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A new leader has been named for the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

When Sherry Murphy takes the helm, it will be a homecoming of sorts.  Murphy is a Logan County native and graduate of Western Kentucky University.  She says that she’s always had an eye on Bowling Green and what is has to offer.

"The number of attractions there in Bowling Green really makes it a tourism mecca of activity there," Murphy told WKU Public Radio.

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The group Kentucky Humanities is winding down its statewide reading initiative with a final community conversation next week at Western Kentucky University.

The Democracy and the Informed Citizen event is concluding the Kentucky Reads project centered around the work of Todd County native Robert Penn Warren, and his Pulitzer Prize winning novel All the Kings Men.  

Kentucky Humanities Executive Director Bill Goodman finds the 72-year old novel a timely piece of literature.


Kentucky Senator Appeals ‘Marsy’s Law’ Ruling

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A Kentucky state senator has appealed a judge's ruling not to certify results of a constitutional referendum next month.

Kentucky is one of six states scheduled to vote on "Marsy's Law" next month. It would amend the state's constitution to include rights for crime victims, like the right to be notified of and present for most court proceedings.

Monday, Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled the question posted to voters on the ballot is misleading. It is too late to remove the question from the ballot. But he ordered election officials not to certify the results of the Nov. 6 election.

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The group that oversees higher education in Kentucky has announced three finalists to become its next president. 

The Council on Postsecondary Education is looking for a successor to Dr. Bob King who retired.  King has been tapped by President Donald Trump to join the U.S. Department of Education as the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.  King must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate and his nomination is still pending, according to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office.

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The Kentucky Democratic Party has filed an ethics complaint against Gov. Matt Bevin for tweeting out his support for embattled Congressman Andy Barr’s reelection campaign from his official Twitter account.

On Saturday night, Bevin attended a rally in Richmond in which President Donald Trump stumped for Barr, who is running a tight race against Democratic challenger Amy McGrath.

Kentucky Lawmaker to Continue Campaign Despite Brain Tumor

Oct 16, 2018
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The family of a state lawmaker in Kentucky says he will continue his re-election campaign after initial hospital tests indicated he has some sort of a brain tumor.

Family members of Democratic state Rep. Wilson Stone posted a message to his personal Facebook page on Sunday. It says Stone "had a spell" while teaching Sunday school. They said testing at a local hospital "revealed some type of brain tumor" and that more tests are scheduled.

In September, Skip Cleavinger and Rebecca Baumbach teamed up with organist Ken Stein for Celtic Crossroads: A Journey to Thin Places. It was the latest installment of the Stained Glass Music Series held four times per year at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bowling Green. Deborah Stein provided vocals on one of the pieces during the performance. 

The Stained Glass Series is made possible thanks to Lynn and Dennis O'Keefe and the staff and parishoners at St. Joseph's. 

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The Kentucky Democratic Party filed an ethics complaint on Monday against a state lawmaker from Muhlenberg County.  Representative Melinda Gibbons Prunty is accused of misusing government resources in violation of state law.

The complaint alleges that Rep. Prunty used her government email account on September 25 to send a newsletter in response to an advertising campaign that highlighted her support of a worker’s compensation bill. 

The ad from the Kentucky Democratic Party highlighted how it thinks the bill has negatively impacted coal miners. 

Kentucky Judge Blocks Certification of 'Marsy's Law' Vote

Oct 15, 2018

A judge has ordered election officials in Kentucky not to certify the results of an upcoming referendum on whether to change the state's constitution to guarantee the rights of crime victims. 

Kentucky is one of six states scheduled to vote on "Marsy's Law," a proposed constitutional amendment to guarantee crime victims similar rights as those accused of crimes in the judicial system.  The effort is named after a California college student killed in the 1980s. 

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When Dr. Rahul Gupta started work as West Virginia’s chief health officer his state was already ground zero for the opioid epidemic, with some of the nation’s highest rates of addiction and overdose fatalities.

That was 2015, and 735 state residents died from overdoses that year. 

Preliminary data for 2017 show there were 1,011 overdose deaths last year, a record high for the state.

“Not a day goes by that I’m not constantly thinking about it,” Gupta said. “We’re losing three, three-and-a-half West Virginians per day. So, the clock’s always ticking in my head.”


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Tim Easton and Beth Bombara played Lost River Sessions LIVE on Thursday, marking the beginning of the third season of live shows at the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green. Easton, a singer-songwriter from Nashville, has published more than 100 songs and has performed all over the U.S. and in Europe. Bombara, who is from St. Louis, released her latest album in 2017, called Map & No Direction.

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