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8:04 am
Thu January 3, 2013

No Traffic Deaths in KY During New Year's Holiday

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Kentucky made it through the New Year holiday without any highway fatalities. Kentucky State Police say seven people died in seven separate crashes between Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, but preliminary statistics show none of those occurred during the New Year’s holiday. That time period ran from 6 p.m. Dec. 28 through New Year’s Day.

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Government
8:01 am
Thu January 3, 2013

IL Officials Launch Effort to Check Medicaid Eligibility

Illinois officials are launching an effort to ensure the only people that receive Medicaid are those eligible. The eligibility checks include an annual verification of income levels and residency of the state’s 2.7 million Medicaid clients. Virginia-based Maximus Incorporated began the work Wednesday that aims to improve the system, eliminate a backlog and make recommendations to state caseworkers.

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Politics
7:57 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Barr to Take Oath in DC

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Republican Andy Barr will be sworn in this afternoon in Washington as Kentucky’s newest U.S. congressman. The Lexington attorney won the November election over Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler in a bitter 6th District race.

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Environment
7:54 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Snowfall Not Expected to Fix Drought Damage

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Although western Kentucky has already seen its first snow storm of the season, experts say much more will have to fall to ease farmers’ pain from the past summer’s drought. The Dec. 26 snow storm dropped up to 7 inches of snow in Kentucky and up to a foot in some places in Illinois. But climatologists say it would take at least 8 feet of snow to return the soil to its pre-drought condition in time for spring planting. The average snowfall for Paducah is 10 inches, so the large amount of snowfall isn’t likely to happen.

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Society
8:22 am
Wed January 2, 2013

KY Mining Deaths Cut in Half in 2012

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The number of Kentucky coal miners killed on the job in 2012 fell by half from the previous year. Four died working in the mines this past year, and Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett says the industry is making progress at protecting miners. But he says there’s still work to be done.

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Government
8:20 am
Wed January 2, 2013

IL Could Get $275 Million for Roads

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Illinois could have $275 million more for road and bridge projects this year if lawmakers approve a Department of Transportation funding plan. DOT officials have found $400 million mostly in extra federal and free-up state money to pump into the transit improvement program over the next five years. One lawmaker says the DOT wants immediate legislative approval so work can begin when the weather warms up. If the legislation passes it would be a 15 percent increase from the almost $1.8 billion dollars the DOT said it would spend in the fiscal year ending June 30.

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Health Care
8:15 am
Wed January 2, 2013

TennCare Doctors See Boost in Pay

Doctors who treat TennCare patients will get a New Year's pay raise.  Practitioners in family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics or a related subspecialty are now going to be reimbursed at Medicare rates, more than 25 percent above what they were being paid.  TennCare officials say the boost will give qualifying Tennessee doctors an extra $55 million over the next two years.

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Politics
6:27 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Rollins Pushes Aboloshing Death Penalty

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A Democratic state lawmaker will be pushing legislation in the upcoming legislative session to abolish the death penalty in Kentucky.  Representative Carl Rollins of Midway drafted a measure that would make the Commonwealth's stiffest sentence life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Rollins bill calls for the term "capital punishment" to be stricken altogether from state law.  Similar legislation has been introduced intermittently over the past 25 years, but has never garnered enough support to pass. 

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Society
9:22 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Madisonville Hospital Bans Smoking

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Hospital patients, employees and visitors will be banned from smoking, using chewing tobacco and puffing on electronic cigarettes at Baptist Hospital Madisonville and its various campuses around western Kentucky. The hospital is implementing the new rule on Tuesday. Hospital CEO Bert Whitaker says both patients and visitors have objected to entering the hospital through a cloud of cigarette smoke that wafted over from nearby smoking areas.

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Society
9:20 am
Mon December 31, 2012

IL Adults Hosting Teen Drinking Parties Face Fines

A new Illinois law that punishes adults who host parties with underage drinking at their home is taking effect Tuesday. The legislation makes it a Class A misdemeanor to host or allow gatherings where teenagers drink alcohol. Fines will be at least $500. It's a Class 4 felony if the underage drinking results in injury or death. Adults who discover minors drinking alcohol on their property won't be charged if they call the police to help put a stop to the party.

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