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. 


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. 


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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The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connecting western Kentucky with southeast Missouri will be out of service early Wednesday for required maintenance.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd said normal operations should resume by 1 p.m.

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The federal government's partial shutdown is worrying some Illinois government workers and retirees involved in a state audit.  Workers in four state health insurance programs need Internal Revenue Service documents to meet a late October deadline proving their dependents should still be eligible for coverage. But the shutdown means the IRS isn’t providing the documentation. 

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The federal government shutdown has prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District to close all of its campgrounds and day-use parks at noon Friday.  The district had announced that it intended to keep these areas open as scheduled, but they say support to the recreation areas can’t be sustained. 


All of the Commonwealth's 49 state parks remain open despite the ongoing federal government shutdown. Kentucky Parks Department spokesman Gil Lawson said it's easy for the public to confuse federally-run parks with those administered by the state.

"Many of our parks-like Barren River-are on Corps of Engineers lakes, and the federal campgrounds may be closed, but the state campgrounds will be open," said Lawson. "Sometimes they share the same lake and the same name, but we're just wanting to get the word out that all state park campgrounds and state park properties are open."