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Graves County students send kind thoughts in wake of shooting
Graves County students send kind thoughts in wake of shooting

Wingo Elementary School fifth-grade students in teacher Blake Jessup's class worked diligently Wednesday on brainstorming hundreds of kind thoughts to change the world, following the tragic shooting at Marshall County High School Tuesday, Jan. 23.

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Anniversary of Women's March in Paducah draws 100
Anniversary of Women's March in Paducah draws 100

Over 100 supporters of the Women's March gathered at the Cherry Community Center in Paducah, not to march, but to listen to candidates, create signs and to take them to the street.

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Imes files bill to change election of state officials
Rep. Kenny Imes, (R - Calloway) presenting HB 23. Photo courtesy of LRC
Imes files bill to change election of state officials

FRANKFORT, Jan. 8 -- House Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs Chair Kenny Imes, R-Murray, presents HB 23, a bill proposing to amend Section 95 of the Constitution of Kentucky to move the election of statewide constitutional officers to even-numbered years starting in 2024. If the bill passes, the proposed amendment would go before voters.

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Medical marijuana resolution clears House hurdle
A resolution encouraging feds to accelerate research in marijuana cleared the KY House.
Medical marijuana resolution clears House hurdle

FRANKFORT--The Kentucky House wants the federal government to accelerate research on the "safety and effectiveness" of medical marijuana.

That is at least one message found in House Concurrent Resolution 34 sponsored by Rep. Danny Bentley, R-Russell, a licensed pharmacist who cautioned his House colleagues against adopting drug policy without thorough study.

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Politics & Government

HB 227: solar power under attack
The solar power industry faces state and federal hurdles. Photo: www.solarpowerauthority.com
HB 227: solar power under attack

Update: The solar bill is back after House leadership added three (friendly) new members to Gooch's committee. Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are saying call, call, call the General Assembly.

Rep. Jim Gooch (R - House 12) of climate denying and coal loving fame brought HB 227 which would gut the growing solar power movement in Kentucky. Committee Chair Gooch pulled HB 227 off the Natural Resources & Energy Committee schedule on Thursday.

The bill supported by the traditional utility industry, is opposed by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and other consumer groups.

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It's going to be a lively session (with constituent questionaire results)
Former Rep. Leslie Combs and Senator Reginald Thomas in Hickman last year.
It's going to be a lively session (with constituent questionaire results)

I anticipate this will be a lively session. Work is already underway on the state's spending plan. As you read in my last correspondence, the Governor has released his proposal and it is the possession of the House, where that body is preparing a budget to send to the Senate

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Marsy's Law approved by lawmakers; Ky. voters will decide on measure
Marsy's Law approved by lawmakers; Ky. voters will decide on measure

FRANKFORT--A constitutional crime victims' "bill of rights" amendment edged closer to this fall's statewide election ballot with today's final passage of a bill proposing the change.

Senate Bill 3--widely known as Marsy's Law--sponsored by Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, will place the proposed amendment before voters this November. Kentucky currently has crime victims' rights listed in statute, but not in the state's constitution.

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Senate passes bill requiring abstinence education
Sen. Harper-Angel (D-Louisville) who voted no on SB 71 speaks with Sen. Alice Kerr (R- Lexington) who voted yes..
Senate passes bill requiring abstinence education

FRANKFORT - A bill that would require the inclusion of abstinence education in any human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases curriculum passed the Senate by a 32-5 vote today...

Sen. Danny Carroll, R- Paducah, voted for SB 71.

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Education

Graves Co. High School Sweetheart Serenade, Feb. 17

Sweetheart Serenade, a new event in the Graves County Schools' Season Event Series, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. It will include performances from Graves High's various bands, choirs, orchestras and drama, as well as light refreshments. In keeping with the Valentine's season, the music features love songs.

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Three creative writing faculty members to share work February 8th
Alan Wier will be one of three readers at MSU on February 8th
Three creative writing faculty members to share work February 8th

MURRAY, Ky. -- Three creative writing faculty members at Murray State University -- including Ann Neelon, Dale Ray Phillips and Allen Wier -- will give readings from their work Thursday, Feb. 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery on Murray State's campus. A book-signing and reception will follow the reading. This event is free and open to the public.

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Editorials

Is There No Shame in Trump-Carson-Bevin World?
Cairo housing units scheduled for demolition
Is There No Shame in Trump-Carson-Bevin World?

Today was a breakthrough day for the poor of Kentucky (wink, wink). Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, Ben Carson (R ) joined with Kentucky's Governor, Matt Bevin (R ) and Congressman Andy Barr (R ) to show how Republicans have come to the rescue of the poor and homeless in America.

O what a short memory these Republicans have!

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Why I Divorced Toys R Us
Why I Divorced Toys R Us

The frantic shopping of the Christmas season always starts with my wife saying "What gift are you getting for our grandson (this year he is 6)?"

Toys R Us, located in Paducah, Kentucky was a place of options. They had a little of everything for the young minds. However, they were also an hour driving time from our front porch. But this year, it didn't work out for shopping in Paducah.

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Community and Regional News

Hold it awhile longer while on the WK Parkway - Beaver Dam Rest Area Opening Delayed
Hold it awhile longer while on the WK Parkway - Beaver Dam Rest Area Opening Delayed

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 25, 2018) - Today Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William M. Landrum III announced the opening of the Beaver Dam Rest Area, originally slated for Jan. 26, is delayed due to unforeseen construction issues that are taking longer to address than anticipated.

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Jackson Purchase Historical Society website now linked to WKJ

Our newest site of interest is the Jackson Purchase Historical Society which meets quarterly. http://jacksonpurchasehistory.org/

Next meeting:

March 10:

The Wild World of the Jackson Purchase

Richard Dwayne Parker

Benton, Kentucky Public Library

10:30 am

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Health & Wellness

Texas Roadhouse presents Your Fight Fund with $33,500
Jason Heilig, radiation therapy; Joelle Long; Tonya Rittenberry, radiation therapy; Ryan Long; Roy Lowdenback, vice president of business development, and Lora Croley, philanthropy director
Texas Roadhouse presents Your Fight Fund with $33,500

Ryan and Joelle Long of Texas Roadhouse in Paducah recently presented $33,500 raised from last fall's Stomping Towards a Cure fundraiser to the Baptist Health Paducah Your Fight Fund, a fund started by employees to support local cancer patients.

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The Futurist's Corner

Cost of calendars
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