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In Close Race For Kentucky’s 6th District, Health Care Looms Large

On a hot September day, a small crowd gathered around 6th district Congressman Andy Barr at the Fall Festival in Midway. He ticked off his record — the tax cuts bill passed last December, scaling back parts of the Dodd-Frank consumer protections and the Republican attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Murray, KY – In 1959, author Truman Capote set out to write about the murder of a Kansas family and the two drifters accused of the crime. The subsequent five years would culminate in the acclaimed non-fiction novel, In Cold Blood. Maiden Alley Cinema's Larry Thomas talked to Bryan Bartlett about the Oscar-nominated biopic, Capote, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Thomas says Hoffman's portrayal of Capote is dead-on.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Bryan Bartlett's report on "Capote."

Murray, KY – Two Murray State Professors have helped to develop a new communication system to give remote rural areas access to otherwise unheard of communication amenities during a crisis.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Chad Lampe's report on MITOC.

Murray, KY – Over 100 evacuees from New Orleans arrived in Murray and are staying at the Woodmen of the World Youthcamp just north of town. Some have left to go stay with family elsewhere. Some have found work here and may end up staying. Others continue to search for missing family members who have been lost since Hurricane Katrina.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear the stories of some of the evacuees.

Murray, KY – The concept goes back literally hundreds of years, and is rooted in British higher education.

So-called "residential colleges" serve to integrate students on a university campus. They form a body of distinct social communities, and are led by faculty, but set up to allow student initiative. Murray State University's eight residential colleges have been operating since the mid-1990's.

Murray, KY – Maker's Mark CEO Bill Samuels, Jr., enjoys telling his family's history in the whiskey business, which pretty much parallels the history of the Commonwealth. He visits his old summer stomping grounds in Paducah Friday, August 19th, to regale guests with tales at a benefit Distiller's Dinner at the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center for the Arts.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Samuels explain to Kate Lochte how his father succeeded in making a smoother, sweeter whiskey.

Murray, KY – A German sunroof maker now calls Murray home for part of its worldwide operations.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Gary Scott's update on what they'll be doing and when production will actually begin.

Murray, KY – One of the many challenges for workers who lose their jobs when companies move manufacturing overseas is deciding what to do next. For displaced workers in Mayfield and Murray, help was close at hand.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Bryan Bartlett's report on the job dilemma.

Murray, KY – Finding the right niche can mean success for small, local businesses trying to break into the global market. Two Murray companies started small and now sell around the world.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Gary Scott's report on Shane Lee and Sportable Scoreboards.

Murray, KY – Since the fall of 2001, the international student population at universities across America tapered off slightly. Those numbers are now on the upswing at Murray State.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Gary Scott's report on Institute of International Studies participants to find out why they left their homes to attend college in western Kentucky.

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Driving While Recovering: For Some Fighting Addiction, A Roadblock On The Path To Sobriety

After decades of addiction to heroin and prescription opioids, Wendy Crites finally made a clean break. “For the first time in my life I just wanted to be off of it,” she said from her home in Ranson, West Virginia. “I hit rock bottom.”

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PODCAST: Something From Nothing

Season 3 Episodes Now Streaming

A local podcast about local makers for local listeners.

Season 3 Episodes Now Streaming

From the serious to the hilarious, if people have done it, it becomes a part of our history, and part of us.

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