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Datebook: January 12 – Earthquake Rocks Haiti 2 Years Ago

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The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne, approximately 16 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. By January 24, 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. An estimated 3 million people were affected by the quake. The government reported an estimated 316,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured, and 1,000,000 made homeless. At least 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had been destroyed or severely damaged. Notable landmarks, such as the Presidential Palace, National Assembly Building, Port-Au-Prince Cathedral, and the main jail had been damaged. Many countries responded with humanitarian aid, medical teams, and engineers. Over the past two years, recovery has been slow largely due to poor government management of aid received, land ownership issues, the spread of cholera, and the overwhelming amount of refugees and the rise of violence. But still, there is hope…

Could Haiti be saved by coffee?

It’s Thursday, January 12

Hear poet Blas Falconer reading from his works for Murray State’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Winter Reading Series tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Clara Eagle Gallery of Doyle Fine Arts. Mr. Falconer’s book A Question of Gravity and Light came out in 2007 and his book The Foundling Wheel is forthcoming in 2013.

Learn Latin with beginning Latin lessons for high schoolers and adults starting next Tuesday. Classes are Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at WKCTC Emerging Technology Building, 4810 Alben Barkley Drive in Paducah. Register with

Saturday Hopkins County honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an event beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Byrnes Auditorium in the Hatley Building on Madisonville Community College’s Health Sciences Campus. In addition to keynote speaker Mrs. Naomi Barber King, hear combined choruses and the 50 voice Evansville Chapter of the Gospel Workshop of America Mass Choir.

Check out NPR’s All Songs Considered tonight at 6:30. See the new program schedule at Thanks!

the morning cram [the best way to hurt rich people is to turn them into poor people edition]

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It’s official, Americans like to spend money.

NPR reports pound for pound, dollar for dollar, we like to spend far more than our counterparts throughout the world (and we hate to save too).

Kentucky~ A shootout in Hopkins County hospitalizes four. Apparently you can get cash for farming land that doesn’t belong to you. State Reps want Kentuckians to have a tax-free weekend next school year. The Commonwealth begins a new tourism campaign.

Tennessee~  The Arts Commission commissioned its new website (I couldn’t resist). The state is honored for financial reporting.





the morning cram [London on fire edition]

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Riots and looting spread from London throughout England with no unifying cause.

NPR reports that in the third day since riots broke out in northern London, the violence has spread across England without any apparent cause other than general unrest.

Kentucky~ An alleged rapist is found in Murray. Gov Beshear will share his photos from the Middle East.

Illinois~ The state can claim your money if it sits for a year.

Missouri~ The Frito Bandito strikes again!!

Tennessee~ Build a storm shelter and get a tax break. Officials are fighting for the state credit rating.

the morning cram [more jobs edition]

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Unemployment rates are down as new jobs are created in July.

NPR reports 117,000 new jobs were created last month, bringing the unemployment rate down to 9.1 percent.

Kentucky~ Paducah is a good place to retire. Fort Campbell begins the Week of the Eagles. Paducah won the Chamber of the Year award last night. A highway maintenance man died yesterday. Jack Conway says he is frustrated with Washington too. The Highway Safety Director has been fired.

the morning cram [debt-ceiling edition]

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A chasm is growing between congressional Republicans, as the ‘Hell No Caucus’ claims US credit default is a fallacy.

NPR reports claims by Republican lawmakers such as Minnesota’s Michelle Bachmann and Illinois’ Joe Walsh put them at odds with party leaders.

Kentucky~ The Heath school shooter is denied a competency hearing. There will be road work on I-24 today. A local couple wins the Duck Tape prom competition (but will they stick together?).

Tennessee~ Clarksville may get a convention center. Bredesen’s mom won’t get Haslam’s update e-mail anymore.

Illinois~ The Gaming Board wants Quinn to veto a gambling expansion bill.

