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Mary Meehan | Ohio Valley ReSource

The Centers for Disease Control recently ranked the counties in the nation with the greatest risk for an HIV outbreak due to needle-injected drugs. The top ten are all in eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. Needle exchange programs can limit the risk of infection, but they also challenge some deeply held convictions. Mary Meehan of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports from Powell County, Kentucky, where the opioid crisis has forced a religious community to reconsider some beliefs.

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An African American couple who recently moved to Lyon County have become a target of confusion and fear on social media. Area residents have taken to outlets including Facebook and Topix voicing concern about a rumored ‘Muslim’ group of ‘Refugees’ on private property.

via Kentucky Association of Food Banks webpage

  

The Kentucky Association of Food Banks is receiving a 10-thousand dollar grant from The Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Southern California. The money will be used to buy 42,500 pounds of fresh produce distributed throughout the state. KAFB Executive Director Tamara Sandberg says the grant money couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

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The opening day has been set for the new Radcliff Veterans Center.

One of the most stressful questions a new parent confronts is, "Who's going to take care of my baby when I go back to work?"

Figuring out the answer to that question is often not easy. When NPR, along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, surveyed more than 1,000 parents nationwide about their child care experiences, a third reported difficulty finding care.

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The American Red Cross annual New Year’s blood drive in Paducah is desperate for donors.

Emil Girardi moved to San Francisco on New Year's Eve in 1960. He loved everything about the city: the energy, the people and the hills. And, of course, the bars, where Girardi mixed drinks for most of his adult life.

About 10 years ago, the 83-year-old New York native had a stroke and collapsed on the sidewalk near his Nob Hill home. Everything changed.

"I didn't want to go out of the house," Girardi recalled, adding he only felt comfortable "going from the bedroom to the dining room."

He'd started to fear the city's streets — and growing older.

In an effort to take advantage of the intimate relationships between stylists and their clients, a new law in Illinois will require salon professionals to receive training in domestic abuse-prevention as part of their licensing process.

The law, which goes into effect Sunday, aims to educate beauty professionals to recognize signs of abuse. But stylists won't be required to report violence, and are protected from any liability.

Paducah Tilghman High School, via Facebook

Longtime Paducah radio personality William "Ed" Taylor was struck and killed in a pedestrian-vehicle accident Thursday evening. 

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The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Department of Corrections have partnered in an initiative to give 2,000 hand-made teddy bears to foster children in need.

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