News Center 22 11/3/17

This News Center 22 update is sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers joined several of his colleagues to reintroduce the Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program (B-CROP) Act. The bipartisan bill would award grant funding to vital rural broadband projects in combination with the current loan funding available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service.
U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate earlier this year.

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What is the most popular national park in Kentucky? It’s Cumberland National Historical Park which had 762,959 visitors in 2016 who spent $52,528 at the park, reports 24/7 Wall St. in an article titled, “The Most Popular National Park in Every State.”

Interest in the national parks of the United States is growing. The number of visitors who came to national parks in 2016 was 331 million, exceeding the total population of the United States. Just 10 years ago, the number of visitors was closer to 275 million.

The Cumberland Gap, which became a national historical park in 1940, is one of the three natural breaks in the Appalachian Mountains. It served as a gateway for Native Americans who used it as a footpath. The Cumberland Gap was also a passage west for American settlers, including Abraham Lincoln’s parents and grandparents.

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WYMT News reports
Officials with the United States Geological Survey say an earthquake was recorded in Bell County Thursday.

The quake measured a 2.3 on the Richter scale and started around 5:49 a.m.

Quakes registering below 2.5 may not be felt in some areas.

The epicenter of the quake was near Frakes, around 12 miles west of Middlesboro.

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Updated: November 2, 2017 — 9:10 PM
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