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With the legislature on a break heading towards the end of this year’s session, Gov. Matt Bevin has signed many bills into law this week, including legislation opening Kentucky up to charter schools, defunding Planned Parenthood and requiring state colleges and universities to compete for funding.

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The Republican healthcare plan took center stage in U.S. Congressman James Comer’s town hall teleconference on Friday in Paducah. Questions about his stance on funding for the Environmental Protection Agency, minimum wage and public broadcasting were also topics of discussion.

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Authorities say a Hendersonville doctor traded prescriptions for narcotics in exchange for money and sexual acts. Media outlets report 48-year-old Dr. Lawrence Joseph Valdez was arrested Thursday on five counts of issuing prescriptions for narcotics outside the scope of medical practice.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and others began looking into Valdez after they received complaints about his practices. Investigators said he made these exchanges with multiple individuals.

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Several police agencies in Kentucky are uniting in an effort to strengthen law enforcement service.

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  Kentucky is a state with an abundance of water resources, second to Alaska in surface water according to Four Rivers Basin Coordinator Maggie Morgan. In an effort to protect water resources across the state Morgan says water awareness is key. In coordination with Governor Matt Bevin’s proclamation of Kentucky’s Water Week, Murray State University is hosting the first annual Four Rivers Watershed Sustainability Summit Monday. Morgan says the summit is unique in that it brings together stakeholders from across the state in addressing water issues.

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State officials say they have returned more than $302 million in refunds to Kentucky taxpayers.

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Kentucky state parks officials say they're looking for alternative recreational uses for two nine-hole golf courses.

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  Governor Bevin has declared March 19 through 25 as “Water Week in Kentucky” to show how each member of the Commonwealth is impacted by water in their daily lives and to connect water health to quality of life for each Kentucky citizen.

As part of this celebration, the Watershed Studies Institute at Murray State University, the City of Murray, and the Jackson Purchase Foundation will co-host the first annual Four Rivers Watershed Sustainability Summit. 

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Tracy Ross and Dr. Michael Bordieri discuss ways to treat pain without taking painkillers.

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Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes held a panel discussion in a packed room the Paducah School of Art and Design with Paducah area leaders Thursday afternoon to discuss findings from the 2016 Kentucky Civic Health Index. 

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