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“To be deemed distressed, counties and parishes must meet one of the following criteria:
An unemployment rate of one percent higher (9.8 percent) than the national average (8.8 percent) for the most recent 24-month period; or
Have a per capita income of 80 percent or less of the national per capita income.
The Office of the Blind has scheduled four public hearings over the next several months "to give consumers and other interested individuals an opportunity to comment on the needs of the blind and visually impaired..."
Farthest west? Louisville- which leads us to the obvious conclusion that there are no blind people west of Louisville. Halleluiah!
(Press release follows the jump)
American Secretary of State John Kerry this week warned the world to the new threat of extreme climate shifts on his trip in Asia...
“Climate change may be the world’s “most fearsome” weapon of mass destruction and urgent global action is needed to combat it.”
(February 12, 2014) - Federal Judge John J. Heyburn II ruled today that the Commonwealth's refusal to recognize same sex marriages legal in other jurisdictions is a violation of the Equal Protections Clause of the US Constitution.
A people who do not remember their history are doomed to repeat it. You know the message: learn from your past or you will continue to repeat mistakes into the future. In honor of Black History Month, ponder these few observations about our history…
Tilghman seniors Blake Denson (l) and Jailon Chism (r) competed at Bellarmine University's 4th annual 'Traditional Negro Spiritual' Voice Competition on February 15. Denson won the competition and a $500 cash prize.
(Clinton KY, February 18, 2014) - Recently, we’ve heard from educated Kentuckians that they don't know much about politics. Further, they don't care for it. It's so... messy.
Surprisingly, it appears to be a point of pride that not only does one not take an interest, but somehow, it's not quite the done thing.
Politicians in the view of our enlightened friends are:
(A. All crooked
(B. All stupid
(C. No one we know
(D. All of the above
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear announced the award of a contract to build the first of the much-anticipated twin Lake Bridges in the tourism-rich Jackson Purchase of western Kentucky.
UPDATE- Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 - Erica Peterson of WFPL is reporting this afternoon that IF the Bluegrass Pipeline gets built, it will be built a year later than planned.
(Clinton KY - February 18, 2014) - An issue getting a great deal of press, ink and airtime in Central Kentucky that isn't reaching this part of the state is the Bluegrass Pipeline.
It's a fight that pits nuns and ordinary people against energy interests and big business. It's politics, fallen Corvettes and a big blow-up. It's fracking and environmentalism.
And it's comin' this way.
Governor Beshear Recognizes Sacrifice of a Kentucky Marine
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 18 2014) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky Marine who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
According to the Department of Defense, Master Sgt. Aaron C. Torian, 36, of Paducah, Ky., died Feb. 15, while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
New Report Shows Widening Income Inequality in All 50 States
The top 1 percent of earners in Kentucky took home 48.8 percent of state income gains from 1979 to 2007—a share in line with the national average of 53.9 percent—according to a new report released today by the Economic Policy Institute that documents growing income inequality in all 50 states...
(Somewhere on I-24) - A big ole thang is being transported through Kentucky on its way from Tennessee to Ohio according to a press release yesterday from Keith Todd, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Legendary singer, songwriter Willie Nelson and virtuoso Alison Krauss will be at Murray State on May 21st for their first joint tour.
The Paducah Board of Education has approved changes to the school calendar that will enable the district to make up instructional days missed due to winter weather.
Beginning Monday, February 24, 2014 the school day will be extended by 15 minutes at the end of the day until the end of the school year..
Everything you wanted to learn about pending legislation was discussed by Ivan Potter on WKMS this morning (Tuesday) on Sounds Good in the first hour. Potter told the listening audience that the state budget is the most important legislation. "It affects everyone.'
Sounds Good is original programming by the Murray NPR station that blends talk with an eclectic music selection. The interview is available on the website.
Randy Dunn is the new president of SIU Carbondale. Pay will be a cool $430,000 a year.
Editor's Note: The serious conversation takes place tonight at MSU.
After weeks of extreme weather across the region and a visit from Bill Nye it only seems appropriate communities in western Kentucky sit down to have a serious conversation on climate change.
Hurricanes in New York City, wildfires in California and floods in Colorado may dominate the news cycle. But that doesn’t leave communities across the Midwest untouched.
The Great Rivers Group of the Sierra Club will hold a panel on Thursday, February 20th at 7.p.m. in Jesse D. Jones Hall (MSU Chemistry building) Rm. 1212. The event is sponsored by Toyota of Murray.
Fast track bills are most often about raw power, money, or doing something bad to someone.
Senate Bill 113 is an example of this thinking... Population figures seem to be off the mark for a House seat population. There may be a legal issue that House District No. 1 is not in good legal standing. If this ever proven to be the case, House Districts 2,3,4,5,6 would become off their population mark.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2014) – Governor Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Christopher A. Landis, 27, of Independence, Kentucky, died Feb. 10, on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, from wounds received when the enemy attacked his dismounted patrol with a rocket propelled grenade in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.
...The modern American economy is based upon one simple fact. That fact is that 70% of our economy is based upon a strong and steady consumer society spending money.
As a futurist, I am a bottom feeder.
Unlike my colleagues in the big Washington DC or New York think tanks, I collect most of my raw data from the streets. I have trained myself over the years of studying how disruptive technology impacts our local and regional daily lives. With no large research budget or staff, I have to be aware of change from a personal 4 foot square..
(February 13, 2014) - The Kentucky Legislature has primarily two major functions.
One is to design and pass a budget for the operations of Kentucky State Government every two years...The other important job is to declare and approve the legislative districts boundaries for House of Representative and Senate races.
Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign sent out an email blast this morning to supporters saying that a GOP poll shows that a statistical dead heat exists between Grimes and Senator McConnell.
Sen. Mitch McConnell we’re on to your con job.
You still want us to believe that you are responsible for the cancer screenings and compensation program for workers at the U.S. Enrichment Corp.’s Paducah gaseous diffusion plant and other nuclear facilities.
But we know that the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., was the lead sponsor of the Energy Employees Occupational Compensation Program Act of 2000, which benefits nuclear workers who have suffered from cancer and other serious illnesses related to radiation exposure.
The Kentucky 2014 Legislature is at the 42 % mark as of February 11, 2014. This means some 367 bills have been filed with the House of Representative and 133 with the Senate. At this writing, two bills, SB 7 and SB 113 have passed both Houses and gone to the Governor for his signature.
Out of the 564 bills trying to become law, we believe 38 will directly impact the counties and communities of West Kentucky.
To see our top 38, follow the jump.
"...Why would three Kentucky state senators believe it necessary to file a bill in opposition to UN Agenda 21?
Kentucky politics has been bought and sold around the concept that coal is Kentucky’s Ace in the Hole. For over a hundred years, coal has provided jobs and economic development to Eastern Kentucky..."
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