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British Film Crew Explores Murray Inventor
Murray, KY ~ For its latest Wallace and Gromit production, parent company Aardman travelled around the world to find inventors and inventions that are ahead of their time. One film crew landed in Murray, Kentucky. As Angela Hatton reports, they came to test a wireless telephone invented by a local melon farmer over a hundred years ago.

Kentucky Education on the Mend
Murray, KY ~ The most recent Kentucky College and Career Readiness High School Feedback Report shows Western Kentucky schools falling behind in preparing students for college. David Schmoll discusses what has gone wrong and how are our educators trying to fix it.

November conversation with Murray State’s president
Murray, KY ~ WKMS News Director Chad Lampe recently sat down with MSU President Dr. Randy Dunn for their monthly meeting to discuss all things Murray State and Higher Ed. In the November edition, they discuss how the university’s lobbying efforts could be effected by the Congressional Republicans’ stand against earmarks. They also talk about the possibility of Murray State faculty and staff raises and the potential of a new funding model for Kentucky Universities. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Chris Taylor

November 19, 2010 at 4:36 pm

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Datebook: November 19 – International Men’s Day

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It’s Friday, November 19.

The Market House Theatre in Paducah offers Bloody Murder at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow night and matinees tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  The play spoofs the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie, recommended for ages 10 and up. The box office is at 132 Market House Square.

This Sunday at 3 p.m. Murray native, president of eXile International Beth Haley speaks of her work with former child soldiers and orphans of war in Congo, Sudan and Uganda.   The awareness event in Murray State’s Curris Center’s Barkley Room from 2 to 4 p.m. includes the sale of jewelry, international art and photography.  Ms. Haley also shows bit of the film Children of War.

The Department of Theatre at Murray State stages Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”, tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30, Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  It’s suitable for children 12 and over.  Shows are at the Robert E. Johnson Theatre, ground level, Doyle Fine Arts Building near 15th and Olive.

Follow our calendar of events at  Here’s to a peaceful weekend.

morning cram [hospital say what? edition]

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Republicans made major gains in the midterm election, running vowing to “repeal and replace” the health law passed by Democrats earlier this year.

~NPR reports the health care industry (usually strong GOP allies) are a lot less enthused about the idea.

KENTUCKY~ Police: an (alleged) Paducah-area crack dealer jumps bail. Christian County High gets audited (because it’s on the state’s top 10 worst schools list). Transportation officials will install a left-turn traffic light. Local governments will pay more into retirement funds and the state is ordering health insurers to resume selling child-only policies.

TENNESSEE~ I-24 in Clarksville is sporting new signs pointing to the birthplace of Robert Penn Warren. A Clarksville juvenile escaped custody by jumping out of a moving van (while shackled) and city council members there passed a (1st reading) moratorium preserving a path for its proposed corridor between Fort Campbell and Governor’s Square Mall. Unemployment levels ‘stay the course.’ Higher-Ed officials recommend raising tuition 7%.

SPORTS~ APSU < Lipscomb; UTM < LSU.

Written by Chris Taylor

November 19, 2010 at 9:15 am

Posted in The Morning Cram