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4:08 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Gov Beshear Remarks Strong Numbers in 2nd kynect Enrollment Opening Week

Gov. Steve Beshear says the first week of kynect’s latest open enrollment period is “going strong.”

The governor’s office reports that the health exchange’s website received 72,000 visits in the last week with more than 6,400 new applications submitted and 4,100 Kentuckians newly enrolled. 

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3:45 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Bob Hayter Named Head of Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice

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Bob Hayter is the new commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice. 

Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Secretary Michael Brown made the announcement today. 

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Government
7:21 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Obama Goes It Alone, Shielding Up To 5 Million Immigrants From Deportation

President Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House on Thursday.
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Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:01 pm

After six years of often bitter back-and-forth with congressional Republicans over the issue of immigration, President Obama announced he has decided to go it alone by temporarily shielding up to 5 million immigrants from being deported.

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3:53 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Rural Health Care Gets National Funding Boost for Telemedicine, Education Efforts

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a round of funding for several health care and education projects in Kentucky, Tennessee and southern Illinois to celebrate National Rural Health Day.

On a media call today Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said people in rural areas paid more and had less access to health care before the Affordable Care Act passed.

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Government
1:29 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Dept. of Defense Decides to Deactivate 159th CAB

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The Department of Defense has decided to deactivate the 159th Combat Aviation “Thunder” Brigade from Fort Campbell Army Base as part of its Army Aviation Force Restructure.

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Government
2:34 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Guthrie Wants Obamacare "Re-Write", Focus on Getting Medical Devices on U.S. Market Sooner

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, a Republican from Bowling Green

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 2:29 pm

Kentucky’s Second District Congressman is predicting a major “re-write” of the Affordable Care Act next year.

Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie would have an up-close view of such an effort, as he was named vice-chair of a key House Health Subcommittee Wednesday.

Guthrie says the complicated structure of the federal health law makes it difficult to change certain aspects of the A.C.A without creating unintended consequences elsewhere.

“You hear a lot of people say, ‘let’s keep what we like and fix what we don’t like.’ And there are things that we need as part of our system. We need to make sure that people have health care if they’re sick, and pre-existing conditions don’t push them out of the marketplace.”

But the Bowling Green Republican said adding so many additional Americans to the healthcare system made it impossible for President Obama to keep his pledge that everyone could keep the doctor and health plan that they wanted.

The Congressman also expressed concern about states—like Kentucky—that expanded their Medicaid rolls as part of Obamacare.

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Government
7:09 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Paducah Moves Ahead On Building New City Hall

Credit Lance Dennee

Updated 2:52 p.m. 11/19/14

The Paducah City Commission approved a motion Tuesday night to proceed with the preliminary design of a new City Hall. The current, 50-year-old structure doesn’t meet modern seismic standards and has rust, cracks, and concrete falling from its canopy.

In a call for comments regarding a new building’s location, seventy-two percent of respondents prefer to either build a new building or renovate an existing building other than the current facility. City Hall Commissioner Richard Abraham sees opportunity in the area near City Hall.

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Government
6:30 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Hope of Saving Madisonville's Historic Dulin Building Fading

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The Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation lacks funds and has no plan to save Madisonville’s historic Dulin building, despite owning the property for two years. 

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Government
4:02 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Paducah Police Officer Wins State Award

Pictured: Officer Melissa Dillon
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A Paducah Police Department officer has been recognized as the Kentucky Women’s Law Enforcement Network’s 2014 Officer of the Year.

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Government
12:30 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Kentucky Health Department Proposes New Regulations For Reporting Infections

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 2:07 pm

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is proposing new regulations for reporting infections patients contract from healthcare facilities while receiving treatment.

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