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We begin this hour with tragedy in Connecticut. This morning, around nine o'clock, a gunman walked into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. He was armed and, at some point, began shooting.
As the investigation into the elementary school shooting in Connecticut continues, WKU Psychology Professor Dr. Bill Pfohl is offering some advice for reporters at the scene. The lead person for the National Emergency Assistance Team of the National Association of School Psychologists says "it's a bad idea" to conduct TV interviews with young people who have experienced such trauma.
He says putting that kind of pressure on children who have witnessed tragedy could be harmful to them.
Dr. Pfohl says its important for parents to understand that trauma isn't limited to those who actually witnessed the violence. He urges parents to limit the amount of time children watch news coverage of the tragedy.
More information about recommendations from the National Association of School Psychologists can be found at the group's website.
A new Vanderbilt University poll shows a strong preference among Tennesseans for a state-run health insurance exchange over one run by the federal government.
The poll of 829 registered voters released Wednesday showed 53 percent favor the state-run exchange, while 33 percent prefer the federal approach.
The results contrast with Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's decision earlier this week not to pursue a state-run exchange. Vanderbilt officials said the governor was not aware of the poll results before Wednesday's release.
On Monday, approximately 1,000 students at Henderson County High School will hear about the consequences of prescription drug abuse. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and Van Ingram, Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, will speak to students.
Ingram told WKU Public Radio that an alarming number of teens have been experimenting with prescription medications in the state and region. He says that experimentation is especially dangerous because many young people are taking medications that may interact with other pills they have taken. State officials in Kentucky say autopsy results from those dying from prescription overdose frequently find that a "cocktail" mixture of pills.
Some new regulations for mold remediation companies are being implemented in Kentucky. The changes, which were announced by Attorney General Jack Conway Friday morning in Frankfort, are part of a law designed to improve consumer protection in the state.
A written mold assessment and remediation plan must now be given to a customer before entering into a contract. That plan will now have to state how the source of moisture causing the mold will be remedied or managed.
Kentucky health officials say flu cases are being seen earlier this year. State epidemiologist Dr. Kraig Humbaugh says it's hard to predict if that could mean a more severe flu season or if we'll reach peak season earlier. "We've already reached what we call a regional level of flu activity in the state and that's one level away from widespread and that's the highest category," explains Humbaugh.
Flu season in Kentucky typically peaks in January or February. The earliest flu activity this season was reported in August in eastern Kentucky. Dr. Humbaugh says the number of statewide cases has climbed over the past few weeks.
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of six months.