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Datebook: March 31 – César Chávez Day

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It’s Thursday, March 31.

A world-renowned scholar on the Holocaust, Christopher Browning, speaks in Murray Saturday night.  His presentation titled “Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony” is the keynote for the Beasley Memorial Scholarship Banquet starting at 7 p.m. in the Curris Center.  Tickets are $40 for dinner and lecture, $15 for lecture only.  Call 270-809-2234 for reservations.

The Hopkinsville Art Guild presents Spring into Art tomorrow.  It’s a Paint-off  and Reception starting at 5 p.m. at the Guild Art Gallery, 4000 Fort Campbell Boulevard.  7 Artists participate in a timed painting contest and their works will be in a fundraiser drawing.  Jim Garnett, guitar, entertains, and refreshments are provided.

Today’s the deadline for entries in the Entre Paducah Best Business Plan competition.  See contest rules and the official entry form at  There’s a $2500 cash price to the winner of this first Entre Paducah –Paducah Bank Business Plan Competition.

WKMS is fundraising to support your favorite programs and this announcement service.  Call 800-599-4737 now to add in your contribution.  Thanks for pushing the fundraiser closer to goal.

Datebook: March 30 – Robert Bunsen turns 200

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It’s Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah raises laughs and funds for the American Red Cross Recovery efforts in Japan.  Tickets are $10 for Stand-Up for Humanity at 7 p.m. tomorrow featuring local stand-up talent along with headliner and Star Search contestant Tim Northern of Nashville.

The Jackson Purchase Friends of Bluegrass partner with DC Electric Company’s Relay for Life Team in a fundraising fish fry at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Kentucky Opry Building in Draffenville.  After dinner hear bands like The McKendrees and Uncle Mike and the Pea Snappers.  Tickets for the dinner are $7.50 per person.

Near Henderson Audubon State Park’s Annual Wildflower Extravaganza is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s a guided wildflower walk at 9 and another at 11.  At noon there’s a wildflower Scavenger Hunt for children ages 3 to 5 with parents.  Another wildflower walk follows at 1 and at 2 p.m. learn about birdscaping, or landscaping to attract birds.

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morning cram [surreal edition]

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Foreign journalists in Libya are facing increased government pressure.

NPR hears how the media’s situation in Tripoli has become ever more sinister and weird.

KENTUCKY~ Earlington voters end prohibition. A 5-car wreck this morning shut down KY-58. McCracken County authorities search for a knife-wielding robber. MSU’s Curris Center will be back open today after things got a little steamy. The Madisonville-North Hopkins County High School band is invited to play @ New York’s Carnegie Hall. Oak Grove’s longtime police chief gets fired. The (acclaimed) editor of the Madisonville Messenger is retiring. Lower temps may stave off some tree pollen-caused allergies. The state will pick up your tab if you take the GED.

TENNESSEE~ A Houston County fire station burns to the ground (irony!?). One proposed bill wants to add an extra tax to soft drink sales, and another wants to protect teachers (who allow students to decry theories of evolution).


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Datebook: March 29 – Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified 50 years ago

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Murray Calloway County Hospital Endowment for Healthcare raises funds for the Hospice House Building project with Murray’s first ever half marathon, Saturday April 16.  In addition to runners, volunteers are welcome all day to help with course set-up, water/aid stations, medal distribution, and other jobs.  Get more information at 270-762-1831.

The McCracken County Public Library is now recycling.  It’s at 555 Washington in Paducah.  Bring your used books, shaped cake pans, and books and papers about McCracken.  Bring your batteries & electronic equipment, old cell phones and eye glasses.  And the Library can use your un-used school supplies and coloring books as well as unexpired food items.

Angels Attic Thrift Store in Murray needs inventory.  It sells household items, books, furniture, clothing, CDs, and other items to benefit Angels Community Clinic.  Drop off hours at the rear of the store off Arcadia Drive are 9 to 5 Monday through Saturday.  The store is also able to pick up large donations and yard sale leftovers.

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morning cram [music clouds edition]

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Amazon has launched a way for consumers to easily access all of their music on all of their devices through a so-called “cloud music service.”

~NPR reports the online retailer’s launch beat Google and Apple to the punch.

KENTUCKY~ Residents want McCracken County officials to oversee the local Humane Society. Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant has a new contractor to convert radioactive waste. Four area high schoolers will have Associate’s degrees when they graduate. A Mayfield man pleads guilty to manslaughter. Boy! Murray sure has grown. Earlington votes today on whether to allow restaurant alcohol sales. Hopkins County’s long-time Circuit Court Clerk is retiring. Gov Beshear signs a bill into law making it easier for top-earners to refinance homes. Some Maker’s Mark bottles will be sealed with gold wax.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville man goes on trial accused of murdering his Fort Campbell soldier spouse two years ago. Low-risk prisoners can now get credit toward their sentences for taking 3-month classes. A House sub-committee will discuss legalizing deer farming.

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Datebook – March 28: Paris Commune formed 140 years ago

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The Regional Transportation Committee meets Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Pennyrile Area Development District office at 300 Hammond Drive in Hopkinsville.  Topics include prioritization and project updates.

The Yeiser Art Center hosts a Gala Opening Reception for its Fantastic Fibers 2011 Exhibit Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.  This international competitive exhibition showcases a wide range of works in the fiber medium.  See 58 works created by 47 fiber artists from around the world and the nation.  The Yeiser is at 200 Broadway in Paducah.  The exhibit runs through April, Quilt Show month.

The Dawson Springs Museum and Art Center showcases Student Art during April.  Works include those from grades 1 through 12, curated by art teacher Cindy Crider.  The museum is on South Main Street in Dawson Springs, open Tuesday through Friday 1 to 4 and by appointment other times.

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morning cram [debriefya edition]

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President Obama will debrief the nation tonight on the US military operations in Libya.

NPR reports the televised address comes nine days after Obama spurred the military into action.

KENTUCKY~ A Paducah man (allegedly) stabbed another man many times with a screwdriver. Paducah had a mini-quake last week. Six area dams would be hazardous if breached. A philanthropic dancing competition over the weekend drew in $132k. Gov Beshear throws out state agency cuts in the just-passed Medicaid bill.  UK makes the Final Four. Oh, and don’t burn your trash.

TENNESSEE~ A bill on Gov Haslam’s desk would remove state law references to ‘idiots, lunatics, and retards’.

SPORTS~ (Baseball) MSU = APSU, UTM > << JSU. (Softball) MSU = TTU, APSU > << EMU, UTM = EKU.