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As Democrats and Republicans in Kentucky head to the polls on Tuesday, May 21 to vote in the primary election for governor and other state officers, many election officials are expressing concern over the anticipated low turnout. 

Tuesday’s primary includes four Republican candidates for governor, four Democratic candidates for governor and others running for attorney general, state auditor and commissioner of agriculture.

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Kentucky’s candidates for governor are in the home stretch of their campaigns ahead of Tuesday’s primary election. Democrat Rocky Adkins was pressing the flesh on Friday in Bowling Green.

The former basketball standout at Morehead State University worked the tables at Teresa’s Restaurant telling the breakfast crowd it’s the last three minutes of the game and his team has momentum.  

Adkins has spent more than three decades in the Kentucky House, 13 as majority leader and the past three years as minority leader. 

The state representative from Sandy Hook said he’s the only Democrat in the race who can beat Republican Governor Matt Bevin in November.

Rhonda J. Miller

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear highlighted his support for teachers during a stop in Bowling  Green on Friday in his effort to gain the Democratic nomination for governor in next Tuesday’s primary.

The Jefferson County Teachers Association has endorsed Democrat Adam Edelen in the governor’s race.

But Beshear said he’s not running to get the support of any organization. He says he’s been fighting for teachers because it’s the right thing to do.

“When Matt Bevin tried to illegally cut their pensions, I took him to the Supreme Court. We won 7-0 and protected each and every pension," said Beshear. "When he’s attacked our teachers and is trying to fine them $1,000 a day for protesting at the Capitol, I’m standing up to him.”


An appeals court said the University of Kentucky failed to follow open-records law in a dispute with the campus newspaper over its pursuit of documents in a sexual harassment investigation.

The ruling could have implications for a similar case involving Western Kentucky University.

A three-judge Court of Appeals panel ruled Friday that the state's flagship university had failed to comply with the open-records law "in any meaningful way."

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With the primary election just a few days away, Daviess County is short 20 poll workers. 

The shortage of poll workers is a statewide issue, but Daviess County is keeping up the effort to get enough new workers trained before the Tuesday, May 21 primary.

Daviess County Clerk Leslie McCarty said those who would like to work in the nonpartisan position at the polls can show up this Saturday morning, fill out the necessary paperwork and take the training.

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The Ohio Valley auto industry is still awaiting a decision on whether or not they’ll face tariffs. The Trump administration was scheduled to make a decision this month, but punted for another six months.

Executive Director of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association Dave Tatman said this adds to the uncertainty his industry faces.

“But we have three huge destabilizers for the economy in which we work. The tariff trade war going on with China, the whole potential of national security threat and however that plays itself out and there’s some new information on that, and then the USMCA agreement,” he said.

Grimes Predicts About 12.5% Turnout for Kentucky Primary

May 16, 2019

Kentucky's chief election official is projecting about 12.5% of the state's registered voters will turn out for next week's primary election.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Thursday it appears turnout next Tuesday will be consistent with past primary elections, based partly on current absentee voting patterns.

Grimes says it's "not OK" for such a small portion of Kentuckians to vote and says she hopes more Kentuckians go to the polls to prove her prediction wrong.

Mammoth Cave National Park

The roughly 250 daily commuters who use the Green River Ferry in Mammoth Cave National Park will notice some service interruptions in the coming days.

The ferry will be closed to all vehicular traffic May 20- 22.  The closure will be in effect from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to allow the park to complete a freshwater mussel relocation project. 

The Green River in Mammoth Cave National Park contains some of the most diverse populations of freshwater mussels in the world.  Over 50 species are found in the park and ten of those are included on the federally endangered list. 

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has started its appeal of a federal judge's ruling that struck down a state abortion law that would halt a common second-trimester procedure to end pregnancies.

The Republican governor's legal team filed a notice of appeal Wednesday with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. ruled last week that the 2018 law would create a "substantial obstacle" to a woman's right to an abortion, violating constitutionally protected privacy rights. Bevin, who opposes abortion, immediately vowed to appeal.

City of Owensboro

Owenboro’s efforts to boost its nightlife takes a step forward on Friday, May 17.  It will be the first evening people will be able to openly carry alcoholic drinks downtown.

Owensboro’s ‘Friday After 5’ this weekend is the first event to take advantage of the city’s newly created entertainment district. 

The way it works is that the city issues a permit for each event that wants to use what’s simply called 'The District.' It’s an area that runs along the riverwalk and for five blocks inland and includes the RiverPark Center, the convention center, the Bluegrass Museum, and downtown hotels and restaurants.


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