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Women in nontraditional county races are 5% of candidates in 2014
Rosie the Riveter modeled on a Pulaski Co. Ky girl in a nontraditional role.
Women in nontraditional county races are 5% of candidates in 2014

What about county offices?

We looked at several county offices to see if women are making significant inroads into jobs traditionally reserved for men - coroner, sheriff, jailer, county judge and magistrate.

Women are running. Just not too many.

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Decision to close jail delayed
l to r: Treasurer Carol Melugin, County Clerk James Berry, Judge Greg Pruitt and Magistrate Harold Jackson at May Fiscal Court meeting.
Decision to close jail delayed

(Clinton, KY) - The Hickman County Detention Center got a short stay of execution on Monday evening ...at least until after the primary election on May 20th.

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Grimes calls for Stanford U. to undo coal decision
Divesture by Stanford not good news for Kentucky coal jobs according to Grimes.
Grimes calls for Stanford U. to undo coal decision

Alison Lundergan Grimes got an unpleasant surprise on her 50 county jobs tour this week. It seems that Stanford University is divesting itself of stocks related to coal.

"...Following a report in the New York Times about Stanford's divestment decision in any company whose primary business is mining coal, Grimes penned a letter to University President John L. Hennessy on May 8, to voice her disapproval..."

Grimes' response to the move was reported in the Ashland Independent. We link with permission and thanks to Lana Bellamy.

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McWhorter one of 7% Kentucky women running for magistrate
Denise McWhorter running for Hickman County Magistrate
McWhorter one of 7% Kentucky women running for magistrate

UPDATE: Denise fell short in her run for magistrate. She came in second in a field of six candidates. Winner Kory Naranjo gave her a big hug when the results were announced on Tuesday evening.

Denise McWhorter is running for the job of Hickman County District #2 Magistrate in the Democratic primary on May 20th. She is part of the 7% of Kentucky women running for a job traditionally held by a man.

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Amy Henley-Roell, candidate for jailer, ready to do the job
Amy Henley-Roell, candidate for jailer, is up against 5 other Democrats for Hickman County Jailer's job.
Amy Henley-Roell, candidate for jailer, ready to do the job

Update - Amy Henley-Roell finished third in a field of six candidates with 251 votes. The winner, Chad Barber, is the son of deceased Hickman County jailer Joe Barber. Chad received 425 votes. Second to Barber was Allen Poole with 342 votes.

Amy Henley-Roell is a candidate for Hickman County Jailer. It’s a job that many might think of as a “man only” kind of work.

Henley-Roell disagrees.

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Education

Former music student remembered with memorial music award
Daniel Milam, of Memphis TN, was an MSU music student
Former music student remembered with memorial music award

MURRAY, Ky. — One short year ago Daniel Milam’s life was cut short..

In honor of that excellence and in remembrance of Milam, the department of music has established the Daniel Milam Excellence in Music Award...

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Graves student to attend Governor School for the Arts
Tamia Fair, Photo by Becca Green of Graves County High School's the Eagle's Eye student newspaper
Graves student to attend Governor School for the Arts

Graves County High School junior Tamia Fair expects to have the content for her best essay yet if and when a teacher asks her this fall to write the classic essay "What I Did on my Summer Vacation." She is among an elite group of students across Kentucky selected to participate in the 2014 edition of the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts.

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Paducah Tilghman ROTC students tour Mayport Naval Base
Paducah Tilghman ROTC students tour Mayport Naval Base

Photo caption (left to right): Andrew Sandman, Mainy Moore, Kelton Ragan, Stephen Douglas, Shawn Hayes, Corvina Thomas, Amiya Jones, Travis Myers, Zach Chandler, Julie Wilhite, Shane Spicer, Stephanie Hern, Tyrese Jones, Matt Carnes, Alicia Thomas, Karesha Udley, Kathrin Harriford, Rreon Reed, Michelle Jones, Alex Story, Jontasia Willet, Ben Sandman, Charnasia White, Jennifer Lee, Jay Rodriguez, Jessica Lopez, William Downs, and Johnathan Farr-Finch.

