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The Kentucky Board of Education has voted to accept the resignation of Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt.

The board's decision comes one day after Republican Gov. Matt Bevin replaced most of the board with new members. The appointments mean everyone on the board has now been chosen by Bevin, who took office in December 2015.

Lexington Council Begins Budget Review

Apr 17, 2018
Stu Johnson

Lexington’s city council got a more thorough explanation of Mayor Jim Gray’s budget funding rationale during a workshop Tuesday at city hall.  

FirstEnergy Emergency Request Could Be A Last Chance To

Apr 17, 2018
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Ohio-based utility FirstEnergy Solutions made waves last month when it asked the Department of Energy to grant it an emergency order to help keep coal and nuclear plants operating across the Ohio Valley.

The request even hit the president’s radar. Speaking earlier this month at a roundtable event in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Donald Trump said the administration was examining the utility’s request.

“We’ll be looking at that 202, you know what a 202 is, we’ll be looking at that, we’re trying,” he said.

The deadline to register to vote in Kentucky’s May 22 primary is next Monday. The ballot will be crowded with county offices, every seat in the state House, half of the state Senate, Congressional races, and some judicial races. Secretary of 
State Alison Lundergan Grimes said mid-term elections usually result in strong voter turnout.

"Many folks think the presidential election is where turnout is the highest, but it's actually our county election year that we're in right now where turnout is the highest," she said.

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  Kentucky politicians have mixed reactions to a video Gov. Matt Bevin posted on Sunday. Bevin’s video was a response to the outcry over his comments claiming children were sexually abused and introduced to drugs because teachers were protesting at the Capitol. 

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Lexington Council Member Jennifer Mossotti says Mayor Jim Gray’s suggested investment to fund a monument celebrating the history of women was, quote, “a better number than I expected.”  Gray proposed $100,000 go toward the initiative.  

Mossotti says the city money will be augmented through private fundraising.  “We do a lot of private fundraising.  We’re going to deal with other entities throughout the community.  By 2020 we are going to have in place a monument or some public art that will be dedicated to women in Lexington,” said Mossotti.

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Governor Bevin has announced his appointments to the Kentucky Board of Education.  They include a former gubernatorial competitor and a former spokeswoman in his office.

The governor’s list of appointees to the board which oversees public education K through 12 statewide includes Hal Heiner.  Heiner is leaving his state cabinet position as secretary of Education and Workforce Development to take on this role.  Heiner also ran against Governor Bevin in the last gubernatorial primary. 

Fayette Schools Chief Came to Frankfort Friday

Apr 16, 2018
Stu Johnson

A trip to Memphis as the country reflected on the 50 years since the death of civil rights leader Martin Luther King influenced Fayette Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk’s participation in teacher protests in Frankfort. 

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Now that the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly session is history, many lawmakers will turn their attention to Election Day. There was lots of talk about elections during the legislative session. 

Many of those comments about elections came from protesting teachers. Louisville Representative Mary Lou Marzian expects the Democrats to make significant gains in November.  “Oh, I think we have a great chance to win 20-25 seats,” said Marzian 

Democrats need 14 additional seats to regain control in the Kentucky House. 
 

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When Oklahoma teacher Sally Salmons saw momentum building toward teacher protests in her state, she immediately reached out to family ties and educators in West Virginia. She said teacher walkouts in the Mountain State provided her and colleagues across the state with the courage they needed to take a stand.

“We looked at West Virginia and said, ‘Now’s the time to get on it.’ I think it gave us confidence to really, finally cross that line,” she said.

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Still from White House video.

“Why don’t you just fire the guy?”

The question came in a press availability with President Trump soon after he learned that federal agents, acting on information from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, had raided the offices of his personal lawyer, Robert Cohen.

The president visibly warmed to the question. Arms crossed, he answered, “Many people have said, ‘You should fire him.’”

 

President Trump’s recent rhetoric has raised speculation th

New Map Shows Explosion of Fluorinated Chemical Contamination

Apr 20, 2018

 

The non-profit Environmental Working Group and a team of environmental health researchers at Northeastern University in Boston developed the map, which tracks publicly-known contaminated sites reported from both EPA testing and state and local agencies.

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Billy Hobby’s days are largely filled by two things: church and pool.

“I play everyday, mostly,” Hobby said, sitting next to his wife, Barbara.

“Well, I enjoy watching him play,” Barbara Hobby said. “He’s got health problems, can’t go out of town and play all the time.”

 

 

Billy and Barbara were in Cadiz, Kentucky, about 20 miles from their home in Princeton so that the 86-year-old pool player could compete in a weekly tournament.

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