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Judge Blocks Health Care Merger, Saying It Would Hurt Competition

A federal judge has ruled against the proposed acquisition of the health insurance company Humana by its larger rival, Aetna. The decision is a victory for former President Obama's Justice Department, which sued Aetna last year to block the $34 billion merger, NPR's Yuki Noguchi reported. The suit alleged that the merger would hurt competition in the health care market, leading to higher prices for consumers and fewer services for Medicare patients. U.S. District Judge John Bates found that...

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It’s time for a WKMS podcast, and we want you to be involved! According to recent Edison research the national podcast audience is about 57-million people and it’s time for you to have a local option.

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As Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president, protests, demonstrations — and a few celebrations — were underway in cities around the world.

In London, demonstrators holding anti-Trump signs gathered outside the U.S. Embassy on Friday evening. Earlier in the day, huge banners saying "Build Bridges Not Walls" were hung across the city's bridges, part of a U.K. campaign that that began after Trump was elected in November.

A newly inaugurated Donald J. Trump delivered a fiercely populist and often dark address, promising to transfer power in Washington from political elites to the people and vowing to put "America first."

Surrounded by members of Congress and the Supreme Court, the nation's 45th president repeated themes from his historic and divisive campaign message, describing children in poverty, schools in crisis and streets pocked with crime and "carnage."

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The McCracken County Board of education has voted to relocate the Heath High School shooting memorial.

 

A school shooting in 1997 killed three girls between the ages of 14 and 17. The memorial is located behind a fence at Heath Middle School but may only be accessed by those with permission. It will be moved to an open lot across the street from the middle school in a project costing under $20,000. The new memorial will be designed by the parents of the victims and will include 24/7 access and lighting at night.

 

President-elect Donald Trump plans to hit the ground running. He could sign his first executive orders within hours of taking the oath of office.

"I've asked my transition team to develop a list of executive actions we can take on Day 1 to restore our laws and bring back our jobs," Trump said in a videotaped message in November. "It's about time."

Vice President-elect Mike Pence echoed that message in a meeting with reporters on Thursday.

"Our job is to be ready on Day 1," Pence said. "We are all ready to go to work."

The incoming president has promised to:

African-American women are more likely to be infected with HIV than other women, and many don't know it. So public health officials and advocates are trying to get the word out about PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis. It's a daily medication that helps prevent HIV infection.

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University officials across Kentucky are beginning to develop tuition rates for the fall semester. Officials with the state’s higher education governing body are also gathering figures.

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Women from across Kentucky are heading to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Women’s March On Washington, scheduled for Saturday, the day after Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45thpresident of the United States.

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On Sounds Good with Tracy Ross, Sarah Gutwirth and Mary Tripp Reed discuss The March for Social Justice and Equality happening Saturday in Murray.

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A Kentucky Senate bill that would allow county judge executives to appoint members of library boards has some concerned about the politicization of libraries.

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Attention Singer/Songwriters! Send us your best original song by Sunday, February 26 at midnight, and you could be voted among the finalists to perform live at Maiden Alley Cinema for the Grand Prize.

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Ross Reviewed: Trump’s Choice For Commerce Left Mixed Legacy In Ohio Valley

The billionaire Wilbur Ross heads for Senate hearings this week as Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Commerce. Ross gained ultra-rich status in part by salvaging coal and steel assets here in the Ohio Valley region. Glynis Board of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports on the mixed legacy his businesses left behind.

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