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  1. Survey: Pay raises rarer despite strong US hiring
    A new business survey finds hiring is healthy but pay raises, not so much. 

    The quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics finds that only 24 percent of companies increased wages and salaries in the July-September quarter. That's down from 43 percent in the April-June quarter and the first drop after three straight increases. 

    Yet the firms still added jobs at a healthy pace, which usually pushes wages higher as employers compete for workers. The figures suggest that the number of people out of work remains high enough that companies aren't under any pressure to raise pay. 

    And just one-third of respondents said they expect their companies will boost wages in the October-December quarter.     

    The NABE surveyed 76 of its member economists in late September.
  2. Stalled Policies Find New Life in KY Counties
    Kentucky's local governments are reviving a pair of proposals that have been bogged down at the state and federal level. 

    The Louisville Metro Council's Democratic majority is trying to increase the county's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. In more conservative areas, Republicans have pushed back by trying to pass local laws that would weaken unions. 

    The issues are playing heavily in the fall elections that could determine who controls the U.S. Senate and the state House of Representatives. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has campaigned to raise the minimum wage while Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell said he opposes the increase because he said it would cost jobs. 

    Republicans have promised to pass right-to-work laws should they win control of the state House of Representatives.
  3. KY 131 Closed at KY 58 Intersection for Work Zone
    A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close KY 131 at the intersection with KY 58 east of Mayfield in GRAVES County starting Monday, October 20, 2014, with continuing work along KY 58 at the intersection.

    KY 131/Symsonia-Mayfield Road will be closed at the KY 58 intersection for approximately one week starting October 20th to allow concrete pavement work in the intersection. Motorists should also be alert for one lane traffic along KY 58 at the site to allow concrete work to be completed through the remainder of the intersection.  Frequent changes in work zone traffic configuration will be required to facilitate the work.

    Motorists should be alert for one lane traffic on KY 58 with alternating flow controlled by an automated signal. Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and construction personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

    There will be no marked detour for the KY 131 closure.  However, motorists may self-detour via the Purchase Parkway and US 45 to KY 58 between October 20th and October 27th.

    This intersection is at KY 131/Symsonia-Mayfield Road mile point 0.0 and KY 58 mile point 8.156 in Graves County. About 3,300 vehicles travel through this intersection east of Mayfield in an average day.

    Wilkins Construction Company is the prime contractor on this $231,558 highway improvement project. Concrete work in the KY 131/KY 58 intersection is expected to take about a month to complete, weather permitting.

  4. Lourdes Hosts Breast Cancer Survivor Tea Tuesday
    Lourdes will honor breast cancer survivors at a special tea on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 11 am to 1 pm in the Marshall Nemer Pavilion’s Borders Community Room.

    General surgeons, Dr. Daniel Howard, Dr. Rebecca Gill, Dr. Lindsey Barnes and breast cancer survivor, Dr. Lisa Chaney Lasher will be the guest speakers. 

    Lunch is free and will be provided by Texas Roadhouse. At 1 pm survivors and their family members will have a pink balloon lift off. To register for the tea, call 270-444-2175.

    Statistics show that one in eight women will develop breast cancer. Early detection can save your life. Lourdes staff suggests women get checked at one of their two advanced imaging centers. Call 270-366-7854 or visit www.elourdes.com for more information.

  5. Graves Mother and Child Hurt in Saturday Wreck
    A Mayfield mother and her young child were hurt in a one-car crash Saturday afternoon in Graves County. According to the Graves County Sheriff's Office, the wreck happened at approximately 3pm on KY 1710.

    Deputies said 21-year-old Jessica L. Martin was traveling north on State Route 1710, just north of the Hamilton Park Soccer Complex, when she lost control of her vehicle. According to deputies, Martin's vehicle crossed the center line and veered off the roadway. Deputies said the vehicle went down an embankment and into a wooded area, striking a tree.

    Martin, and her one-year-old son who was in a car seat, were transported to Jackson Purchase Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

  6. LBL Plans 20th Annual Howl-O-Ween October 25th
    Land Between The Lakes invites the public to their 20th annual Howl-O-Ween children’s program on Saturday, October 25, from 1-4:30 pm at Woodlands Nature Station.

    Take a guided hike along a ¼-mile woodland trail and meet costumed animal characters like “Betty the Bat” and “Tracy the Tree Frog” during this non-scary, daytime event. Costumes are welcome and encouraged.

