Filling A Vacancy

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has set a special election to fill a House of Representatives vacancy for a seat in parts of two Kentucky counties.Republican Rep. Diane Murray St. Onge (AHNJ’) resigned effective Monday to move to California. She has represented parts of Kenton and Boone counties since 2013.The special election for the 63rd District seat will be Nov. 5.

Beshear Pushing Kitchen Table Agenda

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear has released a plan aimed at producing more Kentucky jobs tied to farm technology and advanced manufacturing.The proposals released Wednesday are part of what Beshear calls his “kitchen table agenda.” Beshear’s plan includes starting “business accelerators” and expanding access to credit to recruit agritech and advanced manufacturing operations to Kentucky.

Loosely Displaying In God We Trust

A new state law requires Kentucky public schools to display the motto “In God We Trust,” and one school district has responded with framed copies of a $1 bill.Fayette Superintendent Manny Caulk told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Wednesday that all schools in the district have been provided the framed copy to display.Republican state Rep. Brandon Reed of Hodgenville filed the legislation that created the new law. He says he’s disappointed to see schools “spend time searching for silly loopholes,” noting the law passed with broad support.

Screening Student Athletes For Heart Ailment

Baptist Health Corbin and the mCORE Foundation recently screened Corbin Independent student-athletes for underlying heart conditions.Baptist Health staff say sudden cardiac arrest, or SCA, is the leading cause of death in student-athletes each year.The American Heart Association reports that 1 in 100 kids have an underlying heart condition they are not aware of. Signs that a kid may have heart conditions are fainting or looking pale.Physicians say it is not to be confused with heart disease.Corbin Independent Schools Athletic Director Andrew Roark said several states require these screenings as part of a yearly physical for student-athletes.

Discussing Blackjewel Operations

Two state lawmakers will be in Harlan this morning.Senator Johnny Ray Turner and Representative Angie Hatton plan to discuss a pre-filed bill to close the loophole that allowed Blackjewel to get by without paying a bond when beginning operations.That bond would have helped pay the wages of miners who lost their jobs.

Veterans Get Paper Tickets To State Fair

The Kentucky State Fair has changed the way veterans and active duty military members can get complimentary tickets to the event, which starts its 11-day run Thursday in Louisville. Reports indicate the fair is working with Vet Tix this year to process and ship physical tickets. Service members previously used military IDs online to get digital tickets, but Kentucky Venues spokesman Ian Cox said feedback indicated veterans and service members didn’t prefer that method. There is a nine-dollar processing fee.

University Of Louisville Trustees Approve Hospital Purchase

University of Louisville trustees have approved the school’s purchase of a financially struggling hospital under a plan that would include a $50 million state loan.UofL trustees approved the transaction at a meeting on campus Wednesday. The deal will significantly increase UofL’s footprint in the medical sector of Kentucky’s largest city.Under the deal, UofL would purchase the greater Louisville market assets of KentuckyOne Health Inc., which includes Jewish Hospital.

New Trail System Is Open

Perry County hosted a grand opening of the new trail system Tuesday night.This project is two and a half years in the making. A couple years ago, Perry county received a $100,000 recreational trail grant to create the trails.Ben Braman with Pathfinders is the mind behind the trail system.”We have some pretty steep terrain here in Appalachia, and it became quite an art to lay them out in a way they would become sustainable and be here for generations and generations to come,” said Braman.He has not done it alone, many hours were put in by the community.”Well over 3,000 volunteer hours and we’re still about 25 percent to completion,” said Braman.More than 90 percent of those hours were completed by local kids.

Coal Company Hiring

A coal company will be hosting a job fair Thursday in Boone County, West Virginia.Blackhawk Mining, LLC has job openings for various positions in the company.Those positions include, but are not limited to: section foreman, electrician, equipment operator, fireboss and general labor.Officials with the company say they are looking for “experienced underground miners.”The event is from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Blackhawk Recruitment Center, which is located at 7180 Coal River Road, Comfort, West Virginia.

President Trump Visiting KY

President Donald Trump is headlining a fundraiser for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin in Louisville.The fundraiser will take place Aug. 21. The campaign has not released details about the event.Bevin’s campaign looks to continue to highlight the ties between the governor and the Trump administration. Bevin was with Vice President Mike Pence during a visit in Manchester earlier in August.Campaign manager David Paine highlighted Kentucky’s low unemployment and cites the leadership of President Trump and Gov. Bevin as key factors.”The governor looks forward to furthering that partnership as they continue to work together to move Kentucky forward,” Paine said.President Trump will also address the American Veterans 75th National Convention in Louisville on Wednesday, Aug. 21.