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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 7  No. 7 July 2015 (c)

FrontPage News

Political Picnic Pol Poll Position Pushed | Fancy Farm Picnic 2015, Matt Bevin, Jenean Hampton, Jack Conway, Sannie Overly, Mitch McConnell,
Political Picnic Pol Poll Position Pushed

The lineup at the Fancy Farm Picnic Political Speaking will be a bit shook up.

To see who speaks when, follow the jump.

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WKMS Allison Crawford

State or Federal labeling of GMO's subject of House bill | GMO, agriculture, corn, soybeans, U. S. Congress, health,
State or Federal labeling of GMO's subject of House bill

H. R. 1599 set to go to the House floor has generated controversy.

Should genetically modified foods, known as GMOs, be regulated at the state or federal level?

...This bill preempts state and local restrictions on GMOs or GMO food and labeling requirements for GMOs, GMO food, non-GMO food, or "natural" food.

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Mary Potter

Gov. Beshear Breaks Ground for New Lake Barkley Bridge | Kentucky Lake, Land Between the Lakes, Western Kentucky, bridges,

Artist rendering of completed span of bridge
Gov. Beshear Breaks Ground for New Lake Barkley Bridge

CADIZ, Ky. (July 22, 2015) - Governor Steve Beshear, flanked by state and local leaders, today ceremonially broke ground for a new bridge on Lake Barkley - the second of the much-anticipated twin Lake Bridges in the tourism-rich Jackson Purchase of western Kentucky...

...Once completed, the Lake Bridges Project will provide a continuous, four-lane route from Aurora to Cadiz, crossing both lakes and Land Between The Lakes. It will eventually be part of a four-lane corridor from Mayfield to Bowling Green.

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Press release

Rep. Sannie Overly - Dem. Lt. Gov. Candidate visits Mayfield | Kentucky politics, Kentucky General Assembly, governor's race, Jack Conway, Matt Bevin, Sannie Overly

Rep. Sannie Overly was in Mayfield Tuesday evening.
Rep. Sannie Overly - Dem. Lt. Gov. Candidate visits Mayfield

(Mayfield KY - July 7, 2015) - Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor Sannie Overly visited Mayfield on this gloomy Tuesday, meeting with elected officials and supporters in Graves County. Shepherded around by her friend, former House Representative Fred Nesler, Overly made stops at the Graves County Courthouse and a local restaurant, where she spoke to supporters before moving on to Paducah for a fundraiser with her running mate, Jack Conway.

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Mary Potter

TWNPAC hosts Congresswoman Adams | Lillian Press, Leonard Press, Sannie Overly, Democrat, The Women's Network

Congresswoman Adams tries on her new Derby hat while Lt. Gov. Luallen looks on.
TWNPAC hosts Congresswoman Adams

The keynote speaker for The Women's Network PAC Dinner was Congresswoman Alma Adams, now in her first term in the US Congress. Now representing the 12th District of North Carolina, Adams went to Congress after winning a special election in November 2014. Adams is known as the "hat lady" in her home state...

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Mary Potter

Community and Regional News

Mark Wilson takes us on a tour of his town | Fancy Farm, St. Jerome's Catholic Church, Graves County Kentucky, Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson takes us on a tour of his town

Editor's Note: For our friends coming down for Fancy Farm Week 2015 - a reprise of an article from 2014.

Mark Wilson, the long suffering and long serving chair of the political portion of the Fancy Farm Picnic (Mark says that his wife is really in charge) took us on a tour of Fancy Farm and shared the wonders of his hometown. He even pointed out some Democrats to us as we traveled about in his golf cart.

Come along with us as we tour Fancy Farm, Kentucky.

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Riders & Rockabilly at DPA this weekend | Discovery Park of America, West Tennessee, Union City, West Kentucky,

Chad Karnes & the Missing Fifth will entertain at Discovery Park of America.
Riders & Rockabilly at DPA this weekend

UNION CITY, TN- Discovery Park of America is hosting the Riders and Rockabilly Fish Fry July 24th and 25th from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the Train Depot on the grounds at Discovery Park. This event is the final event of the month long Rider's and Rockabilly Music Festival throughout West Tennessee.

Admission is free and there will be live music, giant water slides, a fun kid's train and a festive fish fry both evenings.

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Mary Nita Bondurant, DPA

Editorials

Op-Ed: Bipartisan support for speeding cures | John Yarmuth, Ed Whitfield, health, Kentucky, Congress, 21st Century Cures Act, disease, medical research

GOP 1st District Rep. Ed Whitfield co-sponsoring a bill with Rep. John Yarmuth
Op-Ed: Bipartisan support for speeding cures

It is not often the two of us share a byline, but there is currently legislation moving through Congress that has the potential to help nearly every Kentucky family, and we both agree there is no political affiliation or ideology as important as that.

The 21st Century Cures Act will facilitate the high quality research that leads to ground-breaking cures and streamline the process of delivering those cures to the people who need them most. For patients, families, and loved ones affected by serious conditions, this legislation offers real hope...

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Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY)

Education

Girls through age 11 will enjoy Disney Princess Tea Party Sept. 5 at Graves County Middle School; register by Aug. 21

Disney Royal Court 2014
Girls through age 11 will enjoy Disney Princess Tea Party Sept. 5 at Graves County Middle School; register by Aug. 21

It's the dream of nearly every girl in America to meet Disney princesses for a tea party! That's exactly what will happen for girls through age 11 who register for this special event scheduled at Graves County Middle School Saturday, Sept. 5! Party A runs from 1-2:30 p.m. Party B runs from 3-4:30 p.m.

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Paul Schaumburg, Community Relations Director, Graves County Schools

Summer reading project for teachers held at MSU Paducah Regional Campus | education, reading, schools, Murray State University,

Teachers from school districts in West Kentucky participated in the 2015 Kentucky Reading Project held at the Murray State University Paducah Regional Campus.
Summer reading project for teachers held at MSU Paducah Regional Campus

Murray State University's college of education and human services was host to the Kentucky Reading Project summer institute this June at the MSU Paducah Regional Campus.

...The project is a professional development initiative for Kentucky public school elementary teachers designed to improve student achievement and emphasize family involvement in literacy...

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Trish Lofton, MSU

Politics & Government

GOP Lt. Gov. Candidate to be at Columbus Park | Kentucky politics, governor's race 2015, Jenean Hampton, Matt Bevin,

GOP Lt. Gov. candidate Jenean Hampton
GOP Lt. Gov. Candidate to be at Columbus Park

GOP Candidate for Lt. Governor, Jenean Hampton will be the keynote speaker at "Picnic and Politics in the Park" hosted by Jackson Purchase Republicans.

Elected GOP officials will be on hand at the Park on Thursday, July 30th from 6-8 p.m. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available until they run out.

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Press release

SCOTUS rules gerrymandering work around okay | gerrymandering, congress, redistricting, legislature, US Supreme Court,

Kentucky\'s congressional districts - products of logic or party politics?
SCOTUS rules gerrymandering work around okay

In the case of ARIZONA STATE LEGISLATURE, APPELLANT v. ARIZONA INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING
COMMISSION ET AL., Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg writing a 5-4 decision found that the people of Arizona had a right to give legislative redistricting to an independent commission - taking it out of the hands of state legislature. The case came to the Supreme Court by challenge by the Republican controlled legislature.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal


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