April 24, 2014

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Conway urges people to be vigilant against healthcare scams Print E-mail

As thousands of Kentuckians without health insurance seek out information and shop for insurance coverage, I want to make sure that all consumers are vigilant of scams claiming to be associated with Kentucky's rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, scammers will use this opportunity to try and collect your personal and financial information.

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BBB warns: Beware of utility scam Print E-mail

Better Business Bureau is warning homeowners and business owners of a bill payment scam that is targeting utility customers.

The caller claims to be a utility company employee (LG&E, KU, or Duke Energy), telling the customer their bill is overdue, and asks for immediate bill payment by Green Dot MoneyPak Card. If the customer does not cooperate, the caller threatens to disconnect the person’s electric or natural gas service.

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Recognizing when it's time to change careers Print E-mail

Not so many ago many Americans spent their entire work-lives in the employment of just one company.  It was recognized that working hard and meeting goals almost always meant pay raises, promotions and, most importantly, job security.

But these days it's difficult to feel secure in almost any job, regardless of how well you've performed. Factors beyond your control can affect the job you're doing, or even whether that job will exist tomorrow.

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Could your pain be fibromyalgia? Print E-mail

With its confusing overlap of symptoms, fibromyalgia syndrome (FM) can be a nightmare for the five million Americans -- 90 percent of them women -- who suffer from it.

Although the set of symptoms will vary from patient to patient, having two or more of the most common symptoms might justify a trip to your doctor to get checked out and learn more about the condition. If you’re among those who have FM, or suspect you might be among them, then getting accurate information is the first step toward an effective course of treatment.

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March projected start date on Butler sewer project Print E-mail

Butler Mayor Alice Smith reported at the November 4 Butler City Council meeting that the city's sewer project will hopefully begin in March. The project with an estimated cost of $570,000 will start with cameras in the sewer lines, new manholes, and major repairs on Taylor Street.

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State’s first Influenza cases reported Print E-mail

Kentuckians urged to get vaccinated against flu

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reported the first two positive influenza cases this week, indicating the presence of flu in Kentucky. The cases were from Henderson and Jefferson Counties.

DPH officials are reporting the results to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts. Kentucky’s flu activity will be classified as “sporadic,” the lowest level indicating flu activity.

The flu season typically begins in October or November. Kentuckians are encouraged to get a flu vaccine as soon as their health provider has it in stock, because it takes about two weeks for immunity to develop and offer protection against flu. However, vaccination can be given any time during the flu season.

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Don't be spooked: Be safe while driving this Halloween Print E-mail

Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year, it's also one of the most dangerous for pedestrians. As children take time to pick out the creepy costumes they're going to wear, adults should spend some time thinking about Halloween driver safety.

Tips to help drivers avoid a scare this Halloween:

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Food benefits set to decrease November 1 with expiration of stimulus funding Print E-mail

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is notifying recipients of funding from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - formerly known as food stamps - that they will see their benefits decrease beginning Nov. 1.

The change is because increased benefits provided to SNAP by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2009 are set to expire. Congress has not voted to extend this stimulus funding.

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Safety tips to keep your Halloween fun and safe Print E-mail

Halloween is an especially enjoyable time of year for children as they attend Halloween parties and go trick-or-treating in their costumes. Some candy treats and snack foods can, however, quickly spoil the fun.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health offers the following food safety tips to help you have a safe Halloween:

Take these steps to ensure a fun and safe Halloween:

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Sweet eats, adorable treats: fun for fall Print E-mail

If you're looking for a fun treat for Halloween or any time this fall, you can't go wrong with these "No Eek, No Squeak Cookie Cuties."

Full of nutrients and energy, California Raisins provide a delicious burst of flavor to these cookies. All-natural and dried-by-the-sun, California Raisins deliver fiber, potassium and antioxidants, and just a quarter cup of raisins provides a serving of fruit.

Makes 36 cookies.

Ingredients:

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