Kentucky Lawmaker to Continue Campaign Despite Brain Tumor

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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

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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.”


Bluegress Music Hall of Fame and Museum

An attraction newly two decades in the making comes to fruition with this week's opening of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro. 

The downtown venue replaces the old International Bluegrass Music Museum which is now closed.  The new $15 million facility has double the exhibit space, a 450-seat theatre, an outdoor stage, and private event space. 

Chris Joslin, executive director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Convention Center, says the new venue complements the downtown district.

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The troubled Kentucky Wired broadband initiative received another public lashing on Thursday as state legislators weighed in on a scathing audit of the delayed and costly project.

Last month, State Auditor Mike Harmon released an examination that accused officials in former Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration of botching the procurement of Kentucky Wired, placing too much financial risk on taxpayers and creating an unrealistic timeline for completion.

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On a hot September day, a small crowd gathered around 6th district Congressman Andy Barr at the Fall Festival in Midway. He ticked off his record — the tax cuts bill passed last December, scaling back parts of the Dodd-Frank consumer protections and the Republican attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“The country is back,” Barr said. “Americans are better off now as a result of the policies we put in place. The country’s more prosperous, we’re stronger.”

James P., who didn’t want to be identified by his last name, strikes up an argument with Barr.


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Westmoreland Coal Company, one of the oldest mining companies in the country, became the second major coal bankruptcy of the Trump presidency Tuesday when the company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a Texas court.

The company, which has a substantial presence in the Ohio Valley, has for years faced mounting difficulties as it continued to take on debt while many of the power plants that used its coal announced they intend to close or switch to cleaner fuels.


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The Appalachian Regional Commission announced Thursday the latest recipients of grants designed to help struggling coal communities. The ARC will spend an additional $26 million for 35 new grants in its POWER initiative, the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization. Sixteen of those awards will go to projects in the Ohio Valley region.  

 

The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky was awarded one million dollars for their Community Oriented Access to Learning program. The initiative is focused on the health and information technology sectors. The program expects to add 50 health worker students in a field related to their training, 110 in information technology and 26 in broadband technology. Wendy Wasserman is the spokesperson for the Appalachian Regional Commission.


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LRS LIVE Replay: Tim Easton and Beth Bombara

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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