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PHOTO: In addition to checking the batteries in your smoke detectors, the American Red Cross recommends going over your home escape plan in the event of a fire. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - More than 2,300 people die and nearly 13,000 are injured annually in home fires across the United States. With that statistic in mind, the American Red Cross is kicking off a national campaign this month to reduce deaths and injuries from house fires by as much as 25 percent over t...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report finds that funding for Kentucky school kids has suffered the 11th largest drop in the nation since the recession hit in 2008. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Since the recession, Kentucky is 11th worst in the nation in the depth of budget cuts to K-through-12 funding, according to a nonpartisan policy research organization. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that 30 states are providing less funding per student since the e...Read More

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PHOTO: Shreevia Brown is one of hundreds of students taking advantage of a new effort to bring more financial and domestic-violence support services to community college students across Kentucky. Photo courtesy Michele Fiore.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Extending financial and domestic violence support services to more college students is the goal behind a new collaboration. The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence is partnering with the state's community and technical colleges. The Coalition's Mary O'Doherty, Economic Emp...Read More

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GRAPHIC: Proximity to a high-risk chemical facility is part of the school day for 19.6 million kids who attend schools in so-called vulnerability zones, including two out of every five in Kentucky, according to a new report. Image courtesy of Center for Effective Government.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - It's supposed to be a safe place to learn, but a new report finds that two out of every five Kentucky children attend schools inside what chemical companies call a "vulnerability zone." Sean Moulton, director of Open Government Policy program with the Center for Effective Governm...Read More

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PHOTO: It's Drive Safely Work Week, and AARP Kentucky is encouraging older drivers to take a refresher course. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - While many Kentuckians think of driver's ed as something just for teenagers, experts say a refresher course makes good safety and financial sense, even for those who have had their driver's licenses for several decades. AARP Kentucky's Driver Safety Program coordinator, Leon Morro...Read More

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PHOTO: This new report indicates technology jobs have the highest potential for salary growth in 2015. Image courtesy of Robert Half International.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – How can you boost your bottom line in 2015? A new report indicates the answer for some could be a career change. Technology careers are paying big dividends, compared with other job sectors. The report from the human resources consulting firm Robert Half International projec...Read More

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PHOTO: How to help overweight children become healthier is one of the key discussion topics at the Southern Obesity Summit in Louisville. The annual forum brings together community, government and healthcare leaders from 16 southern states. Image courtesy of Southern Obesity Summit.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - With obesity considered a public health crisis by most experts, this week in Louisville, the focus is on solutions at the "Southern Obesity Summit." Community, government and healthcare leaders from 16 states are gathered to decide what changes can be made to help southerners becom...Read More

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PHOTO: A new study will put a frown on Kentuckians' faces. It shows the Bluegrass state is the fifth least happy state in America. Image courtesy ClipArtBest.com.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Here's something that could put a frown on your face. Kentucky is the fifth least happy state in America, according to an analysis by WalletHub.com. Researchers took a look at state-specific figures about income, health, divorce rates and other factors to come up with the list. Jill...Read More

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