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6:23 am
Fri March 27, 2015

I-24 Eastbound Lanes Blocked by Semi Crash

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Interstate 24 eastbound lanes are blocked due to a semi crash at mile marker 13. Some other vehicles hit a large piece of equipment the truck was carrying. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd said the incident requires special recovery efforts that could take 4 to 6 hours. Eastbound I-24 traffic is being detoured off at Exit 11.

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Society
6:11 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Southern Indiana Grappling with HIV Outbreak

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 4:42 pm

Governor Mike Pence has declared a public health emergency in one southern Indiana county. 

An HIV epidemic has been linked to intravenous drug use in Scott County. 

Deputy State Health Commissioner Jennifer Walthall says people are abusing a powerful painkiller that’s a cousin to Oxycontin and heroin.

"It's Oxymorphone, which the trade name for that is Opana," Walthall explained to WKU Public Radio.  "It's an incredibly powerful and potent opiate that comes in pill form, but can be crushed, boiled, and then injected."

The Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed 71 cases of HIV.  In comparison, Dr. Walthall says Scott County typically sees around five new HIV cases a year. 

The state is preparing to set up a temporary needle exchange program that will allow addicts to swap out dirty needles for clean ones in an effort to stop the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C.

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Health
3:47 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Study: Calloway, Lyon Counties Among the Healthiest in Kentucky

Overall health outcome rankings for each of Kentucky's counties. The rankings are based on quality of life and life expectancy.
Credit County Health Rankings / CountyHealthRankings.org

A new study finds several counties in our region among the healthiest in Kentucky, but the commonwealth compares poorly to national averages.

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Health
8:34 am
Thu March 26, 2015

State Drug Czar Confident in New Heroin Law

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One of the most significant pieces of legislation to come out of this year’s General Assembly session aims to curtail Kentucky’s heroin epidemic. 

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Society
1:13 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Prop 8 Attorney David Boies: Support For Same-Sex Marriage Will Grow in Kentucky and Elsewhere

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 5:45 am

Public opinion will flip in favor of same-sex marriage—though it will take time to happen, an attorney who helped lead the legal fight against California’s anti-same-sex union law Proposition 8 said in Louisville this week.

This month, the Bluegrass Poll found opposition to same-sex marriage has grown in Kentucky from 50 percent to 57 percent since last summer.

Speaking at a forum with University of Louisville law students on Tuesday, attorney David Boies said other states have set an example of how acceptance of same-sex marriage will play out in the U.S.

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Society
8:08 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Paducah's Republic Services to Receive City Recyclables

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Paducah citizens have a new place to drop their recyclables pending the closure of Greater Paducah Sustainability Project Recycle Now March 27th. The city’s current waste contract with Republic Services is being expanded to include single stream recycling. 

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Society
1:47 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Supporters of Marshall County Alcohol Sales Petitioning to Vote

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Marshall County citizens who, once again, want to put alcohol sales to a vote are collecting a steady stream of petition signatures.

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Society
3:57 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

PPS Customers Can "Round-Up" Bills to Help Families In Need

Credit Paducah Power System

Paducah Power System and West Kentucky Allied Services are now making progress in their effort to aid residents with high power bills.

PPS recently donated $22,000 to WKAS to initiate their “Round-Up” program. 

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Society
8:22 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Lake Barkley Bridge One Lane This Morning

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is restricting the US 68/KY 80 Lake Barkley Bridge at Canon in Trigg County to one lane this morning. The restriction is to allow the contractor to access the top of the bridge to continue maintenance and inspection work from earlier in the week. The bridge will be restricted to one lane for about 2 hours beginning at 9:30 AM. Delays should be no more than 5 minutes.

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Society
8:15 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Fight Over Kentucky's Gas Tax Freeze Turns To The Airwaves

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A conservative non-profit group says it doesn’t want state lawmakers to freeze the state’s plummeting gas tax.

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