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Datebook: February 28 – First Gulf War ends 20 years ago

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It’s Monday, February 28th

Wednesday is the deadline for entries for the Murray Art Guild’s 23rd annual juried competition “Visual Evidence”.  Submit works in photography and computer arts, drawing and printmaking, mixed media and fiber arts, painting, sculpture and ceramics.  See how at

The International Film Series presents “My Time Will Come” tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Madisonville Community College, Learning Resources Center, Room 105.  The film is a dark but sympathetic portrait of one man’s solitude set in Quito, Ecuador’s capital City.  The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Managing finances online, financial planning, and accessing credit reports are among education experiences offered by the BB&T Bank Bus which is in Murray Wednesday.  It’s a 40-foot classroom equipped with technology and staffed by banker-mentors.  It’ll be at the MSU Business Building on 16th Street from 9 to 3 and the Weaks Community Center on Poplar Street from 5 to 8 p.m.

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morning cram [oscar edition]

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Last night’s Academy Awards may be remembered by Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo’s blurted-out, excited profanity.

But as NPR reports, except maybe the people who made Best Picture winner The King’s Speech, almost nobody had a very good time at this year’s Oscars.

A local meteorologist says the area “dodged a bullet.”

KENTUCKY~ Regions Bank sues Paducah-based Dippin’ Dots for $11mil. Community Foundation will dole out nearly $400k to local non-profits tomorrow.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville may make the guy who accidentally damaged a WWI statue pay up.

ILLINOIS~ High winds blew off a trailer’s roof and downed some trees over roadways north of Metropolis. The Ohio/Mississippi Rivers are on the rise. A Carbondale drug rehab program will cut it’s multi-month-long programs.


Severe Weather Alert 2-27

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Sunday, February 27

Alert:  Potentially significant severe weather event starting this evening and continuing through 6 a.m. Monday.

Click here to learn how to program your radio to Paducah Weather Radio.

Click here to watch a multimedia weather briefing about this storm event.


Calloway County Local Emergency Management Director Bill Call tells WKMS News about the weather threat for our area tonight into tomorrow morning and where in the house to take cover.  Recorded at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, 2-27-11.

Bill Call 2/27

Jason Wilson of NWS describes the significant weather event threatening our area overnight tonight.  Recorded at 4:25 p.m. Sunday, 2-27-11.

Jason Wilson 2/27


Chris Noles NWS Paducah gave this weather briefing earlier today:

NWS is predicting Significant severe weather event as early as this evening continuing through the night into the early morning hours. Storm prediction center predicts a high probability of tornadic activity for northwest Tennessee, west Kentucky and southernmost Illinois. Storm prediction center predicts damaging winds tonight in excess of 58 mph likely with supercellular storms. Large hail is most likely to occur from Arkansas to the Confluence of the Ohio and the Mississipi.

Super cell storm likelihood higher because more instability than Thursday. Hail still a concern through the night. The biggest concern is tornadoes and very high wind. Windshear is increasing substantially. Storms may become rapidly severe as they head northeast into our area. Damaging wind, large hail and tornadoes. Temps are unseasonably high in the Mid sixties to lower seventies, atmosphere destabilizing. Message is different today than yesterday. Storm mode may be different later on and there’s increased concern for earlier round this evening.

Midnight – hard to tell, from midnight on to 6 a.m. turn attention to west as cold front approaches. Strong to severe storms, wind damage threat more likely although tornadoes possible. By mid to late morning the system will be shifting out.

Tonight in the sixties, temps plunging tomorrow afternoon. Not expecting the same kind of rain of Thursday, but since ground conditions saturated there are flooding concerns because of rain falling more heavily for short periods of time, leading to flash flooding. Be prepared for storms this evening through tomorrow morning. Potentially significant severe weather event. Significant tornadoes could occur with supercellular storms moving through the area. Better to be safe than sorry.

Think about networking with family and friends.  If you hear a warning, call a friend or family to spread the word to keep people prepared and informed. Take care!

More from Kentucky Emergency Management and National Weather Service:

Kentucky Emergency  Management (KYEM) and officials at the National Weather Service (NWS) urge Kentuckians to prepare as a strong storm system is expected to move into the western part of the state late this evening and move northeast across Kentucky on Monday.

