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Government
3:49 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

McCracken County Officials Indicted in Zoning Case

McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry
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McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry and Deputy Judge-Executive Doug Harnice face a charge of tampering with public records in connection with unauthorized zone changes affecting at least 500 pieces of property in the county.  

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Environment
11:42 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Fewer Summer Bugs Could Be Cold Weather Silver Lining

Flea Life Cycle
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The region’s dangerously cold temperatures could bring some benefits later in the year in the form of a smaller flea and tick population.  But according to entomologist Doug Johnson of the University of Kentucky’s Princeton extension office, they’re resourceful animals.  He says fleas, once indoors on a human or a pet brought in from the cold, can thrive, surviving on waste or debris until they mature.  Johnson says ticks, by contrast, live mostly outdoors, and are more susceptible to cold.

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Culture
1:08 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Paducah Author Among Finalists for 2014 KY Writers Hall of Fame

Etheridge Knight
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Paducah poet Etheridge Knight is among the thirteen finalists for the 2014 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.  Knight was born in Mississippi but moved with his family to Paducah when his father got a job working on Kentucky Dam.  

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Government
9:11 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Get Covered Illinois Sees Spike in Calls, Visitors

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A crush of health insurance shoppers in Illinois have been calling a telephone help line set up to answer their questions, as an important deadline looms for the nation's health law.  More than 1,600 people called the Get Covered Illinois Help Desk over the weekend. That's more than double the call volume from the previous weekend. The state's health insurance website saw more than 26,000 visitors over the weekend, an increase of 4,000 from the weekend before. 

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Government
9:09 am
Tue December 24, 2013

TDEC Awards $2.3 Million in Recycling Grants

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The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has awarded about $2.3 million in recycling grants.  Commissioner Bob Martineau says the grants are meant to help reduce landfill waste in the state.  Most of the money comes in the form of "Recycling Hub and Spoke Grants," which are used to expand regional facilities to collect, transport and process materials from several counties and municipalities.

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Politics
9:07 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Deadline Nears for Switching Political Parties in KY

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Kentuckians who want to switch political parties and vote as Republicans or Democrats in next May's primary have until December 31st to do so.  Voters will be choosing Republican and Democratic nominees for a variety of local government positions, plus judicial seats, legislative posts, and, at the top of the ticket, a U.S. Senate seat. 

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Government
9:05 am
Tue December 24, 2013

KY Sees Insurance Rush Ahead of Monday Deadline

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Kentucky has seen a surge in sign-ups for Medicaid and medical insurance as Monday’s deadline approached for those who want coverage to begin next week.  Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange spokeswoman Gwenda Bond says about 100,000 people have signed up, most of them on Medicaid.  Bond says enrollment has gone from about 1,000 to 3,000 people a day in the past week. 

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Society
11:08 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Paducah Native to be Weather Channel Managing Editor

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Paducah native and former WPSD alumnus Sam Champion has been tapped to become managing editor at the cable network The Weather Channel.  He will also anchor the network’s new flagship morning show, set to debut in early 2014. 

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Society
11:43 am
Thu December 12, 2013

101st Remembers Comrades Lost at Gander

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Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and members of the public are attending memorial services today for comrades killed 28 years ago while returning from Egypt. 

On December 12th, 1985, 248 soldiers in the 101st and eight crew members aboard Arrow Air Flight 1285 died when their plane went down a short distance from Gander International Airport in Newfoundland, Canada. 

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Politics
11:37 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Rep. Richard Heath to Face Dem Challenger in 2nd District

Jesse Wright
Credit jessewrightlaw.com

Mayfield attorney Jesse Wright says he’ll run for the 2nd District state House seat held by first term Republican incumbent Richard Heath. 

The Democrat is an alumnus of Mayfield High School, the University of Kentucky, and Georgia State.  He has practiced law in Mayfield since moving back to the region in 2011. 

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