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Nearly one quarter of Kentucky's 66 rural hospitals are in danger of closing according to one of the first broad examinations of the financial health of the state's medical system. Auditor Adam Edelen identified 15 rural hospitals that are in poor financial health. Overall, 68 percent of the hospitals fell below the national average in assessed financial strength. Those hospitals treated 838,000 patients last year. Fourteen hospitals did not participate in the audit. Edelen said the report is not a rebuke of the state's Medicaid managed care system or Gov. Steve Beshear's decision to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The review did not include numbers from 2014, the first year of the state's expanded Medicaid program, because the audited numbers were not available yet. (Stock Photos; Updated: 10:23 am, Tuesday)

Gas prices tick up in Kentucky

Gas prices were up a bit across Kentucky over the past week, but continue to run much lower than this time last year. According to Gasbuddy, average retail gasoline prices in Kentucky have risen 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.38. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.43. Paducah drivers continue to enjoy even lower prices, with some local stations selling fuel for as little as $2.07. Including the change in gas prices in Kentucky during the past week, prices are $1.24 per gallon lower than one year ago and are 6.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 3.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands $1.13 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. (Updated: 10:19 am, Tuesday)

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KY State Fair redesigns website

The Kentucky State Fair has an updated online look with the launch of its redesigned website and logo.   State fair officials say the website highlights new information about the 11-day event, including new promotions. Carload Day will be offered until 5:00 pm on both Thursdays of the fair. Fairgoers pay $20 for an entire vehicle, including parking. Also, August 23 will be Military Sunday, when military families get 50 percent off admission with valid IDs. Clifford Rippetoe, president and CEO for the Kentucky State Fair Board, says the redesigned website highlights an effort to update everything about the fair from "top to bottom.''  This year's state fair is August 20-30. (Updated: 10:16 am, Tuesday)


Griffith's house to stay up

Keith Griffith's house will stay up. Judge Tim Kaltenbach is giving the defense 90 days to say whether they've completed testing of Griffith's home. Griffith is accused of killing his wife last year and setting fire to their home in Reidland. Judge Kaltenbach is allowing the defense to keep the house up, but McCracken County Attorney Sam Clymer says it's a hazard for the community. Griffith is waiting for a new trial after his first ended in a mistrial. A complete defense team must be assembled before April 17, when Judge Kaltenbach expects to set a trial date for Griffith. (Updated: 10:13 am, Tuesday)


Paducah recycling center to open

The City of Paducah is finalizing terms of an agreement with Republic Services to provide a recycling drop off facility at Republic's transfer station at 829 Burnett St. in Paducah. Earlier this month, the Greater Paducah Sustainability Project - Recycle Now, the city's only non-profit drop off center, closed due to low donations. To continue offering recycling services, the city has partnered with Republic Services. The city will begin accepting recyclables there on April 1. The facility will be open 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 7:00 am to noon Saturday.  For more information on what is accepted, call (270) 442-2088 or click here. For more information about the city's recycling program, call (270) 444-8667. (Updated: 10:07 am, Tuesday)

 
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