Health Department Sponsors Farmers' Markets

Jun 11, 2018
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Farm-fresh food is being offer at two locations of the Fayette County Health department

Beginning Wednesday  farmers’ will set up stands at the two locations of on alternate weeks.

Spokesman Kevin Hall says people often don’t have easy access to healthy fruits and vegetables or they are unfamiliar with how to serve them. He says the special farmers’ address both those problems.

Since the markets are at health department locations, potential clients can also be introduced to other health services.

White House

President Donald Trump last week told the Department of Energy to “prepare immediate steps” to stop the closures of coal and nuclear power plants in the Ohio Valley region that are no longer economical to operate.

But a number of energy analysts say the administration’s unprecedented effort to prop up struggling utilities will do little to solve their underlying problems and will likely end up costing consumers more.   

KSP

Two ranking Kentucky State Troopers and the Scott County coroner have been indicted by a grand jury.

According to Kentucky State Police, Master Trooper Mitch Harris, retired Lieutenant Colonel Michael Crawford and Coroner John Goble are charged with stealing more than $40,000 in ammunition and firearms from a KSP storage facility in Frankfort.

Goble was additionally charged with trafficking in a controlled substance. The indictments were announced Thursday. 

The missing items were discovered in December and KSP soon launched an internal investigation. 

During a hearing Thursday the judge presiding over the lawsuit against Kentucky’s new pension law questioned why state lawmakers were able to pass the measure out of the Republican-led legislature in just one day. 

State law requires bills to be formally presented on three separate days before they are eligible to be voted on in the state House and Senate, though lawmakers frequently vote to override the rule. The new changes to Kentucky’s pension system were passed in just one day. 
 

The Concerned Citizens of Estill County have taken the next step to encourage the state to remove the toxic waste from a local landfill.

Nearby residents have long opposed the state’s plan to keep the waste and Thursday filed new petition to stop it.

Over 1,000 tons of illegally dumped radioactive wastes sits in the Blue Ridge Landfill in Irvine.

The state Energy and Environment Cabinet announced last month that’s where it would stay.

On Tuesday, Delaware became the first state to take advantage of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision and legalize full-scale sports betting — with the governor first in line to lay down money on a single game.

Gov. John Carney put $10 on the Phillies game that night — and it paid off. The Phillies beat the Cubs 6-1.

On May 14, the high court struck down a federal law that prevented states from legalizing sports gambling. The justices ruled that Congress can ban sports betting itself but said it can't mandate what state legislatures do or don't pass.

International House of Pancakes has created a stir by saying that after being IHOP for 60 years, it is "flippin' our name to IHOb" — setting off speculation over what that mysterious b could signify.

For now, the company isn't saying. IHOP promises to reveal the meaning on June 11.

But the Internet isn't big on waiting. Hungry for answers, people responded to the cryptic tweets: Could it be breakfast? Biscuits? Brunch? The improbable bancakes? Simply, and minimally, bacon? The on-trend bitcoin?

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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles will emcee the annual Fancy Farm Picnic this year. The fundraiser for Saint Jerome’s Catholic Church is one of the best known political events in the state. Organizer Mark Wilson says Quarles is the first millennial to emcee the picnic.

Wilson suggested the relatively young emcee is a sign the picnic, in its 138th year, is  “embracing the changing times.”

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Legendary University of Kentucky and Southeastern Conference coach and administrator C.M. Newton died Monday at the age of 88.

Kentucky.com put together remembrances from friends and athletes who recalled him as the "defination of a leader"

The Louisville Courier-Journal also posted a tribute

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Ohio Valley ReSource

Coal Ash Uncovered: New Data Reveal Widespread Contamination At Ohio Valley Sites

Jun 18, 2018

For generations, coal power has fueled American prosperity. But for each shovelful thrown into the furnaces, a pile of ash was left in its place.

Today, as coal’s dominance in the power sector wanes, those piles of ash have grown into mountains as coal ash became one of the largest waste streams in the country, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

Special Project: Coal Ash Uncovered

Jun 16, 2018
Ohio Valley ReSource

Coal has long powered the Ohio Valley. But it left behind a legacy of waste: dozens of massive coal ash disposal sites. As the Trump administration changes the regulation of coal ash, the Ohio Valley ReSource and partner station WFPL have analyzed new data from the region’s waste sites. The analysis found widespread evidence that coal ash sites are leaking contaminants into surrounding groundwater. 

In the first of a three-part series, reporters Brittany Patterson and Ryan Van Velzer share what they found and what it might mean for nearby communities.

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Anti-poverty activists say they will continue a campaign of demonstrations and civil disobedience throughout the Ohio Valley despite arrests at some events and being blocked from Kentucky’s capitol building.

The Poor People’s Campaign has rallied in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia and campaign leaders returned to Kentucky Wednesday after the group was denied access at earlier demonstrations.

 

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