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1:04 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Tennessee Lawmaker Calls on Governor to Oust DCS Chief

A Tennessee legislator who repeatedly asked the Department of Children's Services for information is calling for the commissioner's ouster. State Rep. Sherry Jones, a Democrat from Nashville, is asking Gov. Bill Haslam to remove DSC Commissioner Kate O'Day, according to The Tennessean.

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Health
8:17 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Tennessee Pharmacy Board Lenient on Infractions

Members of Tennessee's Board of Pharmacy recently revoked the license of the Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak, but a review by The Tennessean shows the board has been lenient on compounding pharmacies in this state accused of violations.

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Health
8:07 am
Mon November 12, 2012

WKU Opens Food Pantry for Students, Staff

Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green has opened a food pantry for students or staff members in need of emergency food assistance. The pantry is open two days a week. Students or staff can pick up five days' worth of meals and can use the food pantry a total of six times a year.

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Health
5:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Plans Moving Forward for Veterans Nursing Home in Hardin County

Construction of a new veterans nursing home in central Kentucky could start early next year. Veterans Affairs Commissioner Ken Lucas says bids for the 120-bed facility in Radcliff will be opened in January.

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Meningitis Outbreak
4:26 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Number of Patients in Tennessee Sickened by Meningitis Outbreak Increases to 81

The Tennessee Department of Health reports that the number of patients sickened during the outbreak has increased from 80 to 81 in the past day. The number of deaths from the outbreak remains at 13 statewide.

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Health
9:41 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Many Tennessee Meningitis Patients Received Old Medicine Well Past "Best By" Date

Nearly 150 patients exposed to potentially contaminated steroid injections in Tennessee were given medicine that was well past the normal shelf life. The Tennessean reports some of the medicine was more than seven weeks old, well past the industry standard of 24 hours.

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Health
11:12 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese Issues Recall

A south-central Kentucky business has issued a voluntary recall on certain cheeses after testing found the presence of bacteria in a few samples. Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese in Barren County said in a statement that the recall was issued out of an abundance of caution. There have been no illnesses reported.

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Health
3:39 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Gov. Beshear Undergoes Surgery for Detached Retina

Gov. Steve Beshear has undergone minor outpatient surgery to repair a detached retina. Spokeswoman Kerri Richardson says the problem developed over the weekend and that Beshear woke and had trouble seeing out of one eye.

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Health
6:00 am
Sat November 3, 2012

New Rule Continues Medicaid Burden on Kentucky's Independent Pharmacists

A new policy by a statewide Medicaid operator has independent pharmacists up in arms again. Earlier this year, pharmacists were the first group to alert lawmakers to problems with the managed care system. But they failed to get a bill protecting their co-pays signed into law.

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Health
7:36 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Kentucky Managed-Care Company Files Medicaid Complaint

The company managing Medicaid in the Jefferson County area for 15 years has filed a formal protest of the process that awarded next year's contract to four companies.

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