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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 5  No. 10  October 2014 (c)

FrontPage News

On the Farm: When Good Times are Rough Times for Grain Markets | agriculture, farming, railroads, economy, corn, wheat, soybeans, USDA

Transportation snarls holding up bumper crops are not very good news for farmers.
On the Farm: When Good Times are Rough Times for Grain Markets


The good news is that American farmers will have a really good year in 2014. The bad news is that American farmers are producing record corn, wheat and soybean crops in 2014.


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Ivan C. Potter, Publisher West Kentucky Journal

McConnell opposed coal plant while judge exec.  | McConnell, coal, Eastern Kentucky, US Senate race,

Senator McConnell - he was against coal plant before he was for it.
McConnell opposed coal plant while judge exec.

A paper in far eastern Kentucky is reporting that Senator Mitch McConnell, a staunch supporter of coal, opposed locating a coal plant in Louisville when he was Jefferson County Judge Executive back in 1984.

There is a Paducah connection to this story. Convenient Energy Inc. of Paducah was the developer. And they weren't happy with Judge McConnell.

According to the Hazard story - "The Courier-Journal reported in August 1984, that McConnell may just be opposing the plant for political gain.

"'Mitch is jumping on the political bandwagon,' said Gene Smith, a consultant on the project for its developers, Convenient Energy Inc. of Paducah. 'This little coal plant has become the focus of attention, and McConnell is hoping to capitalize on that.'"

Follow the jump for the Hazard-Herald.com story

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Amelia Holliday, Hazard- Herald.com

Lobbying on track for biggest year EVER!! | General Assembly 2014, lobbying, lobbyists, Legislature, Kentucky,
Lobbying on track for biggest year EVER!!

Businesses and organizations lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly spent a record $13.6 million during the first eight months of 2014. Compared to the previous record of $13.2 million spent in the same period in 2012, lobbying interests are on track to set a new yearly spending record in Kentucky by topping the 2012 total of $17.8 million.

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John Schaaf , Legislative Ethics News

Community and Regional News

Fall Fire Hazard Season Begins Oct. 1 | Kentucky, arson, crime, dogs,

Kentucky Division of Forestry Fire Chief Luke Saunier with bloodhound Bruiser.
Fall Fire Hazard Season Begins Oct. 1

Frankfort, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2014) - The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is using noses and paws to catch arsonists as the fall wildfire season, which runs from Oct. 1 through Dec. 15, gets underway.

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MSU becomes 8th School to join Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program  | farming, agriculture, James Comer, Murray State University, Kentucky,

Farm to Campus is the official state program for connecting Kentucky farmers and food producers with Kentucky higher education institutions.
MSU becomes 8th School to join Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program

COMMISSIONER COMER WELCOMES MURRAY STATE

TO THE KENTUCKY PROUD FARM TO CAMPUS PROGRAM

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Ted Sloan, Ky Dept. of Ag (headline provided by WKJ)

Editorials

The Chicken Littles of Power Production predictably predict doom | coal, environment, pollution, EPA, Kentucky,
The Chicken Littles of Power Production predictably predict doom

There is a move afoot for the EPA to require a 30 % reduction in carbon pollution from 2005 levels in power production...

..There has been much caterwauling in power production literature and other media that there will be massive increases in electrical bills, always dragging out the specter famously uttered by "Chicken Little"----"the sky is falling, the sky is falling." All this unrepentent trickery is reminiscent of the car industry reaction when miles per gallon goals were established.

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Gene Nettles - 2 opinions posted

Education

Biggest Racer fan in the world? We've got an app for that. | Murray State University, western Kentucky,
Biggest Racer fan in the world? We've got an app for that.

MURRAY, Ky. -- Hold your horses Murray State University Racer fans, a new app has been designed and it's free. "Racer Nation," a new app created by Racer athletics and the MSU Alumni Association is open to the public to download today. Unlike other schools with similar applications that target students only, this app is designed for alumni, fans, students and faculty alike.

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Rachel Foley, MSU

15,000 cases of bullying in KY schools last school year | school, Kentucky, education, bullying,

Campaign theme - Lean on Me; Stop the Bullying
15,000 cases of bullying in KY schools last school year

October is Anti-Bullying Awareness Month

and

Kentucky Safe Schools Week- October 19-25, 2014

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Karen McCuiston, Director of Resource Center, KY Center for Safe Schools

Prep workshop set for Oct. 18, featuring tips and strategies for taking ACT test

MURRAY, Ky. -- Murray State University will be conducting an upcoming ACT Prep Workshop in Paducah, Ky., on Saturday, Oct. 18. The workshop helps prepare students by teaching useful strategies and test-taking tips, while building confidence for this important test.

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Sherry McClain, MSU Information Office, photo by Meredith Riley

Graves High FFA presents Kentucky's largest agriculture safety day, mock emergency rescue, real helicopter transport | agriculture, Graves County High School, education

Simulated ATV rescue - Ag Safety Day at Graves County High
Graves High FFA presents Kentucky's largest agriculture safety day, mock emergency rescue, real helicopter transport

Graves County High School's Agriculture Department and FFA spearheaded the school's Agriculture Safety Day 2014 that one veteran observer called the largest day of its kind he's seen in 25 years...

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Paul Schaumburg, Community Relations Director, Graves County Schools

Project Leadership Workshop for high school students registration available now | Murray State University, leadership program,
Project Leadership Workshop for high school students registration available now

MURRAY, Ky. -- Murray State University will conduct its 6th Annual Project Leadership Workshop on campus Nov. 3. Project Leadership is an interactive leadership workshop led by MSU faculty and staff in conjunction with the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business and the office of recruitment.

Deadline to register for the workshop is October 23rd.

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Bob McGaughey, MSU press release

Politics & Government

McConnell Attempts to Steal Senator Barkley's Legacy | Alben W. Barkley, Mitch McConnell, U. S. Senate,

Vice President and Purchase native Alben W. Barkley
McConnell Attempts to Steal Senator Barkley's Legacy

...After 30 years of doing nothing, Mitch is now telling Kentucky voters that if they send him back to Washington for one more term, he will invoke the late great Barkley as his personal model for conducting business in the nation's Capitol..

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Ivan C. Potter, Publisher West Kentucky Journal - 2 opinions posted

About Us

Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing | Ivan Potter, Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal, politics, Clinton Kentucky,

Mary and Ivan Potter of West Kentucky Journal
Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing

Meet the husband and wife team responsible for West Kentucky Journal.

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal


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