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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 

Murray, KY- Dedicated WKMS listeners and underwriters topped the station’s autumn fundraising goal on Halloween Day, 2013 by contributing over $130,000 in support for this public radio service that Murray State University has provided the region, with community support, for over four decades.

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This Thursday, Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge, and Murray State alum, Jeff Taylor will give a presentation at MSU entitled, "The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later: What Do We Know?"  Taylor will look back over the events of November 22nd, 1963, a date engraved on the American consciousness.  Todd Hatton speaks with Taylor to get a preview of the presentation, and his perspective on what happened that day in Dallas.

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