Fleming County 4-H Rally Day

Aug 1, 2013
Fleming County 4-H

The cancelation of the Ewing-Fleming County Fair does not mean 4-H youngsters from Fleming County will be prevented from entering projects at the Kentucky State Fair…So says Fleming’s Extension Youth Agent Staci Thrasher.

She says 4-H members used to qualify for the state fair by winning ribbons during the week-long county fair but the termination of the local event left them without a venue to display their projects. Now, says Thrasher, they’ll have that opportunity with Fleming County’s first 4-H Rally Day on August 6th…

Health & Family Services Impacted by Sequester

Aug 1, 2013

Programs operated by Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services have been impaired by the federal budget sequester imposed earlier this year…That’s according to the Cabinet’s Executive Director for Policy and Budget Beth Jurek. She says the Congressional stalemate that triggered the cuts reduced funding to the Cabinet by about five percent…

School Funding Change Urged

Aug 1, 2013

A top official with the Kentucky Department of Education believes the state legislature should prohibit local school districts from spending capital outlay funds for operations. Hiren Desai is the department’s associate commissioner of administration and support…

"I am concerned about continuing to allow school districts to use capital outlay funds, through the budget bill, for operating funds…there are six districts who have used some capital funds for salary type expenditures, which is a huge concern of mine." - Hiren Desai


An official with the Federal Aviation Administration says it could be several months before the cause of Monday’s helicopter crash in Breathitt County is determined. Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes tells a Lexington audience Kentucky needs a new US senator because the incumbent has been an obstructionist for nearly three decades…and the US Army Corps of Engineers is hosting an open house at Grayson Lake Saturday. 

Minority Business Expo

Jul 31, 2013

Efforts to diversify the kinds of businesses working with the city of Lexington are showing some success.  The 11th annual Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo takes place Thursday and Friday (August 1-2).  The expo’s designed to help spur business for companies owned by women and minorities.  Expo Co-Chair Marilyn Clark also works in purchasing for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government.

Free Health Screenings

Jul 31, 2013

Kings Daughters Medical Center has obtained a federal grant to conduct free health screenings in Morehead on August 21st. KDMC’s Outreach Specialist Tracy Woods says a mobile unit will be stationed outside the Rowan County Public Library beginning at 10 a.m:

“They get a total cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, pulse oxygen…they get all of those results there on the spot. We also do an E-K-G. The E-K-G is actually brought back to our cardiologist to read and we call people back if they have an abnormal.”

Budget Cuts Reach Lewis County Programs

Jul 31, 2013

A reduction in the size of a federal grant distributed through the Kentucky Department of Education has forced the suspension of all programs and services offered by the Lewis County Boys and Girls Club…that’s according to the chairman of the club’s advisory board Kevin Duff.

Duff says the club has been told there have been cuts to the 21st Century Community Learning Grant, which funnels money into Lewis County for free after-school programs that benefit hundreds of youngsters between the ages of 6 and 18.  Duff says a fundraising effort is underway to try to salvage the club:


Kentucky’s drug czar says deaths from heroin overdoses have risen rapidly over the past year. Governor Beshear says he is not likely to add any other items to the agenda for a special legislative session next month…and the Rowan County Public Library prepares for a Thursday evening visit from Simon Kenton.

MSPR will broadcast Kentucky Educational Television's (KET) coverage of Fancy Farm 2013, with a special program to air at 9:00a.m. on Tuesday, August 6.

KET hosts Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw will present highlights from the Fancy Farm picnic and offer excerpts from the speeches in a one-hour Fancy Farm 2013 Special.

“We do our best to bring viewers the flavor and feeling of one of the oldest political picnics in the nation,” Goodman says.

