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Datebook: February 10 – Midway Atoll Bombarded 70 Years Ago

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The Midway Atoll is a 2.4 square-mile group of formerly-inhabited islands claimed by the United State between Hawaii and Japan. It is currently home to the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and is open to the public for visitors interested in ecology and military history. Indeed, Midway played a significant role in the Pacific Campaign in World War II. The Battle of Midway was one of the most important naval battles in the war, which took place 70 years ago this June. Due to its strategic location, it became a convenient refueling stop for transpacific flights and Navy ships. Midway’s importance was brought into focus after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Though the December 7th attack on Midway was repulsed by US troops, a Japanese submarine bombarded Midway on February 10, 1942 – 70 years ago today. This was the precursor to the larger attack four months later, and the devastating defeat of the Japanese Navy. Midway Atoll is now home to nearly three million birds, including 70% of the world’s Laysan Albatross population.

It’s Friday, February 10

The 2012 Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville takes place today, tomorrow, and Sunday at the Nashville Convention Center. Celebrate color with internationally renowned experts and more than 150 exhibitors. $15 admission benefits the Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art and The Exchange Club Charities. Find more at

The Dover Community Theatre presents “The Battle of Fort Donelson: A Retrospective” tomorrow at 7PM and on Sunday at 2PM at Rose Ella Village. The show features four scenes written by Dan Griggs, Martha Parker, and the Reverend Donald Bailey, Jr. Tickets are $5 at the door. Reserve seats at 232-5201.

The McCracken County Extension Office offers Master Food Volunteer Training Thursdays in March from 5 to 7PM. Participants learn about food safety, cooking techniques, and the basics of nutrition. Class size is limited; reserve a seat at 554-9520.

Listen Sunday at 3 on 91-3 for the first episode of Blues City, a 10-part regional exploration of the blues.

the morning cram [Herman Cain edition]

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GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has quickly risen to political stardom, but can he sustain the momentum?

NPR reports Herman Cain attracts the attention of Tea Party supporters and social conservatives with his direct, to-the-point, speaking style and business experience.

Kentucky~ An equipment malfunction caused the popcorn fire. A judge rules for a coal company on mountain top removal permits. A teen goes to school packing. Kentucky electric gets smarter. A Paducah teacher gets MSU Arts Award. Education groups are teaming up.

Tennessee~ Amazon is charging tax now.


the morning cram [sickly coral edition]

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Evolution kicks it into high gear: Coral can now get sick from humans.

NPR reports that bacteria in the human gut is making Caribbean Coral sick and is making its way into the ocean through sewage runoff.

Kentucky~ Purchase kids are pulling out the stops on their ACT’s. Todd P’Pool gets some backing from Virginia’s Attorney General. Man kills himself and daughter. A huge hospital merger may change reproductive options for women. Early Childhood Education advocates say don’t forget the country.

Illinois~ The Cairo bridge is a no no this morning. Jesse White says the fifth term is the charm.

Tennessee~ Henry County officials were audited for taking the drug dealer’s seized car for a spin. A Tennessee man commits the first self-inflicted drive-by. Tennesseans asked to evaluate their kids’ textbooks.

the morning cram [deadly GPS edition]

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Could over-dependency on GPS guidance systems lead you to your death?

NPR reports that sometimes GPS systems are wrong, and when that happens in the wrong place, it could end up being fatal.

Kentucky~ No smoking in Murray schools (not even in the boys room). A Symsonia woman died in a car accident. KY 121 Bypass is closed in Mayfield. Trials begin today for Fort Campbell soldier. State officials are meeting to figure out the finances (good luck). The state pays too much for meds too. More homes are empty throughout the state.

Illinois~ Papayas can make you sick.

Tennessee~ Clarksville water tastes “earthy” (yum). A Henry County man drowned in Kentucky Lake. The state gets more money for education.

Datebook: June 15 – Thomas the Tank Engine creator turns 100

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Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry was born on June 15, 1911 (and died March 21, 1997). He was an English clergyman, railway enthusiast and children’s author, best known as the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine for The Railway Series books and later for the Thomas and Friends TV show.  In 2009, The Independent recognized Thomas on their “Happy List” of 100 ‘people’ making Britain a better and happier place. Happy birthday Rev!

It’s Wednesday, June 15

Tomorrow is the last day to purchase advance tickets for the Lone Star Rodeo. The rodeo is at 8 this Friday and Saturday night at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds. 10 dollar adult tickets and 8 dollar children’s tickets are available at the City Hall Information Center today and tomorrow from 8 to 4:30.

