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No ‘Rejoicing’ From State Employee Reps Over Bevin’s Pension Fix

Representatives of state employees, teachers and police officers aren’t happy with Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposal to offer less-generous retirement plans and tinker with state worker benefits in an effort to save the state’s ailing pension systems.

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Former President Obama returned to the campaign trail for the first time since leaving office Thursday campaigning for the Democratic candidates for governor in New Jersey and Virginia.

He put the Virginia race, where he was campaigning for Ralph Northam, in the starkest terms.

"We need you to take this seriously, because our democracy is at stake," Obama told a crowd of 7,500 at a packed convention center, "and it's at stake right here in Virginia."

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          At 13 years old, Carol Larson stood at 6 feet and 6.5 inches. Due to surgically shortening her legs at an attempt at 'normalcy,' Larson faced challenges every day of her life, which she then translated into various art forms -- one of which has found a new home in Paducah's National Quilt Museum. 

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The superintendent of Owensboro Public Schools says the pension proposal unveiled by Kentucky’s Republican leaders is second-rate compared to the current retirement system. 

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 Kentucky’s children have experienced--on average-- more of what’s known as “Adverse Childhood Experiences” than children nationwide.

You might say George W. Bush wants to make America great again.

In remarks Thursday, he criticized the kind of politics, sentiment and populism that led to President Trump's rise and election — though he never named Trump explicitly.

Bowling Green Prepares to Host First Pride Festival

Oct 19, 2017
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The organization “Bowling Green Fairness” is hosting the city’s first-ever Pride Festival Saturday, in an effort to bring awareness to the legal discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

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This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2003 Bhutanese film "Travellers and Magicians."  It's a colorful travelogue that tells a story within a story.  A young government official in love with the idea of America travels from his sleepy village to the capital to pick up the documents that will allow him to travel to the United States.  Along the way, he meets a Buddhist monk who offers him a new way to see his native culture.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International director Dr. Therese St. Paul about "Travellers and Magicians."

It's not your imagination: Tiny tots are spending dramatically more time with tiny screens.

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, just released new numbers on media use by children 8 and under. The nationally representative parent survey found that 98 percent of homes with children now have a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone.

In his new novel Origin, Dan Brown (most famous for The Da Vinci Code), describes his protagonist Robert Langdon's approach to the conundrum of students' devotion to personal tech devices in the classroom.

Langdon is, Brown writes, "one of several Harvard professors who now used portable cell-jamming technology to render their lecture halls 'dead zones' and keep students off their devices during class."

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  Calloway County Judge Executive Larry Elkins has decided not to run for reelection in 2018.

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Trying Times For Transit: Rural Systems Face Flat Funding And Rising Demand

The Ohio Valley region has disproportionately high numbers of seniors and people living with disabilities and on low incomes - those are all groups that frequently depend on public transit. Without transit, older people lose independence, and reaching a doctor or workplace becomes much harder. A new report finds that demand for transit in rural areas is climbing faster than in cities, but spending on rural transit is not keeping pace with demand.

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