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.

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


Rep Stacy Phone Deregulation Skeptic

Jul 19, 2013
Kentucky Legislature

State Representative John Will Stacy is skeptical of any state or federal deregulation proposals that don’t guarantee support for landline phone service in rural communities. The West Liberty Democrat’s district includes Morgan, Rowan, Menifee and Wolfe Counties. 

Stacy says the terrain of eastern Kentucky requires major investments in cell phone towers that companies may not be willing to make. Besides, he says, the March, 2012 tornado that devastated parts of his district proved how unreliable cell phones can be during a storm…


Steve Beshear has been named One of the Worst Governors in America by the Washington-based citizens watchdog group CREW. Scuba diving is the new adventure tourism activity being offered at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park…and officials at Kosair Childrens Hospital are warning parents not to leave children in unventilated cars during the current heat wave. 

Fancy Farm Showdown

Jul 18, 2013

When Senator Mitch McConnell faces off against prospective general election opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes at this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic, it will be the first time the Republican has met his Democratic challenger this far in advance at the event.

Director of the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Al Cross says McConnell had one such opportunity in his first bid for re-election, and didn’t take it.

Kentucky Skilled Worker Shortage Addressed

Jul 18, 2013
Kentucky Labor Cabinet

Governor Beshear’s labor secretary says his cabinet is developing new initiatives to address Kentucky’s shortage of skilled workers in advanced manufacturing. Larry Roberts testified in Frankfort today before House and Senate members of the Labor and Industry Committee.

He says a pilot program is being launched this fall that could be expanded statewide in 2014 if all goes well…

Scuba Diving at Greenbo Lake

Jul 18, 2013

Scuba diving is the newest adventure tourism activity being offered at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park. The park is opening a ten-acre scuba refuge that will allow divers to use the lake between April and October.

Manager Cary Lyle says there will also be other times designated between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m…

Lyle says the scuba area is about 25-feet deep and the daily fee is $12. A special ceremony to mark the opening of the scuba refuge is set for Saturday.


An Owingsville man is held in the Montgomery County Regional Detention Center following his arrest for the murder of a four-year-old girl in Florida in 1999. The Kentucky Farm Bureau says retail food prices dropped more than three-percent in the Commonwealth in the second quarter compared to the same period last year…and leaders in both parties call on Governor Beshear to get out front on tax reform in Kentucky. 

Feature: Farm to Table

Jul 18, 2013

Morehead State University's Derrickson Agricultural Complex partners with Kentucky Proud and Aramark to supply campus dining facilities with high quality fruits, vegetables and beef. 

Barr Blasts Fiscal Policy

Jul 18, 2013

Congressman Andy Barr says 54 consecutive weeks of unemployment over seven and a half percent and five straight years of declining wages have convinced him there are serious flaws in the nation’s fiscal policy. The Lexington Republican made the observation Wednesday to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernacke during a hearing in Washington.

Even though the Fed has kept interest rates near zero for the past four years, Barr says three-quarters of the country is still living paycheck to paycheck…

Kentucky Tax Reform Urged

Jul 17, 2013

  Republicans and Democrats in Kentucky appear to agree that the state needs to overhaul its tax system but getting the job done will be complex and difficult. Senators and state representatives from both parties discussed the issue this week on KET’s Kentucky Tonight.

Republican Jeff Hoover is minority leader in the Kentucky House. He says he’s no stranger to tax reform efforts…

Mason County CECC to Receive Grant

Jul 17, 2013

Mason County’s Community Early Childhood Council is among 58 organizations throughout Kentucky receiving grants to promote school readiness for youngsters. The Mason CECC is getting $9,800 from the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood.

Kathleen Mellencamp is with the Maysville Community and Technical College. She serves on the Mason Early Childhood Council…

"Part of the money we use for training for our early childcare providers and this year we are centering in on readiness for Kindergarten" - Kathleen Mellencamp, Maysville Community and Technical College 

US Senator Rand Paul has joined a bipartisan effort in support of a bill that would take sexual assault complaints in the military outside the chain of command. The Kentucky Republican spoke at a press conference in Washington Tuesday…


Gas prices in Kentucky are more than 20-cents higher than they were a week ago. A Morehead man is held on charges of attempting to set fire to the mobile home where his mother lives…and Congressman Brett Guthrie says he will not run for Governor in 2015. 

Fleming County Hospital Debt

Jul 17, 2013

State Representative Mike Denham says he’s confident that Fleming County Hospital’s board of directors will be able to restore the facility to financial health. The publicly-owned medical center has been losing money for several years and is projected to run a deficit this fiscal year of around a million dollars.

