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The Kentucky Department for Public Health has identified an outbreak of hepatitis A. The department reports nearly 3,000 cases of disease -- over 100 of which are in Laurel County -- since November of last year. According to the department, Kentucky only saw an average of 20 Hep A cases per year before the outbreak.

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TRI-COUNTY – With the recent eruption in cases of Hepatitis A, public health officials — such as those at local health departments — have been scrambling to get the situation under control.

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The timeline for completion of the "safe and efficient" destruction of the chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot is still set for December 2023, and some weapon and agent destruction may start as early as the summer 2019. So far $103.8 million has been spent in Madison and surrounding counties on the chemical destruction effort, and personnel hired will continue to grow for the next year or so.

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Erica Gardner, originally from Louisville who now makes Morehead her home, said typically during the holiday season she likes to donate what she can in toys to local charities.

Standing room only and beyond. People turned out by the literal busload to Monday’s Somerset city council meeting to show their support for either denying or adopting the proposed changes to the human rights ordinance.

KNOX COUNTY – A special education teacher at Lynn Camp Elementary School has filed a federal lawsuit against the Knox County Board of Education accusing a principal of sexual harassment and retaliating against her by failing to accommodate her disabilities, also claiming the superintendent did nothing to remedy the situation.

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Her family and her classes in Consumer Science at South Laurel High School have made quite the impact on Mickayla Combs' life - and have inspired her goals for her future career.

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For those not familiar with the downtown Lexington landscape, noticing its historical sites can be hard.Not many know that tucked between Rupp Arena/Lexington Convention Hall and Main Street Baptist Church sits the childhood home of Mary Todd Lincoln, the First Lady to the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

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GLASGOW – Local residents who are homeless or otherwise in need were invited to a special event Thursday evening organized by a team of 12 to 15 women who have connected and want to help members of their community.

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A Laurel County man says he's been given confidence and peace of mind now that he has assistance from his hearing dog. Floyd, a 70-pound black Labrador, now helps Brent Mershon hear things he is no longer able to.

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Editor's Note: Each week I will write a recap of the new episode of "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" with a focus on what happens with Williamsburg's Nick Wilson who was one of the 20 castaways who had the chance to be on the 37th season of the reality show.

Americans are spending more this holiday season according to a report from the National Retail Federation (NRF). The Nation will spend over $717 billion on holiday gifts this year, increasing 4 percent since 2017.

GLASGOW — Those who had ever met President George H.W. Bush or had the opportunity to see him have spent some time this week reminiscing about those special moments.

In an effort to kick our holiday spirit into high gear as we have reached December, The Times-Tribune newsroom staff is sharing our top five picks for three different Christmas topics over the course of the month. Each day you will see the top five picks for the topic of the week chosen by one of our staff members. We hope you all check out some of the picks we have selected to get ready for the holidays! This week we are sharing our top five Christmas movies.

WHITLEY COUNTY – With evidentiary items still expected to undergo at least six more months of investigation, the case against a Corbin man accused of killing three people, one of whom was pregnant, in February is being pushed into next year.

It was difficult to find a place to park on Saturday at the Grateful Threadz Thrift Store in Mt. Vernon as the lot was full of families flocking to Santa Day to speak with the man in red and receive gifts. A toy drive by Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society at Berea College generated almost 500 toys for the elves to hand out.

In an effort to kick our holiday spirit into high gear as we have reached December, The Times-Tribune newsroom staff is sharing our top five picks for three different Christmas topics over the course of the month. Each day you will see the top five picks for the topic of the week chosen by one of our staff members. We hope you all check out some of the picks we have selected to get ready for the holidays! This week we are sharing our top five Christmas movies.

A missing child is every parent's worst nightmare. It doesn't matter if that child is four or 34.

Eastern Kentucky University today announced that a second Kentucky State Police digital forensics lab is open on its campus.

LAUREL COUNTY – Four out-of-state individuals arrested earlier this week after a police pursuit that led to a multitude of charges, including attempted murder of a police officer, have all entered not-guilty to their charges stemming from the incident.

Lowell Howard, 67, is an Appalachian native, retired coal miner and now a published author. The Besel, which hits store shelves today, is a compilation of two short stories that Howard describes as a snapshot of mountain life in the mid-20th century.

Kentucky State Police arrested a man on 15 charges after he lead police on a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 75 Wednesday evening.

Since the dawn of electric lights, not to mention big screens in homes as well as cinemas, few people look up at the night sky. And even if they do, the pervasive artificial lights of the modern world obscure all but the brightest stars.

CORBIN — The White Flag Ministry of First Baptist Church in Corbin opened its doors Monday evening for the first night of the program this season. The White Flag Ministry has a new location at 401 Roy Kidd Avenue which is across the street from the side entrance to the church. On nights when temperatures are expected to reach below 29 degrees, the church will fly a white flag from the former Rainbow House building that will now be known as the White Flag House. The white flag lets anyone who does not have adequate housing know the church will be offering vouchers (on a first-come, first-served basis) for a night in a local hotel. Not-yet housed individuals will be able to get a meal every night at the White Flag House regardless of the temperature throughout the season. Last year over 180 people utilized services of the White Flag Ministry, 1,112 meals were served and approximately 900 hundred room vouchers were handed out.

Has the original corridor for I-66 in Pulaski and Laurel counties been discarded? The part of the corridor to which we refer extends from U.S. 27 about two miles north of Somerset eastward across Ky. 39 to Kentucky 80 near Barnesburg; then through Shopville, Stab and Squib and across the Daniel Boone National Forest to I-75 south of London near the weigh station. There would be interchanges in eastern Pulaski County at Shopville, Stab and Squib, according to the original plan.

Officials confirmed layoffs are unfolding at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital today, but the exact numbers of how many people are losing their jobs is unclear.

With higher education advocates on the defensive as states such as Kentucky retreat from funding their universities, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson, with co-author Hal Boyd, has stepped into the breech with a 110-page book, “College for the Commonwealth.”

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