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4:59 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

MCCH Moving Forward with Hospice House Project

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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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2:08 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

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

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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

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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
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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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Society
4:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Calloway Highest Ranking Western Kentucky County for Child Well-Being

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A Kentucky Youth Advocates and Kids Count report has found Calloway is the top county in far western Kentucky for child well being.

Overall, Calloway ranked third behind Oldham and Boone counties. The report released Tuesday measured each county in four areas: economic security, education, health and family and community strength.

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Health Care
2:49 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Western Kentucky Short on Primary Care Physicians, Training Programs

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Under the Affordable Care Act, Kentucky chose to expand Medicaid eligibility, which means an additional 308,000 Kentuckians will qualify for health care coverage Jan. 1.

But with more patients able to visit primary care physicians comes a problem. There aren’t enough doctors.

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Society
7:10 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Former KY Supreme Court Justice Dies

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Funeral services are being held today for former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Thomas B. Spain, who died Saturday at the age of 85.

Spain served on the state's high court from 1991 to 1995 after more than 17 years as circuit court judge in Hopkins and Caldwell counties.

The Messenger reported Spain died at the Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson near Madisonville.

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