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Murray's Center for Accessible Living is working to create a playground in the city's Central Park catering to those with disabilities.

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Rural hospitals and health clinics often cope with some of the sickest and oldest patients, operating on razor-thin margins. Some care providers worry that their job could get even tougher. As part of an occasional series, the Ohio Valley ReSource explores the potential effects of ending the Affordable Care Act. Mary Meehan of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports that repealing Obamacare could leave rural health care in crisis. 

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Marshall County has had four confirmed deaths in the past week related to the flu. According to the County Health Department all four of the victims were elderly. 

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Two Amish men from Kentucky who sued the city of Auburn's mayor and police chief over an ordinance requiring horses to wear excrement-catching bags within city limits have voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit.

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says work on a new bridge near the border of Caldwell and Trigg Counties is set to begin this week. 

The bridge would carry Kentucky 276 / Blackhawk Road across Long Pond Branch near Wallonia. The road has remained closed after heavy rain washed away the culvert. 

As a Seattle-based fiction writer and a part-time stay-at-home dad, Josh Mohr, 40, spends his days in the world of make-believe.

His routine begins at approximately 5:30 a.m. when his 3-year-old daughter, Ava, waves a magic wand to turn him into a children's storyteller.

Mohr cozies up to his toddler, who's dressed for the occasion in a purple princess dress and a sparkly crown with rainbow jewels. After they've finished a few readings of Curious George, Ava asks her dad to read the story again.

"Again, Daddy. Let's do it again," she says.

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Kentucky State Police officials are taking applications for children to attend a free summer camp.

Trooper Island Camp offers a chance for boys and girls ages 10 to 12 to spend time at Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County. The camp, operated by state police, is financed entirely by donations with no public funds used.

The summer program is for children whose families cannot afford to send them to other camps.

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  Members of Bowling Green’s LGBT community and their supporters will be anxiously watching when the Bowling Green City Commission meets Tuesday. After years of effort, a fairness ordinance will be on the agenda.  Bowling Green is the largest Kentucky city without a law protecting individuals from discrimination based on their gender identity and sexual orientation. Patti Minter is a member of the local fairness coalition.

 

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The Women’s Faculty Caucus at Murray State University recently released the results of its first salary equity study. The caucus appointed a committee last April to analyze university faculty salary data. The committee consisted of Maeve McCarthy (Mathematics & Statistics), Alexandra Hendley (Political Science & Sociology), Constance Alexander (English & Philosophy), Marjorie Hilton (History) and Chris Mecklin (Mathematics & Statistics). Statistical analysis was conducted by Chris Mecklin.

  

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The Dorena-Hickman Ferry in western Kentucky is shutting down temporarily beginning Monday.

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