Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial

The dedication of the Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial at Somerset Community College will be held on Oct. 21.

The memorial is a 20-foot tall, 2,000 pound work of stainless steel that soars into the sky in the heart of the college campus. The sculpture was  installed by the artist Ayokunle Odeleye in July.

The idea for the memorial came as a way to take positive action after a horrific event – the massacre of nine African-Americans by a 21-year-old white man at a Charleston, South Carolina church in 2015.

Phillip Duncan, co-chair of the Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial board, said many people in the region have told him they are proud of the positive message the memorial brings to the public. 

“It is a way for us to recognize and to pay tribute to all those who were sold into slavery, especially in this Lake Cumberland Area," said Duncan. "It also demonstrates that these lives of these enslaved Americans, they mattered and they made a difference.” 


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This week in Kentucky politics, candidates for governor and attorney general both participated in televised debates. And a new poll shows Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear tied ahead of next month’s election.

We talk about the race in week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

 


GM Workers to Stay On Picket Line Until Vote on New Contract

Oct 18, 2019
Lisa Autry

Striking General Motors workers will stay on the picket lines for at least another week until they vote on a tentative contract with the company.

Factory-level officials from the United Auto Workers union voted to recommend the agreement to members at a daylong meeting in Detroit Thursday. But they also voted not to return to factories unless members approve the deal.

About 49,000 workers have been on strike for more than a month, paralyzing GM's U.S. factories and costing the company an estimated $2 billion.

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Kentucky’s Second District Congressman says the pause in fighting between Turkey and Kurdish forces in Syria is an important step in restoring some degree of order to the region.

Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie voted in favor of a non-binding resolution this week in the U.S. House condemning President Trump’s sudden pullout of American forces from Syria.

The resolution also condemned Turkey for invading Syria shortly after Trump announced the withdrawal.

But Congressman Guthrie says the decision announced Thursday by Turkey to temporarily halt its incursion will allow some of the Syrian refugees in Turkey to return to their native country.

Lisa Autry

The Democrat running to be the next Secretary of State says Kentucky has a problem maintaining accurate voter rolls, and Heather French Henry says a new process is needed to update the database. 

A judge ruled this week that the state Board of Elections must remove 170,000 voters from an inactive list before the election on November 5. 

In a wide-ranging interview with WKU Public Radio, Henry said everyone involved with maintaining the voter database must be more fair and transparent in the future.

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Democrat Andy Beshear's push to legalize casino gambling in Kentucky is facing strong resistance from two leading Republican lawmakers, including one who supported the idea previously.

Beshear, who is running for governor, says Kentucky could reap $500 million-plus in yearly revenue by allowing expanded gambling. He wants the money to support public pension systems.

Senate President Robert Stivers and Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer said Thursday that the proposal would be "dead on arrival" in the Republican-dominated Senate.

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The Republican who is running for Secretary of State in Kentucky has ties to former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. Greitens resigned last year amid accusations of campaign impropriety.

Attorney Michael Adams is running against Democrat Heather French Henry, the former commissioner of the Department of Veterans Affairs, in the election on Nov. 5. The Secretary of State oversees all elections in Kentucky.

Adams serves as a board member as well as the secretary and treasurer of A New Missouri, a dark money nonprofit created by Greitens. Missouri lawmakers alleged the nonprofit was designed to sidestep campaign disclosure laws and that Greitens illegally coordinated with it.

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A new study conducted by a University of Louisville researcher has found a link between racial disparities on student test scores and racial disparities in school discipline between black and white students. The findings could mean that any successful effort to reduce one gap will likely help narrow the other.

The fact that black and Hispanic students are suspended and disciplined at higher rates than white students is well-established by past research. And many schools show significant “achievement gaps” in which white students tend to score better on standardized tests than their black and Latino peers. Those patterns hold true in Jefferson County Public Schools too.

Lisa Autry

Striking General Motors employees in Bowling Green and across the nation could be headed back to work in a few days. 

GM and the United Autoworkers Union have reached a tentative deal over a new contract that would end a month-long work stoppage.

"We can confirm the UAW’s statement regarding a proposed tentative agreement," said Dan Flores, Manager of GM Corporate News Relations. "Additional details will be provided at the appropriate time."

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The Kentucky Department for Public Health says more than a third of students haven't received the mandated Hepatitis A vaccination.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports immunization rates released Tuesday show about 65% of the 209,904 mandated students have received the shot. The state's target compliance rate is 85%.

Results show seniors had the lowest compliance rate at 46% and kindergartners had the highest with 84.3%.

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