Eastern Standard for February 20, 2020

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Oscar-nominated, Emmy winning Appalachian documentary-maker Elaine McMillion Sheldon is coming to EKU | A summit on all things farm-to-table at UK | The latest in our series on the 19th amendment: what exactly was a U.S. citizen 150 years ago? | A pair of surveys gauge where women are on matters of workplace conditions, as well as what is expected of political leaders.

Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

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Legislation to return voting rights to certain convicted felons who have served their time is now before the Kentucky Senate.  It’s a constitutional amendment measure that gives the legislature the final say on how the restoration of voting rights would occur.

Cincinnati.com

Legislation to change the criminal pardon and sentence commuting ability of the governor got unanimous senate committee approval Wednesday.  The measure comes after former Governor Matt Bevin issued hundreds of pardons and commutations near the end of his term.

Bill To Ease County Jail Overcrowding Moves On

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A central Kentucky lawmaker is sponsoring legislation to help ease overcrowding at certain county jails.  It’s based on an agreed-to transfer program between detention facilities.

Nevada Democratic Debate: Live Updates And Analysis

Feb 19, 2020
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Democratic presidential candidates are debating once again, this time in Las Vegas ahead of Saturday's caucuses in Nevada. Follow NPR's live analysis beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST, Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

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Stu Johnson

Lexington city leaders are continuing their review of new regulations for short term rentals.  A draft ordinance was assessed Tuesday at city hall.

Train Derailment Cleanup Continues In Pike County

Feb 17, 2020
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Clean up continues this week in Pike County following a train derailment last week that resulted in a chemical and diesel fuel spill. 

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Spokesman John Mura said the amount of ethanol and fuel in the Russell Fork waterway was not sufficient enough to impact drinking water.

“We have taken every precaution and we now know there was not a lot of material that went into the water and one thing that worked in everybody’s favor was the water was flowing very quickly.”

Kentucky First In The Nation In Whiskey Exports

Feb 17, 2020
kentucky.com

Governor Beshear is drawing attention to the Commonwealth’s booming bourbon business.  The governor announced Monday that Kentucky is the nation’s leading exporter of whiskey, which includes bourbon and rye.

Governor Beshear said 2019 export reports indicated Kentucky was number one. He made the announcement while filling the Jim Beam Distilling Company's 16 millionth barrel  in Clermont.  

World War II Veterans Honored In Frankfort

Feb 17, 2020
Stu Johnson

Four Kentucky World War II veterans were honored last week in Frankfort.  Governor Andy Beshear presented “Kentucky Colonel” plaques during a brief ceremony at the capitol. 

Afterward, when asked about his thoughts regarding the honor, Staff Sergeant Henry Breithaupe said he leads a simple life. “It’s something unusual to me.  I’m a little old country boy.  You know what a hermit is?  Well, that’s me.  I go to church on Sundays and go home and that’s it.  When it comes summer time, I take care of my little place,” said Breithaupe.

Stu Johnson

During the month of February League of Women Voters Chapters across the country are celebrating the non-partisan organization’s 100th birthday.  A League Day of Action was recognized last week at the state capitol.

The capitol rotunda event included song from the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Chorus.

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Eastern Standard for February 20, 2020

4 hours ago

Oscar-nominated, Emmy winning Appalachian documentary-maker Elaine McMillion Sheldon is coming to EKU | A summit on all things farm-to-table at UK | The latest in our series on the 19th amendment: what exactly was a U.S. citizen 150 years ago? | A pair of surveys gauge where women are on matters of workplace conditions, as well as what is expected of political leaders.

Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

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On a recent soggy Wednesday evening, dozens of West Virginians packed a conference room inside the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center to discuss the need for a “just transition” for coal-impacted communities.

As the nation grapples with climate change, the need for a fair transition for workers and communities that depend upon coal jobs and revenue has also gained traction. Nearly every 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful has touted some version of the idea, ranging from the expansive “Green New Deal” championed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to former Vice President Joe Biden’s more modest mix of worker training and direct assistance for coal country.


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