Ryland Barton

After Kentucky lawmakers made changes to pension benefits for state workers earlier this year, some candidates are hoping to ride a wave of anger from teachers and other public workers into the statehouse.

There are at least 51 current and former educators running for seats in the legislature as all 100 districts in the state House of Representatives and half in the state Senate are up for re-election this year.

Joy Gray is a retired teacher from Owensboro who’s running as a Democrat against Republican Rep. Suzanne Miles.

Erica Peterson

The city of Danville has for years fought one of the country’s largest owners of oil and gas pipelines to block a controversial project that runs through an elementary school, a main thoroughfare and the city’s water supply.

The proposal would have reversed the flow of the existing Tennessee Gas Pipeline and converted it from carrying natural gas to more hazardous byproducts called natural gas liquids.

Now Kinder Morgan has announced plans to scrap the project saying it will continue to provide natural gas service. The pipeline travels through 18 Kentucky counties stretching from the Ohio state border in the northeast to the Tennessee border in the south.

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A Candidates Forum is being held Monday, Oct. 22  in Bowling Green that will focus on local state Senate and House races, as well as the City Commission. 

The forum is sponsored by the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission, the Bowling Green-Warren County NAACP and Black Leaders Advocating for the Community.

A spokeswoman for the Human Rights Commission said 32nd District Senate Democratic nominee Jeanie Smith be participating. Republican incumbent Mike Wilson said a previous obligation will keep him from attending.

Diocese of Owensboro

The Diocese of Owensboro wants to have a conversation with the public about sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church. 

The diocese will hold a listening session in Owensboro on Wednesday and another in Hopkinsville on Oct. 29.

Bishop William Medley says he understands how a report released recently from a Pennsylvania grand jury that detailed decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups has stirred up some painful memories. 

Aaron Payne

Thousands of union coal miners and their families gathered this summer in Columbus, Ohio, wielding signs and wearing camouflage United Mine Workers of America shirts.

UMWA President Cecil Roberts led the crowd in a call-and-response chant.

“I want you to send a loud, clear signal that we are one! We are one!”

But the miners weren’t there for a strike or to picket a company over a contract dispute. They were demonstrating to draw attention to an often overlooked issue: Pensions.


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A Kentucky state senator threatened local libraries after becoming upset that his opponent was using their public meeting spaces for teacher forums.

State Sen. Tom Buford told the Lexington Herald-Leader he believes it is wrong for political events to be held in public buildings.

"I explained to (the librarians) I have been a very good friend of libraries and I did not think this was a very good use of public funds," the Nicholasville Republican told the paper. "To me, it was unethical."

Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies at WKU

A new Kentucky Educational Television documentary is centering on the life and career of famed local writer and poet, Robert Penn Warren.

The All the King’s Men author grew up in Todd County before leaving for Vanderbilt University and eventually helping found the Southern Review.

Celebrated in the literary world, Warren is the only person to ever win a Pulitzer in both poetry and fiction.

Shelby County Detention Center

A heavily armed Kentucky man was arrested after authorities uncovered evidence of a "credible and imminent" threat that prompted a rural school district to cancel classes Friday, Kentucky State Police said.

Dylan Jarrell, 20, was arrested Thursday evening and authorities found a gun, more than 200 rounds of ammunition, a bulletproof vest, a 100-round high capacity magazine and a detailed plan of attack in his possession, state police said.

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The Po' Ramblin' Boys, recently named Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, were the headliners at Lost River Sessions LIVE on Oct. 18 at the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green.

The band originally formed in East Tennessee as a fill-in band for peformances at a distillery. They've since gone on to perform across the United States, in Canada and even Europe.

Patti Minter, Ben Lawson

Next January, Kentucky’s 20th District House seat will be occupied by someone other than Jody Richards for the first time since 1976.

The longtime Bowling Green Democratic Representative and former House Speaker is retiring after 42 years of service.

The two candidates hoping to replace Richards are running for office for the first time: Ben Lawson, a Republican, and Democrat Patti Minter.


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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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