April 23, 2014

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Book review of “Born Country” Print E-mail

No doubt anyone drawn to the music of the group Alabama will want to read “Born Country: How Faith, Family, and Music Brought Me Home” by Randy Owen with Allen Bucker.

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Optometrists offer tips on how to deal with dry eye caused by winter weather Print E-mail

Cold winter weather arrived early this year. It not only dries out your skin, it also can contribute to dry eye.

“The tears your eyes normally produce are important for your overall eye health and vision,” said Dr. Matthew Burchett, an optometrist with the Eye Care Center, which has eight offices in Central Kentucky. He also is president of the Kentucky Optometric Association. “When your eyes don’t produce enough tears, or the tears don’t have the right chemical composition, you may experience stinging and itchy, scratchy eyes.”

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Republican leaders come to Falmouth Print E-mail

Pictured from left: PC Chairman Billy Matthews, House Minority Whip John Carney, Falmouth Mayor and former PC Chairman Mark Hart, Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson, former PC Chairman Bill Roseberry.

Republican Party officials from Frankfort traveled to Falmouth to meet with three Republican Party Chairmen on January 15, two former and one current.

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Flu level raised to widespread in state Print E-mail

Public health urges vaccination for Kentuckians

Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week that the influenza (flu) activity level in the state has increased from regional to widespread. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.

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Fight brewing over state's minimum wage Print E-mail

By Scott Wartman, The Kentucky Enquirer

As the General Assembly began its session last Tuesday, Republicans and Democrats appeared poised to spar on raising the minimum wage in Kentucky.

Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, has made raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 the top priority in the House this session, which will last until April 15.

Stumbo said that 600,000 Kentuckians work in minimum-wage jobs. The Legislature last raised the minimum wage in 2007.

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Energy efficiency can reduce home heating costs Print E-mail

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) says consumers can limit the impact on their home heating bills by taking steps to reduce energy consumption.
“As temperatures plummet, energy usage and home heating bills inevitably rise,” PSC Chairman David Armstrong said. “But a few simple steps can help limit the effect.”

Since weather - not price - is the dominant factor in determining energy usage, the best weapon consumers have to manage their energy costs is to take steps to reduce consumption, he said. Those measures can be as simple as turning down the thermostat a few degrees, Armstrong said.

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Kentucky highway fatalities decline in 2013 Print E-mail

Preliminary figures indicate a 64-year low

Highway fatalities in Kentucky declined in 2013 to their lowest level in 64 years.

Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) preliminary figures indicate 635 people lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during the year, down from 746 in 2012. It was the lowest total since 1949, when 573 fatalities were recorded.

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Be sure to apply for Earned Income Tax Credits Print E-mail

Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach is encouraging more Kentuckians to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable federal tax credit for low and middle income working individuals and families.

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Legislative perspective on Kentucky General Assembly Print E-mail

Just as the cold snap stretched across much of the United States early last week, things began heating up in the Capitol as the General Assembly returned to begin the 2014 Regular Session.

It promises to be a busy 60 working days, and since it is an even-numbered year, our top priority will be adopting a budget to run state government for the next two years.

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KSP urges parents to be aware of internet predators Print E-mail

The Kentucky State Police used their latest episode of KSP-TV to warn parents about the dangers of Internet predators. The video shares an inside look at the agency’s Electronic Crimes Branch and the intricate work that takes place to protect children from online predators.

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