Kentucky

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The state’s first flu-related death for the new influenza season has occurred in Lexington.

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Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says the application period has opened to participate in the state's hemp pilot program next year.

Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the goal is to keep strengthening the effort to put hemp on a "responsible path toward commercialization."

In 2018, Kentucky's farmers planted 6,700 acres (2,711 hectares) of hemp, up from 3,200 acres (1,295 hectares) in 2017. The research program started with 33 acres (13 hectares) in 2014.

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A new report shows the number of Kentucky’s preschoolers who are obese dropped by about 5 percent between 2010 and 2014. However, the obesity rankings for the state’s high school students and adults were among the worst in the U.S.

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Kentucky officials say unemployment rates fell in 110 of the state's counties between July 2017 and July 2018.

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Gov. Matt Bevin has appealed the ruling that struck down changes to the state’s pension systems. The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear the case on Sept 20.

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Kentucky's interim education commissioner said he's offered the state's largest school district a settlement to avoid a takeover but has yet to receive a response.

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A Kentucky congressman with deep roots in agriculture will serve on the conference committee assigned to negotiate a final version of the next federal farm bill.

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A new commission created by Gov. Matt Bevin will look at creating economic opportunities for Kentuckians.

Bevin's office says the Economic Opportunity Commission will consist of 12 voting members appointed by the governor. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will serve in an ex officio capacity.

Hampton says she hopes the commission eliminates economic barriers.

The commission will conduct studies and compile data about barriers faced by Kentuckians due to race, sex, ethnicity or socio-economics status.

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The Office of the Kentucky Attorney General is warning residents to avoid falling victim to a scam involving their Social Security numbers.

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Kentucky’s Secretary for Economic Development Terry Gill was in Murray this week to look at how the cabinet can better highlight Murray State’s graduates. He spoke with WKMS about Kentucky’s workforce, right-to-work, federal tariffs and trade.

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