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Editorials

10 Ways to lose the Kentucky Governor’s Race in 2015
Conway's announcement - boring?
10 Ways to lose the Kentucky Governor’s Race in 2015

Kentucky politics is a contact sport. It is part football, part basketball, part checkers, part chess, and part Kentucky Run for the Roses. The drama of running for Kentucky Governor is steeped in the tradition of bare knuckled, knock ‘em down local politics...

So far in the pre dawn days of the 2015 race, there are two announced candidates for governor. Jack Conway, the Democrat and Hal Heiner, the Republican. Both announced their candidacy in a modern soft, You Tube manner. Both had limited media exposure and both came across as boring.

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Exploiters of Job Losses Paint Wrong Picture of Cause

Recent sudden job losses at Kentucky’s last Fruit of the Loom plant in Jamestown and at Toyota’s regional headquarters in Erlanger have hit the state hard.

They’ve also prompted wrong-headed claims that Kentucky brought this on itself by not pursuing certain economic policies—that Kentucky is getting something wrong...

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Technology & Science

GCHS student, Hunter Wilkerson,  places first in precision machining
Hunter Wilkerson, 1st in state competition.
GCHS student, Hunter Wilkerson, places first in precision machining

Graves County High School junior Hunter Wilkerson recently won first place in the Kentucky Skills USA precision machining competition in Louisville.

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Community and Regional News

Ledbetter Bridge ain't better - it's worse and it's goin' bye bye
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Bridge Inspector Steve Vick checks the Old Ledbetter Bridge for additional signs of movement. Slumping approach spans damaged by a landslide that moved two land piers have moved an additional 2.25 inches in about 48 hours
Ledbetter Bridge ain't better - it's worse and it's goin' bye bye

5/15/14 UPDATE: Bridge to be demolished sooner rather than later. Work will begin June 10th. Press release follows.

PADUCAH, Ky. (May 13, 2014) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers and inspectors have detected additional movement in west approach spans on the Old Ledbetter Bridge.

...In the last 48 hours, the approach spans have showed 2.25 inches of both vertical and horizontal movement, indicating the moving hillside is continuing to shift the land piers supporting the approaches at the west end of the bridge.

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 Kentucky Retirement System in a mess
Kentucky Retirement System in a mess

Chris Tobe, an outspoken critic of the Kentucky Retirement System (KRS), was interviewed on NPR recently.

Why should the health or lack thereof of state employee pension matter to the million or so of us who are not in the pension system? Because the state cannot by law default on its pension obligations.

If the Commonwealth must sell everything - down to the state parks and the Floral Clock - the pensions shall be paid.

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Paducah Nuclear Waste Bill once again is defeated
Paducah Nuclear Waste Bill once again is defeated

Very few people in Paducah and McCracken County realize just how close they came to economic and environmental disaster from the 2014 General Assembly.

Once again, Senator Leeper’s plan to bring all the nuclear waste of America into a large pit in Western McCracken County, has been stopped.

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Paducah Sun editorial criticizing Medicaid expansion was off base;

Beshear sends the newspaper a response

The Paducah Sun relied on incomplete and inaccurate information for an editorial Thursday that criticized Gov. Steve Beshear's expansion of the Medicaid program under federal health-care reform, and the governor is complaining about it.

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The Futurist's Corner

Legend of the Purple Chicken
Author counting his chickens - the beginning of a legend.
Legend of the Purple Chicken

It all started on a quiet Friday afternoon. It was one of those very rare times when all forces of the universe line up in perfect harmony...

From out of nowhere, a truck appeared pulling a 30 ft. wagon. This rig parked right in front of the house. Right away I knew something was up and about to destroy my very perfect afternoon.

A very firm male voice, bullhorn blasted out, “You the Potter for these chickens?”..

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The Battle of Trafalgar
Crossing the T - the Battle of Trafalgar
The Battle of Trafalgar

The why, where, how and when of the Battle of the Trafalgar - and the man who made all the difference.

Global power - The Battle of Trafalgar was to witness both the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte's plans to invade Britain, and the death of Admiral Lord Nelson. It was never going to be any ordinary battle, and quickly acquired a heightened, almost magical, reality... the Royal Navy annihilated the greatest threat to British security for 200 years ...

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