Denham admits he lacks firsthand knowledge of the hospital’s operations but says its leadership and its staff have been first-rate. 

Senator Blevins on Redistricting

Jul 16, 2013

  State Senator Walter Blevins says the General Assembly has a strong incentive to come up with a better redistricting plan when it convenes next month for that very purpose. The Rowan County Democrat says lawmakers prefer to design their own map and not have one imposed on them…

In the redistricting plan approved by the General Assembly in 2012, Blevins was moved into a district that would have forced him to run against Senate President Robert Stivers.  However, a court declared the map unconstitutional because it split too many counties.

Kentucky Attendance Age

Jul 16, 2013
Boyd County Schools

Boyd County School Superintendent Brock Walter says things won’t change much in his district as a result of a new state law that phases in a higher compulsory school attendance age. Now that a majority of Kentucky school districts have agreed to increase the age from 16 to 18, it’ll be effective statewide within four years.

Boyd County was among the districts that acted early to adopt the higher age. Walter says it really doesn’t require a big investment for alternative programs to help more students graduate…

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Ernst Valgenau, Morehead State University hosted the Program for the Enhancement of Aerospace Careers in Kentucky (PEACK) at the Space Science Center.


Funeral arrangements are pending for long-time Morehead city councilman and former military science professor Al Baldwin. State Senator Walter Blevins says he can’t support the expansion of nuclear power in Kentucky as long as there are problems with waste disposal…and Congressman Hal Rogers is hoping federal student loan rates can be reduced soon. Those stories and more on Mountain Edition

July 12, 2013 -- Guest host Dan Conti speaks with Morehead Mayor David Perkins about the recent city council meeting. 



Health Matters Radio Show

#499 Show Summary (Hoosier Sugar Data Show):

This show has it all – dietetic interns, binge eating, beef jerky, Mediterranean diet, and zombie vegetables. Cohost Jean Jones brings students Sarah Dietrich and Andrea Corkran.

Tip: Diabetes can be diagnosed with a morning glucose over 126 mg/dL, a random glucose over 200 mg/dL, or a hemoglobin A1 C (blood test) greater than 6.5%.



A textile plant in the John Will Stacy Industrial Park is set to close. Officials in Kentucky’s coal counties want a larger share of the state’s coal severance tax revenues…and State Senator Robin Webb says Kentucky should consider adopting rules for the disposal of wastes from fracking. 

Paul Hitchcock

It's as American as hot dogs, apple pie and baseball, and a traditional part of our Fourth of July celebrations. MSPR's Paul Hitchcock has more.


A fire in Adams County, Ohio has taken the lives of a father and his daughter. Kentucky State Police search for the robbers of a convenience store in West Liberty…and Senator Rand Paul says he has concerns about federal grants being used to purchase drones. Those stories and more on Mountain Edition

Health Matters Radio Show

#496 Show Summary (How Do You Spell Pescosolido? Show):

The Good: we have invited two Rural Physician Leadership Program first year medical students, Stacey Bowlds and Kristina Pescosolido to sit in on our program.

The Bad: Kentucky loses 3317 people every year to lung cancer. 90% of these cancers are preventable if we stop smoking, and 20% of these cancers are curable if we find them early with CT lung screening.

The Ugly: Rick Phillips


Kentucky Republicans are hoping to narrow their deficit in the state house in a special election tomorrow (Tuesday) in the 56th district. Two people have been killed in a Sunday crash in Mason County…and an Ashland official is refuting claims that the city needs more firefighters. Those stories and more on Mountain Edition

Chuck Mraz speaks with Rowan County Judge Executive Jim Nickel about the recent fiscal court meeting.

Summer is here and your local public library as many programs to offer the whole family. MSPR's Paul Hitchcock has the story.

Health Matters Radio Show

#495 Show Summary (Eleftherios Xenos Patient Safety Show):

Dr. Xenos is an Associate Professor of Surgery at UK, and recently has been chosen to help lead UK Chandler Medical Center’s efforts to improve safety at the hospital. Hospital safety includes protection against acquiring new infections in the hospital, avoiding falls and injuries, and making sure the proper medicines are given to the proper patient at the same time. We will discuss how to visit a loved one in the hospital, and talk about Dr. Xenos’ clinical work in endovascular surgery.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36 million American adults struggle with high blood pressure. Besides a healthy diet and exercise, sleep can also promote a healthier lifestyle. MSPR's Paul Hitchcock reports...