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Education
2:33 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

McCracken School Board Approves Reopening MCEA Contract Negotiations

The McCracken County School Board is looking to reestablish professional negotiations with the teachers of the McCracken County Education Association.

The board’s unanimous decision came at its regular meeting last night. 

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Environment
1:21 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

LBL Scenery Management Plan May See Revisions In Response to Public Concerns

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Lyon County’s Judge Executive says Land Between the Lakes Officials may rewrite their controversial draft Scenery Management Plan. Wade White’s comments come following a meeting with LBL Area Supervisor Tina Tilley.

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Government
12:17 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Is 2015 the Year Kentucky's General Assembly Passes a Statewide Smoking Ban?

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FRANKFORT — Could 2015 be the year a statewide smoking ban finally passes? With both House and Senate committee chairs ready to sign onto the ban, and a growing popularity among Kentuckians, the prospects are looking better than ever.

For the fifth consecutive year, state Rep. Susan Westrom is sponsoring legislation that bans smoking in indoor public places throughout Kentucky.

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Society
12:11 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Kentuckians Don't Always Enroll in the Best Health Insurance Option

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:00 am

If you passively renewed your health insurance plan this enrollment period through Kynect, you may be one of thousands who are missing out on a cost-saving insurance plan.

Carrie Banahan, executive director of Kynect, said about 12,000 qualified Kentucky residents aren’t getting a cost-sharing reduction through the health insurance exchange’s “Silver” plan because they are enrolled in other plans.

“Folks might have just gone to the ‘Platinum’ plan  and said, ‘Yep, that’s the one I want,’ and didn’t look at their other options,” she said.

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Datebook
10:11 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Datebook: December 19 - Handel's Messiah, A Day With Trains, DIY Ornaments

The Paducah Chamber Music Society presents Handel's Messiah tomorrow night at 7 at Immanuel Baptist Church, located at 3465 Buckner Lane in Paducah. The performance is directed by Douglas Van Fleet. Admission is free. 

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Education
9:36 am
Fri December 19, 2014

New Federal College Ratings Will Consider Aid, Total Cost, Employment

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 4:12 pm

Today the Education Department released long-awaited details on a plan to hold colleges accountable for their performance on several key indicators, and officials said they'll be seeking public comment on the proposals through February.

"As a nation, we have to make college more accessible and affordable and ensure that all students graduate with a quality education of real value," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement.

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Government
4:17 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Murray Community Members Discuss How to Rebuild Downtown at Town Hall Meeting

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Murray leaders and residents are forming a vision for downtown after a series of disasters destroyed several buildings this year.

Murray Main Street Director Deana Wright held one of three town hall meetings this morning to get the community’s input on what they want to see downtown after a fire and building collapses.

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Government
3:22 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Paducah Officials Mull Possible Curb-Side Recycling Service Next Year

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Paducah city officials are considering introducing a curbside recycling service next year. 

The City Commission met Tuesday to discuss the city's contract with solid waste disposal company Republic Services which expires in June, 2015. 

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Economy
3:00 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Kentucky November Jobless Rate Lowest in Six Years

Kentucky's unemployment rate for November came in at its lowest rate in six years.  

A state government economist says recovery from the 'great recession' is complete.

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Government
12:58 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Tenn. Governor Names Randy Boyd New Economic Development Commissioner

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has named his former higher education advisor Randy Boyd the new commissioner of economic development. 

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