Wednesday February 26, 2014

Kentucky is not among the more than two-thirds of states that were rated as "high risk" for security problems related to its computers tapping into the federal health insurance exchange system. The federal data hub is used to check Social Security, Internal Revenue Service and Homeland Security records to verify key personal information for determining coverage eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. Federal cybersecurity experts worry that the identified state computer systems could become a back door for hackers and identity thieves.
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A bill that would restrict the use of cell phones in Kentucky's school and construction zones has cleared its first panel Tuesday. Rep. Terry Mills, a Democrat from Lebanon, sponsored the bill. Mills says it would be illegal to initiate a call or input a phone number while in one of the "no phone zones." Current state law forbids texting while driving, but the bill would also increase fines for those found doing so.
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City officials in one Harlan County town say someone keeps shooting out the lights in the in the city park. Loyall city leaders say every time they get them fixed, someone shoots them out again. Loyall Police say city officials had the lights repaired in January and they are already shot out again. There is no known motive.
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Eastern Kentucky University has issued a public safety alert after a man was reportedly seen with a gun in Richmond Tuesday night. Richmond Police say they received a report of a man with a gun downtown, who was last seen heading north on Third Street. The man was reportedly driving a gray Dodge Neon. EKU officials say the public safety alert was issued as a precaution. The man had not been seen on campus.
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In Nicholas County, road crews will have to deal with the weather without any salt. The Judge Executive says the county will do all that can be done to keep the roads safe. The road department exhausted all of it's salt supply during the busy winter and they can't find more to restock their barn. Crews will try to wait and plow the snow off the roads instead. The road department has brought in several hundred tons of cinder, which they got for free from several coal companies.