Although campaign advertisement spending this spring is well below last year, it still could impact voter turnout come Tuesday. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes predicts one out of 10 registered voters will go to the polls. Grimes says money spent on political ads this year is also probably a tenth of what was paid last year. "There is no question and no doubt that negative nasty ads, it doesn't have the impact of actually positively bringing folks out to vote, but rather deterring them from getting out on Election Day," said Grimes.
Following a two-year summer reading initiative, officials at an eastern Kentucky elementary school say their students' reading scores increased significantly. Owsley County Elementary is one of five Kentucky schools that participated in the national non-profit 'Reading is Fundamental' program.
Federal, state, and local officials joined hundreds of interested residents in Pikeville Monday for the second 'Shaping Our Appalachian Region' Summit. The meeting gave participants an opportunity to strategize on action steps to help move forward the eastern Kentucky economy.
The commissioner of Kentucky's Department of Criminal Justice Training says there have been some 30 studies since 1929 on policing in America. John Bizzack addressed participants Monday at the National Citizens Police Academy Association Conference in Lexington.
As a child growing up in Georgia, notions of someday becoming an engineer never occurred to Dianne Leveridge. But the girl who didn’t think she was good at math went on to earn first a master’s degree, and then a PhD in civil engineering and is now guiding other smart young women to act on their true professional talents and ambitions. Dr. Leveridge is now Director of Technical Programs for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. She shared her journey with Tom Martin.
Top row: Hal Heiner, left, and James Comer. Bottom row: Matt Bevin, left, and Will T. Scott.
Louisville businessman Matt Bevin and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer tag-teamed attacks against former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner on Wednesday during a debate of Republican gubernatorial candidates.
From left: john Hingsbergen, Dr. Sara Rosenthal, Rita Swan
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While Americans have access to the best medical care in the world, some choose to ignore that care, relying on their faith to take care such needs, sometimes with tragic results. On this week’s show we'll discuss the conflict between the religious beliefs of some Americans in Conflict with Modern Medicine.
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Keeneland President Bill Thomason addressing Lexington Rotarians
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The president of Keeneland says the long term success of the historic track hinges on being able to attract youth to the sport.
Bill Thomason offered his annual pre-derby speech to Lexington Rotarians Thursday. "If you attach them to the horse, then you create life-long fans," said Thomason. "That's why even if they're picnicking on the grounds, which we love to see, we do things to make sure that they have the opportunity to get up next to the racetrack to see the horses and experience it."
Communities all across the country are participating this week in the national PrepareAthon. It's a campaign to raise awareness about emergency preparedness for issues including severe weather and chemical spills. John Bobel is with Lexington's Division of Emergency Management. He says two nearby interstates and heavily traveled rail routes always present the risk of a hazardous event. "Most days nothing happens, but we need to be aware if something does happen to a tanker carrying hazardous materials, that there is going to be a response," said Bobel.
The arrest of 30 year old Antonio Lewis in connection with the April 19 slaying of a Lexington pizza delivery worker is calming some fears among area Muslims. The body of Salahuddin Jitmoud was found with knife wounds in the breezeway of a Lexington apartment complex. University of Kentucky Muslim Student Association President Layla Suleiman says the way Jitmoud was killed prompted concern. "I think that, just the way he died and the way he was murdered, it made us think like it just seemed very personal," said Suleiman.
Medical research participants in eastern Kentucky Wednesday had the chance to quiz investigators about their findings. The first Appalachia Research Day event was held in Hazard. Debra Moser works in UK's College of Nursing focusing on heart health issues. "You know we report our research at professional meetings and we publish but if we don't really present back to the people who participated in the research,” said Moser. “It seems like we haven't closed the loop."
It's not likely to get much attention this week leading up to Derby, but there's a pending rule change that could someday transform the landscape of the horse racing industry. The new rule is not tied directly to training, purses, or gambling but it is a long debated issue.
Certain sights and sounds at the track are well-known and expected. But what many outside of the industry probably do not know is that about four hours before post time, most horses are administered a commonly used drug called Lasix.