Judge Rules Bevin Can’t Overhaul U of L Board

14 hours ago
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A judge has ruled that Gov. Matt Bevin cannot unilaterally reorganize a public university’s board of trustees and dismiss all of its members, calling it an “unprecedented assertion of executive power.”

In June, Bevin issued an executive order abolishing the University of Louisville’s board of trustees, citing dysfunction on the board. He later created a new board and appointed all new members. Attorney General Andy Beshear sued Bevin over the move.

Ky. Youth Smoking Rate Hits Historic Low

15 hours ago

Smoking among Kentucky youth is at a historic low.  It’s noted in data from the 2015 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

The figures show just under 17 percent of Kentucky high school students smoke, down from just over 26 percent a decade ago. 

Homeland Security Grants Going to 74 Ky. Counties

15 hours ago
homelandsecurity.ky.gov

The state Office of Homeland Security will administer federal grants totaling nearly $3 million in 74 Kentucky counties. The money will be used for communications and first responder equipment plus infrastructure protection

Zika Case in Lexington Prompts Increased Spraying

Sep 27, 2016
wkyt.com

While Lexington health officials remain unconcerned about local transmission of the virus this fall, the city’s first confirmed Zika case has prompted additional Health Department mosquito spraying in one area of town.

The Lexington case involves a person who contracted the Zika virus in another country.  Environmental Health specialist Luke Mathias says a special spraying in the 40502 zip code was done where the infected person has been known to stay.  He says the aim is to reduce the chance of a mosquito biting the person and spreading the virus. 

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Lexington council members will be asked to set aside money for infrastructure improvements that could bring new jobs.  Budget committee members discussed the details of the program Tuesday.  Funds could be used for road, sewer, sidewalk, streetscape, and public transportation improvements. 

Planning Commissioner Derek Paulsen says such improvements could encourage economic development.  “I think it’s one of those things we don’t want to make it just a downtown issue,” said Paulsen.

Modifying College Drinking Through Online Program

Sep 27, 2016
campusrec.eku.edu

A national organization promoting responsible drinking is testing a web-based alcohol consumption tool for college-aged groups.  It was one topic for discussion at the state’s first Campus Safety Summit last week in Richmond.

The Failsafe on-line program is designed to help student leaders shape group behavior around alcohol consumption.  The website tool is being piloted at ten schools across the U.S. this fall. 

Greater numbers of citizens than usual are anticipated to take interest in this fall’s U.S. presidential debates.  A Central Kentucky political scientist isn’t sure how much the face-offs will affect voter decisions.

One of the people who helped shape public radio as we know it has written a new book about its origins. This week, we'll meet National Public Radio's first employee, Jack Mitchell.

The U.S. Appeals Court in Washington, D.C., hears arguments Tuesday Sept. 27, in the case West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the federal Clean Power Plan. That’s the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s attempt to address climate change by limiting CO2 emissions from power plants. 

The challengers include 27 state attorneys general. One in particular, West Virginia’s Patrick Morrisey, has positioned himself as the champion of fossil fuel interests fighting government regulation.

Focus On Business: Graham Rowles on KERI

Sep 26, 2016

Americans of the baby boom generation, the so-called “silver tsunami,” born between 1946 and `64, are now turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day and are entering what experts on aging refer to as The Third Age.” Today, Tom Martin discusses the implications with Graham Rowles (ROLLS), a professor in the Graduate Center for Gerontology in the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health and director of the Kentucky Elder Readiness Initiative.​

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The U.S. Appeals Court in Washington, D.C., hears arguments Tuesday Sept. 27, in the case West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the federal Clean Power Plan. That’s the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s attempt to address climate change by limiting CO2 emissions from power plants. 

The challengers include 27 state attorneys general. One in particular, West Virginia’s Patrick Morrisey, has positioned himself as the champion of fossil fuel interests fighting government regulation.

Data Farming: How Big Data Is Revolutionizing Big Ag

Sep 19, 2016
Nicole Erwin | Ohio Valley ReSource

It’s harvest time and a semi full of corn just pulled onto the scales at Seven Springs Farm in Cadiz, Kentucky. On the scale, the analytics work begins: moisture content, weight, production rates, and more are all recorded.     

This is just one truck and many more will follow with much more to be stored and later sold for ethanol production. Just one of the farm’s bins can hold as many as 350,000 bushels, or 16.8 million pounds.

Opioid High: Students Face A Different Kind of Test

Sep 12, 2016
Aaron Payne | Ohio Valley ReSource

t’s not just about notebooks and pencil boxes anymore: the opioid epidemic means back-to-school supplies now include things like emergency overdose treatments and drug prevention plans.

Many schools in the Ohio Valley region are using random drug testing despite doubts from addiction treatment experts about whether the tests really work to deter abuse.

 

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