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New CDC report indicates rural Americans dying more frequently from preventable causes

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service More than 46 million American s live in rural areas, and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says these residents tend to be older and sicker compared with people living in urban areas. In Kentucky, the report says excess deaths from preventable causes jumped by more than five percentage points in all counties. Rural Americans report...

Lexington Fire Chief Jackson retiring effective Jan. 9; Mayor Gray names Hoskins interim chief

Lexington Fire Chief Keith Jackson, the first African American to lead Lexington’s firefighters, has announced his plan to retire Jan. 9, Mayor Jim Gray has announced. Gray, who appointed Jackson Chief in 2012, said he will be missed. “Keith has been a strong partner in our work to strengthen our firefighting force. He leaves behind a Division that is fully staffed and fully equipped.” Jackson...