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The field is set for this year’s political races in Kentucky. Teachers are hopeful that a good showing during statehouse primary elections will lead to more success in the fall. And all eyes will be on Kentucky this year to watch the congressional race between retired fighter pilot Amy McGrath and incumbent Congressman Andy Barr.


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Like several other states, Kentucky is dealing with a statewide outbreak of Hepatitis A. 

The virus can lead to a potentially deadly liver infection.  It's most often transmitted through fecal matter coming in contact with a person's mouth. 

Dr. Jeffrey Howard, Acting Commissioner of the state Department for Public Health, says Kentucky averages 20 cases of Hepatitis A a year, but the commonwealth has seen more than 600 cases since the outbreak started in the fall of 2017.

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The office of the Kentucky Attorney General is warning senior citizens to be on the lookout for scams related to new Medicare I.D. cards.

The federal government is preparing to mail the new I.D cards to more than 900,000 Kentucky Medicare recipients.

Reports from other parts of the country say scammers pretending to be from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid are calling enrollees and claiming they need personal and financial information in order to provide the new cards.

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A business incubator called ‘The Hub’ in Ohio County has a second training program at no cost to residents. Ten people are enrolled in the ‘virtual assistant’ training.

The main goal of ‘The Hub’ is to create jobs, especially high-tech remote jobs, that offer Ohio County residents a chance to continue to live in this rural community and have a 21st Century career with a good income. 

Chase Vincent is Executive Director of the Ohio County Economic Development Alliance. He says the 10 residents who are currently enrolled in the ‘virtual assistant’ program are getting training that will prepare them to manage a distant office, for instance a medical practice, from home or from co-working space in ‘The Hub.”

Western Kentucky University

The estate of a longtime Western Kentucky University supporter is pledging a $10 million endowment for student scholarships.

Annual investment earnings from the endowment will be added to the Jerry E. Baker Student Scholarship Fund, which was initially created by a direct bequest by Baker, who passed away last June.

Baker was a businessman, philanthropist, and founder of the Baker Arboretum and Downing Museum in Warren County.

The new scholarship fund will provide support to WKU students who major or minor in music, dance, theatre, art, or horticulture.

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Democratic Nominee Hank Linderman toured Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District Wednesday after winning in Tuesday’s primary. Linderman faces Republican incumbent Brett Guthrie in the November general election. Linderman made eight stops throughout the district, stopping to talk to voters.

 

The 2nd Congressional District House seat has been under Republican control for the past 24 years. Linderman said he thinks this is the year that could change because Kentuckians are frustrated with the way the government is running, regardless of their political party affiliation. He said there’s a laundry list of things he wants to work on and improve but he wants to start by bringing people together.

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The Western Kentucky University Finance and Budget Committee has agreed to send the full Board of Regents a proposed spending plan that increases student tuition and fees, as well as employee salaries.

The proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 would increase undergraduate tuition by four-percent, and add $50 to the online course fee assessed to full-time students.

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2nd District U.S. House Race

Kentucky Democrats have chosen a former self-employed musician who lives in Grayson County to face Republican U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie in the November general election.

Hank Linderman took 30 percent of the vote in a four-way Democratic primary.

He won by about 700 votes over the second-place primary finisher, Brian Pedigo of Glasgow.

Guthrie didn’t face a GOP primary challenge.

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The judge presiding over the case of an Allen County man charged in the 2015 murder of a young girl has dismissed his defense lawyer from the case. 

At a pre-trial hearing Tuesday, Attorney Travis Lock requested that his client Timothy Madden be declared indigent, and therefore, entitled to money from the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.  Lock has been representing Madden pro bono for a year, but he argued the state funds were needed to hire expert witnesses. 

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An English professor at Murray State University has won the Democratic nomination in Kentucky's 1st Congressional District.

Walker said he didn't expect to win by such a large margin. He said going forward, his biggest challenge will be to compete with incumbent James Comer's campaign fundraising efforts as a sitting congressman.

"However, I think there are a lot of people who feel dissatisfied or abandoned in ways because of some of the things that have come through the federal government," Walker said. "So I think we can overcome those challenges, because people are hungry for change and I think that will make a difference."

Walker said he doesn’t want to lose the enthusiasm or the anger coming from teachers. "I think we can keep that alive, I don't think teachers are going to forget," Walker said.

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LRS LIVE Replay: Lilly Hiatt and Kristina Murray

Lilly Hiatt and Kristina Murray played April's installment of Lost River Sessions LIVE at the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green. Lilly played songs from her album Trinity Lane, which was released last fall. It was a return to Bowling Green for Hiatt whose first show following her record release came at The A-Frame in Bowling Green.

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