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The Kentucky Lottery says its longtime president and CEO Arch Gleason died Friday from injuries sustained in a fall.  

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A McCracken County, Ky physician has plead guilty in federal court to a number of drug and fraud charges related to health care matters. 

According to United States Attorney John Kuhn, Jr., Sean P. McDonald,46, admitted before Senior District Judge Thomas Russell to devising a scheme for obtaining prescription pain medication while working as a physician at Western Baptist and Lourdes hospitals in Paducah.  

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Governor Matt Bevin has appointed a new Judge Executive of Webster County. Stephen Henry of Providence replaces James Townsend, who has resigned. 

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Update Thursday Afternoon: Indiana Governor Mike Pence's office says he is disappointed with the decision. Spokeswoman Kara Brooks said the governor "remains steadfast in his support for the unborn, especially those with disabilities." 

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The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center is receiving $400,000 from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant to implement programs studying violent fatalities in the state, but not those caused by guns.

KIPRC is a partnership between the state Department for Public Health and University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health.

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin joined Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in Henderson Thursday to sign a memorandum of understanding initiating the study and design of a new Ohio River bridge for Interstate 69, connecting Henderson to Evansville, Ind.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter says the military is lifting a ban on transgender service members.

"Effective immediately, transgender Americans may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender," he told reporters today at the Pentagon.

The fundamental reason for the change, Carter said, is "that the Defense Department and the military need to avail ourselves of all talent possible in order to remain what we are now – the finest fighting force the world has ever known."

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Republican Tennessee lawmakers are making the case for a more limited approach to Medicaid expansion than the one proposed by Governor Bill Haslam. Haslam’s plan is called ‘Insure Tennessee.’ 

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A public hearing on Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposal to change the state’s Medicaid system drew mostly backlash from a packed crowd in Frankfort on Wednesday.

Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

Kentucky’s state park system is in need of $240 million dollars in repairs according to state Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson. In an effort to address safety and aesthetic issues, Parkinson and Kentucky State Parks commissioner Donnie Holland unveiled plans today to spend $3.7 million on repairs, upgrades and fresh coats of paint at four western parks. 

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