Grimes Launches Campaign

Jul 31, 2013

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has officially launched her bid the US Senate seat now held by Republican Mitch McConnell. Grimes told supporters in her hometown of Lexington Tuesday evening the incumbent has held the office for almost three decades and has prevented votes on more than 400 bills…

“He has stood in the way and blocked votes from ever even coming to the floor. While Senator McConnell might be thriving…Kentucky is only barely surviving. After nearly 30 years in office…it stops now.” - Alison Lundergan Grimes

Grayson Lake To Hold Open House

Jul 31, 2013
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The US Army Corps of Engineers is holding an open house Saturday at Grayson Lake to give people a chance to see how the lake helps reduce flooding in the region. Michelle Mirus is a senior park ranger with the Corps…

"We are offering the public an opportunity to look inside the Grayson Lake dam intake structure…so that you can learn about how the Corp of Engineers helps to reduce negative impacts of flood damage. To go inside the intake structure of a dam…those opportunities aren’t usually there." -  Michelle Mirus

MSU Receives Grant to Study Language

Jul 30, 2013

Morehead State University has received a grant from the National Institute of Health for a three-year study of the language process.

Leading the research will be Dr. Katy Carlson, Associate Professor of English at MSU. She says the project will explore how emphasizing certain words contributes to the understanding of a sentence. She says it’s the sort of work that can benefit doctors treating patients who’ve lost or have impaired language abilities…

Simon Kenton to Visit Morehead

Jul 30, 2013

The Rowan County Public Library plays host to “Simon Kenton: Frontiersman” Thursday night in Morehead. The Rowan County Historical Society and Kentucky Chatauqua are presenting a living history program on the famous explorer at 6 o’clock in the community room. 

Gary Lewis serves as president of the Morehead-based historical group…

KY Heroin Deaths Rising

Jul 30, 2013

Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky declined in 2012 compared to the previous year but the state’s drug czar says deaths connected to the use of heroin skyrocketed. Van Ingram is director of Kentucky’s Office of Drug Policy and Control.

He says 1, 004 people died in Kentucky from drug overdoses last year, 19 fewer than 2011. However, he says, deaths from heroin jumped more than 550 percent. The lower price, says the former Maysville police chief, had a lot to do with that…

Pipeline Won't Be Added to Special Session

Jul 30, 2013

Governor Beshear says it’s unlikely he’ll ask state lawmakers to deal with regulations on pipelines when they assemble in Frankfort next month for a special session. The governor says he called the special assembly to draw new maps for House and Senate districts and doesn’t plan on adding anything else to the call.

Concerns about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline have prompted some officials to recommend that legislators review Kentucky’s pipeline rules when they convene August 19th. However, the governor doesn’t think that’s necessary…

Majority Leader on Redistricting

Jul 30, 2013

Kentucky House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins is confident the General Assembly next month will come up with a redistricting plan for House and Senate seats that can withstand a constitutional challenge. The Boyd County Democrat says that work is already underway…

"That’s our job and I think we will achieve that job when we go in on August the 19th.There’s a lot of work going on right now to try get those maps put together and I think all of us who serve in the general assembly understand our responsibility." - Kentucky House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins


A helicopter involved in Kentucky’s marijuana suppression efforts has crashed near the Magoffin-Breathitt County line. Governor Beshear has appointed a Pikeville physicians to the Morehead State University Board of Regents…and Kentucky’s education commissioner warns of a school funding crisis in the Commonwealth. 

J.J. Cale, whose songs became hits for the likes of Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died at age 74 from a heart attack, his management agency's website announced. Cale died at about 8 p.m. Friday at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, California.

In 1971, Cale, who was born and raised in Oklahoma, released his debut album, Naturally, while he was already in his 30's. He won a Grammy in 2006 for The Road to Escondido, recorded with Clapton.

James Cotton – Cotton Mouth Man (Alligator)

Cash Box Kings – Black Toppin’ (Blind Pig)

Various Artists – Remembering Little Walter (Blind Pig)

John Primer & Bob Corritore – Knockin’ Around These Blues (Delta Groove)

Too Slim & The Taildraggers – Blue Heart (Underworld)

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – See Saw (J & R Adventures)

Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup – Sunny Road (Delmark)

Mike Wheeler – Self Made Man (Delmark)

Linsey Alexander – Been There Done That (Delmark)

Omar Dykes – Runnin’ With The Wolf (Provogue)

Pioneer Museum To Be Repaired

Jul 29, 2013

Kentucky’s parks commissioner says 125-thousand dollars has been earmarked for the repair of the Pioneer Museum at Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park. Blue Licks’ Manager Michael Schwendau says the museum has been closed since the spring of 2012 because of damage from a water leak:

Elliott County Road Project Underway

Jul 29, 2013

Governor Beshear was in Sandy Hook on Monday to help break ground for a 26.5 million dollar road reconstruction project. It involves the rebuilding of five miles of Kentucky 7 from just north of Kentucky State Route 706 to the Carter County line.

