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8:56 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Fewer Kentuckians are Using Banks

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The number of Kentuckians who are “underbanked”—that is, people who don’t participate in the banking system—has increased.

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Health
6:30 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Depression, Anxiety High During Holiday Season

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A majority of people report having anxiety and depression during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

Studies show around 64 percent are affected.

Michael Gray is executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Louisville. He says feelings of loneliness, anxiety, tension, depression and fatigue during the holiday season can be related to a number of things.

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Society
10:50 am
Tue December 23, 2014

State Agencies Offer Tools to Combat Holiday DUIs

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Various agencies and businesses across Kentucky are joining forces to keep impaired drivers off the roads this holiday season.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign runs through New Year’s Day. State and local police will have beefed-up patrols and set up sobriety checkpoints throughout the holiday season. 

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Society
9:47 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Many States Now Have $2 Gasoline, Analyst Says

On Cue in Oklahoma City, was reportedly the first station to lower regular unleaded below $2 a gallon. Now, 24 states have $1.99 gasoline.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 3:21 pm

Remember when we told you earlier this month that a gas station in Oklahoma City had lowered its price for regular unleaded to $1.99 a gallon?

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Society
12:11 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Kentuckians Don't Always Enroll in the Best Health Insurance Option

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:00 am

If you passively renewed your health insurance plan this enrollment period through Kynect, you may be one of thousands who are missing out on a cost-saving insurance plan.

Carrie Banahan, executive director of Kynect, said about 12,000 qualified Kentucky residents aren’t getting a cost-sharing reduction through the health insurance exchange’s “Silver” plan because they are enrolled in other plans.

“Folks might have just gone to the ‘Platinum’ plan  and said, ‘Yep, that’s the one I want,’ and didn’t look at their other options,” she said.

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Society
4:01 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Union County Miner Killed in Underground Cart Accident

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A Union County coal miner died today after being struck by a ram car in an underground mine near Waverly.  

This is the 2nd mine-related fatality in Kentucky this year.

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Society
12:46 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Marshall County Judge-Executive Mike Miller Dies; Funeral Arrangements Set

UPDATE: Funeral and visitation arrangements are set for longtime Marshall County judge-executive Mike Miller, who died Monday morning.

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Society
9:26 am
Mon December 15, 2014

To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 3:53 pm

When it comes to teenage drinking, the typical venue is a party — where some teens play drinking games and binge. It may surprise you to learn that the majority of parents are aware that alcohol is flowing at these events.

On any given weekend, some teenagers receive three to four text messages about parties, says Bettina Friese, a public health researcher at the Prevention Research Center in Oakland, Calif.

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Society
9:20 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Military Suicides Have Spiked in Kentucky in Recent Years

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 6:01 am

Suicides among Kentucky veterans and active military service members have increased the past several years. In many cases, those who have died never sought help through the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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Society
4:13 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

UPDATED: No Foul Play Suspect in Murray Woman's Death

UPDATE Monday 2:15pm - No foul play is suspected in the death of 23-year-old Megan Cooper over the weekend.  

Calloway County Coroner Ricky Harris says no lethal trauma was found and does not suspect foul play. However, a toxicology report from Louisville will reveal more into the cause of death. Harris says those reports usually take about 10 days.  

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