Much political attention on Kentucky’s primary election has centered on the Democratic race for governor.  Attorney General Andy Beshear, former state auditor Adam Edelen, longtime state representative Rocky Adkins, and retired state engineer Geoff Young are the candidates. 

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Located in South Charleston, West Virginia, the former church turned restaurant has a funky, yet calming vibe. Twinkle lights and mismatched dining room sets dot the space. For $8 to $10 a plate, diners can enjoy a locally-sourced meal. The menu today is apple sage pork tips, spiralized zucchini (or “zoodles”), roasted broccoli, and a salad of spinach grown just a few miles away.

Autumn McCraw helped prepare today’s meal. The 35-year-old Charleston resident sports a maroon apron and greets every customer with a smile. Her days here typically start around 8 a.m.

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The trial for the teenager accused in the Marshall County High School shooting is moving to Christian County.

The Marshall Circuit Court approved an agreed order on Friday to move the trial to Christian Circuit Court, set for June 1, 2020.

Attorneys are expecting a large jury pool. Gabe Parker’s attorneys requested a venue change, arguing it’d be difficult to find an unbiased jury in the close-knit Marshall County community. The prosecution agreed the trial should be moved, but wanted to keep it as close to home as possible.

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Kentucky's chief election official is projecting about 12.5 percent of the state's registered voters will turn out for next week's primary election.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Thursday it appears turnout next Tuesday will be consistent with past primary elections, based partly on current absentee voting patterns.

Grimes says it's "not OK" for such a small portion of Kentuckians to vote and says she hopes more Kentuckians go to the polls to prove her prediction wrong.

This week in Kentucky politics, candidates for governor and other statewide offices made their final pitches ahead of the primary election. Democrats running for governor participated in three televised debates, Republicans running for attorney general continued to sling mud at eachother and one of Gov. Matt Bevin’s primary challengers still thinks he’ll win. Jean West from member station WFPL talked to Ryland Barton for this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled. 

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A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators including West Virginia Republican Shelley Moore Capito this week introduced two bills aimed at further regulating a group of toxic chemicals known as PFAS.

The chemicals include PFOA, or C-8, used to make nonstick products and other similar chemicals used in flame retardants. They have been detected in at least 10 water systems in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. Exposure has been linked to some cancers and thyroid problems at very low levels.

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Owensboro Initiates Downtown Entertainment District with 'To Go' Alcoholic Drinks

Owensboro’s efforts to boost its nightlife takes a step forward Friday. It will be the first evening people will be able to openly carry alcoholic drinks downtown.Owensboro’s ‘Friday After 5’ this weekend is the first event to take advantage of the city’s newly created entertainment district. 

It’s an area that runs along the riverfront and for five blocks inland, and includes the RiverPark Center, the convention center, the Bluegrass Museum and downtown hotels and restaurants.

  Abortion is perhaps one of the most polarizing issues in Kentucky. In 2014, about 57 percent of Kentuckians said the procedure should be illegal in all or most cases, according to the Pew Research Center.


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 Washington Post investigation finds the Ohio Valley is suffering the most from the surge in overdose deaths due to synthetic opioids, even as deaths from other substances are falling. 

The Post analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and found the region has the nation’s highest rates of death due to fentanyl.

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n apparent anticipation of a federal lawsuit seeking recovery of overdue penalties, coal companies owned by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice have filed a lawsuit of their own against federal surface mining regulators.

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Central Appalachia lags behind other part of the region in employment, household income and other key measures. That's according to a new study from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The data comes from the American Community Survey, that’s like a smaller version of the census. It is conducted every five years.

Within Appalachia, different subregions have very different outcomes. In many cases, Central Appalachia, which includes parts of Kentucky and West Virginia, lagged behind other subregions.