’s Tigers plays Fort Campbell’s Falcons tonight. A Madisonville mom claims a man tried to abduct her son. Kentucky National Guard members will head to Iraq next year to help withdrawal. An AWOL Fort Campbell soldier turns himself in on Veteran’s Day.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville Fort Campbell soldier is given a new home from a non-profit veteran’s group.