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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Now that Kentucky has an extra 400,000 people with health insurance - many for the first time ever - state officials are worried Kentucky will have enough doctors to treat all of them. Tuesday, two new laws take effect that advocates say will help expand access to health care. The laws give more authority to nurse practitioners and physicians assistants, allowing them to write more prescriptions and have less oversight from doctors. A recent report found Kentucky had a shortage of nearly 4,000 doctors. These laws, advocates say, could help fill that gap. By Adam Beam. 500 words by 5 p.m.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — People with driver's licenses from Kentucky and nine other states will have to show a passport or some other form of federal identification by 2016 to comply with a law tightening security across the country. Under the REAL ID Act of 2005, tougher identification standards will go into effect for "restricted areas" in "all federal facilities," and for nuclear power plants. In January, the rules will apply to "semi-restricted" areas of federal facilities, with the air travel mandate scheduled to go into effect "no sooner than 2016." The law requires a driver's license to be issued by a single state agency. In Kentucky, the clerk of court handles the issuance. 580 words. Sent.
PADUCAH, Ky. — The head of a group monitoring a move to revitalize and reuse the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant says a contract with the federal government remains under review by the U.S. Department of Energy. Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization Executive Director Charlie martin says the Energy Department has yet to decide between two contractors, Fluor Corporation and AECOM, who want to work on the plant. 250 words. Sent.
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