    Tickets go on sale at 12pm and cost $5 per person; Nature Station admission included. Howl-O-Ween offers children a great opportunity for outdoor fun and entertainment while learning about some of Land Between The Lakes' wildlife. Visitors can partake in crafts, face painting, and see live animals. 

    The first tour leaves at 1 pm, and the last tour leaves at 4 pm. For more information call 270-924-2299. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring an umbrella in case of rain.

    For more information visit www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free 1-800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000.

  7. Baptist Health Schedules Classes for November
    Baptist Health Paducah plans health-related events, support groups and classes each month. Here's a list of its November events:

    Baptist Health Paducah Stroke Support Group

    3 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, Baptist Heart Center conference room

    The group provides support for stroke survivors and their caregivers, family and friends. Light refreshments are served.

    Phone Mary Legge at 270.575.2880 to register.

     

    Baptist Health Paducah Arthritis Support Group

    Noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, Baptist Heart Center conference room

    The group provides support for people living with arthritis.

    Phone 270.575.2721 for more information.

     

    Baptist Health Paducah Prepared Childbirth Classes

    5 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3 and 10, or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, Meeting Room A, Doctors Office Building 2, Baptist Health Paducah

    Free class designed to help expectant parents in their second or third trimester learn about the labor and delivery process.

    Phone 270.575.2229 to register.

     

    Diabetes classes

    1 to 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, and Wednesday, Nov. 5, Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Baptist Health Paducah.

    Free class with a certified diabetes instructor to assist with any question or concerns about diabetes.

    Phone 270.575.2918 for more information.

     

    Lifeline Screenings

    11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, First Baptist Church, Kevil.

    Baptist Health Paducah and Life Line Screening are partnering to find vascular disease and

    other conditions so they can be treated before they become life-threatening. Screenings are

    priced individually or in a package. Use code PBHP-001 at 877.237.1383 or

    www.lifelinescreening.com to receive five screenings, plus a disease risk assessment, for $209 or

    the stroke and vascular package for $139.

     

    “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer”

    5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, Larry Barton Atrium, Baptist Health Paducah

    A vigil to remember those who are struggling with lung cancer and those we’ve lost to this disease.

    Phone 270.575.2797 for more information.

     

    Relaxing from Within

    5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Baptist Health Paducah

    Free class designed to help expectant mothers become familiar with relaxation techniques. Participants are asked to bring a blanket, pillow and support person.

    Phone 270.575.2229 for more information.

     

    Breastfeeding Classes

    6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Baptist Health Paducah

    Free class helps prepare expectant mothers for the breastfeeding experience.

    Phone 270.575.2229 to register.      

     

    Sibling Class

    5 to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Baptist Health Paducah

    Free class helps prepare children ages 2 to 9 for the arrival of a new brother or sister.

    Phone 270.575.2229 to register.

     

    Girl Talk

    4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Baptist Health Paducah.

    Free class to help preadolescent girls learn about their changing bodies and help them feel more self-confident and assured about becoming women.

    Phone 270.575.2229 to register.





    Information provided by Angie Kinsey Timmons, Baptist Health Paducah.

     

  8. School Board Candidates Meet with Residents
    About a hundred Graves County residents turned out Saturday evening at a meet and greet with two of the new candidates for the Graves County School Board, William Bell and Josh Cherry.

    In addition to being candidates for the school board, Bell and Cherry are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit regarding the controversial closure of Cuba Elementary School. The lawsuit alleges that the current board did not follow proper procedure in closing the school.

    Will Bell also spearheaded the grassroots campaign against the current board’s proposed tax increase of 18.4 % last year. That tax ultimately was voted down.

    Special guest in attendance Saturday was current board member Kelly Whitaker who is up for reelection to the board in District 5. Whitaker cast the lone dissenting vote in the 41 decision of the board to close Cuba.

    Judge Phillip Shepard has ordered the current board to halt any sale of the school property and has delayed his final decision in the case until after the November election.







    Information provided by Laura Thornton.
  9. Bill Clinton Joins Grimes at Paducah Stop Tuesday
    Bill Clinton will campaign with Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in western Kentucky on Tuesday.

    The former president will be at the Owensboro Convention Center at 3:00 pm, and will make his way to McCracken County High School at 7:00 pm Tuesday evening.

