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Ky Chamber of Commerce President on upcoming General Assembly
Frankfort, KY~ The upcoming regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly begins January 4th, and veteran as well as freshman legislators have been busy getting ready. They’re not the only ones, however. Chamber President Dave Adkisson was in western Kentucky recently to provide area business people with a preview of the organization’s agenda; he sat down with Todd Hatton in our studios to discuss that agenda and the Chamber’s hopes for the short January session.

Questions raised about biblical theme park tax breaks
Louisville, KY ~ State tax breaks are being offered as an incentive to lure a religious theme park to northern Kentucky. And as Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh reports, questions are being raised about such use of public dollars.

New Mayors Bring New Perspectives to City Government
Madisonville, KY ~ A new year will mean new leadership in some cities in our region. Voters in Mayfield, Murray, and Madisonville, as well as Clarksville, Tennessee elected new mayors in November. This season, many state and national candidates rode a wave of anti-incumbent sentiment to victory, while others pledged to get the career politicians out of government. As Angela Hatton reports, that view isn’t common on the local level.

McCracken County Attorney Speaks on Possible McCracken County/Paducah Annexation Case
Paducah, KY ~ The city of Paducah recently annexed land owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority, Paducah Power and McCracken County. The only problem is that the annexation may have been illegally crafted. David Schmoll sits down with McCracken County Attorney Michael Murphy to discuss the possible court case.

How State Universities Harness Debt for Growth
Richmond, KY ~ Kentucky’s universities are built on debt. Students borrow money so they can attend classes. And those classes are a conducted in buildings with a mortgage. Each year, the legislature authorizes tens of millions of dollars in new debt so state-owned colleges can build classroom buildings, dormitories and athletic facilities.

Mustangs in Martin: Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
Martin, TN ~ An icon of the classic American West is on the way to Martin Tennessee. The University of Tennessee hosts the Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program this weekend at the Martin campus. It presents local equine enthusiasts with the chance to adopt a mustang or burro for much less than the average price. Rebecca Feldhaus has the story.

Playhouse opens “White Christmas”
Murray, KY ~ “White Christmas” is an American favorite, especially among people of the Greatest Generation. The 1954 film starred Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and Kentucky’s own Rosemary Clooney. The man behind the music was Jewish-American composer Irving Berlin. This holiday season, Murray’s Playhouse in the Park brings the story to the stage. Jacque Day sat down in the studio with director Tova Shinall and Hayley McCuin. Here is their conversation.

Purchase Players open “Meet Me in St. Louis”
Mayfield, KY ~ Friday, the Purchase Players of Mayfield open their production of “Meet Me in St. Louis.” This stage adaptation of the 1944 film starring Judy Garland explores the trials and tribulations of the Smith family amid the backdrop of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Two of the cast joined Jacque Day in our studios. And while they’re not what you’d call the “lead” characters, they certainly are, well, characters.

Maiden Alley Cinema presents “The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo”
Paducah, KY ~ This weekend Paducah’s Maiden Alley Cinema is showing the first two movies of the Millenium Trilogy – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Girl Who Played with Fire”. The novels have received quite the buzz. And as commentator Larry Thomas says the movie versions are just as good.

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Written by Chris Taylor

December 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Posted in The Front Page

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