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7:50 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Multiple Prayer Vigils Held For Connecticut Shooting Victims

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 9:27 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

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.

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Connecticut School Shooting
1:47 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

WKU Psychology Professor Urges Media Restraint in Wake of School Shootings

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.

Health
1:28 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Kentucky Gets Federal Approval for State-Based Health Exchange

After months building a state-based health exchange, Kentucky officials have been told that the federal government has given approval to their work.

Despite objections from Republican lawmakers, Kentucky officials quickly began working on a state-based exchange --- a part of the Affordable Care Act.

Many states surrounding Kentucky are opting for a federal-run exchange or haven’t yet made a decision.

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Health
2:03 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Poll Shows Support in Tennessee for State-Run Health Exchange

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.

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Health
1:12 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Legal Issues with Kentucky Spirit Remain; Passport Withdraws Medicaid Complaint

Weeks after their announced departure from Kentucky’s Medicaid managed care system, operator Kentucky Spirit and the state are still locked in a legal battle.

Both sides have sued each other, blaming the other for the situation. Kentucky Spirit announced their departure, scheduled for the middle of 2013, due to massive losses in the system.

In an interim committee meeting Tuesday, Kentucky lawmakers asked for an update on what the state hoped to recoup financially because of Kentucky Spirit’s decision.

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Health
2:07 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Haslam Says No to State Health Insurance Exchange in Tennessee

Gov. Bill Haslam has decided not to create a state-run health insurance exchange, leaving the operation to the federal government.

Haslam announced his decision during a speech Monday. The Republican governor, who had until Friday to decide, said the lack of information from the federal government was "scary."

The exchanges, part of the federal health care overhaul, create new online markets where consumers will be able to buy individual private health insurance coverage.

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Prescription Drug Abuse
7:45 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Attorney General to Address Henderson Students about Prescription Abuse

Attorney General Jack Conway addresses a past prescription drug awareness program in Warren County.
Credit WKU Public Radio

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.

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Health
9:26 am
Fri December 7, 2012

New Regulations Implemented for Mold Remediation in Kentucky

Mold on ceiling tile
Credit FEMA

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.

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Health
7:58 am
Fri December 7, 2012

County Health Clinics in Tennessee Offering Free Flu Vaccines

Tennessee's county health department clinics are now offering free flu vaccines to people of all ages until supplies are depleted.

The state Health Department reports that seasonal influenza is now widespread in Tennessee.

The Department urges all Tennesseans to get vaccinated now to help protect themselves and those around them from the virus.

The Health Department operates clinics in 89 of Tennessee's 95 counties.

Because vaccine supplies vary from county to county, residents are urged to contact their local county health departments for more information.

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Health
2:51 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Increasing Flu Cases in Kentucky Close School System

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.

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