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7:00 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Disabled Recreation Non-Profit Expanding Services

Credit http://www.handicapable.net/

A non-profit organization that provides hunting and fishing services for about 150 disabled people in western Kentucky is attempting to double the amount of people it helps. 

The co-founder of handiCAPABLE Guide Services, Noel Dillard, started the business in 1993 when, inspired by a student with muscular dystrophy, Dillard vowed to help the young man become a fishing guide. Dillard continues to help people in his honor. 

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Society
12:34 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Coroner Says Missing Woman Found in Calloway County Died of Natural Causes

Credit Calloway County Sheriff

Calloway County Coroner Ricky Harris says a missing woman whose body was found in a field off McDougal Road died of natural causes.

56-year-old Victoria Swygart was reported missing last Thursday. Law enforcement officials found and identified her body Friday after spotting her vehicle abandoned in a field off Kentucky 94 East.

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Society
7:22 am
Thu December 19, 2013

KY State Police Say Food Drive A Success

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer says the agency collected more than 124,000 pounds of food during its recent food drive.

Brewer started the "Cram the Cruiser" food drive in 2010 to assist needy families across the state. Since then, the state's lead police agency has contributed more than 300,000 pounds of food to shelters, food banks and churches in Kentucky.

Brewer says the campaign has turned into a friendly competition. He says state police posts and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement regions compete to see which location can collect the most food.

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Health
4:59 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

MCCH Moving Forward with Hospice House Project

Credit MCCH

The Murray-Calloway County Hospital Board of Directors has formally moved to proceed with the construction of the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House.

The planned six-bed, $3.5 million facility will be an acute care, inpatient facility that is specifically designed to address patients facing end-of-life scenarios.

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Society
2:08 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Mandatory Ten-digit Dialing Begins in February... Do You Understand the Change?

Credit Doug Wilson / wikimedia commons

10-digit Dialing begins February 1st in Western Kentucky. The move comes as a new area-code overlay begins as numbers in the 270 exchange run out.

The Kentucky Public Service commission is urging caregivers to assist those who may have difficulty with the new calling method. Chad Lampe spoke with PSC Communications Director Andrew Melnykovych about the change.

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Society
6:16 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Over 400,000 Kentuckians on Medicare Received Free Preventive Health Services in 2013

Credit http://blog.medi-share.org

More than 440,000 Kentuckians on Medicare took advantage of free preventative treatments this year.

That's according to numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.

They say the patients underwent colonoscopies, mammograms, smoking cessation treatments and other services that became free under the Affordable Care Act.

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Society
11:08 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Paducah Native to be Weather Channel Managing Editor

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Paducah native and former WPSD alumnus Sam Champion has been tapped to become managing editor at the cable network The Weather Channel.  He will also anchor the network’s new flagship morning show, set to debut in early 2014. 

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Society
1:30 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Gentry House Continues Searching for Funding to Stay Open

Board members of Murray’s Gentry House are working to keep the Murray non-profit housing for homeless families open past its Jan. 31 closing date.

Volunteer director Melinda Johnson says the board met with members of the Murray Human Rights Commission Thursday to further discuss the non-profit’s needs and possible long-term funding options.

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Society
11:43 am
Thu December 12, 2013

101st Remembers Comrades Lost at Gander

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Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and members of the public are attending memorial services today for comrades killed 28 years ago while returning from Egypt. 

On December 12th, 1985, 248 soldiers in the 101st and eight crew members aboard Arrow Air Flight 1285 died when their plane went down a short distance from Gander International Airport in Newfoundland, Canada. 

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Society
5:39 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Alexander Chief Of Staff Arrested For Child Pornography Charges

Sen. Lamar Alexander
Credit wikipedia

Federal authorities say the fired chief of staff for Republican Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is expected in federal court, a day after the aide's arrest on probable cause for possession and distribution of child pornography charges.

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