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Paducah Independent Schools receive recognition for music education
Paducah Independent Schools receive recognition for music education

Paducah, KY - March 27, 2019 - Paducah Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

...Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. After two years of music education, research found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores that their less-involved peers and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school, but also to attend college as well.

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This is an election year and each vote will count mightily
This is an election year and each vote will count mightily

Yes, Virginia, there is a governor's race in Kentucky this year.

I know sightings of the Jolly Olde Elf are more common right now than candidates (unless they have captured your email address and are filling your inbox with "asks" for campaign donations)...

If one goes by past elections, predicting whether our fictional Virginia votes in the May primary and again in November will have a great deal to do with her education, location, age and gender...

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Murray State University Paducah Regional Campus to hold inaugural Career Fair April 9
Murray State University Paducah Regional Campus to hold inaugural Career Fair April 9

MURRAY, Ky. -- The Murray State University Paducah Regional Campus will hold its inaugural Career Fair on April 9 from 3-5 p.m. on campus, providing students a chance to connect with area businesses and explore internship and career opportunities...

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Short Session lobbying hits $5 million
Short Session lobbying hits $5 million

With the 2019 General Assembly moving toward adjournment, lobbying spending in Kentucky continues to hit all-time highs, as a record $5.02 million was spent in the first two months of the 30-day, odd-year session.

The robust lobbying spending follows last year's record $23.17 million, spent by lobbying groups pursuing their interests with the General Assembly.

So far in 2019, the top-spending lobbying organization is....

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Democratic candidate forum scheduled for April 1st
Democratic candidate forum scheduled for April 1st

Dear friends,

You are invited to our Democratic Candidate Forum, April 1, 6 pm., at the Laborer's Hall, 1415 S. 3rd. St., Paducah. Coffee, soft drinks, and water will be provided.

All of our constitutional office primary candidates have been invited, and to date gubernatorial candidates Rocky Adkins and Geoff Young have committed, along with Secretary of State candidates, Jason Belcher and Geoff Sebesta, along with Commissioner of Agriculture candidate, Joe Trigg....

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"Computer, State Your Function!"

Future Shock at The Walmart

(Tales of living at the edge of American Civilization)

It was a Wednesday, like most Wednesdays, quiet and normal.... It didn't take long for trouble to find me. Just as I was preparing to leave the soup section for the checkout area, my path was blocked as I turned the corner to leave the soup behind.

Wham! I came face to face with what passes in West Kentucky as Future Shock.

Standing cart to cart, toe to toe, face to face was a six foot tall robot directly in my path.

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St. Louis Federal Reserve Report 5 Years of Depression for Region Farmers
St. Louis Federal Reserve Report 5 Years of Depression for Region Farmers

This quarter's survey assessed the economic and financial conditions in the District's agricultural industry from the perspective of agricultural bankers. For the 20th (5 years) consecutive quarter, a majority of agricultural bankers in the Eighth Federal Reserve District reported that farm income had declined in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with a year earlier.

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Are Extreme Weather and Flooding Events Signs of Climate Change Tipping Point in Far Western Kentucky?
Are Extreme Weather and Flooding Events Signs of Climate Change Tipping Point in Far Western Kentucky?

Next to and along the roaring waters of the Mississippi River that border the counties of Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton Kentucky are new signs of extreme changes in local and regional weather...

Temperature and rainfall are increasing and changing the shape of the region.

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Ms. Susan Clayton - it all started in Hickman County

During Women's History Month - remembering Susan Clayton, activist, philanthropist.

...Ms. Susan attended Marvin College here in Clinton and was a classmate of and at one point engaged to Alben W. Barkley, who later became the senior U.S. Senator from Kentucky and then Vice President of the United States...

...Ms. Susan willed twenty-five million dollars "to [her] beloved country, the United States of America, to be used in retirement of the national debt."

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Rep. Attica Scott, a black woman in politics, is passionate about issues
Rep. Attica Scott, a black woman in politics, is passionate about issues

Rep. Attica Scott, (D-KY House 41) was the keynote speaker at "Black Women in Politics" a celebration of Black History Month in Mayfield last Sunday, February 24th . Scott was one of six legislators who ran in 2018 unopposed. It's her second term in the Legislature...

...Rep. Scott is especially interested in restoration of civil rights to former felons. She firmly believes that "People deserve a second chance." The statistics are disheartening: One in four black men doesn't have their rights back after incarceration...

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Historic election of Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will end in 2019 unremarked
Historic election of Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will end in 2019 unremarked

The end of a historic electoral career will come to an end in 2019 with few fireworks and it looks like very few protests. The election of the first African American woman to the highest office ever held by an African American woman should have been a earth shaking event. It should have been. But it was not...

I wish she had been louder. I wish she had been pushier. I wish she had made more headlines.

Hell, I wish she'd been a Democrat.

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Commissioner of Agriculture - Quarles faces challengers
Commissioner of Agriculture - Quarles faces challengers

In the 2019 race for commissioner of agriculture, incumbent Ryan Quarles is running for a second term. He's drawn a challenger in Bill Polyniak on the Republican side.

On the Democratic side, there are two candidates: Robert Haley Conway and Joe Trigg.

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Treasurer's race will pit incumbent Allison Ball against one of two Dem challengers.
Treasurer's race will pit incumbent Allison Ball against one of two Dem challengers.