    This will be Clinton's third trip to the Bluegrass State to stump for Grimes. In August he spoke at a Lexington fundraiser and a campaign rally in Hazard, the latter providing footage for a statewide TV ad.

    Clinton's visit to Owensboro and Paducah comes after Hillary Clinton told thousands of people Wednesday in Louisville to send Grimes to Washington to improve Kentucky's health care reforms under the Affordable Care Act and to raise the minimum wage.

    Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell will hold a three-day bus tour through Kentucky's coal country beginning Monday. He has criticized Grimes for appearing with the Clintons, noting their support for Democratic President Barack Obama and his energy policies. Grimes has said she disagrees with Obama on coal.

  10. Bill Clinton Joins Grimes at Paducah Stop Tuesday
    Bill Clinton will campaign with Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in western Kentucky on Tuesday.

    The former president will be at the Owensboro Convention Center at 3:00 pm, and will make his way to McCracken County High School at 7:00 pm Tuesday evening.

    This will be Clinton's third trip to the Bluegrass State to stump for Grimes. In August he spoke at a Lexington fundraiser and a campaign rally in Hazard, the latter providing footage for a statewide TV ad.

    Clinton's visit to Owensboro and Paducah comes after Hillary Clinton told thousands of people Wednesday in Louisville to send Grimes to Washington to improve Kentucky's health care reforms under the Affordable Care Act and to raise the minimum wage.

    Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell will hold a three-day bus tour through Kentucky's coal country beginning Monday. He has criticized Grimes for appearing with the Clintons, noting their support for Democratic President Barack Obama and his energy policies. Grimes has said she disagrees with Obama on coal.

  11. Bill Clinton Joins Grimes at Paducah Stop Tuesday
    Bill Clinton will campaign with Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in western Kentucky on Tuesday.

    The former president will be at the Owensboro Convention Center at 3:00 pm, and will make his way to McCracken County High School at 7:00 pm Tuesday evening.

    This will be Clinton's third trip to the Bluegrass State to stump for Grimes. In August he spoke at a Lexington fundraiser and a campaign rally in Hazard, the latter providing footage for a statewide TV ad.

    Clinton's visit to Owensboro and Paducah comes after Hillary Clinton told thousands of people Wednesday in Louisville to send Grimes to Washington to improve Kentucky's health care reforms under the Affordable Care Act and to raise the minimum wage.

    Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell will hold a three-day bus tour through Kentucky's coal country beginning Monday. He has criticized Grimes for appearing with the Clintons, noting their support for Democratic President Barack Obama and his energy policies. Grimes has said she disagrees with Obama on coal.

  12. Veterans to Be Honored November 8-11 at LBL
    Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will join all federal agencies in honoring veterans this Veteran’s Day weekend, Saturday-Tuesday, Nov. 8-11 with free admission to The Homeplace on Saturday, Nov. 8, to Woodlands Nature Station on Sunday, Nov. 9 and a free show at Golden Pond Planetarium at 1 pm on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 10 and 11

    Active and retired members of the armed forces that present their military ID at each attraction will receive free entry for themselves and their families during Veteran’s Day weekend.

    “This is our way of saying thank you to our military members who visit Land Between The Lakes,” says Brian Beisel, Customer Service Manager. “We appreciate the service and sacrifices made by all military members across the country.”

    As always, access to boat ramps, hiking, biking, scenic driving, and many other outdoor adventures are free for everyone. Come outside and play!

    To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, visit the official LBL website www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 1-800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000. For more information on the Friends of Land Between The Lakes, log on to www.friendsoflbl.org. To subscrib

  13. Another Year, Another Small Social Security Bump
    For the third straight year, millions of older Americans who rely on government benefits can expect historically small pay increases come
    January.
     
    Preliminary figures suggest the annual cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees will be less than 2 percent.
     
    That translates to a raise of about $20 a month for the typical Social Security beneficiary.
     
    The government is scheduled to announce the increase Wednesday, when it releases the latest measure of consumer prices.
     
    By law, the increase is based on inflation, which is well below historical averages so far this year.
     
    More than 70 million people receive benefits affected by the annual increase.
     
    The average monthly Social Security payment is a little less than $1,200 a month.

  14. Right-to-work: The Right Message for KY's Governor
    Perhaps this could be followed by “Political Courage Month” in November, during which the governor digs his bully pulpit out of storage, dusts it off and places a reminder on it to “pound here in favor of right-to-work for Kentucky.”
    He would have the support of manufacturers, who strongly endorse a right-to-work policy for Kentucky because they can see – and compare – what’s happening in states with and without them.

