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Kentucky Christmas tree growers can face a variety of challenges, both on the farm and in the marketplace. In addition to weather, weeds, and threats of disease, the state's soil is suitable for only certain types of Christmas trees.  Marla Jackson, Office Manager at Hutton and Lloyd Tree Farm says customers also tend to want taller trees.  "The larger tree, the eight to 10 to 12 foot is now pretty much, there's about as many people buying the larger trees as there are the small trees," said Jackson.

Kentucky Rated Low for Shared Parenting

Nov 14, 2014
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A recent report finds Kentucky ranks nearly last among states for shared parenting standards after divorce. The National Parents Organization released a report card Thursday ranking states based on child custody statutes and employment of shared custody following divorce or separation.

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A federal appeals court has upheld Kentucky's ban on same sex marriage.  The ruling by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court in Cincinnati yesterday covered appeals from Kentucky as well as Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.  Kent Ostrander with the Family Foundation of Kentucky believes the ruling reaffirms a political decision made by voters.

"Clearly Kentucky voter strongly to protect marriage and that's our right to do so,” Ostrander said. “This court agreed with that and they're the first circuit court to do so and we're very pleased."

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Earlier this month, a federal judge in Kentucky ruled a state law that established a 300-foot buffer zone around polling places to be unconstitutional.  The ruling, however, won’t affect the November 4th election because an appeals court issued a stay while the Attorney General Jack Conway appeals the ruling.  Allison Martin is Communications Director for the AG’s office.

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For anyone interested in the history of people and places in the Four Rivers Region, Murray State University's Pogue Library is a treasure trove of valuable information. Searching through their special collections of maps, here are eight depicting the region in interesting ways: land not yet surveyed, towns that no longer exist, boundaries differently arranged. 

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A report just released by the National Women's Law Center ranks Kentucky near the bottom nationally for providing child care assistance to low income families. Child care subsidies were restored earlier this year through action of the general assembly.  Even so, Kentucky Youth Advocates Director Terry Brooks said the Commonwealth still lags behind many other states.

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A new program may increase access to hearing aids for Kentuckians with hearing impairments. The Kentucky Assistive Technology Service, or KATS, Network is accepting hearing aids of any age or condition through its Statewide Hearing Aid Assistance and Reuse Program known as SHARP.

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Tennessee and Kentucky are two of the toughest states to live in, according to findings from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Kentucky, Tennessee Rank Among Unhappiest States

Sep 24, 2014

A new study finds Kentucky and Tennessee as two of the unhappiest states in the country.

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Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce President Lee Lingo is in Washington DC this week, meeting with a 140 participant U.S. Chamber of Commerce committee appointed to meet twice a year to discuss the nation's infrastructure issues. Kate Lochte learns more about these issues on Sounds Good, in a conversation with Lingo, how it can affect our roads, waterways and airways.

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