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Andrew Jackson Smith: Civil War hero
In January 2001, President Bill Clinton awarded Andrew Jackson Smith the Medal of Honor. Smith served in the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and is one of only 25 African Americans to earn the honor for service in the Civil War. Jacque Day brings us this story of a local man who transcended slavery and prejudice to emerge as an example of American heroism.
New Kentucky Law Divides Optometrists and Ophthalmologists
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear Thursday signed into law a measure allowing optometrists to perform some surgeries previously only performed by ophthalmologists. The bill sailed through the legislature rapidly with little dissent among lawmakers, with one Republican Gubernatorial Candidate concerned with the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by PACs. But, while the debate in the legislature was relatively minor David Schmoll reports, outside the Capitol, debate was much more intense.
U.S. Drug Czar and Kentucky’s pill epidemic
The director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy toured Kentucky this week, and he’s heard from a wide range of people about their perspectives on prescription drug abuse. Kentucky Public Radio’s Brenna Angel reports on what these experts want the Drug Czar to know about Kentucky’s pill epidemic, and how Gil Kerlikowske plans to help.
MSU author on the ‘peculiar institution’ of slavery in Western Kentucky
Judy Shearer is PR Communications Coordinator for the Department of Art and Design at Murray State, and she’s written a book coming out later this spring that reveals much about how slaves and masters affected each other, and how they affect us still.
Civil War Dispatch 7 – Two African Americans in the Commonwealth
We continue our ongoing commemoration of the U.S. Civil War in the Commonwealth. On today’s Kentucky Civil War Dispatch, we take a look at the case of two African Americans in the Commonwealth, one free, the other a slave, whose desire for freedom made it all the way to the highest court in the country.
Civil War era re-enactors are nothing new for the region. But a group of all African-American women re-enactors is something special. The Female Re-Enactors of Distinction or FREED, recently visited and performed in the Clarksville, Tennessee and Hopkinsville area. The all-volunteer group is an auxiliary of the African-American Civil War Museum and Memorial in Washington, D. C. As Angela Hatton reports, their goal is to represent people who have been forgotten.
Anti-Bullying Legislation Heads to House Floor
A bill that expands the protections given gay students against bullying is on its way to the house floor. The action came after testimony from three gay students who were targeted by bullies while in high school.
Constitutional Convention
A bevy of reporters showed up Tuesday at the Kentucky State Capitol. Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh says the big draw was debate over a balanced budget resolution backed by the state’s junior United States senator.

Written by Chris Taylor

February 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Posted in The Front Page

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