Tuesday December 31, 2013

Ten states report widespread flu activity, which is the highest level described by the Centers for Disease Control. Kentucky joins 22 other states in the regional activity level, which is the second highest on the CDC scale. A person is diagnosed with the virus through a flu screen and can be treated with a prescription. Health officials say hand washing is a great way to help prevent yourself from coming down with the flu.
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The new year could bring layoffs at the Harlan County Sheriff's Department. The Harlan County Fiscal Court approved the Sheriff's budget in a special-called meeting on Monday morning. Records show the budget is about $100,000 dollars less than the past year's budget. Sheriff Marvin Lipfird says he originally planned for a $1.06 million salary budget, but due to reduced coal severance funds coming in, he says the Fiscal Court asked him to trim the budget to $900,000.
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It is a store many Pike County families go to for affordable furniture, clothes, and other items, but The Charity Thrift Store in Shelbiana is forced to close. For about eight years folks in Pike County have been going to thrift store on US 460 to buy discounted items. Now, with local donations dwindling and their main merchandise supplier in Maryland cutting off their monthly shipments, owners say the store is forced to close.
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Pike County deputies say a man is behind bars for selling drugs while he had his young child with him. Deputies say 44-year-old Christopher Irick sold undercover officers Suboxone strips in the parking lot of the Shelbiana Food City. Rhey arrested Irick and say they found more prescription pills when they searched him. They also say his five-year-old child was with him at the time. Irick is charged with drug trafficking and wanton endangerment.
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry will visit the home turf of a potential presidential rival to headline a fundraiser that's part of a strong push by Kentucky Republicans to flip control of the state House in their favor in 2014. Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, will speak at the Lincoln Reagan Dinner set for March 15 at Murray State University in western Kentucky, Kentucky's junior senator.  Rand Paul, has been invited to attend.