    However, Beshear once said in an interview highlighted by Southern Business and Development magazine that those site selectors who claim that a lack of a right-to-work law is an obstacle to Kentucky’s economic growth have the wrong “perception.”
    “There’s a perception issue among some companies that it is a problem,” Beshear said. “Our job is to break through that perception. We deal with site selectors everyday and we are developing close relationships with those site selector companies, and as we do that it gives us the opportunity to really show them the facts about Kentucky.”

    Based on his tepid concern about right-to-work, which attracts manufacturers because it allows individual workers to make their own choices regarding labor-union membership, certain “facts” likely are missing from Beshear’s talking points. It’s a pretty good bet that data by the Bureau of Economic Analysis showing that growth in real manufacturing GDP in the decade ending in 2010 was more than 17 percent in right-to-work states, 9 percent in states without a right-to-work law and even worse – a paltry 4 percent – in Kentucky isn’t included in the governor’s presentation.

    The “facts” are that neighboring states to the South with right-to-work laws like Tennessee, with its 5,790 manufacturers, attract companies like Hankook Tire – one of the world’s fastest-growing tire makers – which broke ground this month on an $800 million facility that will employ 1,800 people in Clarksville.

    The “facts” are that site selectors like James Medbery of the Binswanger Company says that many  companies cross Kentucky off their list “without giving it another thought” because we lack a right-to-work law.

    This past spring, I ran into Louisville mayor Greg Fischer in a small café in his city’s West End where he told me that the right-to-work issue is nothing but “political noise.”

    Companies “don’t even bring right-to-work up” when considering the River City for expansion or relocation, Fischer said.  
    Why should companies fight it when they can cross the Ohio River to a business-friendly state with more than twice as many manufacturers?  

    Indiana also has the River Ridge Commerce Center, which became home to the new Amazon Fulfillment Center just 44 days after Indiana became a right-to-work state. The Amazon facility employs 5,500 employees – including 3,000 seasonal workers – in a 1 million square-foot facility on 70 acres less than 15 minutes from Fischer’s office.

    Since then-Gov. Mitch Daniels signed Indiana’s right-to-work law on Feb. 1, 2012, there have been several closings on River Ridge property leading to the employment of 8,505 workers at such high-profile companies like The Standard Register Co. and Fuji Seal Inc.

    Louisville Business First reporter Marty Finley toured River Ridge and reported that Paul Wheatley, its director of marketing and finance, believes the center “could employ 20,000 people in the future,” and that development will “explode” once new bridges being built connect Indiana, a right-to-work state, with its non-right-to-work neighbor to the South.

    If that happens, it means that a single development in southern Indiana just across the river from Kentucky’s largest city will employ the equivalent of nearly 10 percent of the Bluegrass State’s entire manufacturing workforce.

    Watch out for heavy traffic if you happen to head northbound on those bridges.

    Jim Waters is president of the Bluegrass Institute, Kentucky’s free-market think tank. Reach him at jwaters@freedomkentucky.com. Read previously published columns at www.bipps.org.
  15. Baptist Health Names Clinical Info Tech Director
    Polly Bechtold, MSN/MHA, RN, has been named the new regional director for Clinical Information Technology at Baptist Health Paducah and Baptist Health Madisonville to serve as the senior liaison between the system’s information technology team and clinical staff at the two hospitals for the successful implementation of the new electronic health record technology.

    Bechtold has been the chief nursing officer at Baptist Health Paducah since 2009. Sharon Freyer, MSN, RN, the hospital’s executive director for ambulatory services, will serve as interim chief nursing officer.

    Bechtold has worked for Baptist Health Paducah 30 years. She previously served as a charge nurse and director of the Outpatient Center and the Center for Digestive Health. She has an associate degree in nursing from West Kentucky Community and Technical College, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mid-Continent University and a master’s degree from Phoenix University.

    Freyer joined Baptist Health Paducah in May with responsibilities for transitional care, surgery, pharmacy, customer service and rehabilitation services. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Saint Xavier University, Freyer has more than 30 years’ nursing leadership experience at the Cook County Health and Hospitals System and, most recently, served as chief nursing officer at Westlake Hospital in suburban

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