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  A state with one of the highest smoking rates in the country is paying farmers to paint anti-smoking messages on old tobacco barns.

It was a long time in the making, but when the statues of Confederate figures finally came down in Memphis, Tenn., it was quick work.

On Wednesday, the city sold two of its city parks – one with a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, the other featuring a statue of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest on horseback — for $1,000 each.

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  On Tuesday, Kindred announced the company is being split:Kindred’s long-term care and rehab hospitals will be sold to two private equity firms and its home health and hospice agencies will now be partially owned by insurance company Humana. The sales, if approved, will likely mean changes to the care patients receive.

Life expectancy in the U.S. fell for the second year in a row in 2016, nudged down again by a surge in fatal opioid overdoses, federal officials report Thursday.

"I'm not prone to dramatic statements," says Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the National Center for Health Statistics. "But I think we should be really alarmed. The drug overdose problem is a public health problem, and it needs to be addressed. We need to get a handle on it."

Latinos are one of the fastest-growing racial or ethnic groups in the U.S. But a new finding by the Pew Research Center suggests the Hispanic population may not get as big as demographers have predicted.

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It’s the time of year when many of us will write a check or spend time volunteering with charities. The personal finance website WalletHub has released a study that ranks Kentucky overall as the 41st most charitable state in the nation.

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Kentucky State Police said a record amount of food has been donated during the agency’s annual holiday food drive.

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  This season’s flu shot is less effective than year’s past. That’s according to Calloway County Health Department public health director Amy Ferguson.

When you're facing a major life change, it helps to talk to someone who has already been through it. All Things Considered is connecting people on either side of a shared experience, and they're letting us eavesdrop on their conversations in our series Been There.

For Crystal Joyce this school year is a series of lasts: her son's last picture day, his last marching band halftime show, their last Boy Scout troop meeting together

It's no secret why drug users come to George Patterson in a mall parking lot just outside Phoenix to get their clean needles, syringes and other supplies on Tuesday afternoons, instead of heading to the pharmacy down the street.

"It's really low-barrier the way we are doing it," Patterson says. "All you have to do is find us."

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