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. 

Diane Siebels, Charlottesville, Va.

Fiber Arts Magazine describes the foundation of art to be…“a knowledge of material and technique, and a wish to communicate something visually.” That’s the intent of a current exhibition of art at Morehead State University.

MSPR’s Paul Hitchcock has the story...

Fleming-Mason Energy Customers Targeted in Scam

Jul 26, 2013

Fleming-Mason Energy customers are being asked to be wary of phone calls about past due bills.

Joni Hazelrigg with Fleming-Mason Energy says a man has been contacting customers about past due electric bills. the caller will tell customers they have a past due balance and someone will be at their house within the hour to collect the money or their electric service will be shut off.

Hazelrigg says there are a number of ways customers can protect themselves from the fraudster…


July 26th -- Chuck Mraz speaks with Rowan County Judge Executive Jim Nickell about the recent fiscal court meeting.

International Paper Earnings

Jul 25, 2013
International Paper

International Paper, which has plants in six Kentucky cities, has reported net earnings for the second quarter of 259-million dollars. That compares with earnings of 318-million for the same period last year. Company Chairman John Farachi says it was “a solid performance”, despite weaker box and containerboard markets in Western Europe…

The Memphis-based firm has operations in Maysville, Lexington, Louisville, Richwood, Bowling Green and Henderson. 

Ashland Inc Earnings

Jul 25, 2013

Ashland Incorporated says a decline in sales of a polymer used in the oil and gas hydraulic fracturing industry was largely responsible for an overall drop in the company’s sales and profitability during the last quarter. The Covington-based firm today (Thursday) reported adjusted operating income for the quarter ending June 30th of 220-million dollars. That’s down 20 percent from the same period last year.

Massie on Military Action in Egypt

Jul 25, 2013
United States Congress

Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie wants to block unauthorized US military action in Egypt. The Lewis County Republican says unilateral intervention in foreign wars should not be allowed without Congressional approval…

"Egypt’s been led by five different men in the past two and half years and the only one of them democratically elected. I would say this is not a stable environment, so my constituents have concerns that we don't escalate military activity in the region." - Congressman Thomas Massie

Rogers Praises Defense Bill

Jul 25, 2013

Pulaski County Congressman Hal Rogers is applauding House passage Wednesday of a 512-billion dollar Defense Appropriations bill. The Republican chairs the House Appropriations Committee. He says the measure funds critical national security needs…

"The bill also addresses what has been a black mark on our military…the problem with sexual assault. The legislation fully funds sexual assault prevention and response programs…and adds 25 million dollars in funding for sexual assault victim assistance." - Congressman Hal Rogers

The Community Advisory Board for Morehead State Public Radio will conduct its quarterly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m.

The meeting will be held in the MSPR studios, located in Breckinridge Hall on the Morehead State University campus. Meetings of the board are open to the public.

Morehead State Public Radio broadcasts 24-hours a day from the MSU campus. WMKY (90.3 FM) serves as the flagship station for the network. MSPR serves more than 20 counties in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.


State Auditor Adam Edelin says Kentucky needs to strengthen its cyber security protections. A Morehead business owner is under investigation for consumer-related complaints…and a nearly one year old landmark coal export deal between Kentucky and India is still in limbo. 

Bath County Injury Accident

Jul 25, 2013

A three-vehicle, chain reaction accident last night on Interstate-64 in Bath county left three people injured, including one critically.

Kentucky State Police say a car driven by 45-year-old Michelle Walters of Ashland was at a standstill near the 124-mile-marker on I-64 because of an earlier accident, when it was struck from behind by another vehicle piloted by 51-year-old Darinda Marriner of Morehead.  Shortly after that happened, Marriner’s auto was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Sarah Caudill of Owingsville.

Feature: Electric Shock Drowning

Jul 24, 2013

Four years ago, a woman swimming in Cave Run Lake fell victim to a silent killer. Earlier this summer, that killer struck again at Lake Cumberland.

MSPR’s Joshua Grandison has the story…

Coal Plants Blamed for Water Pollution

Jul 23, 2013
Environmental Integrity Project

Coal-fired power plants in Kentucky and eleven other states have become the largest source of toxic water pollution in the country…That’s one of the findings in a new report released today by a coalition of environmental organizations. The groups say almost 70 percent of the more than 270 plants that discharge coal ash and scrubber wastewater into rivers, lakes and streams have no limits on the toxins they’re permitted to dump.

