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.

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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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A gay man who was denied a marriage license by Rowan County’s Clerk has officially filed to run against her in 2018.

David Ermold filed Wednesday to run for county clerk.

Dogs Quarantined at Lexington Humane Society

Dec 6, 2017
Stu Johnson

Workers at the Lexington Humane Society are continuing with intense cleaning this week.  The animal shelter is closed under a 14 day quarantine of its dogs.

Two dogs succumbed to an aggressive bacterial infection and that led  to the closure.  Senior Manager of Donor Relations Ashley Hammond says everything at the adoption center is being scrubbed.  She says for the time being, strays should be taken to Masterson Station Park.

 

 

 

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.

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A new study of elder abuse protections ranks Kentucky the fourth worst in the nation.

The study by WalletHub looked at a few key areas--prevalence of elder abuse, resources, and protection. Kentucky ranks 47th in the quality of its nursing homes. The commonwealth also ranks in the bottom for the most gross neglect and exploitation complaints.

Tennessee is ranked 15th in elder abuse protection, while Indiana is 27th.

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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.

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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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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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