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Interest in drugs that might be used to treat Ebola virus has hit a fever pitch, but the buzz isn't simply about fear of Ebola, or about saving lives in poor nations of West Africa. It's also about money.

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The Hopkins County school board is considering a proposal to ban all forms of tobacco from school property and vehicles for students, faculty, and visitors, during all school functions every day of the week.

Kentucky to Get $110 Million in Tobacco Settlement Money

Jun 12, 2014
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Kentucky will receive about $110 million from an agreement between the state and tobacco companies over the state’s mishandling of tobacco funds dating back to 2003.

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This spring’s wet weather may have a detrimental effect on the fall’s tobacco crop.

Calloway County Agriculture Extension Agent Matt Chadwick says most farmers set their plants before Memorial Day, but this year many are on a late schedule. He also says the tobacco that has been set has suffered some damage from recent storms.

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By law, the only piece of legislation that the 2014  Kentucky General Assembly had to pass was a two-year state budget. All else, as Will Rogers put it, is applesauce.

Saying it is "the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health," the CEO of CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that the company's 7,600 pharmacies will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products by Oct. 1.

Larry Merlo also said CVS will try to help those who want to quit smoking with a "robust national smoking cessation program" at its locations.

American Lung Association Report Gives Kentucky Low Marks

Jan 23, 2014
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Kentucky received straight Fs on the 2014 “State of Tobacco Control” report published Wednesday by the American Lung Association.  The study looked at four areas including creating a smoke free environment, cigarette taxes, insurance coverage for cessation programs and tobacco prevention.

Local Writer Shares 'Passions of the Black Patch'

May 3, 2013
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Kate Lochte speaks with western Kentucky native and author Bobbie Smith Bryant on Sounds Good. Bryant was born in the Black Patch of Calloway County and shares her family's heritage in a new book titled, "Passions of the Black Patch: Cooking and Quilting in Western Kentucky." Black Patch is the region in western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee where a specific type of tobacco, which has distinctly dark leaves, is grown.

Learn more at bobbiesmithbryant.com.

Last November, a new documentary about raising dark-fired tobacco titled “Farming in the Black Patch" debuted in Murray. The film starts its first run on KET at 8 p.m. Central tonight, with shows scheduled through March on both KET and KET KY. The name Black Patch comes from the dark leaves of the kind of tobacco that's smoke-cured in barns and used for pipe blends, chewing, and snuff. Kate Lochte has more with the filmmaker and writer. 

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While state lawmakers ponder a statewide smoking ban, a coalition of health care groups is sponsoring an advertising campaign urging Kentucky to go smoke-free.

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