2019 is a year for candidates with great name recognition and/or big families. It's a year with guaranteed low voter turnout.

In the race for treasurer, incumbent Allison Ball is running for a second term. She's the only candidate on the Republican side.

On the Democratic side, there are two candidates: Michael Bowman and Josh Mers.

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Auditor's race draws four Dem challengers to incumbent Mike Harmon
Auditor's race draws four Dem challengers to incumbent Mike Harmon

2019 is an unusual election year in Kentucky...No local races that bring out friends and families of candidates.

In the race for auditor, incumbent Mike Harmon is running for a second term. He's the only candidate on the Republican side.

On the Democratic side, there are four candidates:

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One Democrat and two Republicans vie for AG
One Democrat and two Republicans vie for AG

2019 is a year for candidates with great name recognition and/or big families. Turnout will be key.

In the race for attorney general, incumbent Andy Beshear is running for governor. That leaves an open seat.

Three candidates are vying for the job.

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2019 Secretary of State race is for an open seat
2019 Secretary of State race is for an open seat

2019 is an unusual election year in Kentucky.

In the race for secretary of state, incumbent Alison Lundergan Grimes, is not running. That leaves an open seat. Eight candidates are vying to become the next Kentucky Secretary of State.

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Governor's race in 2019 brings challengers to incumbent Bevin
Governor's race in 2019 brings challengers to incumbent Bevin

2019 is an unusual election year in Kentucky. There are no national offices on the ballot - no president, no congressional offices, no races that send a winner to Washington. There are no local races...

It should come as no surprise that the top of the tickets will get the most attention. With an incumbent in the governor's office, this election will be in large part a critique of Governor Matt Bevin's leadership.

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Clark Elementary students recognized for conservation essays
Clark Elementary students recognized for conservation essays

Clark Elementary students received recognition for their entries in the McCracken County Conservation writing contest. Clara Pierce won first place, Bailey Beyer won second place, and Max Tolar won third place. The theme was soil conservation. Students were asked address the topic in a creative way.

Entries were submitted to the conservation office and they selected winners from each school.

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Rep. Meeks - back at work and reporting from the General Assembly

...Last week we were trained to be ethical. You'll remember, 2018 began with the scandal of legislators playing fast and loose with female staff members. This year, it's a different scandal: What happens when an election is concluded, but the losing side refuses to accept the vote of the People? Some have called it attempting to steal an election, but hey, that'd be impossible in 2019, right? This is still Kentucky...

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Black Lung is back with a vengeance - PBS and NPR special shows how gov't didn't help
Black Lung is back with a vengeance - PBS and NPR special shows how gov't didn't help
Last month, NPR's Investigation Unit with help from the Ohio Valley ReSource broke news that federal regulators failed to prevent an outbreak of the worst form of Black Lung Disease, an outbreak that now affects more than 2,000 miners.
Tonight FRONTLINE from PBS will air a special program, "Coal's Deadly Dust." The program depicts the rise of an aggressive form of black lung disease plaguing thousands of coal miners across Appalachia - and how federal regulators and the industry failed to protect miners. You can see the trailer of "Coal's Deadly Dust" here.
It's eye-opening reporting. Be sure to watch. Tonight @ 9:00 on KET, NPT or WSIU.
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LAST CHANCE: Towers of Tomorrow on display at Discovery Park of America
LAST CHANCE: Towers of Tomorrow on display at Discovery Park of America

UNION CITY, TENN. - The world's most famous skyscrapers engineered and built out of LEGO bricks are now on display at Discovery Park of America (DPA) in Union City, Tenn. All the way from Melbourne, Australia, "Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks," has arrived in this small Northwest, Tenn. town, and it is only the third time this exhibit has been on display in the United States.

"Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks" will be on display at DPA through May 5, 2019. The cost to see the exhibit is $4.95 with park admission.

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Fort Campbell soldier Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer killed in Syria
Fort Campbell soldier Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer killed in Syria

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 18, 2019) - Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida.

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Jane Doe recounts her experience working for LRC

Former Staffer Alleges Sexual Assault, 'Nearly Daily Touching'

By Ky. Rep. Jeff Hoover In Sealed Deposition

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting digs into the allegations against Rep. Jeff Hoover

Follow the jump directly to their site for the report.

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Chris Tobe, author of Kentucky Fried Pension, to file for State Auditor
Chris Tobe, author of Kentucky Fried Pension, to file for State Auditor
Chris Tobe, noted pension expert and a former senior staff member for former State Auditor Ed Hatchett, is entering the race for Kentucky State Auditor. Tobe will file at the Secretary of State's office at 9:15 AM on Tuesday, January 15.
The office of state auditor is currently held by Republican Mike Harmon.
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Pension Reform - the knotty problem that never seems to go away
Pension Reform - the knotty problem that never seems to go away

In December 2007, we published an article by Paul Glasser for the Frankfort State Journal. State Panel Calls for No Cuts in Pensions It was our first story on Kentucky's pension system. It would not be the last. The Kentucky retirement system has been on the legislative docket for repair since black lung exited as the number one budget breaker of Kentucky's budget.

West Kentucky Journal is eleven plus years older - and happy state pension reform feels years away.

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