Murray, KY – Kentucky Adjutant General Major General Edward W Tonini is spending the week in Iraq visiting with Kentucky National Guard troops. Tonini says he has "an all new appreciation for the tremendously difficult job" the military is doing in Iraq. More than 300 Kentucky guardsmen are currently stationed there. Tonini says conditions have improved "as far as the level of hostility." But he says the "unbelievable heat" remains an enemy for the troops.
Murray, KY – The Murray-Calloway County Parks System officials accepted a check today for fifty-thousand dollars. Parks Director Matt Martin says the Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant will go toward a new park in the southwest part of the county. Martin says officials are still negotiating land options. Landscape plans include a quarter mile walking trail and what Martin says will be the largest playground in western Kentucky.
Paducah, KY – While in Paducah today, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced the approval of a 500 thousand dollar grant to continue development of the five-mile Paducah Greenway Trail. The funding will support a trail expansion project that includes the construction of nearly 6 thousand feet of trail and an underpass at US 45. Upon its completion, the trail will provide non-motorized transportation links to Paducah's historic downtown and link four area parks.
Bowling Green, KY – The Democratic and Republican conventions mark the real beginning of the general election race for president, according to Western Kentucky University Political Science Professor Dr. Scott Lasley.
"It signals a start to the general election," Lasley said.
"For a lot of people, this is their signal to start clueing in," he added.
Lexington, KY – Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford must excite grassroots Democrats in Kentucky to beat incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, according to Al Cross, director of the University of Kentucky Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.
"If [Lunsford] can energize grassroots Democrats to be for him, then he does have a chance to beat Mitch McConnell, because we've got a very bad national mood, and a bad imcumbent mood," Cross said.