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Utility companies in Kentucky will continue to have the choice of deciding whether to use advanced or “smart” meters to monitor their customers’ use of electricity.

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An Illinois non-profit advocacy group for historic preservation released their twenty-first list of the most endangered historic places in the state. 

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Many Kentucky adults still have a hard time affording health care, according to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll.

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A regional insurance company will begin constructing a two story building in Murray's downtown this summer. Peel & Holland are designing a space for 12 employees and 2,500 square feet of office space for lease. Murray Main Street Program Director Deana Wright says it’s a wonderful part of the rebuilding process.

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Mayfield has a new city attorney for the first time in 28 years. The city council confirmed Dennis Null at a meeting Monday.

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Kentucky’s rural counties, in line with similar areas in other states, are experiencing a declining population.

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Update Tuesday Late Morning: Two deputy jailers have also been arrested for their alleged involvement in the escape. Fulton County Jailer Rickey Parnell tells local media that deputy jailers Monica Mayes and Jason Smith were arrested and charged with first degree official misconduct and second-degree escape. They have also been fired.

Federal authorities say they have recently prosecuted a number of tax preparers in Kentucky who falsified returns.  During a news conference in Louisville Monday, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky John Kuhn, said it’s important that the public guard against dishonest preparers.

"Taxpayers have to remain diligent when they work with return preparers," emphasized Kuhn.  "Taxpayers remain responsible for the contents of their returns."

Two Logan County tax preparers, Tara L. Mitchell and Mechelle Blankenship, were recently charged with falsely claiming education credits for taxpayers who were not entitled to them. 

Kuhn explained that some preparers who charge clients a percentage of their tax refund intentionally prepare false returns to increase their clients’ refund and their own fees.

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  Long lines at social service centers are being reported across the state due to transitions in the public benefits system. Individuals desperate for dental relief have resorted to emergency room care.

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A section of U.S. 641/Main Street will be closed in Benton Sunday. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says in a release the southbound one-way section near 6th Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow utility work.

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