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Passing of new Kentucky bill would raise smoking age to 21

Posted on 12 February 2016

(NewsChannel12) — If passed, a new Kentucky bill would raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. Rep. David Watkins (D-Henderson) is sponsoring House Bill 299. He admits it will likely face barriers to becoming law in a state known for its tobacco industry and where 26 percent of adults smoke. Watkins, a doctor, […] Continue Reading

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Trump, Sanders finish first at New Hampshire Primary

Posted on 10 February 2016

(NewsChannel12) — Though they both finished second at the Iowa Caucus, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders finished first at Tuesday’s New Hampshire Primary. With just over 35% of the vote, Trump had a snug lead over second place winner Ohio gov. John Kasich who finished with about 16%. “We are going to make […] Continue Reading

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U.S. Zika count rises with two new confirmed cases in Indiana, Ohio

Posted on 09 February 2016

(NewsChannel12) — Indiana and Ohio have joined the list of states where Zika virus has been identified. According to health officials, the two individuals had recently traveled to Haiti, a country with active Zika virus transmission. Ohio officials reported the virus in a 30-year-old woman from Cleveland. Indiana officials wouldn’t identify the city of residence […] Continue Reading

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Chinese New Year commences year of the monkey

Posted on 08 February 2016

(NewsChannel12) — This year, Feb. 8 marks the start of the Chinese New Year, one of China’s most important traditional festivals. The date of the new year varies as it is based off of the Chinese lunar calendar, though it always falls between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20.  Each year features one of 12 Chinese […] Continue Reading

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North Korea launches rocket, U.N. Security Council expresses condemnation

Posted on 08 February 2016

(NewsChannel12) — In an act of defiance against United Nation sanctions, North Korea launched a rocket into space on Sunday, asserting that it was carrying a satellite. Many nations, including the U.S., aren’t buying the claim and actually believe the act was a missile test. It prompted the U.N. Security Council to swiftly conduct an […] Continue Reading

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President Obama: The U.S. has “the strongest, most durable economy in the world.”

Posted on 06 February 2016

  WASHINGTON (NewsChannel12) — “TGIF,” remarked President Barack Obama as he took center stage at the White House to give an update on our economy. He opened up strong, noting how the unemployment rate is now at 4.9%, compared to 10% in 2009. “This is the first time that the unemployment rate has dropped below 5% […] Continue Reading

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Rand Paul ends presidential campaign, gives full attention to Senate race

Posted on 03 February 2016

(NewsChannel12) — Just one week after proudly taking the stage at last Thursday’s Republican debate, Sen. Rand Paul announced his decision to cease his presidential campaign. Paul finished fifth at Monday’s Iowa caucuses. Though he believed he had “an outpouring of support, particularly from college students,” Paul acknowledged that he ultimately didn’t have enough votes to win […] Continue Reading

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Cruz and Clinton win Iowa Caucus

Posted on 02 February 2016

(NewsChannel12) — The Iowa Caucus results are in — Ted Cruz overtook Donald Trump for the Republican win while Hillary Clinton had a slim lead over Bernie Sanders for the Democratic win. On the GOP side, a record-breaking 186,000 Republicans participated. Cruz ended up with 27.6% of the vote with many evangelical voters supporting him. […] Continue Reading

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WKU President Gary Ransdell announces plans to retire next year

Posted on 29 January 2016

BOWLING GREEN, KY (NewsChannel12) — After serving as President of Western Kentucky University for nearly 20 years, Dr. Gary A. Ransdell announced his decision to retire next year in a Board of Regents meeting today. Ransdell served as the ninth president of WKU. He hopes that whoever takes his position will have the necessary “strong […] Continue Reading

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Challenger tragedy

Posted on 28 January 2016

(NewsChannel12) — 30 years ago today, people across the country sat with their eyes glued to their television sets as the Challenger took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Shorty after takeoff, however, viewers watched the space shuttle suddenly turn into nothing but a cloud of smoke. What happened is that the external […] Continue Reading

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