A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky
Vol. 11 No. 1 January 2019 (c)
Black Lung is back with a vengeance - PBS and NPR special shows how gov't didn't help
Greg Kelly at home in Delphia, Ky. A former coal miner, Kelly has an advanced stage of black lung disease known as complicated black lung or progressive massive fibrosis.
Last month, NPR's Investigation Unit with help from the Ohio Valley ReSource broke news that federal regulators failed to prevent an outbreak of the worst form of Black Lung Disease, an outbreak that now affects more than 2,000 miners.
Tonight FRONTLINE from PBS will air a special program, "Coal's Deadly Dust." The program depicts the rise of an aggressive form of black lung disease plaguing thousands of coal miners across Appalachia - and how federal regulators and the industry failed to protect miners. You can see the trailer of "Coal's Deadly Dust" here.
It's eye-opening reporting. Be sure to watch. Tonight @ 9:00 on KET, NPT or WSIU. See the full story ...
WKMS Press release
Rep. Attica Scott to headline Black History Month Celebration
Rep. Attica Scott will be in Mayfield Feb. 24. Photo credit LRC.gov website
The Mayfield/Graves County Citizens Volunteer Group, along with the City of Mayfield, will present our Annual Black History Month Celebration on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1200 West Broadway St., Mayfield, KY from 2-4 p.m. See the full story ...
|Chris Tobe, author of Kentucky Friend Pension, to file for State Auditor |
Chris Tobe, noted pension expert and a former senior staff member for former State Auditor Ed Hatchett, is entering the race for Kentucky State Auditor. Tobe will file at the Secretary of State's office at 9:15 AM on Tuesday, January 15.
The office of state auditor is currently held by Republican Mike Harmon. See the full story ...
|MLK Program in Mayfield Monday|
Mayfield Mayor Kathy O'Nan will be the featured speaker for a community-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday at First Christian Church, 111 S. 9th St. in Mayfield.
The program starts at 6 p.m. and will conclude with refreshments and an opportunity for people to register to vote and to join the reorganizing Mayfield chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, according to Virginia Langford, who is helping restart the chapter.
See the full story ...
|82nd annual Campus Lights to feature Mamma Mia!|
MURRAY, Ky. -- Murray State University students have been working since the fall semester to bring the Murray community the 82nd annual Campus Lights performance of Mamma Mia!
The performance will take place at Lovett Auditorium January 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. and January 20 at 2:30 p.m. See the full story ...
MSU Press release
|Pension Reform - the knotty problem that never seems to go away|
In December 2007, we published an article by Paul Glasser for the Frankfort State Journal. State Panel Calls for No Cuts in Pensions It was our first story on Kentucky's pension system. It would not be the last. The Kentucky retirement system has been on the legislative docket for repair since black lung exited as the number one budget breaker of Kentucky's budget.
West Kentucky Journal is eleven plus years older - and happy state pension reform feels years away. See the full story ...
|Kentucky Student-athletes Invited to Apply for 2019 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year|
Applications Due by Jan. 22; Six Scholarships Will Be Awarded
FRANKFORT KY -- Kentucky student-athletes with ties to agriculture may apply for one of six scholarships and the honor of being recognized as a 2019 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year. See the full story ...
|Fort Campbell soldier Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer killed in Syria|
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 18, 2019) - Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida. See the full story ...
|Ten steps to taking America back to capitalism|
So back in October of 2011, this was just an editorial. Now it looks like prophecy - or worse - a plan.
...Powerful white men sitting around a Camelot shaped round table vent their frustrations on the way the hippies, welfare queens, uppity feminists and corrupt unions are ruining the America they know and love. The question on the table is how to pull the country back from the brink of hippie socialism and Earth Day liberalism that Jimmy Carter and his administration represent.
Enter a cadre of bright young men from Wall Street, Madison Avenue and Ivy League law schools. They step up with ideas to preserve the American dream their fathers lived for future generations. What they offer the rich and powerful is not a quick fix, but a multifaceted project to take America back to capitalism in its purest form... See the full story ...
Towers of Tomorrow on display at Discovery Park of America
On display through May 5th, 20 Lego brick towers at DPA
UNION CITY, TENN. - The world's most famous skyscrapers engineered and built out of LEGO bricks are now on display at Discovery Park of America (DPA) in Union City, Tenn. All the way from Melbourne, Australia, "Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks," has arrived in this small Northwest, Tenn. town, and it is only the third time this exhibit has been on display in the United States. See the full story ...
Mary Nita Bondurant
Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing
Ivan and Mary Potter shopping in Hazel KY
Meet the husband and wife team responsible for West Kentucky Journal.
Editor's Note: Updated - Ivan Potter retired from the Clinton City Council as of January 1, 2017.
WKJ now has over 6000 articles and 2.5 million yearly views. See the full story ...
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