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Kentucky has become the first state in the nation to mandate the use of face protection for high school softball players. 

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A convicted rapist in Kentucky has been the first person indicted in authorities' statewide effort to test more than 3,000 old rape kits. 

City of Paducah

Paducah mayor Brandi Harless is organizing a public meeting for residents to share ideas for community growth. 

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The director of the Vatican Observatory will speak in Hopkinsville for the August 21st solar eclipse.

Brother Guy Consolmagno will speak on the confluence of religion and science the day before the eclipse.

Jim Creighton is the Eclipse Communications Coordinator for Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He said his speech will address the stereotype that science and faith can’t exist together.

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Abortion opponents are challenging a federal restraining order that keeps them from gathering on a patch of sidewalk in front of the only clinic still performing abortions in Kentucky. 

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

  A $1.2 billion dollar industry dependent on native fish in the Kentucky and Barkley Lakes is under threat. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and state Tourism, Arts and Heritage Council blame an invasive fish - the Asian Carp. Officials are looking to create a commercial fishing industry to cull the carp from state waters.

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said there is a “systematic breakdown of ethics” in Frankfort.

Healthy Debate: What The Republican Health Bill Taught Us About Medicaid

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As the Senate nears a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, some Ohio Valley lawmakers and residents are increasingly uneasy with the potential effects. Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia are highly dependent on Medicaid, and proposed changes could have bigger effects here than almost anywhere else in the country. The Ohio Valley ReSource has an analysis of how the heated debate has shed light on the region’s health concerns.

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University of Kentucky wine-making researchers say limited sales of their bottles could start by late fall. 

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Kentucky Senate Democrats are calling for the resignation of Sen. Julian Carroll after news reports that he allegedly groped and asked a man for sex more than a decade ago.