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Transportation
6:23 am
Fri March 27, 2015

I-24 Eastbound Lanes Blocked by Semi Crash

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Interstate 24 eastbound lanes are blocked due to a semi crash at mile marker 13. Some other vehicles hit a large piece of equipment the truck was carrying. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd said the incident requires special recovery efforts that could take 4 to 6 hours. Eastbound I-24 traffic is being detoured off at Exit 11.

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Society
6:11 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Southern Indiana Grappling with HIV Outbreak

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 4:42 pm

Governor Mike Pence has declared a public health emergency in one southern Indiana county. 

An HIV epidemic has been linked to intravenous drug use in Scott County. 

Deputy State Health Commissioner Jennifer Walthall says people are abusing a powerful painkiller that’s a cousin to Oxycontin and heroin.

"It's Oxymorphone, which the trade name for that is Opana," Walthall explained to WKU Public Radio.  "It's an incredibly powerful and potent opiate that comes in pill form, but can be crushed, boiled, and then injected."

The Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed 71 cases of HIV.  In comparison, Dr. Walthall says Scott County typically sees around five new HIV cases a year. 

The state is preparing to set up a temporary needle exchange program that will allow addicts to swap out dirty needles for clean ones in an effort to stop the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C.

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Government
4:21 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Newly Approved Legislation Greatly Increases Number of Evaluations of Child Care Facilities

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Legislation approved in the now completed 2015 Kentucky General Assembly means a major increase in the number of early child care facilities that are evaluated. Additional reviews will come over the next few years.

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Government
3:47 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Four Treated for Chemical Burns at Hopkinsville Facility

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Several people were treated for chemical burns after being exposed to an unknown chemical at a Hopkinsville facility Wednesday night.  

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Health
3:47 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Study: Calloway, Lyon Counties Among the Healthiest in Kentucky

Overall health outcome rankings for each of Kentucky's counties. The rankings are based on quality of life and life expectancy.
Credit County Health Rankings / CountyHealthRankings.org

A new study finds several counties in our region among the healthiest in Kentucky, but the commonwealth compares poorly to national averages.

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Education
3:01 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

MSU Faculty/Staff to Participate in Active Shooter Training Next Month

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Murray State University faculty and staff will participate in training sessions next month as part of an initiative to prepare the campus for the possibility of an active shooter scenario.

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Government
12:18 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Kentucky Baptists Take Credit for Failure of Medical Marijuana Bills

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The Kentucky Baptist Convention is taking credit for the failure of medical marijuana bills in this year’s General Assembly and is already gearing up to fight similar legislation next year.

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Culture
11:52 am
Thu March 26, 2015

The End Of The Estate: 'Downton Abbey' Is Officially Saying Goodbye

Masterpiece and Carnival Films announced today that Downton Abbey will end after its sixth season.
Nick Briggs Carnival Films/PBS

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 10:57 am

Recent reports were officially confirmed today — the upcoming sixth season will be the last for the very successful drama Downton Abbey, according to an announcement Thursday from Carnival Films and Masterpiece. Executive producer Gareth Neame had this to say:

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Datebook
10:15 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Datebook: March 26 - Civil War Exhibit, Friends of Kentucky Libraries, Diary of Anne Frank

The exhibit titled “Common People in Uncommon Times” continues through tomorrow at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center. The exhibit celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The center’s open Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 4 and Saturday from 10 to 2. Admission is free. 

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Health
8:34 am
Thu March 26, 2015

State Drug Czar Confident in New Heroin Law

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One of the most significant pieces of legislation to come out of this year’s General Assembly session aims to curtail Kentucky’s heroin epidemic. 

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