Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader http://weku.fm en UK Celebrates Historic WPA Collection http://weku.fm/post/uk-celebrates-historic-wpa-collection <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/09/03/2321910/university-of-kentucky-celebrates.html">Records and publications that chronicle the Works Progress Administration, which provided millions of jobs at the height of the Great Depression, have found a home at the University of Kentucky. Three years in the making, the collection is among the most complete in the United States, said Sandee McAninch, head of the UK Federal Depository Unit. U.S. Archivist David S. Ferriero will present a speech to highlight the collection, titled "Putting America Back to Work During the Great Depression," at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at UK's William T. Young Library. </a> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 17:10:10 +0000 Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader 32375 at http://weku.fm UK Celebrates Historic WPA Collection Health Reform Law Could Improve AIDS Treatment http://weku.fm/post/health-reform-law-could-improve-aids-treatment <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/08/15/2300255/health-reform-could-improve-aids.html">Thousands of Kentuckians</a> with HIV or AIDS could have access to more effective treatment because of health care reforms if advocates and providers inform state officials what's needed to make it work — now. "It's like building a plane while we are flying a plane," said Amy Killelea, senior manager for health care access for the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, a national advocacy group. Killelea spoke Wednesday, the second day of a two-day conference on AIDS and HIV that drew advocates and health providers from across Kentucky to Lexington. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:31:19 +0000 Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader 31391 at http://weku.fm Whooping Cough Cases Could Reach Record http://weku.fm/post/whooping-cough-cases-could-reach-record <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/07/24/2269220/whooping-cough-cases-in-kentucky.html">State and national health officials</a> are predicting a record number of whooping cough cases this year and are urging vaccination against the highly contagious disease, especially for pregnant women and small children. Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a contagious disease caused by bacteria. It is spread by respiratory droplets transmitted person to person among those who are in close contact with one another. Nationwide, nine children have died of the disease so far this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:29:07 +0000 Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader 30124 at http://weku.fm Health Care on the Verge of Change http://weku.fm/post/health-care-verge-change <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/06/26/2238930/regardless-of-court-decision-changes.html">Not matter what the U.S.</a> Supreme Court decides Thursday, President Barack Obama&#39;s health care plan already is creating changes that will permanently alter how health care is delivered. &quot;Health care is changing in pretty fundamental ways aside from the Supreme Court and what the Supreme Court does,&quot; said Gregg Nunziata, senior director at The Advisory Board, a research and consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Nunziata spoke Tuesday at Lexington Mayor Jim Gray&#39;s first Healthcare Economy Conference. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:58:15 +0000 Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader 28705 at http://weku.fm Miniseries 'Hatfields and McCoys' Draws Huge Audience http://weku.fm/post/miniseries-hatfields-and-mccoys-draws-huge-audience <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/05/30/2206255/miniseries-hatfields-and-mccoys.html">If Virginia is for lovers,</a> then Pike County is for feuding. The History channel miniseries about the infamous Kentucky and West Virginia families has drawn huge viewership, propelling the Eastern Kentucky county into the pop-culture ether and pushing a historical tome by a Lexington publisher to the top of the sales charts. Thu, 31 May 2012 14:23:13 +0000 Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader 27298 at http://weku.fm Miniseries 'Hatfields and McCoys' Draws Huge Audience Celebrations Cause Destruction in Lexington http://weku.fm/post/celebrations-cause-destruction-lexington <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/31/2134111/south-limestone-sidewalks-filled.html#storylink=omni_popular%23wgt=pop">Jubilation over the University of Kentucky&#39;s</a> win over the University of Louisville quickly turned into scenes of couch-burning mayhem in key celebratory areas around campus. Lexington&#39;s State Street, which had become the epicenter of couch burning in recent weeks, was quickly filled with thousands of people, smoke and flying beer bottles. Police in riot gear with fire extinguishers and batons dodged bottles from the growing crowd and tried to stop a raft of couch fires. Sun, 01 Apr 2012 16:47:06 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader, Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader, Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader & Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader 24211 at http://weku.fm Celebrations Cause Destruction in Lexington Spring Allergies Arrive Early http://weku.fm/post/spring-allergies-arrive-early <p>Dr. Clark Bailey&#39;s patients don&#39;t have to tell him how miserable their allergies are this year. As a fellow sufferer, he knows the feeling. The spring allergy season normally gets under way right about now, but many sufferers have been sneezing for a month or more. Allergy sufferers can thank a mild winter with a lot of rain for their early symptoms. &quot;I have certainly had them early this year,&quot; said Bailey, a general practitioner at Lexington&#39;s Central Baptist&#39;s Urgent Care. Some of his patients have complained of problems from allergies since February. The spring allergy season normally gets under way right about now, but many sufferers have been sneezing for a month or more. Allergy sufferers can thank a mild winter with a lot of rain for their early symptoms. