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Trump's Executive Actions May Mean More Headaches For Struggling Congress

President Trump has recently taken a series of what appear to be bold executive actions to reverse Obama-era policies: declining to re-certify the Iran nuclear deal, halting subsidy payments to insurance companies and setting an expiration date for the DACA immigration program. But, in so doing, he's dumping thorny problems on a GOP-controlled Congress already struggling to rack up significant legislative accomplishments. This did not go unnoticed by one of the top Democrats in Congress....

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Gene therapy, which has had a roller-coaster history of high hopes and devastating disappointments, took an important step forward Thursday.

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee endorsed the first gene therapy for an inherited disorder — a rare condition that causes a progressive form of blindness that usually starts in childhood.

The recommendation came in a unanimous 16-0 vote after a daylong hearing that included emotional testimonials by doctors, parents of children blinded by the disease and from children and young adults helped by the treatment.

The Life And Death Saga Of The Kentucky Cave Shrimp

Oct 12, 2017
Kurt Helf

 When you think of cave creatures, shrimp probably don’t come to mind. But, there’s a species of shrimp only found in Kentucky Caves. That shrimp has a turbulent conservation legacy that continues today and it relates to the quality of the water we drink.

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association declared two Murray State student-athletes ineligible to play.

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As Democratic pols jettison their old contributions from Harvey Weinstein, the former entertainment executive embroiled in multiple allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, his cash is not likely to leave a big hole in party coffers.

President Trump signed an executive order Thursday that is intended to provide more options for people shopping for health insurance. The president invoked his power of the pen after repeated Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, have failed.

"The competition will be staggering," Trump said. "Insurance companies will be fighting to get every single person signed up. And you will be, hopefully, negotiating, negotiating, negotiating. And you will get such low prices for such great care."

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  Paducah realtor Randy Bridges has placed a bid for the third district seat in the state House of Representatives.

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This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2002 French/Chinese film "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress."  This acclaimed coming-of-age film is based on the director's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name.  Set during China's cultural revolution, two boys are sent to the country for Maoist re-education.  They discover a cache of forbidden French books and awaken the imagination of a young seamstress.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International director Dr. Therese St.

With President Trump's announcement that he plans to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen as homeland security secretary, he still has one more Cabinet post to fill — health and human services secretary. A president having to find replacements for two Cabinet secretaries this early in an administration is unprecedented. But observers are more alarmed by the less visible vacancies at the sub-Cabinet level: hundreds of positions without a nominee, and a president who says he has no intention of filling many of the jobs.

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The Trump administration has announced that the U.S. will withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations' chief cultural and educational agency. In a statement released Thursday, the State Department said the move won't take effect for more than a year, noting the withdrawal will be as of Dec. 31, 2018.

In 2015, world powers agreed to give Iran relief from some economic sanctions in return for inspections and limits on its nuclear program. Since the nuclear deal — formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — took effect in January 2016, Iran has allowed inspections and is seeing some economic payoff.

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“Matewan” Revisited: Film Unearthed Region’s Buried Labor History

Thirty years ago, the release of a small-budget film had an outsized effect on the way people in Appalachian coal country thought about their past. The film “Matewan” won critical acclaim for its depiction of a bloody chapter in the fight to organize coal miners. Jeff Young of the Ohio Valley ReSource spoke with people who organized a 30th anniversary screening of “Matewan,” a film they say unearthed a story that had long been buried.

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