Kentucky

A director of a Kentucky study abroad program is interested in seizing on the educational aspects of Cuba as potential changes develop following the death Fidel Castro on Friday and the first regularly-scheduled commercial flight from Miami to Havana this week.

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Some Democratic lawmakers want the legislature to allow Lexington and Louisville to pass gun control ordinances to help curb gun violence in the cities. State law currently bans cities from passing gun control measures.

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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?

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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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