This system is capable of producing heavy rains, large hail, high winds and possible strong tornadoes. According to a statement issued by NWS, the potential for severe weather appears somewhat higher than the previous system that moved through last Thursday.  That system was blamed for fourth deaths in Graves County.

Of particular concern with this storm is the timing, as the greatest risk is during the overnight hours when people are unaware of their situation, unaware of public warnings and are in more vulnerable housing and structures. Researches conducted by Northern Illinois University showed nighttime tornadoes are twice as likely to kill as daytime tornadoes.

At this time, counties west of Interstate 65 appear to be at the greatest risk, but flood watches and other warnings are likely to be issued as the storm tracks across the Commonwealth.  However, with this and any storm system, severe weather and outbreaks can happen anywhere at any time.  BE AWARE BE PREPARED HAVE A PLAN!

If you encounter water over a roadway, do not attempt to drive through it, please…, STOP TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN!  If you encounter downed power lines, do not approach, call your local emergency management or utility provider and provide the location.

With the ground already saturated, river flooding continues to be a possibility and concern.  If you live along rivers and flood prone areas, be prepared to take appropriate action.  For river level information, go to:  There you can find current river conditions and links to additional weather information.

Stay abreast of the latest weather forecasts and be sure to monitor your NOAA Weather Radio and local broadcast media for weather updates, alerts and important safety messages.  Check on neighbors and family members to make sure they are aware of potential threatening weather and ask if they are able to receive alert warnings.

Links to the NWS website, county weather alerts, weather safety tips and additional information is available at

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Written by Matt Markgraf

February 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm

The Front Page [02.25.10]

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Andrew Jackson Smith: Civil War hero
In January 2001, President Bill Clinton awarded Andrew Jackson Smith the Medal of Honor. Smith served in the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and is one of only 25 African Americans to earn the honor for service in the Civil War. Jacque Day brings us this story of a local man who transcended slavery and prejudice to emerge as an example of American heroism.
New Kentucky Law Divides Optometrists and Ophthalmologists
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear Thursday signed into law a measure allowing optometrists to perform some surgeries previously only performed by ophthalmologists. The bill sailed through the legislature rapidly with little dissent among lawmakers, with one Republican Gubernatorial Candidate concerned with the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by PACs. But, while the debate in the legislature was relatively minor David Schmoll reports, outside the Capitol, debate was much more intense.
U.S. Drug Czar and Kentucky’s pill epidemic
The director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy toured Kentucky this week, and he’s heard from a wide range of people about their perspectives on prescription drug abuse. Kentucky Public Radio’s Brenna Angel reports on what these experts want the Drug Czar to know about Kentucky’s pill epidemic, and how Gil Kerlikowske plans to help.
MSU author on the ‘peculiar institution’ of slavery in Western Kentucky
Judy Shearer is PR Communications Coordinator for the Department of Art and Design at Murray State, and she’s written a book coming out later this spring that reveals much about how slaves and masters affected each other, and how they affect us still.
Civil War Dispatch 7 – Two African Americans in the Commonwealth
We continue our ongoing commemoration of the U.S. Civil War in the Commonwealth. On today’s Kentucky Civil War Dispatch, we take a look at the case of two African Americans in the Commonwealth, one free, the other a slave, whose desire for freedom made it all the way to the highest court in the country.
Civil War era re-enactors are nothing new for the region. But a group of all African-American women re-enactors is something special. The Female Re-Enactors of Distinction or FREED, recently visited and performed in the Clarksville, Tennessee and Hopkinsville area. The all-volunteer group is an auxiliary of the African-American Civil War Museum and Memorial in Washington, D. C. As Angela Hatton reports, their goal is to represent people who have been forgotten.
Anti-Bullying Legislation Heads to House Floor
A bill that expands the protections given gay students against bullying is on its way to the house floor. The action came after testimony from three gay students who were targeted by bullies while in high school.
Constitutional Convention
A bevy of reporters showed up Tuesday at the Kentucky State Capitol. Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh says the big draw was debate over a balanced budget resolution backed by the state’s junior United States senator.

