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Can Kentucky's merit system survive Matt Bevin?
Will Kentucky\'s merit employees be in the soup?
Can Kentucky's merit system survive Matt Bevin?

...Republican Governor Matt Bevin now sits in the first floor office formerly occupied by Democrat Governor Steve Beshear. The new Governor has promised to shrink state government. Shrinking government means that there will be fewer state employees - many of whom are merit system employees. To do it, he will have to thread the needle last successfully threaded by Democratic Governor John Y. Brown. Brown did it by reorganizing state government. In a nutshell, when the agency goes, so do the employees that work for it, merit and non-merit.

Bevin has yet to follow Brown's lead. Instead, he is shrinking the state budget and forcing administrators to reduce staffing...

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Commissioner of Education visits Hickman County Schools
Commissioner of Education visits Hickman County Schools

For Kentucky school systems, it is not all about testing. It's just a lot about testing.

It's also a lot about college and career preparation and student achievement. Hickman County Schools, a tiny district hundreds of miles from the Capital City is doing something right in all those categories.

On February 4, 2016, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt came down from the Capitol Plaza Tower in Frankfort to see for himself what has propelled a once was at risk system into a system of achievement all within a few years...

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Liberal-arts education essential to advance in tech age
Liberal-arts education essential to advance in tech age

Psychology, sociology, history, political science, economics and philosophy -- some maintain that these and other "liberal arts" majors result in less-than-ideal job prospects.

Indeed, recently one presidential candidate called for "more welders, less philosophers" while a well-known venture capitalist quipped that English graduates, "end up working in a shoe store." Sadly, this sentiment seems to be growing right here in Kentucky.

And yet the liberal-arts majors listed above represent the undergraduate courses of study, respectively, of Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase; Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States; Samuel Palmisano, former CEO of IBM; Condoleeza Rice, former secretary of state; John Watson, CEO of Chevron, and Carl Icahn, billionaire Wall Street mogul.

And let's not forget J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame. She completed a bachelor's in French and classics..

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Politics & Government

Rep. Rudy attends breakfast
Commissioner Quarles with Rep. Steven Rudy
Rep. Rudy attends breakfast

Rep. Steven Rudy attended the Kentucky Proud Breakfast in Frankfort on February 9th and got his picture taken with Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles.

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Education

WKCTC Announces New Business Champions Council

(Paducah, Ky.) - West Kentucky Community and Technical College has lost a significant amount of state funding over the last several years, and business leaders are stepping up to let legislators know they agree with Gov. Matt Bevin that Kentucky can do better. Several local business leaders are serving as Business Champions as part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System's (KCTCS) Fuel the Force campaign, which is asking for restoration of postsecondary education funding.

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Graves High senior Kiersten Baker awarded MSU art class scholarship

Graves County High School senior Kiersten Baker was presented an award for a drawing she entered in the Yeiser Art Center's annual regional "Teen Spirit Exhibit."

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PTHS Academic Team runner up in 2016 competition
PTHS Academic Team runner up in 2016 competition

The PTHS Academic Team was district runner-up in District Governors Cup Competition held on January 20, 2016 at Paducah Tilghman High School.

The Quick Recall team, which included starters Meg Hancock, Reese Butler, John Holtgrewe and Jose Roberto dos Remedios was second. The Future Problem Solving team of Skylar Bundy, Madison Mercer, Taylor Willis and Grace Raber was second...

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PTMS speech team second in regionals
PTMS speech team second in regionals

The Paducah Middle School speech team took second place overall at the Kentucky High School Speech League regional competition at Murray High School on Saturday, February 6.

Photo: Front Row from left: Quinn Atnip, Hadley Pierce, Catherine Holm, Ella Wainscott, Gabby Copeland, Paige Kight, Zyla Dortch. Second Row: Walker McNeill, Grace Bakehouse, Erin Kelly, Emily Krall, Sam Kirchhoff, Kate Criner, Dylan Nevels, Karlie Hack, Nicole Miller, Lois Akpabio. Back Row: Brandon Reichard, Nick Tooley, Vic Tyler, Liberty Guyette, Travis Trimble

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Editorials

Bevin's Budget: War against Kentucky's State Universities
MSU faculty lined up for investiture of Pres. Davies
Bevin's Budget: War against Kentucky's State Universities

Governor Bevin is sending a clear and powerful message to the citizens of Kentucky.

His budget for 2016-2018 is a war on higher learning.

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Arts & Entertainment

Gallery in New Art School Building Named in Honor of Bill Ford Public open house planned for new building March 31
Gallery in New Art School Building Named in Honor of Bill Ford Public open house planned for new building March 31

The main gallery in Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD)'s new 2D and Graphic Design Building has been named in Bill Ford's honor.

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Community and Regional News

Candidate Ron Leach visits Paducah
Ron Leach is running in the 2016 Democratic primary
Candidate Ron Leach visits Paducah

When Ron Leach shaved off his beard a month or so ago, his daughter asked him why. Hearing that he was going to run for office again after his defeat by Congressman Brett Guthrie in 2013, Leach's daughter said "Don't do it Dad. It's a trap."

It's a trap that combat veteran Leach is charging into...

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