The Murray Art Guild offers a silkscreen t-shirt and poster workshop for teens this Saturday from noon to 5 at the Murray Art Guild. The fee for the workshop is 40 dollars. For registration or for more information, go to

The Pennyroyal Arts Council in Hopkinsville holds the 4th Annual June Jam Fundraiser this Friday night at 8 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center. Music will be provided by the Entice Band of Nashville. 25 dollar tickets may be purchased at L&N Depot, Books on Main, the Chamber of Commerce, and Gracious Me. To reserve a table, call 270-887-4295.

Find more news and events at our website, Thanks for listening!

morning cram [countdown to shutdown] edition

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“A partial shutdown of the U.S. government appeared increasingly imminent Tuesday as White House talks between President Obama and congressional leaders ended — publicly, at least — in stalemate.”

NPR reports Congress, the Senate, and President Obama remain in talks ahead of a possible shutdown Friday.

KENTUCKY ~ Kentucky’s auditor says nonprofit half-way house organization isn’t transparent. The Senate caucuses in Frankfort today to continue Medicaid talks; House won’t participate.  Death penalty still legal, but the state faces major obstacles to carrying out a sentence.  A Lexington judge refuses to dismiss the trial of a Rand Paul volunteer accused of stomping on a liberal activist. Former WKU president Downing dies at 89. AT&T announces 3G (finally) in Calloway County.

TENNESSEE ~ House approves photo ID at polls bill; Senate approved it in February. Clarksville City Council overhauls local election procedures. Ned McWherter will have funeral services in Nashville and Dresden.

morning cram [still partying edition]

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Tea Party activists continue to pressure congressional Republicans to make good on their promise to deliver deep federal spending cuts.

NPR reports (a few hundred) Tea Partiers yesterday came against the backdrop of negotiations on a fiscal year spending agreement.

KENTUCKY~ A Paducah DUI lawyer must serve his own full DUI sentence. A recent audit finds state government spent $100k of federal funds on questionable expenses. Report: public schools don’t spend much on health services. Kentucky’s Homeland Security… there’s an app for that. Six Fort Campbell heroes died in Afghanistan this week and Gov Beshear orders flags halfway down to honor a Fort Knox casualty. There’s a bomb disposal competition this week @ Fort Campbell. The Commonwealth’s First Lady today plans to read to rural students via Skype.

TENNESSEE~ The teacher tenure bill edges closer to passing. Young history buffs will compete in Nashville tomorrow. APSU Softballers lose to, then beat TSU.

ILLINOIS~ Senators approve combining the state’s comptroller and treasurer offices.

Wickliffe Woman to Appear on CMT’s Next Superstar

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22-year-old Adrienne Beasley of Wickliffe will appear on the CMT cable channel’s Next Superstar competition series. She’s a self-described farm girl who appeared on this year’s American Idol Auditions.

Next Superstar premieres Friday, April 8th on CMT.

Written by Chris Taylor

March 22, 2011 at 7:29 am

Datebook: January 28 – Challenger disintegrates after lift-off 25 years ago

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It’s Friday, January 28.

Magician Todd Duff has created a journey through many eras of magic as a fundraiser for  Paducah’s Market House Theatre’s Youth and Outreach Educational Programming.  Tickets are $20 for Duff’s 7:30 show at the Theatre tomorrow night.  Get tickets at

Economist and pop culture icon Ben Stein gives the 2011 Presidential Lecture at Murray State next Tuesday.  Stein’s presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium and admission is free.  Stein’s careers include lawyer, academic, speech writer for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, national columnist, commentator for CBS Sunday morning, ad pitch man, novelist, actor and game show host.

Southern Illinois singer-songwriter Mark Donham plays the Listening Room Café in Nashville Sunday.  It’s at the south end of Cummings Station at 10th and Demonbreun, behind the Frist Art Center.  Donham is in the songwriter round at 6 which is followed by another at 7 and an open mic at 8.

Enjoy your weekend and keep in touch with  Thanks for listening and for contributing.

Written by Matt Markgraf

January 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

Datebook: December 20 – South Carolina 1st state to secede, 150 years ago

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It’s Monday, December 20.

The McCracken County Public Library presents the Dickens Carolers of Nashville, including Paducah native Lisa Alvey, tomorrow from 1 to 3 p.m. on the second floor.  Enjoy hot cocoa and carols with this free program.  The library’s at 555 Washington Street in Paducah.

There’s an American Red Cross blood drive Thursday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1601 Main Street in Murray. Donors receive a red, long-sleeved Perfect Gift tee.  Schedule an appointment at

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah is showing an exhibit “River Quilts featuring the Everchanging River”.  More than 30 quilters created river quilts which are hung side by side in a 49 foot display with additional river themed quilts rounding out the show.  The Museum is at 215 Jefferson near the riverfront, open Monday through Saturday 10 to 5, Sundays 1 to 5 except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Hear the Christmas Revels tonight at 7.  Get times for all the special holiday programs this week at