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Datebook: May 18 – Big Joe Turner turns 100

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American blues shouter Big Joe Turner was born on May 18, 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri. According to songwriter Doc Pomus, “Rock and roll would have never happened without him.” Turner came to his greatest fame in the 1950s with his pioneering rock and roll recordings, particularly “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” He died November 24, 1985. Today we shout the blues in your honor, Big Joe. Watch Big Joe Turner shout the blues on YouTube.

Here’s Datebook for Wednesday, May 18

Murray Calloway County Hospice conducts the first of a two part education program about end-of-life issues and care-giving– tomorrow from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The course is required for volunteers. The second session is May 26. Both sessions are in the Education Building on the corner of south 8th and Elm Streets. Call 270-767-3670 with questions or intent to attend.

May 30th is the deadline for the 2nd Annual Remarkable Vision Photo Contest. See kentuckynewera.com for rules and to submit digital high res jpegs taken within Christian County. Category 1 is for historical imagery unique to Hopkinsville-Christian County. Category 2 is for the photographer’s vision of potential and opportunity.

Western Baptist Hospital hosts a free stroke awareness luncheon tomorrow in its Heart Center Auditorium. Reservations are required at 270-575-2895. The hospital also offers a 24 hour chest pain and stroke hotline at 800-575-1911.

Go to our website wkms.org to learn about our live broadcast Saturday from the Lowertown Art and Music Festival in Paducah.

morning cram [schiller’ed edition]

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“NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned.”

NPR blogs about Schiller at the Two-Way.

KENTUCKY ~ McCracken County School officials respond to empty bomb threats at Reidland Middle. Paducah renews contract with police union, and gives them raises. The 2011 LowerTown Arts and Music Festival: more music, more food. Christian County gets new tornado sirens. The General Assembly agrees government transparency not just a good idea, it should be law. Compromise on state medicaid budget seems impossible; lawmakers angry about possibility of special session. State tax revenue looks good in the eighth month of FY 2011.

TENNESSEE ~ City council committee takes the city charter through a slash and burn revision. UT-Martin Faculty Senate says no to extra guns on campus, and Union City is getting a park. Business leaders support governor’s teacher tenure revisions.

morning cram [sp-oil edition]

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“We’re seeing already an increase in suspiciousness, arguing, domestic violence… increased drinking, anxiety, anger and avoidance.”
~ from NPR, on the health effects of the Gulf oil spill

KENTUCKY~ 70 applicants (so far) want to be Paducah’s next City Manager and commissioners approve some incentive deals with 2 major employers there. Last month’s LowerTown Arts/Music Festival netted the local economy +$131k. MSU takes in $1 million for science/technology equipment. A Hopkinsville fraud trial gets put on the back burner so the feds can prosecute. Another Fort Campbell hero was killed in Afghanistan. Rand Paul is wearing flippy floppies (taking money from bank bailout senators after promising not to). The state’s Democratic Party has a new Chairman and he donates to both parties.

TENNESSEE~ ACLU: Jailed immigrant bill will create a ‘police state’. The state Supreme Court will hold a summit to find ways to make more legal services free to the public.