The governor says it’s the fourth and last phase of more than 60 million dollars in road work that’s taken place in Elliott County over the past two decades:

  “This Kentucky 7 project has been going on a while now, about 16 years, and with this final phase, it’s going to be completed and it’s going to be great.”

New Life For Old Tires

Jul 29, 2013

Gains are being made in reducing the number of old tires dumped along Kentucky roadways.   Kentucky counties can apply for three thousand dollars in waste tire recycling and removal grants.    The grants are administered through the Kentucky Division of Waste management.  Recycling and Local Assistance manager Gary Logsdon says the goal is to find a market for these worn-out tires.

“As of right now, waste tires have no value.  They are negative value because it cost to reuse them, but the goal would be, in the future, that they would have a value."

Fuel Efficiency Impact on Steel Industry

Jul 29, 2013
AK Steel

The Obama Administration’s push to increase fuel efficiency standards for cars and light-duty trucks to 54-point-five miles per gallon by 2025 will not come at the expense of AK Steel…That’s the view of company President James Wainscott. 

He admits car manufacturers are increasingly experimenting with aluminum to reduce the weight of their vehicles and improve mileage. However, he says much of that focus has been on engine blocks and other assorted parts. Wainscott thinks the cars and trucks of the future are still going to need a lot of steel…

Health Matters Radio Show

#501 Show Summary (Granddaddy of All Health Matters Show):

This show is dedicated to my first grandchild, Adelaide Marie Schutte, born July 15. We have fascinating research involving newborn babies and go-carts, as well as a summary of new research from the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Boston.

Tip: Mosquito bites are more dangerous than they used to be. Protect yourself from West Nile disease by disrupting mosquito breeding areas where you live.



Mountain Edition: Friday, July 26

Jul 29, 2013

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet schedules repair work for the 13th Street Bridge over the Ohio River in Ashland. A Bath County man is returned to Florida to stand trial for the death of a four-year-old girl…and a Kentucky Department of Education official says the federal budget sequestration has cost the Commonwealth 26-million dollars. 

Representative Stacy on School Funding

Jul 29, 2013
Kentucky Legislature

State Representative John Will Stacy says the legislature gave local school districts some flexibility to deal with limited resources  when it allowed them to use capital funds for operations. However, the West Liberty Democrat acknowledges many are now out of options…

Office of the Commissioner of Education

Kentucky’s education commissioner is warning state lawmakers that a perfect storm is forming when it comes to school funding. Terry Holliday says local school districts have done all they can with limited resources over the past few years and now they need more money…

“Significant budget reductions to education since 2008 have made the job of educators in Kentucky extremely difficult. Educators tell me they have done all they can do with ‘Do More With Less’ syndrome.” - Terry Holliday

Sen. Neal Assails Federal Education Cuts

Jul 26, 2013

A state lawmaker from Jefferson County who serves on the Senate Education Committee says he is personally offended by the cuts to education forced by the federal budget sequester. Democrat Gerald Neal says Kentuckians should be expressing their collective displeasure to the state’s Congressional delegation…

"And it clearly takes us back…not forward…and clearly it’s a political ploy that’s taking place on that level. It is outrageous…" - Democrat Gerald Neal 

Neal says the budget cuts hurt Kentucky and especially the people who receive the services being curtailed.

KY Schools Hurt by Sequestration

Jul 26, 2013

An official with Kentucky’s Department of Education says the Commonwealth has lost about 26-million dollars in federal grants as the result of budget sequestration. Charles Harman is director of the Budget Division.

He says the cuts include more than eight-million dollars to special education…

"Most of the time districts use the funding for staff…its people in classrooms. We are going to have fewer teachers with special education funding to deal with that population of students." - Charles Harman, KY Department of Education


A Kentucky congressman says installation of new carbon capture technologies at America’s coal-fired power plants will force more people onto public assistance. Ashland Incorporated and International Paper report earnings for the quarter ending June 30th…and there’s a summit planned for August 9th in Grayson on the future of Carter County.