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US home construction rises 12.1 percent

Posted: 01/17/2013 - U.S. builders started work on homes in December at the fastest pace since the summer of 2008 and 2012 finished as the best year for residential construction since the start of the housing crisis.

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US jobless aid applications fall to 5-year low

Posted: 01/17/2013 - The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell to a five-year low last week, a hopeful sign the job market is healing. But much of the decline reflects seasonal volatility in the data.

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Algeria: 20 hostages escape, including Americans

Posted: 01/17/2013 - An Algerian security official says at least 20 foreigners have escaped from the natural gas plant deep in the Sahara desert where Islamist militants are holding dozens of hostages.

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Armstrong unlikely to receive 2013 Tour invite

Posted: 01/17/2013 - Lance Armstrong is unlikely to receive an invitation from Tour de France organizers as part of the celebrations for the 100th edition of the race this year.

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Appeals court to hear case of Medicaid dispute

Posted: 01/17/2013 - A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments from Coventry Cares over a ruling requiring continuation of its contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare so Medicaid patients in eastern Kentucky would have time to decide whether to change their managed care organization.

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Sen. Paul promotes idea of arming school staff

Posted: 01/17/2013 - The Kentucky Republican told a civic group in Frankfort on Wednesday that he doesn't see the need to assign armed security guards to elementary schools.

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Kentucky says toxic releases decreasing

Updated: 01/17/2013 - Kentucky officials say an inventory that records toxic releases by industries in the state showed a reduction in releases in 2011.

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Commissioner visits all 174 school systems

Posted: 01/17/2013 - Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday has accomplished his goal of visiting schools in all 174 public school systems in the state

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Physician: shooting likely to carry lasting psychological effects

Posted: 01/16/2013 - Experts say traumatic events like Tuesday's shooting can cause serious emotional damage to people close to the ordeal. Doctor Farhan Fazal, who is the chief of staff at the Appalachian Regional Healthcare's Psychiatric Center in Hazard, says it is difficult to say just how people will process the loss of a loved one.

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Police: deadly Perry County house fire now "suspicious"

Posted: 01/16/2013 - After canvassing the scene of the fire that broke out Sunday morning on Scuddy Branch Road in Perry County and killed Sandra Kay Melton, 64, and Suzy Melton, 35, investigators initially said they had no reason to suspect foul play.

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Victim's basketball coach releases statement

Updated: 01/17/2013 - A prayer service will be held in honor of the victims, first responders and everyone affected by the shooting at Petrey Memorial Baptist at 7:00 PM Wednesday.

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Assistant Pike County Attorney loses his battle with cancer

Updated: 01/17/2013 - The cold and grey day outside matched the mood inside the Pike County Courthouse and across the community after Assistant Pike County Attorney Eddie Green lost his battle with cancer early Wednesday morning.

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Corbin considers ban on smoking

Posted: 01/16/2013 - The City Council heard a first reading of the proposed ordinance on Monday night, but did not take a vote. A second reading will be heard next month.

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