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Comment on Kentucky - change can be fun
Comment on Kentucky - change can be fun

2/28/2014 -  BREAKING NEWS! Comment will have a woman guest, Miranda Combs of WKYT Lexington, on the show tonight.

...Comment on Kentucky is forty years old...After all these years, the chummy camaraderie of Comment guests is beginning to smell like the locker room after a high school football game.

We suggest that it’s time the show had a mid-life crisis. Buy that red sports car. Get a tattoo. Learn to dance. Do something crazy. 

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Kentucky counties make DRA distressed list

“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.

Kentucky

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Great News - there are no blind people west of Louisville!!
Great News - there are no blind people west of Louisville!!

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)

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Kerry Charges Climate Change as Weapon of Mass Destruction
Kerry Charges Climate Change as Weapon of Mass Destruction

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.”

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Federal Judge strikes portion of KY Constitution related to same sex marriage.

(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.

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[Black] History Repeating Itself?
[Black] History Repeating Itself?

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…

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Denson and Chisom compete in voice contest
Denson and Chisom compete in voice contest

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.

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Editorial: Don't know much about... politics

(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

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Bridges project contract let
Bridges project contract let

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.

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Oh. That pipeline.
Oh. That pipeline.

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.

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Master Sgt. Aaron C. Torian, 36, of Paducah, Ky
Master Sgt. Aaron C. Torian, 36, of Paducah, Ky

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.

 

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Top 1 Percent of Kentuckians Captured Nearly Half of State Income Growth over Last Few Decades
Top 1 Percent of Kentuckians Captured Nearly Half of State Income Growth over Last Few Decades

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...

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Big ole thang headin' down the highway
Big ole thang headin' down the highway

(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.

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Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss to be at MSU May 1st

Legendary singer, songwriter Willie Nelson and virtuoso Alison Krauss will be at Murray State on May 1st for their first joint tour.

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Paducah Schools extend school day

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..

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Potter on WKMS Sounds Good -
Potter on WKMS Sounds Good -

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.

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WKMS reporting: Randy Dunn new president of SIU
WKMS reporting: Randy Dunn new president of SIU

Randy Dunn is the new president of SIU Carbondale. Pay will be a cool $430,000 a year.

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A serious conversation about climate change
A serious conversation about climate change

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.

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SB 113 (redistricting) is good example of Insider Fast Track

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.

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Spc. Christopher A. Landis, Independence KY
Spc. Christopher A. Landis, Independence KY

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.

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Tracking Social Change: How Grocery Store Magazines Foretell Future Trends
Tracking Social Change: How Grocery Store Magazines Foretell Future Trends

...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..

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Cleaning up the Legislative Redistricting Mess from 2013
Cleaning up the Legislative Redistricting Mess from 2013

(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.

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Grimes releases GOP poll showing dead heat with McConnell
Grimes releases GOP poll showing dead heat with McConnell

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.

 

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Jeff Wiggins, President, West KY AFL-CIO
Jeff Wiggins, President, West KY AFL-CIO

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.

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Legislative Bills with Potential for High Local Impact
Legislative Bills with Potential for High Local Impact

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.

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