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Vol. 9  No. 3 March 2017 (c)

FrontPage News

Budget eliminating Corporation for Public Broadcasting will hit close to home

Local NPR station WKMS relies on federal and private funds to stay on the air.
Budget eliminating Corporation for Public Broadcasting will hit close to home

Compared to other countries, America spends very little on its public media. At four hundred forty five million, the budget of the agency works out to $1.35 per person per year. As one commentator put it - that's barely the dry cleaning bill for the Pentagon.

But that doesn't mean the program has stayed under the opponents' radar. The President has zeroed out funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

That will hit us here at home if Congress doesn't step in.

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Mary Potter

Comer to host town hall meeting in Paducah March 24th | James Comer, Congress,
Comer to host town hall meeting in Paducah March 24th

First Congressional District Representative James Comer will host a town hall meeting in Paducah on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Paducah Bank in the Commerce Center.

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Budget cuts to housing have local effect | housing, Kentucky, Trump, federal budget

l to r: Robb Wallace, Sue Jones, Stormie, Kim Ferguson, Mayor Kay Ferguson, Christina Thomas, Baby Dayshia, Melissa Griffith and Mary Potter
Budget cuts to housing have local effect

The Columbus City Council toured the last house built under the program on Monday night. Mayor Kay Ferguson symbolically presented Christina Thomas with the key to her new home. Homeowner Christina Thomas and her four children, ages 10 months to 16 years, now have a beautiful four bedroom energy efficient home. Her house will be the last built for a long while if HUD money disappears.

Among the cuts to housing: disabled, senior, low income housing, homeless vets vouchers.

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Mary Potter, Photo by Terri Lynne Davis courtesy of Hickman County Times

Earthquake rattles Purchase | New Madrid Fault, Carlisle County Kentucky, earthquake, Jackson Purchase,

A small quake hit the Mississippi River near Bardwell KY
Earthquake rattles Purchase

Residents of the Jackson Purchase experienced a small quake Wednesday morning. The 2.5 magnitude quake hit the Mississippi River five miles west of Bardwell Kentucky. It rattled residents and dishes.

The quake is this year's reminder that this is an earthquake zone.

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Mary Potter

Community and Regional News

An Evening with the Stories and Tales of Irvin S. Cobb, One of Paducah's and Kentucky's Best Known Natives | McCracken County, writers, Irvin S. Cobb, Bill Ellis, Kentucky history,

Humorist, author, actor, satirist Irvin S. Cobb Meme by AQ Quotes
An Evening with the Stories and Tales of Irvin S. Cobb, One of Paducah's and Kentucky's Best Known Natives

Dr. Bill Ellis will discuss Irvin S. Cobb's rise and fall at the McCracken County Library at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 30th in the McCracken County Library.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Bobbie Wrinkle, McCracken County Library

PSC Sets Public Meetings in KU, LG&E Rate Cases

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 13, 2017) - The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold public meetings in Louisville, Lexington, and Madisonville to present information and receive comments on the requests for rate increases by the Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) and the Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E)...

Kentucky Utilities has proposed to increase its electric rates across all classes of customers in order to generate an additional $103.1 million in revenue per year - an increase of about 6.4 percent. The company estimates that the base rate portion of the monthly bill for residential customers would, on average, rise by $7.16, to $122.49, an increase of about 6.2 percent from the current monthly average of $115.33.

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PSC press release

Education

HCHS Drama Class performs Friday night

Hickman County High School's Drama Class will present "Parents Just Don't Understand" on Friday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the HCHS gym.

The play is under the direction of Ann Heath. Admission is $5.

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Mary Potter

PTHS Mock Trial team finishes 13th out of 26 schools | Paducah Tilghman High School, education, mock trial, Kentucky,

Caroline Meiners, Addie Rogers, Kate Rogers, Anna Grace McGee, Claire Kelly, Peyton Ford, Sarah Katz, Ella Bailey, Talia Housman Row 2: Grace Denton, Eileen Sember , Jennifer Young, Lance Butler, Maddie Ybarzabal, Hannah Fischer, Will Denton, Jose Rober
PTHS Mock Trial team finishes 13th out of 26 schools

The Paducah Tilghman High School Mock Trial Team competed at the Kentucky Mock Trial State Tournament on March 3 and 4. The team placed 13th overall out of 26 teams from across the state, and Tilghman was the only school representing Western Kentucky.

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Wayne Walden

PTHS speech team competes at state | Paducah Tilghman High School, Kentucky,

to r, Row 1: Addie Rogers, Nina Brown, Ella Bailey, Michael-Ellen Walden, Kate Criner, Erin Stafford Row 2: Sammy Lambert, Travis Trimble, Grace Raber, Emery Wainscott, Landon Rutherford, Anna Shelton, James Smiley
PTHS speech team competes at state

Thirteen students from Paducah Tilghman competed in the 2017 KHSSL State Senior Championships on March 10-11. Seven of the team's entries advanced to the second day of competition and earned recognition.

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Wayne Walden

Students create a very tiny satellite and display at Capitol | Murray State University, science,

Saeed Almalki (left) and Mitchell Harris (right) represented Murray State University\'s Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) program at the 16th annual Posters-at-the-Capitol on March 2 in Frankfort, Ky. The students displayed the CricketSatellite
Students create a very tiny satellite and display at Capitol

MURRAY, Ky. -- Saeed Almalki and Mitchell Harris represented Murray State University's Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) program at the 16th annual Posters-at-the-Capitol on March 2 in Frankfort, Ky. The students displayed the CricketSatellite Project, a very small satellite that measures temperature at different altitudes...

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Health & Wellness

Baptist Health April 2017 Programs | Baptist Health Paducah, baby, Kentucky, health care,

Childbirth and breastfeeding classes on schedule.
Baptist Health April 2017 Programs

Baptist Health support groups and workshops are free and open to the public.

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Angie Kinsey Timmons

Politics & Government

Quit-smoking bill receives final passage | health care, tobacco, General Assembly 2017, Bevin,
Quit-smoking bill receives final passage

FRANKFORT--Drugs and services that help Kentuckians quit smoking or stop using other tobacco products would be more easily accessed under health insurance plans or Medicaid under a bill now on its way to becoming law.

Senate Bill 89 "will improve the health of Kentuckians and save taxpayer dollars by helping smokers quit smoking when they are ready to quit.," said Rep. Kimberly Poore Moser, R-Taylor Mill..

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LRC report

Legislative calendar 30 days over 3 months | General Assembly 2017, Frankfort, Kentucky,
Legislative calendar 30 days over 3 months

The Kentucky General Assembly gavels in on Tuesday, January 3rd then breaks on Friday, January 6th. Then it takes a month long break.

Welcome to the Legislature's short session.

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Travel & Tourism

First Southern Nights concert April 1st at Discovery Park | Discovery Park of America, music, southern nights series,

Greg West
First Southern Nights concert April 1st at Discovery Park

Mark your calendar and plan to enjoy the Ultimate Aldean experience as Greg West takes the stage for Discovery Park of America's first 2017 Southern Nights music festival on April 1st!

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Mary Nita Bondurant, DPA

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,

Ivan and Mary Potter shopping in Hazel KY
Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing

Meet the husband and wife team responsible for West Kentucky Journal.

Editor's Note: Updated - Ivan Potter retired from the Clinton City Council as of January 1, 2017.

WKJ now has over 6000 articles and 2.5 million yearly views.

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal


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