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Showing 12 articles from January 6, 2015.

FrontPage News

Attack on Unions...Right to Work Strategy - 2015 Trend

A national right wing Republican friendly money campaign has targeted Kentucky as the next political ideological landscape to increase profits of large corporations.

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General Assembly 2015...End of Federalism and Era of New Taxes- Trend for 2015

New local taxes, embattled within the new Home Rule laws, will be fought at the state and local levels. Local government will have to scramble to cover loss funding from the state and feds.

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Regionalism...East KY vs. West KY- Trend Continues in 2015

Now, in the 15th year of the 21st Century, a new brand or concept of regionalism is taking shape in Kentucky. This new perspective towards economic development leaves behind the emphasis of federal-state-regional-local strata for a compressed regional-state-private model.

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Restructuring of Higher Education Regionalism
Restructuring of Higher Education Regionalism

...Currently, there are too many regional schools for higher education in Kentucky and its high levels of poverty. Add another regional university like U. of Pikeville and the money pot for higher education gets smaller..

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Restructuring of TV Watching - 2015 not to be a banner year for packaged television

The old satellite direct TV viewing is in a lot of pain. Costs for ESPN programming has become the primary costs for satellite TV viewing. This model is losing millions of potential viewers as new generations of TV watchers are turning to NEXFIX, pod casts, and computer movie streaming.

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Politics & Government

Governor's Race the TOP story for 2015
Is this James Comer\'s year?
Governor's Race the TOP story for 2015

Right next to Kentucky's mania with UK Sports is the mania for electing our constitutional officers. Normally, the race for Governor is the big show every four years. But in 2015, several new factors are at play in West Kentucky and across the state...

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Education

Two MSU alums compete for $100,000 on Framework, 9:00 p.m CDT SPIKE 1-6-15
Two MSU alums compete for $100,000 on Framework, 9:00 p.m CDT SPIKE 1-6-15

MURRAY, Ky. -- Jessica Brown and Craig Bayens, two Murray State University alumni, will showcase their design and craftsmanship skills on the premiere of Framework tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 9 p.m. (Central Time) on SPIKE television.

Brown, a 2006 MSU grad, is from Paducah. She currently owns Lady J Designs.

Bayens, MSU '04, owns C. Bayens Furniture and Functional Designs in Louisville.

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Travel & Tourism

 A Romanesque Revival: First Christian Church, Clinton, Kentucky
A Romanesque Revival: First Christian Church, Clinton, Kentucky

This story begins, as good ones often do, unexpectedly. My decision to take a random string of back roads from Memphis to a family reunion in central Illinois was driven by an urge to explore and treasure hunt the off-the-beaten-path antique stores that dot rural America. After a number of interesting stops, I found myself northbound on US Route 51, a highway with its own unique history, with the sun setting. As I pulled into the small town of Clinton, two thoughts came to mind; first, even if there are any antique stores they are bound to be closed by now and second, I need to keep moving anyway because, at the rate I am going, central Illinois may as well be central Wisconsin. However, logic and reason quickly went out the car window once I caught a glimpse of what looked to be an interesting piece of architecture...

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Editorials

Low Road Economy No Path to Prosperity in Kentucky

...Proponents promise these laws will open the floodgates to new employment, but states that are right-to-work are not more effective at growing and attracting jobs. In fact, seven of the 11 states with the highest unemployment rates are right-to-work states, and 12 of the 15 states with the highest poverty rates. After Oklahoma passed right-to-work in 2001, its trend of growing manufacturing employment in the decade prior to the law was reversed.

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New Year - New Challenges - New County Judges
Hickman County Judge Kenny Wilson chairs his first fiscal court meeting.
New Year - New Challenges - New County Judges

The new year of 2015 must be a real new year for our region.

The most recent report on state growth puts the Purchase behind other areas of Kentucky in growth...

...New county judges from McCracken to Fulton have a chance to change the economic down hill slide. It's going to take a commitment that mirrors, but does not imitate SOAR, (Save Our Appalachian Region).

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Right to Work a Crap Shoot

Those prospective employers/businesses who state they do not want to come because of the lack "right to work" protections are the very ones we wish would go somewhere else. Businesses expecting a "permit" to hold employees in perpetual poverty should each and every one be rejected because WE RECOGNIZE OUR RESPONSIBILITY LIES WITH THE CITIZENS OF FULTON COUNTY NOT CORPORATE PROFITS.

from Nettles' Letter to Fulton County Magistrates December 24, 2014

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Community and Regional News

Arts Council celebrates 10th year with a birthday party
Arts Council celebrates 10th year with a birthday party

The Hickman County Arts Council, Inc. will celebrate its tenth year with a birthday party.

A potluck dinner complete with birthday cake will be held at the Young Center in Clinton on Tuesday, January 13th at 6:00...

The program for the evening will be a tribute to the Council's oldest member, Dorothy Nell Harper.

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