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FRANKFORT--Drugs and services that help Kentuckians quit smoking or stop using other tobacco products would be more easily accessed under health insurance plans or Medicaid under a bill now on its way to becoming law.
Senate Bill 89 "will improve the health of Kentuckians and save taxpayer dollars by helping smokers quit smoking when they are ready to quit.," said Rep. Kimberly Poore Moser, R-Taylor Mill..
Compared to other countries, America spends very little on its public media. At four hundred forty five million, the budget of the agency works out to $1.35 per person per year. As one commentator put it - that's barely the dry cleaning bill for the Pentagon.
But that doesn't mean the program has stayed under the opponents' radar. The President has zeroed out funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
That will hit us here at home if Congress doesn't step in.
Residents of the Jackson Purchase experienced a small quake Wednesday morning. The 2.5 magnitude quake hit the Mississippi River five miles west of Bardwell Kentucky. It rattled residents and dishes.
The quake is this year's reminder that this is an earthquake zone.
Hickman County High School's Drama Class will present "Parents Just Don't Understand" on Friday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the HCHS gym.
The play is under the direction of Ann Heath. Admission is $5.
MURRAY, Ky. -- Saeed Almalki and Mitchell Harris represented Murray State University's Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) program at the 16th annual Posters-at-the-Capitol on March 2 in Frankfort, Ky. The students displayed the CricketSatellite Project, a very small satellite that measures temperature at different altitudes...
Thirteen students from Paducah Tilghman competed in the 2017 KHSSL State Senior Championships on March 10-11. Seven of the team's entries advanced to the second day of competition and earned recognition.
Mark your calendar and plan to enjoy the Ultimate Aldean experience as Greg West takes the stage for Discovery Park of America's first 2017 Southern Nights music festival on April 1st!
Dr. Bill Ellis will discuss Irvin S. Cobb's rise and fall at the McCracken County Library at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 30th in the McCracken County Library.
The event is free and open to the public.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 13, 2017) - The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold public meetings in Louisville, Lexington, and Madisonville to present information and receive comments on the requests for rate increases by the Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) and the Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E)...
Kentucky Utilities has proposed to increase its electric rates across all classes of customers in order to generate an additional $103.1 million in revenue per year - an increase of about 6.4 percent. The company estimates that the base rate portion of the monthly bill for residential customers would, on average, rise by $7.16, to $122.49, an increase of about 6.2 percent from the current monthly average of $115.33.
Baptist Health support groups and workshops are free and open to the public.
First Congressional District Representative James Comer will host a town hall meeting in Paducah on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Paducah Bank in the Commerce Center.
The Columbus City Council toured the last house built under the program on Monday night. Mayor Kay Ferguson symbolically presented Christina Thomas with the key to her new home. Homeowner Christina Thomas and her four children, ages 10 months to 16 years, now have a beautiful four bedroom energy efficient home. Her house will be the last built for a long while if HUD money disappears.
Among the cuts to housing: disabled, senior, low income housing, homeless vets vouchers.
The time has been changed to noon.
The Paducah Tilghman High School Mock Trial Team competed at the Kentucky Mock Trial State Tournament on March 3 and 4. The team placed 13th overall out of 26 teams from across the state, and Tilghman was the only school representing Western Kentucky.
Education is on the minds of the 2017 General Assembly. From testing and academic standards to charter schools to higher education college boards and performance funding, this session is considering a myriad of bills that affect Kentucky's students.
We look at the status of some of them. Photos courtesy of LRC Public Information Office.
Last week, the eight counties of the Jackson Purchase had twelve county wide weekly newspapers.
After March 1, 2017 that number will be reduced to 10 newspapers.
Three local newspapers, The Hickman Courier, The Hickman Gazette and The Fulton Leader, will merge into The Current.
According to Feeding America, "In 2015: 42.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 29.1 million adults and 13.1 million children...
During January, the PADD distributed 70,658 pounds of food to 2,708 households.
On February 16, 2017, Governor Bevin announced $1.3 million in recreation trail grants. The City of Mayfield was one of the recipients, receiving $49,766 for the Kess Creek Walking Trail. The money will go to extend the Trail and provide lighting.
The Governor also awarded land and water conservation grants to two Purchase area projects. Graves County Fiscal Court will receive $22,500 to improve the Mayfield-Graves County Baseball Park. Benton will get $75,000 for the City of Benton Pool House.
Former Rep. Fred Nesler of Mayfield, who now works for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture told us on Monday that he thought the legislation would be successful this time.
He's right so far. SB 218 passed the Kentucky Senate unanimously yesterday.
Irvin Stroud has donated to the Hickman County Historical & Genealogical Society several items collected by his family and ancestors.
The items include a ledger book believed to have been used in the Bugg Store on the Clinton and Metropolis Road (now #307); the carpenter's square used by John Montgomery to build coffins at his shop..
Recently, Sherry Bryan Daugherty donated to the Hickman County Historical & Genealogical Society this set of scales which belonged to her great great grandfather, John Bugg.
This collection of progressive thought will give the reader many new ideas to think about for the Trump resistance growing in the counties of far west Kentucky.
Governor Martha Layne Collins spoke to local officials at the monthly Purchase Area Development District meeting in Mayfield on February 27, 2017.
Senate Bill 9 which realigns judicial circuits is set to be heard on March 1st by the full Kentucky Senate. If it becomes law, there will be some big changes in Purchase courthouses.
EDITOR'S NOTE: SB 9 passed Senate and is on its way to House Judiciary Committee.
PADUCAH, KY (February 27, 2017) - The deadline to apply for a 2017-18 scholarship at West Kentucky Community and Technical College is Wednesday, March 1 by noon.
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