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McCracken County Prospective Coal Facility Controversy
A controversial zoning change request drew 200 people to a meeting of the McCracken County Planning Commission Wednesday night. Industry has targeted 400 acres that include Carneal, Heady, Tucker, and Metropolis Landing roads for rezoning from Rural Residential to Heavy Industrial.
Purchase Players: Zany Rendition of “The Princess and the Pea”
If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and the Pea,” the current Purchase Players production could turn your impression on its ear. This weekend, the Mayfield-based playhouse opened “Once Upon a Mattress.” The original off-Broadway production starred Carol Burnett as the princess. Jacque Day spoke with the young director-music director team Samantha Doran and Justus Wright, about their collaboration on this play and others.
Kentucky’s Civil War Part 2: Slavery in the Commonwealth
Over the course of this 150th Anniversary year of the American Civil War, we’re bringing you a series of in-depth stories about the war in our region, its causes and its effects. Today, we take a closer look at how Kentucky dealt with one of the Civil War’s central issues: slavery. We’ll also hear from the slaves themselves, with re-enactors giving voice to the accounts of those experienced slavery in western Kentucky first-hand.
MSU Grad Gives Personal Perspective of Japanese Quake
In the wake of the earthquake in Japan, many have wondered how the situation is for those living in Japan. News reports have kept us informed about the progress in recovery, but few have spoken directly with the people living in the country. Chris Wells is a Murray State University graduate. Wells has spent the past 16 years in Tokyo where he works as an English language narrator, voicing English scripts for companies and government agencies. Angela Hatton spoke with Wells.
Q&A: Author Susan J. Douglas on ‘Enlightened Sexism’
Susan J. Douglass is a prize-winning author, columnist, professor and cultural critic. In her most recent book, Enlightened Sexism: (The Seductive Message That Feminism’s Work Is Done) Douglas continues her analysis of the mixed messages surrounding women, and the struggle she sees in the media between embedded feminism on the one hand and enlightened sexism on the other. WKMS Volunteer Dr. Bob Lochte speaks with Douglas about her career and writings.
Manager Says Nuclear Enrichment Safer in Disaster Than Nuclear Power
A nuclear power plant affected by last week’s 8.9 earthquake in Japan continues to pose a danger. As workers try to stabilize the reactors at Fukushima, nuclear industry employees in other countries watch anxiously. The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant produces the uranium fuel used in power plants around the world, including Japan. The Paducah plant is also near the New Madrid fault line, which scientists have estimated has the potential to cause a major earthquake.
Levee Keeps Smithland Dry (and Smiling)
As river flood levels crest and begin to recede this weekend many area residents will offer sighs of relief. Over in Livingston County, at the confluence of the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers lies the town of Smithland and nestled in that quiet bend is Smiley’s Levee Caf . Its namesake is what’s keeping a portion of the town from being submerged by the swollen Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. Chris Taylor calls up the restaurant to see how things are going.
Politics surrounding Medicaid in Kentucky
As the first week of the special legislative session on Medicaid draws to a close, it now appears lawmakers may spend another week in Frankfort. So far, they’ve failed to compromise on a method for balancing the Medicaid budget. Securing a middle ground has been tough in this year’s highly political atmosphere.
Continuing Coverage of the Medicaid Special Session
The special session on balancing Kentucky’s Medicaid budget continues in Frankfort. Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh says the early focus of the session is on the House of Representatives, where the Medicaid bill is beginning its legislative journey.
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Written by Chris Taylor

March 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Posted in The Front Page

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