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the morning cram [millionaires gotta eat too]

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New York Governor Cuomo thinks Millionaires need a break.

NPR reports the NY millionaire tax is set to expire, and most New Yorkers are not happy about it.

Kentucky~    Half of the Paducah Convention Center embezzlement gang pleads not guilty. Galbraith says he’s the man! The unemployment rate fell in September.

Tennessee~ A Fort Campbell soldier is being presented with the Silver Star posthumously. Town hall meetings are being held across the state to address the voter I.D. law.

Illinois~  Massac County is hard up for cash. Quinn wants to know who voted for absent lawmakers in a recent session.

Datebook: October 23 – Sewing Machine Pioneer Isaac Singer Turns 200

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American inventor, actor and entrepreneur Isaac Merritt Singer was born on October 27, 1811 (and died July 23, 1875). He made important improvements in the design of the sewing machine and was the founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Many had patented sewing machines before Singer, but his success was based on the practicality of his machine, the ease with which it could be adapted to home use, and its availability on an installment payment basis.  Singer and his business partner, Edward Clark, pioneered installment purchasing plans and accepted trade-ins, which caused sales to soar, and are still common in many business practices today. No surprise, he also happened to be quite a well-dressed man.

It’s Thursday, October 27

Kentucky’s only collegiate rodeo team, Murray State’s, hosts the Racer Roundup College Rodeo tonight, tomorrow and Saturday night at 7 at the Bill Cherry Expo Center on College Farm Road in Murray. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 for students, Children 5 and under free. There’s competition in 10 events. Both the rider/tyer and the animal are judged.

A support group of the Paducah chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness meets tonight at 7 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church at 27th and Broadway. It’s for family members and others affected by mental illness. Meetings are every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Call 270-443-3448 for details.

October is National Energy Awareness Month. TVA offers a new website about the three categories of energy efficiency programs it offers along with local power companies, for homes, businesses and industry. The address is

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the morning cram [where’s my money edition]

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Iran’s Banks just discovered they’re short $2.6 billion.

NPR reports a recently discovered banking scam has already yielded 30 arrests and promises many more.

Kentucky~   Kentucky is looking for a few good students. The Military History Building is set to reopen next month. P’Pool gets some big name endorsement. Beshear says jobs will continue to be his top priority if re-elected.

Tennessee~ The state is trying to keep the lottery system from going broke.

Illinois~ State lawmakers override Quinn’s veto on the electricity bill.  The gambling bill is put on ice in the Senate.

Special Giveaways During All Things Considered – October 26, 2011

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We’re thrilled to have Brian Laczko and Debbie Wattier from The Carson Center in Paducah in our studio today during All Things Considered! They’ve brought some special gifts to give away. Here’s the breakdown:

1. Everyone who participates today during ATC will be entered into a drawing for a pair of main floortickets to the Carson Center’s presentation of My Fair Lady on Wednesday,November 2 at 7:30 p.m.

2. For all pledges of $100 and up you can receive a pair of tickets to Trout Fishing in America – coming to the Carson Center November 17.

And after we meet the challenge grant….

3. For ONE Day Sponsor pledge of $250 a listener will receive a pair of main floor tickets to Larrythe Cable Guy November 20 at 7 pm.

4. For ONE $365 “dollar a day” pledge a listener will receive a pair of tickets to the Distiller’sDinner this Saturday October 29.

Contribute what you can to your public radio home at 800-599-4737, or online at

Written by Matt Markgraf

October 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm

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Datebook: October 26 – Happy Diwali!

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Diwali, popularly known as the “festival of lights,” is a festival celebrated between mid-October and mid-November for different reasons. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC. It’s an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.

Happy Diwali! Here’s  a fun video from The Office.

It’s Wednesday, October 26

Chanticleer performs at the Union City Civic Auditorium Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Twelve male voices from countertenor to bass perform original interpretations of vocal literature across the ages. Tickets are $20 at the door or by membership, which includes concerts in Dyersburg.

Tomorrow Hopkinsville Community College English professor Taylor Carlisle leads a book discussion in the Christian County Public Library Board Room at 6:30 p.m. It’s about Jaimy Gordon’s 2010 National Book Award Winning, Lord of Misrule, set in the world of horseracing.

Sunday brings the Race to the Canal to LBL. There are mountain bike races for all ages and ability levels with 31 classes and prizes for the top 3 in each, weather permitting. Register at Wood-n-Wave in Grand Rivers Friday and Saturday, at the start and finish point on Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive Sunday from 7:30 to 8:30, or online at

Help WKMS reach its fundraiser goal of $130,000 in community support by 8 p.m. Saturday. Click pledge now at Thanks.

Written by Matt Markgraf

October 26, 2011 at 10:22 am

the morning cram [10 years of Patriot Act edition]

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Ten years after it’s signing, the Patriot Act is still controversial.

NPR reports that on the tenth anniversary of President George W. Bush’s Patriot Act, Americans still disagree about whether or not it violates their right to privacy.

Kentucky~ Paducah property taxes go up (a little bit). Paducah Middle’s Walker moves to the district office under scrutiny. The 101st deals with budget cuts. Records show no evidence of David Williams sexual abuse. Beshear is well in the lead with money to blow.

Tennessee~ The Legislative Black Caucus wants in on redistricting.

Datebook: October 25 – Evariste Galois turns 200

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Évariste Galois was a French mathematician born on October 25, 1811 (and died May 31, 1832). As a teenager, he laid the foundations for Galois theory, a major branch of abstract algebra, and the subfield of Galois connections. He was the first to use the word “group” as a technical term in mathematics to represent a group of permutations. He was an outspoken radical Republican and died from wounds suffered in a duel, which involved Alexandre Dumas, at the age of twenty. He’s made several contributions to algebra, but his most notable contribution is Galois theory, in which an algebraic solution to a polynomial equation is related to the structure of a group of permutations associated with the roots of the polynomial.

(It’s also the 130th birthday of Pablo Picasso, but everyone knows that!)

It’s Tuesday, October 25

The Markethouse Theatre in Paducah continues auditions for Escanaba in da Moonlight tonight at 6:30 in the main theatre. The 5 men and one woman cast engage a hunting story complete with crude hunting humor and thick Upper Michigan accents. Performances are January 12 through the 22nd. See for more.

Marching bands from Heath, Lone Oak and Reidland high schools converge on Lone Oak’s Flash Field at 7 p.m. Thursday for the McCracken County Marching Band Community Showcase. Hear Back to 1975, Westward Ho, Wicked – The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and a group rendition of America closing the showcase.

Randy Johnson directs the classic thriller Wait Until Dark at Murray’s Playhouse in the Park. Shows are at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday with a 2:30 matinee Sunday. Purchase tickets at A conman and two ex-convicts meet their match in a blind woman who evens the playing field in this cat and mouse game.

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