Written by Chris Taylor

February 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Posted in The Front Page

Weekend Energy Preview 2-26

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so explosive, it’s like sling-shooting revenge-craven birds into a neglected pile of dynamite stacked against a wooden fortress inhabited by a hapless pig king and his minions.


Yelle – Safari Disco Club  – The latest single by French singer Yelle is quirky and disjointed yet strangely alluring. It’s not a instantly catchy as some of her earlier releases like A Cause Des Garcons, Ce Jeu or Je Veux Te Voir. Not at all. Yelle is taking indie French pop into entirely different territory. We can either keep up or miss out big time.

Chapeau Claque – Platte An – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

La Roux – I’m Not Your Toy (datA Remix) – Like pretty much everyone else, I’m a total sucker for La Roux. She’s one of those singers with a universal appeal. I’m Not Your Toy is no newcomer to Weekend Energy, but every time it makes its way on to a playlist, I’m reminded of her freshness. Similarly, datA does an excellent job revving up the energy in the song, giving it more of an electro vibe you’d hear on his original tracks.  Pool parties never looked so unique than in this official video.

Tritonal – Lifted feat. Cristina Soto (Mat Zo Remix) – I can’t remember the last time I’ve played Tritonal on the show. They’re one of those trance artists that gets easily lost in the mass of similarity. The particular addition of Mat Zo and Cristina Soto have created something special with Lifted. I first heard Zo upon the release of his stellar EP “The Lost / The Found” which stood out to me as vibrant and unique. His remix of this song is as crisp and smooth as it gets. This song is like audio butter melting in your ears. Much of this effect should be credited to the delicate, breathy vocals of Cristina Soto. This song is one of the best in the trance genre. I am particularly thrilled to be sharing it with you in the mix tonight.

(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)


Chapeau Claque

Chapeau Claque is  an energetic band from Germany with a thoroughly diverse sound. Their new album, Hab & Hut, is a complex blend of pop, downtempo, poetry slam and acoustic singer-songwriting – helmed by the always charming Maria Antonia Schmidt. Platte An is the one in this week’s mix, and explodes as the vibrant second track. Some of my other favorites on the album are the groovy Silhouette, the tenderly lyrical Knallt Ein Spatz and the absolutely insane Schlosshund. This group is so far my favorite find of the year. I’m sure I’ll be making that claim a lot as the year progresses, but Chapeau Claque has set the bar high. Check out the romping video below for Platte An. If your German is so-so, visit their web site and like them on Facebook.

Almost Made It

Bobby C Sound TV

If you do a search on YouTube for Bobby C Sound TV, you’ll see all kinds of hilarious retro remix videos (like the one below). I picked up a couple tracks from his new album “Future Past” and they almost made the mix. The tracks I had on the shortlist were Night Vision and The Digitalist. Both are straight up feel-good party bangers. If you’re throwing a party soon, or just want a party in your ears, recommend getting full album. The audio experience blends into itself, making a consistent good time. Check out more Bobby C Sound TV on his Facebook page.

Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include  Pony Pony Run Run, Jaguar Love, Peo De Pitte, Amanda Palmer & The Young Punx, Basement Jaxx and The Sneekers!

“Crank up your stereo, bust out the strobe light and kick up the bass.”

Weekend Energy has been blowing out car stereo systems, upsetting the neighbors and enhancing the night life of western Kentucky every weekend since July 2007 on WKMS. Host Matt “McG” Markgraf pours through hundreds of songs each week to create “the loudest show on public radio” featuring the best techno, dance and electronica from around the world.

Weekend Energy airs Saturdays on 91.3 WKMS from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Stream it live on Saturday nights.

Hear the show streaming online.

Written by Matt Markgraf

February 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

Datebook: February 25 – The First Pan American Games held 60 years ago

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It’s Friday, February 25.

Murray State’s Quad State Festival this weekend includes a special concert by the University Wind Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra featuring Joe Alessi at 7 tonight in Lovett Auditorium.  Alessi is principal trombone with the New York Philharmonic and regarded as a leading trombone artist internationally.

