Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

The Democratic candidate for governor in West Virginia has never held public office. Jim Justice is instead running on his record as a businessman. He runs coal mines, farms, and a luxury resort, and according to Forbes, he’s also the wealthiest person in the state, worth $1.56 billion.

You don't need us to tell you that backyard chickens have become an urban (and suburban) obsession.

But here's what you may not know: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has documented a record high number of salmonella infections linked to these domestic flocks.

"This year saw the largest number of illnesses linked to contact with backyard poultry ever recorded," the CDC writes in an investigation update.

Updated 1:23 a.m. ET with emergency declaration in Georgia

Late Thursday night President Obama declared a state of emergency in 30 Georgia counties. The president's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and provide "appropriate assistance."

Updated 11:00 p.m. ET with hurricane center report

The Kentucky Division of Forestry says it's preparing for another active wildfire season as seasonal restrictions on outdoor burning take effect.

The agency says the fall forest fire hazard season is under way.

State law restricts open burning within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. during fall and spring forest fire hazard seasons. The fall season runs from Oct. 1 to Dec. 15.

Division Director Bill Steele says hardwood leaf litter is the most common source of combustible material in Kentucky forests.

West Virginia, Kentucky Activists Lobby for RECLAIM Act in DC

Sep 29, 2016
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Activists from West Virginia and Kentucky are in the nation’s capitol this week, lobbying in support of the RECLAIM Act.

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Public lands for hunting in Kentucky have increased by more than 4,600 acres. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday they have opened six new properties, including two in western Kentucky. 

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  The National Weather Service in Paducah is warning the western Kentucky region that increased severe weather conditions often follow autumn temperatures. NWS meteorologist Rick Shanklin says tornado watches should be treated as warnings during the fall season because of the increased risk.

Clean Power Challengers Have Day In Court

Sep 28, 2016
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Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia were among the 27 states challenging the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, in oral arguments Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.  

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Dog owners no longer have to muzzle their pets at community events in Paducah. In a 3-1 vote, city commissioners approved an ordinance Tuesday amending a city ordinance to remove a line that had required dogs to be muzzled. 

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Lexington Health Department crews are taking additional steps to prevent the possible spread of zika in Fayette County. Lexington’s first confirmed zika case involves an individual who contracted the disease in another country.