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McConnell Says Replacing Affordable Care Act Will Take Time

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Congress will act early next year to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law but will delay the changes as Republicans try to come up with an alternative.
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Tammy Thompson of McCracken County is the new board secretary to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents. 

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Kentucky's first Republican House speaker in nearly 100 years says his biggest job will be managing the expectations of the state's restless GOP leaders - starting with the governor. 

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Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says the main concern for the upcoming legislative session is jobs, and lawmakers may not have time to discuss many ‘social issues’ like a bill to stop fairness ordinances.

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Two farms in Calloway County are still looking for thirteen stolen cattle, after 48 were found across the Tennessee state line on a Henry, County farm.

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Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says the main concern for the upcoming legislative session is jobs, and leadership may not have time to discuss many ‘social issues’ like fairness ordinances. 

  Lexington authorities are following up on a dozen or so cases of fake $100 bills or "prop" money.
Police Sergeant Brad Williams said many of the bills recovered have the words "for motion picture use only' on them.  “Most people when they’re given a bills they don’t read the words on it,” Williams said. “They basically just see the amount of it, maybe see the picture of who’s on it and that’s about it.”

Unemployment dropped by 0.3 percentage points, to 4.6 percent, last month — the lowest rate since 2007 — according to the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In eastern Tennessee, officials say a wildfire that tore through resort towns in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains earlier this week killed at least 13 people and destroyed nearly 1,000 structures, according to local officials and the state emergency management agency.

The confirmed death toll in and around the tourist town of Gatlinburg in Sevier County has climbed steadily since the fire raced into town overnight on Monday.

[Audio] Commentary: Castro's American Contention

Dec 2, 2016
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Whatever you think of Fidel Castro, who died this past week, one fact is clear: the Cuban leader had a thorny relationship with U.S. for almost 50 years.  Commentator, and retired history professor, Dr. Bill Schell takes this opportunity to compare him to another Latin American strongman who took a different tack in dealing with their northern superpower neighbor.

Note: The views expressed in this commentary are solely those by the commentator and don't necessarily reflect the views of WKMS.

On My Mind: Castro and His American Contention

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University of Kentucky agricultural economists say the state's net farm income could drop to its lowest level since 2010.

They're pointing to sharply lower cattle prices along with large grain stockpiles and the lowest tobacco receipts of the post-tobacco buyout era as factors behind the decline in farm income. On the positive side, they say poultry receipts are back on track.


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Trumped: Coal’s Collapse, Economic Anxiety Motivated Ohio Valley Voters

The electoral map of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia is a sea of red with a few islands of blue. Of the 263 counties in the three states only nine went for Hillary Clinton, most of them around the region’s cities. The Ohio Valley ReSource looked to voters and voting data to learn more about what motivated Donald Trump’s supporters and what they hope he will do as president.
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