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UPDATE:

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the US 51 'Cairo' Bridge is now open to traffic.   

The river crossing has been shut since December 31st after floodwaters covered a portion of the bridge on the Kentucky side. 

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Paducah Commissioner Carol Gault won’t seek a fifth term in the upcoming 2016 election cycle. 

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McCracken County Judge/Executive Bob Leeper is promoting his work to trim the county budget. In the annual state of the county address today Leeper noted a recent communications audit has shown that the county can save $30,000 annually by cutting unused fax and phone lines.

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is establishing a new Commission on Hunger.

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles made the announcement Thursday at the state capitol during a rally against hunger.  

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This might be the year that Kentucky allows people to clear Class D felony charges from their records. But supporters still have a hurdle or two to clear in the state Senate.

The issue has long been a priority for Democrats in Frankfort, and the state House has passed the bill by wide margins in recent years.

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  The priority bills of the Kentucky state Senate’s Republican majority include several familiar policies: right-to-work, repealing the prevailing wage and enacting medical review panels.

Senate Republican leaders announced on Wednesday the bills they’ll focus on passing during the 2016 legislative session, which began Tuesday. Their top goal is passage of a bill that would reform the state’s education standards.

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President Obama’s executive order on gun control is drawing both praise and criticism from Kentucky’s congressional members. 

Democratic U.S. Representative John Yarmuth supports expanding background checks to gun shows and websites.

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Washington’s top Republican is warning against pulling all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky spoke at Fort Knox Tuesday.

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States initiatives to expand health insurance coverage through either traditional Medicaid or private insurance have equally good outcomes for low-income adults, according to a study released Tuesday.

The Harvard’s School of Public Health study compared survey results from 5,600 low-income adults in Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas.

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Despite all the handwringing over political control of the state House, no blood was shed in the Kentucky Capitol on the first day of the 2016 General Assembly session.

There were no party-switches and no resignations on Tuesday.

But there was squabbling.

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