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Several new names emerging for Kentucky Governor Bevin, including
Sen. Damon Thayer and Gov. Bevin photo by LRC Public Information
Several new names emerging for Kentucky Governor Bevin, including "Dr. Doom" and "Governor Pain"

No governor in recent Kentucky history has lost control of his administration in such a short time. Just four months into his administration, Governor Bevin has challenged the status quo of Frankfort politics and has lost the first battle of this war. Bevin is losing on the state budget fight.

Within the halls of Frankfort and in many schools, medical service providers, county and local government offices and in the courtrooms of Kentucky, can be heard new names for the sitting governor. These names include: Governor Pain, Governor Pain and Suffering, Governor Doom, Dr. Doom, and Little Trump...

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American Stave to locate mill in Benton
American Stave to locate mill in Benton

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 31, 2016) - American Stave Co. LLC, a division of Independent Stave Co. LLC, will add a second Kentucky mill with the construction of a facility in Benton to produce barrel staves for the bourbon and whiskey industries, Governor Matt Bevin announced today.

The $12 million project will create more than 40 full-time positions and provide the company with additional production capacity and flexibility.

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Lobbying spending near $5 million  in the first half of 2016 session
Lobbying spending near $5 million in the first half of 2016 session

In the first two months of 2016, lobbying spending by health care providers, health insurance companies, and other health-related businesses and organizations totaled about $1.26 million, which is 26 percent of all lobbying spending, and a 30 percent increase over health-related lobbying spending in the same period in 2014.

Top five biggest spending lobbying interests in the first half of the 2016 session were: Kentucky Chamber of Commerce ($71,456); Altria ($69,075); Kentucky Hospital Association ($65,799); Kentucky Retail Federation ($59,965); Kentucky Justice Association ($53,675)...;

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American Stave to locate mill in Benton

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 31, 2016) - American Stave Co. LLC, a division of Independent Stave Co. LLC, will add a second Kentucky mill with the construction of a facility in Benton to produce barrel staves for the bourbon and whiskey industries, Governor Matt Bevin announced today.

The $12 million project will create more than 40 full-time positions and provide the company with additional production capacity and flexibility.

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One Session Cake Decorating Classes at WKCTC
One Session Cake Decorating Classes at WKCTC

WKCTC will offer two cake decorating classes in April - one for cakes on April 18th - the other for cupcakes on the 25th.

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Politics & Government

Obama's War on Coal Continues
Coal producing areas of the US
Obama's War on Coal Continues

Obama Administration Announces $65.8 Million Available for Economic and Workforce Development in Coal-Impacted Communities

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the availability of $65.8 million through the Obama Administration's Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative to develop new strategies for economic growth and worker advancement for communities that have historically relied on the coal economy for economic stability.

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Community and Regional News

Marion KY native nominated to 6th Circuit
Ky Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth Tabor Hughes is Western Kentucky native.
Marion KY native nominated to 6th Circuit

On March 17, 2016, the White House announced that President Obama nominated Justice Lisabeth Tabor Hughes to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Hughes, a justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court, was born in Marion Kentucky and raised in Princeton.

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Middle school girls may bring a parent to Graves High for '#LIKEAGIRL - A Confidence Summit' Saturday, Apri

Being a teenaged girl in the new millennium brings lots of challenges. Learning from responsible, successful, and confident older teen girls and women can make facing those challenges far less daunting! That's why the Mayfield-Graves County Tourism Commission, in partnership with Mayfield and Graves County high schools, is presenting #LIKEAGIRL - A Confidence Summit.

Anthem Medicaid sponsors the event, making it free-of-charge to any middle school girl and her parent in the region who want to attend! Those present can win door prizes valued at $50 each! Snappy Tomato Pizza will provide a free lunch! And, nationally-known Davina Merritt is the keynote speaker! It's scheduled to take place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the commons of Graves County High School, near the intersection of the Purchase Parkway and Ky. Highway 121.

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