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  Livestock transport could be causing an increase in a deadly blood parasite affecting the commonwealth’s cattle industry. Murray State University Breathitt Veterinary Center department head Lucky Pittman says their diagnostic lab in Hopkinsville receives calls daily about anaplasmosis, a parasite carried mostly by ticks, biting flies and even surgical instruments.

West Kentucky Democrats joined together Thursday night for their annual fall banquet at Murray State. The banquet acts as a platform for local Democratic politicians to get their message out before people hit the polls in November.

The overall theme this year was simple: preventing Republicans from taking the House majority come November.

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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.

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  The Kentucky Association of Food Banks is reporting an increase of people coming to their food pantries. KAFB executive director Tamara Sandberg said they saw 56% of their member banks report an increase in 2015.  Sandberg said winter is the KAFB's busiest season,  and  that the dropping temperatures force families in need to make some hard choices. 

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The toxic algae blooms that were lurking in the Ohio River this time last year could be making a comeback. Last fall the reports of the poisonous algae started coming in around Labor Day weekend and continued up through November. 

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You are Letcher County, Kentucky. You are rural, mountainous, and in the heart of the central Appalachian coalfields. Your economy is not in good shape. Fox News has called your largest town “the poster child for the war on coal.” You are offered funds to build a new federal prison. It could bring jobs but also brings up troubling moral issues. What do you do?, Annie E. Casey Foundation

A new report finds more than a quarter of Kentucky and Tennessee children live in poverty and that economic conditions continue to worsen.

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Legislation requiring hands on CPR education for all Kentucky high school students has passed out of a senate committee. 17 year old Tanner Demling appeared Wednesday before the Health and Welfare Committee. Two people performed CPR on Demling for 30 minutes when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in 2014. Demling believes teenagers will take such instruction seriously. “Yeah I think they will cause it’s easy to learn and its practical to everyday life,” said Demling. 

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Across the Atlantic Ocean, governments and businesses are taking big steps toward renewable energy. Their transition could provide lessons for Kentucky.

This is the fourth in a five-part series. Read the others here.

In the middle of the industrial German city of Essen, there’s a wall surrounding a property bigger than 100 soccer fields. This is Zollverein: two former coal mines and a coking plant, which is used to turn coal to coke for steelmaking. I’m here to see how a former coal complex has been reinvented over the past two decades into something that’s a genuine tourist attraction.

Erica Peterson |

Across the Atlantic Ocean, governments and businesses are taking big steps toward renewable energy. Their transition could provide lessons for Kentucky.

This is the third in a five-part series. Read the others here.

For 900 years, ships and goods have been unloaded in Hamburg, Germany’s second-biggest city and an industrial center. On a fall day, tourists stroll along the Landungsbrücken, or floating dock, watching the boats come and go.

Like in Kentucky, manufacturers in Hamburg need to know that they’ll have a large and constant supply of affordable electricity. And two very different power plants in Hamburg show the tension in Germany’s energy market.