Stu Johnson

Sunday will be moving day for 53 cancer patients at the University of Kentucky’s Markey Center as they relocate to a newly opened floor in the hospital. 

Patient Sarah Lister shared her experience at the center Friday morning during the official unveiling.

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A leader of Kentucky’s state senate says a “watered down” version of Gov. Matt Bevin’s pension proposal is being drafted but it would still shift future workers onto 401(k)-type retirement plans.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer said the move is a “cornerstone” of the plan. 

“It’s critical that if we’re going to get this state back on a sustainable pension path that all new employees after July 1 go on a 401(k),” he said. 

Flu Season Could Be Harsh This Year

Dec 8, 2017
Kentucky.com

The upcoming flu season may be a harsh one in the U.S. judging from data in the southern hemisphere, where the flu season is waning. The New England Journal of Medicine has reported that the flu vaccine used this year in Australia, which has the same composition as the vaccine used in the U.S., had a low rate of effectiveness. But State Epidemiologist Jonathan Ballard said the current vaccine is working well in Kentucky. Even if that weren’t the case, Dr. Ballard said some protection is better than none.

Kentucky Cabinet for Health And Family Services

Leaders in Barren County are deciding whether to join some other Kentucky communities in establishing a needle exchange. Under the program, intravenous drug users could swap dirty syringes for clean ones at the local health department, and do so anonymously. The goal is to stop the spread of Hepatitis-C and H-I-V. Ron Lafferty heads the Barren River Drug Task Force. He says while the county has a problem with I-V drug users doing crystal meth, he fears a needle exchange will bring in addicts from surrounding areas.

Retiring Lexington Police Chief Recognized

Dec 8, 2017
Stu Johnson

Lots of well-wishing last night at Lexington city hall for police Chief Mark Barnard. The recognition came for the retiring head of the division of police who’s spent three decades in law enforcement.

Lexington Council Approves New Cable Franchise

Dec 8, 2017

Lexington’s council has given final approval to a new ten year utility franchise.  Last night’s action paves the way for MetroNet to begin work on a high speed fiber optic network in the Fayette County community.  

Pension Fix Is Top Priority For Kentucky Chamber

Dec 7, 2017
Nicole Erwin/ Ohio Valley ReSource

The state pension issue is at the top of the list of legislative goals the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce would like to see addressed in 2018. President Dave Adkisson spoke to members of the Paducah Chamber Thursday.  

Kentucky Chamber President Dave Adkisson says the pension issue is the QUOTE “number one threat” to the state’s financial stability and must be addressed in order to pass the 2018 budget.

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The Garrard County Animal Shelter is coping with an unusually large influx of dogs and cats. It’s the result of a hoarding case involving 23 animals.

LBJ Library

Law professor Philip Alston is a United Nations expert on extreme poverty. In his position as a U.N. Special Rapporteur  he reports on places where pervasive poverty and human rights issues intersect, places such as Haiti, south Asia and central Africa. His latest work, however, is taking him to parts of the U.S., including the Ohio Valley.

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About a dozen refugees have seasonal jobs with the Lexington government.  

Workforce Development Manager Elodie Dickinson told council members this week that refugees have helped with leaf collection in the streets and roads department.  She says it’s part of a pilot program designed to build job skills. “To try to help them gain some work experience and gain some work referrals, references.  So, that they can move to a different position maybe with another seasonal position within the city or a permanent position,” said Dickinson.

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LBJ Library

Law professor Philip Alston is a United Nations expert on extreme poverty. In his position as a U.N. Special Rapporteur  he reports on places where pervasive poverty and human rights issues intersect, places such as Haiti, south Asia and central Africa. His latest work, however, is taking him to parts of the U.S., including the Ohio Valley.

 

 

 

In the wake of the hearings the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted in West Virginia last week, the agency has decided to schedule more public hearings about the repeal of the Clean Power Plan - carbon regulations that aimed to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Kenn Fisher, morgueFile.com

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey stood in front of the state’s capitol to rally the roughly 120 coal miners and industry boosters gathered there.

“The fight against the unlawful Clean Power Plan started in Charleston, West Virginia,” Morrisey said, noting the state’s role in a legal challenge to the Obama-era rule.

 


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