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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 6  No. 2 February 2015 (c)

FrontPage News

"Textbooks profits benefit publisher, not University" | Murray State University, textbook, college, education costs, Kentucky
"Textbooks profits benefit publisher, not University"

Students in the United States spend $655 each year on required course material according to NACS meaning textbook publishers are making, on average, $506.97 per college student. And the cost of textbooks is continuing to climb...

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Ben Manhanke, photos by Nicole Ely, The Murray State News, pub. w/permission

Meet the Press host Chuck Todd visits MSU | Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Chuck Todd, politics, presidential politics, NBC news, media
Meet the Press host Chuck Todd visits MSU

(Murray, KY) - Meet the Press host Chuck Todd listed Kentucky Senator Rand Paul as part of his Final Four for the GOP presidential race. Todd told reporters on Tuesday former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Rand Paul represent different constituencies in the Republican Party.

"Underrate Rand Paul at your own peril,"

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Applachian Regional Commission issues report card

ARC Report Cites Economic Progress and Challenges in Appalachian Region Since 1965

February 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: This report and summary now will join the debate over federalism and the cost, size, functions of federal government. The success of ARC will not guarantee that a new President will not save it in order to cut federal costs.

WASHINGTON, February 22, 2015--The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) today issued a research report that shows substantial economic progress in the Appalachian Region since the inception of the Commission in 1965, although significant development challenges remain.

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ARC

Changing Weather Patterns in West Kentucky | climate, weather, West Kentucky, snow, temperature, rainfall

Winter 2014 "A Winter Battle Zone" for snowfall averages. NOAA map
Changing Weather Patterns in West Kentucky

Weather is local. Climate is global.

In the twenty counties of West Kentucky climate and weather are coming together to increasingly affect the way West Kentuckians live and work.

From 2004 through 2014, there have been over two hundred severe weather events that have caused hundreds of millions of dollars for damages and have killed people.

West Kentucky is a mixing area for storms.

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Ivan C. Potter, Publisher West Kentucky Journal

LIFT will need help to get through KY Senate | General Assembly 2015, Legislature, LIFT, sales tax, Kentucky,

LIFT supporters gathered in mid-February to watch LIFT pass the House.
LIFT will need help to get through KY Senate

Kentucky House Bill 1, acronym LIFT (Local Investments for Transformation), passed the House on February 12, 2015..

The bill which sailed virtually unscathed through the House may not have such a clear path through the Senate. It has run into opposition from big energy users...

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

The Heritage of Regionalism in Kentucky


The Appalachian Regional Commission just released a new study to the nation's governors at their winter meeting in Washington DC. It is an important addition to the on going debate about the future of federal grant-in-aid programs. (ARC report above)

During the 1970's, Kentucky was one of the national leaders in defining regional economic development. Governor's Wendell Ford and Julian Carroll worked with over 20 primary federal agencies to pull in money for local and regional projects...

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Ivan C. Potter, Publisher West Kentucky Journal

Is your county Work Ready? | work ready, employment, Kentucky

Source: Workready.ky.gov
Is your county Work Ready?

Workready Communities is the latest economic development tool in Kentucky. It's all about process.

Counties across the Commonwealth are jumping into the program.

Will certification pay off?

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Siting Board Approves Application for Greenup County Plant  Electric generating facility would use waste heat from coke ovens | energy, steel production, SunCoke, Kentucky, Greenup County, coal,
Siting Board Approves Application for Greenup County Plant Electric generating facility would use waste heat from coke ovens

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2015) - The Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission Siting has granted a construction certificate for an electric generating plant and associated electric transmission line at a planned coke plant in northern Greenup County.

SunCoke Energy South Shore LLC, of Lisle, Illinois, intends to construct a 90-megawatt (MW) plant in conjunction with a coke plant to be built on about 250 acres along the Ohio River 2 miles northeast of the city of South Shore. The site is currently in agricultural use, but is near other industrial facilities.

SunCoke Energy South Shore LLC is a subsidiary of SunCoke Energy Inc., which produces coke for use in steelmaking. Coke production involves heating coal to drive off volatile compounds, leaving behind a material that is pure carbon.

The SunCoke plant will capture and burn the volatile compounds to produce steam, which will drive a turbine to generate electricity. The plant could generate up to 90 MW of electricity, but typically will produce 40 to 80 MW for sale on the open market.

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Andrew Melnykovych, Kentucky Public Service Commission

Community and Regional News

Cumberland Chapter opposes rate increase | utilities, KU, LG & E, PSC, Kentucky Public Service Commission,

Rate increase will reduce incentive for energy efficiency.
Cumberland Chapter opposes rate increase

Resolution on Rate Restructuring Proposal by LG&E/KU.

The Cumberland Chapter of the Sierra Club opposes the large increases in the fixed monthly charges for residential customers that LG&E and KU have proposed in a filing under consideration by the KY Public Service Commission. We believe that raising this fixed fee by 67% (from $10.75 to $18 per month) will have undesirable effects, including:

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Gene Nettles

Editorials

Dear Senator Paul - Come Home  | Rand Paul, US Senate, presidential politics, Kentucky,
Dear Senator Paul - Come Home

...Kentucky is like a first wife left behind for more attractive younger women; you have abandoned us for Iowa and New Hampshire. Working on our relationship doesn't seem to be your day job any more...

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Education

I Love to Read Week Celebrated

...Just in time for the big snow storm, students at Hickman County High School recently celebrated "I Love to Read" Week with a school-wide book giveaway held in the high school library.

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Karen Stairs, HCHS

Politics & Government

Fun on GOP side in May primary | primary, Mayfield, Comer,

Rep. Richard Heath of Mayfield is running for Commissioner of Agriculture.
Fun on GOP side in May primary

The spots for party primaries on May 27th are set. With the exception of a race for treasurer, the Dems will have a quiet time of it.

On the GOP side, four slates for governor promise a livelier contest.

We list the candidates, their hometowns and our brilliant analysis after the jump.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Three names to go to Gov. for KY Sup. Ct.
FRANKFORT, Ky., Feb. 26, 2015 - The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., today announced nominees to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat for the 7th Appellate Court District. The district is comprised of 22 counties in Eastern Kentucky. The vacancy was created when Justice Will T. Scott stepped down Jan. 2 to run for Kentucky governor.
The three attorneys named as nominees to fill the vacancy are David Allen Barber of Prestonsburg, Roger Donald Riggs of Mount Sterling and Janet L. Stumbo of Van Lear.
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Jamie Neal, Public Information Specialist, Administrative Office of the Courts

Travel & Tourism

DPA brings Titanic show to Union City | Titanic, Discovery Park of America, Tennessee, Kentucky, history, museum,
DPA brings Titanic show to Union City

(Union City, TN) Over one hundred years after the ship called "practically unsinkable" sank, R.M. S. Titanic continues to fascinate...

Discovery Park of America is bringing Titanic's story to West Tennessee in a traveling exhibit opening January 31st and running to May 2, 2015. The show, "Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition," is a display over 200 items brought up from the wreck by Premier Exhibitions, Inc.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

About Us

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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