The Clarksville Community Concert Series presents classical guitarist Ana Vidovic (VEE dah vich) in performance Monday at 7:30 p.m.  The Vidovic concert is in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall at Austin Peay State University.  Tickets are available at  The Croatian virtuoso began her international career at age 11.

Next Friday is the deadline for artists submitting works in the selection process for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit 2011.  Two dimensional artwork completed within the last four years on the theme Springtime in Kentucky by Kentucky artists will grace the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.  Submit digital images online at

Use to send us what’s happening where you are.  Click community events for the interactive template there.  Thanks for listening.

morning cram [pension envy edition]

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The budget showdown in Wisconsin and other states has brought to light the differences between public and private retirement plans.

A pension researcher tells NPR private sector workers have pension envy because it seems their public sector peers are getting a better retirement deal.

KENTUCKY~ The bodies of 3 Graves County children have been recovered after a horse-drawn buggy was swept into a creek. Here’s a rundown of the damage brought by last night’s storm. Optometrists can soon do laser eye surgery. Senators will vote Monday on revamping the state’s penal code and a House committee doesn’t like tacking ultrasound requirements to abortions performed in the state. The Army Corps of Engineers is operating area dams to manage lake levels and minimize flooding.

OVC BASKETBALL~ (Men’s) MSU beats Morehead for its 22nd Ohio Valley Conference title, APSU > EIU, UTM > EKU; (Women’s) MSU < MhSU, APSU < EIU, UTM > EKU.

Datebook: February 24 – Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek proclaimed 180 years ago

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It’s Thursday, February 24.

Randall Black, tenor, and Marie Taylor, piano, present a concert featuring the vocal music of Kentucky composer Joseph Baber on Sunday, starting at 3:30 p.m. in Performing Arts Hall of Price Doyle Fine Arts near 15th and Olive.  The recital includes performances by Dr. John Dressler, horn and Dr. Stephanie Rea, flute.

The deadline for hunters to apply online for a quota permit for the spring turkey-hunting season at Land Between the Lakes is Monday.  Three quota hunts in both Kentucky and Tennessee during the first portion of the season require a prior application.  Apply online at where hunt dates are posted.

Over 700 bowls handmade by Paducah residents are ready for the Empty Bowls Project event at the Robert Cherry Civic Center Saturday from noon to 5.  The $15 ticket includes a handmade bowl which will be filled on the spot by participating restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Community Kitchen, which serves over 50,000 meals a year to people in Paducah.

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morning cram [discovery edition]

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Space shuttle Discovery has racked up an impressive list of firsts, including its last one — it will soon become the first in NASA’s fleet to be retired.

NPR reports Discovery is about to embark on its final mission, marking the beginning of the end of NASA’s 30-year-old space shuttle era.

Heavy rains throughout today with thunderstorms and severe weather likely to grace the area will make for hazardous driving conditions.

KENTUCKY~ A bill calling for testing carbon dioxide storage systems in the Commonwealth picks up steam in the General Assembly and so is another proposed law that would require scrappers to prove the metal is theirs. House members want to stop Beshear’s state worker furloughs. It sounds like the makings of a horror movie, but a group is digging up bodies under one of the state’s oldest psychiatric hospitals.

Datebook: February 23 – Plutonium 1st produced & isolated 70 years ago

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It’s Wednesday, February 23.

Murray State History professor Dr. Bill Mulligan speaks on the topic “The Civil War in Western Kentucky and West Tennessee” for The Jackson Purchase Historical Society meeting Saturday.

It convenes at 10:30 a.m. at Wrather Museum near the corner of 16th and University Drive.

On Saturday The Ultimate Pancake Eating Challenge Throwdown benefits Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Clarksville.  G’s Pancake House Restaurant at 803 South Riverside Drive hosts the challenge starting at noon.  Four contestants face five sixteen ounce pancakes, five eggs and five pieces of meat for over $500 in prizes.

Maiden Alley Cinema ‘s annual Oscar Party starts at 6 p.m. Sunday, this time with casual approach rather than black tie.  Tickets are $15, including food and two adult drink tickets.  Maiden Alley Cinema is on the alley going through the block between South Water and 2nd Streets near the Riverfront in downtown Paducah.

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