Datebook: July 11 – ‘The Two-Headed Nightingale’ turns 160

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Millie McCoy and Christine McCoy were born July 11, 1851 (and died October 8, 1912). They were American conjoined twins who went by the stage names “The Two-Headed Nightingale,” “The Eighth Wonder of the World” and “The Carolina Twins.” Their parents were slaves on the plantation of Mr. Alexander McCoy near the town of Whiteville, North Carolina. They were sold to a showman named Joseph Pearson Smith at birth. He and his wife provided the twins with an education and taught them to speak five languages, dance, play music, and sing. For the rest of the century, the twins enjoyed a successful career as “The Two-Headed Nightingale”, and appeared with the Barnum circus.

It’s Monday, July 11

Tonight at 6:30 Project Aids Orphan hosts a showing of the half hour film Binta and the Great Idea at Maiden Alley Cinema near the riverfront in Paducah. The 2007 Oscar nominee features Binta, a little girl from Senegal talking about her life, the importance of education for girls, and her father’s great idea. Tickets are $5.

Murray State’s MFA Summer Reading series continues tonight at 7:30 in Clara Eagle Gallery, 6th Floor Price-Doyle Fine Arts near 15th and Olive. Novelist, poet and instrumentalist Philip Stephens of Kansas City, Missouri reads. His new book Miss Me When I’m Gone involves a failed folksinger and a murderess. The readings are open to all through Wednesday.

Learn about the impact Interstate 69 will have on Hopkins County at a Chamber Hot Topic/After Hours tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hopkins County Fairgrounds-Ballard Convention Center in Madisonville. Hear from the Transportation Cabinet, Hoosier Voices for I-69, the Evansville Chamber, and the C-Link Board of Directors.

Learn more at Thanks.

morning cram [floozy edition]

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Nashville, TN’s Magdalene program offers prostitutes an opportunity to get drug-free and off the streets.

NPR reports the program’s housing, therapy and a self-sustaining small business allow the women it serves to heal, make money and gain respect.

KENTUCKY~ Torrential overnight rain adds to flood worries (no additional damage reports). Gov Beshear sends in some sandbagging troops after warning about price gougers. WKMS surveys Calloway County storm damage from the air. A landslide in Lyon County has been partially cleared from KY-93.  Madisonville OKs Sunday alcohol sales (+tax). Richie Farmer ponies up his furlough money to charity. US Rep Whitfield tours the region today.

TENNESSEE~ Montgomery County schools are off to a late start. Jostens Publishing in Clarksville expects to add +200? jobs.

Datebook: April 26 – World Intellectual Property Day

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World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on April 26. The event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000″ to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact o daily life” and “to celebrate creativity and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe. ” This year’s theme is “Designing the Future.” Read more about WIPO and the day.

Here’s Datebook for Tuesday, April 26.

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra is fundraising with an online auction including six violins hand painted by local artists interpreting visions of joining musical and visual arts. There are also other unique items like jewelry, family getaways, and sports memorabilia. Bid at

Tomorrow a team of major leaders in all facets of the Nashville music industry discuss aspects of the business in several panel forums in Lovett Auditorium at Murray State. The evening starts at 7 p.m. with seating onstage to provide a comfortable atmosphere for give and take between the panel members and the audience.

Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library hosts a Taster’s Choice Luncheon tomorrow from 11 to 2. Tickets are $10 with proceeds going to a library facility. It’s also the culmination of a silent auction of items donated by local merchants.

Thanks for choosing as your source for regional news and great music.

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: February 21 – Presidents Day

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It’s Monday, February 21.

The Henry County High School Thespians present Fred Carmichael’s farce Exit the Body at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris this weekend.  Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for age 18 and under.  The Center’s at 650 Volunteer Drive.  There’s a missing body and hidden jewels in a home being rented by a mystery writer.

Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale is on the program for a concert featuring Sue-Jean Park, violin, Angela Wu, piano, Bob Valentine, narrator, and Scott Locke, clarinet in Murray State’s Performing Arts Hall tomorrow night at 7:30.  Also, hear Grieg’s Violin Sonata in C minor and selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

The 2011 School Counts Gala is set for 7 p.m. Saturday March 19 at Madisonville Golf and Country Club.  $30 tickets benefit the School Counts program and youth of Hopkins County.  Tickets are available at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, the Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce and other locations.

See more at  Thanks for Listening.