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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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Update Friday Morning: KYTC says the new U.S. 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge opening is back on for this afternoon between noon and 3 p.m. The bridge will open to two-lane traffic. 

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The head of the United Way of Henderson County says her area is facing a poverty crisis.

Melissa Clements told county magistrates she’s noticed an increase of people coming into her office looking for help with basics like food, rent or utilities.

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For nine straight weeks, widespread flu activity has been reported across Kentucky.

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The Kentucky State Police and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office are investigating events that led to a hostage situation in Benton. 

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In a continued discussion about treating substance abuse, Murray State psychology professor Michael Bordieri speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good.

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