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In part two of our series “Women Leading the Way” in fields traditionally dominated by men,Lexington’s first female Fire Chief, Kristin Chilton talks progress, challenges and role models.

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has introduced a bill aimed at addressing the impact the opioid epidemic is having on the nation’s workforce. 

The Comprehensive Addiction Recovery through Effective Employment and Reentry, or CAREER Act, creates a pilot program focused on the states most devastated by substance abuse. The legislation encourages local businesses and treatment groups to form partnerships. McConnell says having stable employment is about more than a paycheck and supporting a family. 

KSP: Dispose of Medication on Take Back Day

Apr 25, 2018

  The Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency are setting up locations across the commonwealth for citizens to dispose unneeded prescription drugs. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday. KSP says collections will take place at state police posts and other locations in 16 cities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sergeant Josh Lawson says the event makes it easy for citizens to dispose of unneeded drugs in the safest way possible.

Fewer Kentucky children are dying at the hands of an abuser, but the number of cases of child abuse is drastically rising. 

Will Kentucky Take Over Jefferson County Schools?

Apr 24, 2018
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Conservative groups are pushing for the state to take over the management of Jefferson County Public Schools, the state’s largest school district.

This comes after after a shakeup of Kentucky’s Board of Education last week 

Jerry Stephenson, a member of the Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition, said he wants the state to renegotiate the collective bargaining agreement with the local teachers’ union. 

  Students from Marshall County High School say they are concerned with vulnerabilities in the school’s safety plan. A group of students discussed concerns last week with Democratic sheriff candidate Trent Weaver. Freshmen Lela Free says she is most concerned with the unintended effects of the metal detector system. Currently, students are wanded as they enter the school each morning. Free says this creates a ‘bottleneck’ of students waiting in a small space with no protection. 

Threat Of School Shooting Yields Prison Sentence

Apr 24, 2018
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  A 19-year-old Henderson County man has learned the hard way you can’t joke about gun violence. He has been sentenced to  prison sentence for a comment he made that was reported by his high school classmates.

When student Cameron Davis made a comment at Henderson County High School last October that he was going to “shoot up the school tomorrow” it was reported to school staff and then police.

The Gleaner reports Davis told police he had been joking and said he knew “it was stupid to joke like that.”

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A poll released this month by Western Kentucky University suggests that Mitch McConnell is the least popular among the state’s two Republican U.S. Senators.

A survey of more than 500 of the state’s residents at least 18 years old gave the Senate Majority Leader a 30 percent approval rating. WKU Political Science Professor Joel Turner heads the Social Science Research Center at WKU, which conducted the poll.

He says popularity typically hasn’t been behind McConnell’s rise to leadership.

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A motorcycle ride this week in Hardin County is putting the spotlight on sexual assault awareness and prevention.

The U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox is holding its annual “Raise the Bars Motorcycle Ride” Thursday.

Participants will start at Fort Knox and ride to “Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Services” in Elizabethtown.

James Frye is a victims advocate for the Army Human Resources Command.

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Still from White House video.

“Why don’t you just fire the guy?”

The question came in a press availability with President Trump soon after he learned that federal agents, acting on information from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, had raided the offices of his personal lawyer, Robert Cohen.

The president visibly warmed to the question. Arms crossed, he answered, “Many people have said, ‘You should fire him.’”

 

President Trump’s recent rhetoric has raised speculation th

New Map Shows Explosion of Fluorinated Chemical Contamination

Apr 20, 2018

 

The non-profit Environmental Working Group and a team of environmental health researchers at Northeastern University in Boston developed the map, which tracks publicly-known contaminated sites reported from both EPA testing and state and local agencies.

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Billy Hobby’s days are largely filled by two things: church and pool.

“I play everyday, mostly,” Hobby said, sitting next to his wife, Barbara.

“Well, I enjoy watching him play,” Barbara Hobby said. “He’s got health problems, can’t go out of town and play all the time.”

 

 

Billy and Barbara were in Cadiz, Kentucky, about 20 miles from their home in Princeton so that the 86-year-old pool player could compete in a weekly tournament.

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