Kentucky's congressional delegation is reacting after a deal was reached yesterday to end the partial government shutdown.
Congressman Ed Whitfield issued a statement saying that while he was in favor of the legislation to end the shutdown, he remains committed to fighting the effects of the Affordable Care Act as they become more evident in the months ahead.
He says the government shutdown is just another example of the country’s broken budget process that is in dire need of reform.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Bowling Green told WHAS in Louisville there were no winners in the debacle, as Americans are tired of the process.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says now is the time to get to work on the larger issues.
Congressman Whitfield says he looks forward to House and Senate negotiators working to reach an agreement by December 13th on a long-term blueprint that will reduce the deficit, reform the tax code, and promote economic growth.
Officials with Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital will be offering the influenza vaccine to all TRICARE beneficiaries with a military ID card on post at two different locations.
Officials say for the first time in the post’s history, the hospital’s preventive medicine team will offer the influenza vaccine at the Post Exchange and Commissary with the vaccine expected to arrive at the military installation during the next week.
TRICARE Beneficiaries 6 months or older, including soldiers, retirees and family members may receive the flu vaccine for free on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Post Exchange from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again Wednesday, October, 30th at the Commissary from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Preventive Medicine Chief, Captain Samuel Peik, adds that patients assigned to a BACH medial home, including the Screaming Eagle Medical Home, will be able to get vaccinated for free during a regularly scheduled appointment or as a walk-in service.
In addition, the hospital’s preventive medicine staff with team up with nurses throughout the post’s schools next month to offer the vaccine to students during the school day.
The man flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a head-on collision on Commerce Court has been released from the hospital.
Officials at Vanderbilt say 20-year old Allan Felix Rogers of Fort Campbell was treated and released. His passenger, 19-year old Jacqueline Garcia of Hopkinsville, was treatead at Jennie Stuart Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.
The Hopkinsville Police report says Rogers turned into the path of a pickup driven by 31-year old Erick Vazquez Rico of Hopkinsville and the vehicles hit head-on. Rico was not hurt.
Area residents are invited to attend Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s 7th annual Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Ceremony and Walk to Remember Wednesday, October 23rd from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Officials say attendees should meet outside to the left of the patient entrance.
This year’s ceremony will include a guest speaker, music and a balloon release to commemorate National Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month.
Following the ceremony, attendees are invited to participate in the Walk to Remember, circling the walking track around the hospital with BACH Chaplain Major Thomas Gidley says losing a family member touches the entire community, and infant loss is especially heartrending.
Flags at all state office buildings in Kentucky will be lowered to half-staff tomorrow in honor of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
According to the Department of Defense, 31-year old Staff Sergeant Thomas A. Baysore, of Pennsylvania died September 26th in Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire during combat operations.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.
Funeral services for Staff Sgt. Baysore will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. with Governor Beshear encouraging individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.