Eastern Kentucky University Public Relations

On a cold day when indoor recreation might be the best choice, Eastern Kentucky University officials broke ground Monday morning for a new student recreation and wellness center. The $40 million dollar facility is financed through a student fee.

When completed the student rec and wellness center will be twice as big as EKU’s existing facility and will include basketball and racquetball courts, a pool, a weight room and a rock climbing wall. 

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Both of the state’s major political parties are calling for a state representative to resign after allegations that he sexually assaulted a minor and attempted to commit arson.  The Bullitt County Republican mentioned in the allegations is also a preacher.

According to the report from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, a woman alleges that Rep. Dan Johnson groped and molested her after a New Year’s party in 2012 when she was 17 years old.


Kentucky.com

The backlog of untested rape kits in Kentucky has grown larger than the initial 3,000 discovered in 2015.

While testing is complete on the original backlog, officials uncovered 1,500 so-called “boomerang kits”.

Those are rape kits sent to the crime lab, not tested for various reasons, and then returned to law enforcement agencies.

The state recently received a nearly $3 million federal grant to test those kits from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Benny Becker | Ohio Valley ReSource

 

  

The sound of power tools blends with teenage chatter as students clamber around, under, and over a trailer bed that they’re busy turning into a home. They’re part of a project called “Building It Forward,” which has vocational classes building tiny houses as a way of gaining practical skills and new confidence.

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The Lexington council has taken the first step toward rebranding the city’s day treatment center.  It would rename the facility in honor of Audrey Grevious.  The educator and civil rights leader died in January.

Vice Mayor Steve Kay believes the naming of the center for Grevious is appropriate. “She had a really good feisty attitude.  She was outspoken.  She was clear.  You know exactly what was on her mind,” noted Kay.  “She was really a treat to work with, so I think this would be a fitting honor for her.”

Lexington Leaders Look for New Tourism Strategies

Dec 11, 2017
kentuckytourism.com

Lexington is developing new ways to draw tourists to the central Kentucky community. The council recently got briefed on a Destination Development Plan.

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.

damonthayer.com

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.

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Some Rare Good News Concerning Opioids

Dec 14, 2017
Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

A survey put out by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found a rare bit of good news about the opioid crisis. As Aaron Payne reports, fewer teenagers are using opioid drugs.

The Monitoring the Future Survey results shows a continued decrease of opioid misuse by teens.

National Institute of Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow says this is encouraging news as overdose and addiction rates continue to rise for adults.

Benny Becker | Ohio Valley ReSource

 

  

The sound of power tools blends with teenage chatter as students clamber around, under, and over a trailer bed that they’re busy turning into a home. They’re part of a project called “Building It Forward,” which has vocational classes building tiny houses as a way of gaining practical skills and new confidence.

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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