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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 5  No. 10  October 2014 (c)

FrontPage News

Clinton charms crowd of 5K at Louisville rally | U.S. Senate, Hillary Clinton, US Senate race, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Mitch McConnell, Democrat, Presidential primary,

Enjoying the applause - former Secretary Clinton and Kentucky Secretary Grimes
Clinton charms crowd of 5K at Louisville rally

Former First Lady, former Senator, former Secretary of State and soon to be candidate for President of the United States, Hillary Clinton came to Louisville on Wednesday night and was greeted by a screaming crowd of fans at the Commonwealth Convention Center.

For more photos than words, follow the jump.

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Mary Potter, photos by Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal

JUDGE RULES CLOSING CUBA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITHIN BOARD'S DISCRETION

(Frankfort, KY) - Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled today that the Graves County Board of Education had the discretion to decide to close Cuba Elementary School. A lawsuit was brought by Josh Cherry, Richard Jackson, William Bell and Larry Dale Shelby, all Graves County citizens to stop the closure. Plaintiffs argued that the closure did not follow state law. The Court disagreed.

Cuba Elementary School now sits empty.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Self described "old race horse" Bill Clinton to be in Western Kentucky

Former President Bill Clinton made a historic stop in Paducah night before his first election
Self described "old race horse" Bill Clinton to be in Western Kentucky

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON TO JOIN
ALISON LUNDERGAN GRIMES IN OWENSBORO AND PADUCAH

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014

For schedule, follow the jump.

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Grimes press release

A Mighty Damned Fine Preacher - Julian Carroll comes home | union, Julian Carroll, McCracken County, Democrats, election 2014, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky politics,

McCracken native former Governor Julian Carroll was back home on Saturday.
A Mighty Damned Fine Preacher - Julian Carroll comes home

(October 11, 2014) - Former Kentucky governor and current Kentucky state Senator Julian Carroll returned home on Saturday and couldn't stop grinnin'..

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal

10 Reasons Why Senator McConnell is Wrong on the War on Coal

Publisher's Note: Jacob Barker, energy and environment reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, wrote a long article on why coal is having a bad year. It's an important story for Kentuckians going to the polls in November. Unfortunately, we could not locate the online story to link to - a summary of the story follows with Barker's contact information.

Reason No. 3 why coal is having a bad year: "Though environmental rules are making new coal plants prohibitively expensive and leading to the closure of some older plants, it's really market conditions -- oversupply and the advent of cheap natural gas -- that are hitting coal miners hardest, said Ken Colburn, a senior associate at the Regulatory Assistance Project who specializes in air regulations.

"I don't think this is an easy cakewalk necessarily, but nothing the (Environmental Protection Agency) does will lead to the kind of impact on coal as a fuel that the market is having,"

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Jacob Barker, St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 2 opinions posted

Labor Rally Draws Thousands to Paducah | Kentucky politics, US Senate race, Alison Lundergan Grimes, labor, right to work, union,

Estimated crowd of between 2500 - 3000 showed up for labor rally.
Labor Rally Draws Thousands to Paducah

Will the unions rally support for Dems in November with right to work on the table?

(October 11, 2014) - A rainy Saturday in Paducah became the center of Kentucky's organized labor movement for a few hours.

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Mary Potter, photos by Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Amazon.com moves to establish Brick & Mortar Retail Store | amazon.com, New York, business, books, retail, internet sales, Jeff Bezos

Amazon.com bringing its own miracle to 34th St. NYC
Amazon.com moves to establish Brick & Mortar Retail Store

...The founder of Amazon.com, Jeff Bozos, always had the dream of becoming the "Wal-Mart of the Internet" from early in the company's start up history. Experts believe that he achieved this goal in 2014.

Now, Bezos wants to go "brick & mortar" with a mega retail store in New York City, in time for Christmas market.

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Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Minimum wage not just for entry level youths

New Report: More than One in Five Louisville Workers Would Benefit

from Proposed Minimum Wage Increase

Workers to Benefit Are Overwhelmingly Adults,

Most Are Women and Full-Time Workers

Editor's Note: During his KET Kentucky Tonight appearance on 10/13/14, Sen. McConnell insisted that minimum wage is for entry level youths. According to the linked report, that is not an accurate statement.

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Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, Jason Bailey Director - 2 opinions posted

Community and Regional News

Dr. Jack Rose using social media in run for Murray mayor | Jack Rose, Murray, Calloway County, facebook, Murray State University,

Dr. Jack Rose - door to door in his run for Murray mayor
Dr. Jack Rose using social media in run for Murray mayor

Retired MSU dean and Calloway County Schools administrator Dr. Jack Rose is running for elected office for the first time ever.

His "Walk Across Murray" campaign is being posted on Facebook - neighborhood by neighborhood. The veteran educator is seamlessly blending new social media with an old fashioned press the flesh door to door strategy.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Education

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

Graves boys' basketball team to play its Dec. 15 game at Wingo School gym to honor great team from 30 years ago

The Graves County High School boys' basketball team will celebrate a special part of its county history when it hosts the Hickman County Falcons on Monday, Dec. 15, at the Wingo Elementary School gym.

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Paul Schaumburg, Community Relations Director, Graves County Schools

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

Travel & Tourism

Pumpkin Village at DPA is all things "fall" | Discovery Park of America, Tennessee, tourism,

Pumpkin Family just one of the displays at DPA this month.
Pumpkin Village at DPA is all things "fall"

UNION CITY, TN- The Discovery Park of America ground crews have been busy! They have created "Pumpkin Village"

For more photos and events information, follow the jump.

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Mary Nita Bonderant

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

No-Count Dog - from nuisance to hero in 40 pages | pet, dog, storm, evacuation, children, picture book, Kentucky, No-Count Dog

Photo courtesy of Gaye Bencini, Hickman County TImes
No-Count Dog - from nuisance to hero in 40 pages

Editor's Note: With No-Count Dog going to the Kentucky Book Fair this November, a look-back at this article might be in order.

The story of a hound dog who goes from being "no-count" to a hero is the newest collaboration between author Mary Potter and illustrator Jennifer Nuckolls.

When a big storm forces his best friend Julie to leave him behind, No-Count Dog is scared.

What can he do to save himself as the flood waters rise?

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Mary Potter


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