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:31:06 +0000 Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader 23926 at http://weku.fm UK Fans Celebrate Win http://weku.fm/post/uk-fans-celebrate-win <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/25/2125820/police-crowds-close-some-roads.html">The blackened remains of several sofas</a> littered sidewalks in the area of University and State streets, and Lexington police cruisers sat near every intersection for several blocks as fans celebrated UK&#39;s Sunday win. But aside from a few furniture fatalities, downtown streets were mostly filled with blue-clad fans honking, whooping and hollering, apparently saving their full fanaticism for the after-party Saturday, when &mdash; they are convinced &mdash; Kentucky will beat Louisville. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 13:41:56 +0000 Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader & Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 23837 at http://weku.fm Effort Seeks Aid to Student Athletes http://weku.fm/post/effort-seeks-aid-student-athletes <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/08/08/1838395/frankfort-non-profit-seeks-to.html "><strong>A new Franklin County non-profit</strong></a> that helps students with the cost of playing on public school sports teams wants to be a model for other communities. Mon, 08 Aug 2011 14:06:45 +0000 Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader 10115 at http://weku.fm Sedentary Parade in Lexington http://weku.fm/post/sedentary-parade-lexington <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/07/29/1827669/sedentary-parade-planned-in-lexington.html">Sit down, Lexington.</a> Throw on your Snuggie, recline in your Barcalounger and have a nice, long Mario Kart marathon. All comers are welcome to do just that &mdash; or whatever un-activity appeals to them &mdash; during the Sedentary Parade, a tongue-in-cheek response to Lexington&#39;s recent designation as the country&#39;s laziest city in Men&#39;s Health magazine.</p><p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 14:16:53 +0000 Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader 9554 at http://weku.fm Sedentary Parade in Lexington Lawmakers Weigh in on Hospital Merger http://weku.fm/post/lawmakers-weigh-hospital-merger <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/07/28/1826230/beshear-comway-weigh-in-on-proposed.html">Following growing tensions between health care executives</a> and those opposing the proposed merger among University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and St. Mary&#39;s HealthCare, and the St. Joseph Healthcare System, Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway are weighing in. Beshear issued a statement Wednesday citing &quot;growing concerns within the community about issues related to the hospital&#39;s future level of access to medical services&quot; as a reason to conduct a &quot;deliberate and thoughtful&quot; review of the merger. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:32:43 +0000 Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader 9483 at http://weku.fm Deadly Game Motivates Teen http://weku.fm/post/deadly-game-motivates-teen <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/07/11/1807517/deadly-choking-game-moves-teen.html">Two years ago, Hayley Cunningham </a>lost her cousin to a deadly game she&#39;d never heard of. Her cousin was found dead in his bedroom after accidentally choking himself, the result of an increasingly fatal practice gaining popularity among middle-school students known as the &quot;choking game.&quot; It involves near-strangulation that provides a brief floaty feeling and fainting. After grieving her cousin&#39;s death, Cunningham decided she wanted to educate others and maybe save a life.</p><p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 13:49:18 +0000 Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader 8276 at http://weku.fm Deadly Game Motivates Teen Special Olympics Help Man Find Voice http://weku.fm/post/special-olympics-help-man-find-voice <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/06/01/1758879/breaking-autisms-barriers.html">Barbara Campbell once wished </a>her little boy would say something. Anything. Autism rendered her son, Ryan Barts, silent in his first few years. Things have certainly changed. &quot;I&#39;m a celebrity in Central Kentucky, I am, maybe in Kentucky,&quot; said Barts, now 22. His speech takes on its own particular cadence, especially when he is excited. &quot;It&#39;s a wonderful thing, it is, a wonderful thing.&quot; As one of five Kentuckians representing the United States at the Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece, starting June 24, Barts happily rattles off his successes and failures on the track. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 14:56:45 +0000 Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader 5249 at http://weku.fm Teen Makes Splash at Special Olympics http://weku.fm/post/teen-makes-splash-special-olympics <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/06/01/1759432/teen-with-autism-is-making-a-splash.html">For a long time</a>, Collin Lutz lived in his own, small world. &quot;The thing about autism,&quot; said his mother, Shannon, &quot;is that they like it that way.&quot; But Shannon and her husband, Stephen, wanted more for the second of their four children. So when they heard about Special Olympics, they were all in. Collin Lutz, now 18, didn&#39;t immediately take to swimming, the sport that is taking him to the world stage as a member of Kentucky&#39;s delegation to the 2011 World Games in Athens, Greece, this month. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 14:53:10 +0000 Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader 5246 at http://weku.fm