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Fireworks Displays in Evansville, Owensboro, Henderson, Newburgh and the Tri-State

The Tri-State always makes the best of July 4th with some of the best fireworks shows around. Here's a list of some of the most spectacular shows you can take the family to this year!

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WBKR Announces Inaugural Kentucky Made Expo in September

There are a lot of things made in Kentucky.  Bourbon, Louisville Slugger baseball bats, wines, crafts, delicious foods and so much more.  And, this September, WBKR is rounding up some of the best homegrown, homespun and homemade products and putting them all under one roof in an exciting new event!  We are proud to present the 2014 Kentucky Made Expo.  It's coming up Friday, September 5th and Saturday, September 6th at the Cliff Hagan Boys & Girls Club in Owensboro and we are currently recruiting vendors and exhibitors.

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New Civil War Film ‘The Middle Ground’ to Be Shot in Daviess, McLean, and Hopkins Counties [VIDEO]

Three friends--Dallas Lee Blanton, Angela Yonts, and Nathan Austin--who met at Murray State University will be producing a new film about the Civil War in western Kentucky this summer.

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Friday After 5, via Facebook
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Friday After 5 Kicks Off This Week!

Friday After 5 is one of my favorite things about summers in Owensboro. I love going down to the riverfront and enjoying all of the fun activities they have. FA5 is fun for your whole family and the fun begins THIS Friday, May 16th!

Check out the musical line-up for this week!

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Phone Scam in Area Trying to Rob You of Your Precious Dollars

There is a new phone scam going on and you need to know about it.

An anonymous caller told me today she had been reached by someone claiming to be with the Federal Government.

They wanted to give her a $9,000 grant!

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OPD Makes Arrest In Operation Broken Heart: National Task Force Effort

Via the Owensboro Police Department:

Owensboro Police Department detective makes arrest in connection with Operation Broken Heart.

Operation Broken Heart is a nationwide effort taking place during the month of May to crack down on child pornography and other sex crimes. There are 61 national task forces that comprise this effort. The Owensboro Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigations are conducted in cooperation with the Kentucky State Police task force.

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2014 International Barbecue Festival – Map Included

Friday and Saturday is Owensboro's famous International Barbecue Festival.

And, this year is even better. The  Riverfront is finished. Smothers Park and the new Owensboro Convention Center and Hampton Inn will be showcased to the max.

Great barbecue aromas and thick, blinding smoke will waft through downtown. And, we will be there. WBKR will be broadcasting from the event on both days. As I look back, my favorite year was 2009. I was joined on the air by Kizzy and on the streets by lovely Mrs. Moon.

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Country Star To Sing National Anthem At The Kentucky Derby

It's an honor to sing the National Anthem anywhere, but to have the honor of only being the sixth person to ever sing it at the Kentucky Derby must feel amazing. This year, the performance goes to a country music artist who I just know will make us all proud.

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My “Downs After Dark” Night [PHOTOS]

As I told y'all last week, I've been to Churchill Downs once. I think it was the 2005 Kentucky Derby. I spent the day in the Infield and I'll be honest... I don't think I saw a horse once, the day is a little hazy, ha! So, I was pretty excited when a college roommate of mine from Western invited me up to Louisville to go to Downs After Dark for her birthday.

I got a few dresses together, made a quick last-minute stop to Blossoms Friday afternoon for some appropriate head-wear and hit I-64 early Saturday morning. After a day filled with shopping, food and catching up on some much needed Court/Jac time, we got ready to head to the track!

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Harrison Twins Returning to Join Killer Frontcourt and Make UK Prohibitive Title Favorite

Kentucky's frontcourt for 2014-15 was already ridiculous. With Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress, plus incoming big men Karl Towns Jr. and Trey Lyles, UK will have the nation's best front line.

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John Calipari Is a Great Coach…and a Very Efficient Book Signer [VIDEO]

I've never been to a book-signing before, but if any author out there is approaching such an event for the first time or hasn't quite gotten the hang of it, talk to UK coach John Calipari.

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John Calipari Will Be at the Owensboro Sportscenter Tuesday for Book Signing

John Calipari's new book Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out was released Tuesday, April 15th and he's been on a whirlwind tour supporting it.

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