New City Building in South Shore

Jul 23, 2013
Portsmouth Daily Times

South Shore could have a new city building by the end of next year…That’s according to Mayor Cheryl Moore who has been working out of a temporary office since the former municipal structure was destroyed in a 2010 fire. She’s hoping the construction contract is bid in September…

"The architects should have the plans finalized by mid-August...and then we'll have to submit it to the state...to get the building permit. We are hoping to be in by next September, a year from now. " - South Shore Mayor Cheryl Moore

AK Steel Reports Loss

Jul 23, 2013
AK Steel

  AK Steel has reported a second quarter loss of more than 40-million dollars. Company Chairman James Wainscott says the performance was actually better than the raw numbers indicate. He says scheduled and unplanned outages at the firm’s Middletown, Ohio blast furnace affected the results…


Morehead’s mayor says his city is a good place to open new restaurants but companies pondering such a move should do their homework. Camden Park plans to re-open Tuesday after a fire there forced the park’s closure Sunday…and Ashland city commissioners will likely turn to a Florida-based consulting firm to help them select the next city manager. 

One area news station can now add an Emmy to its list of credentials. MSPR's Tanner Boyd has the story... 

WYMT was recognized at the 49th Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards in Cincinnati for its broadcast during the tornado outbreak on March 2, 2012.

More information: http://www.wkyt.com/wymt/home/headlines/WYMT-wins-first-Emmy-in-station-history-216324861.html

Morehead Lacks Restaurants

Jul 22, 2013

Despite the volume of business being done by Morehead’s new Cracker Barrel, no other major restaurant chains have announced plans to open an eatery in the area anytime soon. Mayor David Perkins believes several things are holding them back. He says they want a return on their investment too quickly and there’s still uncertainty about the economy.

He says, for those willing to crunch numbers in greater detail, they’ll find the Morehead market is a good place to be…

Rowan County’s Jailer is disappointed he’ll leave office next year without accomplishing one of his key goals.

When he retires after his current term ends, Don Hall says Rowan’s new 300-bed detention still won’t have been built.   The county and the State Department of Corrections are still in the planning stages for the project.

According to Hall, when he won re-election three years ago, he figured construction for the facility would be nearing its completion by this point in time…

Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers is applauding the House Appropriations Subcommittee for its approval of a State Department foreign operations budget for next year that is 19 percent below 2013 funding levels. The Somerset Republican chairs the full Appropriations Committee.

 He insists the 34.1 billion dollar measure makes necessary cuts but does not shortchange security at America’s embassies overseas…

Health Matters Radio Show

#500 Show Summary (Health Matters 500: What Went Wrong? Show):

The lawyers are preparing their closing arguments, and a Senate subcommittee will open hearings next week – how did Health Matters get on the air? And how have we stayed on the air for 10 years? Health Matters marks our 10 year anniversary with a look back, devastating news on prescription narcotic drugs, and a glimmer of hope regarding deaths from all-terrain vehicles.


A Morehead police official warns that the community could be battling heroin for some time. State Representative John Will Stacy is skeptical of any plan to deregulate the telecommunications industry if it does not include a guarantee of support for landline phone service in rural communities…and Ashland city commissioners are asked to permit the Boyd County Farmer’s Market to operate in Central Park. 

Highlands Boy Scout Exhibit

Jul 22, 2013

The National Boy Scout Jamboree is taking place through Wednesday in Beckley, West Virginia and an Ashland, Kentucky museum is trying to tap into the excitement. Ashland is about a 2 hour drive from Beckley and the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center is hoping some of the scouts and their supporters make the trip to view a special exhibit.

 Carole Allen is director of the Highlands…

Ashland May Sell Water to Big Sandy District

Jul 22, 2013

The city of Ashland may soon become a supplier for the Big Sandy Water District. City commissioners last week heard the first reading of an ordinance that would authorize Ashland to sell and distribute water within Big Sandy’s boundaries. Commissioner Kevin Gunderson says the deal could generate about $300,000 in additional revenue for the city…

Gunderson says Ashland certainly needs to produce extra income. The agreement could get formal approval next month.


Guthrie Supports Education Bill

Jul 19, 2013

A Kentucky congressman who chairs a House subcommittee on higher education and life-long learning says “federal overreach” has failed to improve academic performance in local school districts. Brett Guthrie is a Republican from Bowling Green. 

 Guthrie is backing a rewrite of the federal “No Child Left Behind Law”, which backers call the Student Success Act. He says it eliminates dozens of federal education programs and permits states to craft their own accountability standards…

Cave Run Lake in eastern Kentucky offers many outdoor activities such as boating, swimming, fishing and camping. One activity there has been in operation for more than twenty years, but is often overlooked by visitors.

MSPR’s Paul Hitchcock has the story:


Morehead State University hosts some of the state's best and brightest high school students during the 2013 Governor's Scholars.