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Murray State University Dorm Explosion: Gas Leak, Reported

THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED: Richmond Hall at Murray State University has suffered extensive damage from an explosion that shook buildings many miles away.

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  Political leaders in West Virginia and Kentucky are joining a coalition of states threatening to sue California over a program the state is pushing that would drop investments in coal.

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Americans broadly disapprove of the Senate GOP's health care bill, and they're unhappy with how Republicans are handling the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

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A federal judge in Chicago is scheduled to consider a request by lawyers for Medicaid recipients that she order Illinois to start paying $1 billion a month for four months even as it enters a third year without a budget.

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Illinois lawmakers are continuing efforts to seal a state budget deal.

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The first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the U.S. in 99 years has heightened anticipation and excitement in small, rural towns of southwestern Kentucky.

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  The mayors of Kentucky's two largest cities are asking California's attorney general to consider exempting Louisville and Lexington from a travel ban.

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  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’s delaying a vote on the newest Republican plan to replace Obamacare. In a Capitol Hill press conference, McConnell said that President Donald Trump will be working to build a consensus among the 52 Republican Senators.

 

“We need to get this far enough down the path to where there were a few issues extant that needed to be closed and we’re delaying the process so we can delay those remaining issues and he’s fully engaged and being helpful in every way that he can.” McConnell said.

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  A U.S. House committee has advanced a bill that would send a billion dollars for mine reclamation and economic development in coal communities.

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  Kentucky republican U.S. Rep. James Comer has reignited an old political rivalry by publicly releasing his personal income tax returns and questioning why Gov. Matt Bevin has not done the same.

TeleTech To Hire 600 Jobs In Paducah

Jun 27, 2017
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  A TeleTech customer service call center in Paducah is hiring 600 local positions. Paducah Communications Acquisition Recruiter Mea Fitzpatrick says the jobs are hourly and full-time with benefits.

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High Hop(e)s: Craft Brewing Has Farmers Betting On Hops

The acres devoted to growing hops doubled in the U.S. in just the last five years and the trade group Hop Growers of America estimates that 95 percent of that market belongs to farmers along the West Coast. But the craft beer craze is changing the direction for hop farms by generating demand for more locally sourced ingredients, and Ohio Valley farmers like Wes Cole want in on the action.

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