Mock funeral held in Kentucky Capitol, where higher education was ‘killed’

by LINDA BLACKFORD, lblackford@herald-leader.com –  A small group of mourners in black followed an empty coffin into the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda Monday morning to protest state budget cuts to Kentucky’s higher education system. More specifically, the funeral was held to say goodbye to Eastern Kentucky University’s theater program, a casualty of about $25 million in program…

3 battling for state Senate seat

  The incumbent and two challengers are vying for the state Senate seat in the 18th district. Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, is facing Democrat Chester “Chuck” Highley of Rush in the primary. The winner will run against Republican Scott Sharp of Ashland in the general election. Webb, a lawyer, has served in the Senate since…