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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 5  No. 7  July 2014 (c)

FrontPage News

Fluor Federal Services to begin deactivating Paducah plant | Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, nuclear clean up, nuclear waste, Department of Energy

DOE awards clean up contract to Fluor Federal.
Fluor Federal Services to begin deactivating Paducah plant

(Paducah, KY) – The US Department of Energy awarded a Task Order under the Nationwide Environmental Management ID/IQ Unrestricted Contract to Fluor Federal Services, Inc. for deactivation activities at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) in Paducah, Kentucky, which is currently leased to the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC). The estimated award is $420 million dollars over three years.

That is $96 million dollars more than reports and estimates earlier this year. In February, DOE allocated $324 million. An earlier estimate by Congressman Ed Whitfield put the cost at $265 million.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Heaven help Murray -  fire hits downtown businesses.

One of the two building collapses in last six months - Murray now experiencing fire.
Heaven help Murray - fire hits downtown businesses.

(July 23, 2014) - An early morning fire began in Wilson's Florist on the court square in Murray. So far, three buildings are involved.

Follow the link to WKMS for slide show and updated reports.

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WKMS

GOP asks: What if Mitch McConnell loses? - Politico.com

What if the senior senator from KY must wave goodbye to Washington? Speculation has begun.
GOP asks: What if Mitch McConnell loses? - Politico.com

Speculation among Republicans in the Senate about Sen. Mitch McConnell's fate is quiet, but ongoing. What if their leader falls in November? While saying "It ain't gonna happen" - still - life goes on ...

To read what the Senate Minority Leader's boon companions are telling Politico.com, follow the jump.

 

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Manu Raju and John Bresnahan

Political doin's start before August 2nd | Fancy Farm, Politics, Grimes, McConnell, West Kentucky, Graves County, elections
Political doin's start before August 2nd

The political doin's start before the candidates take the stage in Fancy Farm, Kentucky. There's eatin' aplenty and hobknobbin' goin' on in the Purchase.

We have compiled a partial list of both GOP and Dem events.

(Email editor@westkyjournal.com and we will add events we probably missed.)

UPDATE: Two new events added since we first posted this list. We will keep adding as we hear from readers.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Hearing: Federal Government Must Study Health Impact of Mountaintop Removal Mining | coal, mountaintop removal, drinking water, environment, Congress, John Yarmuth,

Yarmuth:“If that were the drinking water here in Congress, we not only wouldn’t drink it – we would not stand for it.”
Hearing: Federal Government Must Study Health Impact of Mountaintop Removal Mining

...This Congress, Yarmuth introduced H.R. 526, the Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) Act, which would halt permits for mountaintop removal mining operations until the federal government can study its health impacts on nearby communities and declare the practice safe.

According to recent peer-reviewed research, people living near mountaintop removal coal mining sites have increased rates of cancer, birth defects, and mortality...

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Stephen George

Community and Regional News

Coming for Fancy Farm Picnic? Take some time to explore the Jackson Purchase | Discovery Park of America, West Kentucky, Jackson Purchase, Mayfield, Fancy Farm Picnic, Columbus Belmont Park, Cadiz, Paducah

Places to escape politics include Union City TN's The Discovery Park of America.
Coming for Fancy Farm Picnic? Take some time to explore the Jackson Purchase

Coming down to the farthest corner of the state for barbecue and bombast?

Why not get away from the madding crowd by visiting places unconnected to politics?

We have a few suggestions:

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Mary Potter

Editorials

The Humble Members of Society | bank, Jackson, American history, presidential politics,

Banks have been a hot issue for over 100 years.
The Humble Members of Society

Who wrote this in support of “the humble members of society-the farmers, mechanics, and laborers” :

“It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society-the farmers, mechanics, and laborers-who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their Government...

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James P. Benassi

Education

Six Jackson Purchase students, each representing a different high school, place highly in 2014 National FBLA Conference

Students from six different Jackson Purchase high schools were among the national winners at the recent 2014 National Future Business Leaders of America Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Two other far western Kentucky high schools also placed in the top ten in their categories of competition.

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Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools & KDE press release

Health & Wellness

August is busy month at Baptist Health in Paducah | health, Paducah, Western Baptist Hospital, Kentucky
August is busy month at Baptist Health in Paducah

From support groups for stroke survivors, cancer and arthritis sufferers to classes for preteen girls, August will be a busy month for health awareness in at Baptist Health in Paducah.

Follow the jump for the schedule.

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Angie Kinsey, Baptist Health Paducah

Politics & Government

Are campaign dollars a finite resource? Kentucky Dems will soon find out. | Alison Lundergan Grimes, Andy Beshear, Jack Conway, Mitch McConnell, fundraising, election, Kentucky

Adam Edelen, left, is out of the governor's race. Jack Conway, right, is all in. Will Conway and Grimes compete for same dollars??
Are campaign dollars a finite resource? Kentucky Dems will soon find out.

Jack Conway and running mate Sannie Overly took in over $750,000 in the seven weeks since May 6th, when they became a slate to run for governor and lieutenant governor. They also picked up endorsements from Crit Luallen, former Governor Wendell Ford and Congressman John Yarmuth.

Pundits wondered at the time of the announcement if Conway’s early start in the governor’s race would hurt Alison Lundergan Grimes’ fundraising efforts. Grimes just announced that in the second reported quarter her campaign raised $4 million dollars. That’s one million dollars more than her opponent’s $3 million.

...Has Conway’s fundraising hurt Grimes? Probably no more than Andy Beshear’s fund raising of one million dollars in his 2015 race for attorney general has hurt her...

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

About Us

That’s Right, Kid, I’m Reading a Newspaper. Deal with It!

Reading newspapers in public - going the way of the carrier pigeon and indoor cigarette smoking?
That’s Right, Kid, I’m Reading a Newspaper. Deal with It!

It was a rare moment of reality! It was at a juncture of disruptive technology, hunger, old media and a smart mouth preteen. The time was 12:04 on a recent Friday when I was confronted with change.

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Ivan C. Potter, Publisher West Kentucky Journal


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