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the morning cram [empty nest egg edition]

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Retirement may not be as enjoyable as it once was.

NPR reports retirees are finding the golden years to be much more difficult than they expected.

Kentucky~An accidental shooting claims a life in Graves County.  No Child Left Behind grades are in.   Senator Paul wants to block pipeline regulations.  Williams and Galbraith sound off on Race to the Top funds.

Illinois~ Metropolis ok’s booze on Sunday.


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.

Professor Calls Fancy Farm “Old Time Politics at Its Best”

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Earlier this week we brought you news from the 130th annual Fancy Farm picnic. There, I interviewed Hanover College Professor of Communication Barbara Garvey, who was attending her first Fancy Farm picnic, about the event. Garvey told me she’s interested in following the evolution of political party “message.” Part of that interview made it into a feature WKMS ran on air. Curious to see what she thought now that the weekend has passed, I called her.

Our conversation ranged from Governor Steve Beshear’s “winner” speech, and how that positions him for next year’s re-election bid, to Rand Paul’s “missed opportunity” and his false post-Fancy Farm accusations.

She spoke to me from her home in Indiana:

Written by Angela Hatton

August 11, 2010 at 2:23 pm

morning cram [downsizing edition]

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“Despite the slow economy and high unemployment, profits are returning at many companies. But companies that made deep job cuts may suffer in the longer term.”

~NPR explores extreme downsizers.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah’s first-pick for city manager hails from Colorado. Property values in McCracken County increase (slightly). Mayfield’s WK&T gets $123m (in ARRA funding) to expand rural broadband. The Fancy Farm breakdown: House District-1 candidates, Senate District-2Jack ‘n Rand, and Whitfield vs. Hatchett.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville’s Quad/Graphics plant will shut down in November (leaving 700 without work). Newspaper archives (circa 1836-1922) will be available online in the next 2 years.

Videos from Fancy Farm

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I know, we’re blowing your mind with content . . . onto the videos!

Chants are popular. Here’s one that also made it onto the “back” of t-shirts. Get it?

If you weren’t there yourself, here’s some views of the crowd at its height.

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul get big reaction from the crowd.

On the way down, we saw several clusters of Jack Conway signs, but no Rand Paul signs. Don’t believe us? See for yourself.

Written by Angela Hatton

August 7, 2010 at 6:00 pm

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Fancy Farm Update – 5:45 p.m.

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Ahhh, it’s nice to be back in the air conditioning.

The 130th Fancy Farm Picnic is finished. As we left we walked by discarded water bottles, pull tabs and campaign stickers. An attendee we spoke with says the event isn’t going to change anyone’s opinion at the voting booth, but candidates did their best to prove otherwise.

After U.S. Senate candidates Jack Conway and Rand Paul finished their speeches, district and local candidates took the stage, including Congressman Ed Whitfield, Candidate Charles Hatchett, Senator Ken Winters, Representative Fred Nesler, Candidate Mike East, Candidate Rex Smith, Candidate Mike Lawrence and Representative Steven Rudy. The rhetoric was less fiery, as fans and political figures filtered out. But bingo kept on, even after the stumping was done.

With an estimated 10,000 people at the picnic. National media attention inclduded C-SPAN and TIME magazine. But listen Monday to WKMS, where we’ll bring you a unique view on Fancy Farm.

Written by Bec Feldhaus

August 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Photos from Fancy Farm 2010

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Some WKMS photos from Fancy Farm 2010. More photos coming soon.

Written by Matt Markgraf

August 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm