The small, central Kentucky town of Berea has long had a reputation as a progressive community. Berea College was among the first southern schools to open its doors to women and African Americans. But as WEKU’S Ron Smith reports, recent intolerance raises questions about the town’s commitment to its ideals.
Later this month, officials with University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives will address a General Assembly committee on the hospitals’ pending merger. The principals were called before state lawmakers over concerns that reproductive and end-of-life services will be changed once the Catholic Health Initiatives owns a majority of the other facilities. CHI will have a 70 percent share of University Hospital and the doctors will follow Catholic health directives.
The University of Kentucky has recently partnered with the nation of South Africa on an academic program titled "Kentucky and South Africa, Different Lands, Common Ground". The collaboration provides an opportunity for UK students to travel and learn more about the people and issues facing the once-segregated country.
International Studies student Corinne Price is back from an internship at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children in Cape Town, and she recently shared her experiences with Alan Lytle.
The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC ) is a one-stop center in Cape Town, South Africa for women and children who are survivors of abuse. Their vision is the creation of a safe and secure society and a human rights culture where women and children are empowered to exercise their full rights.
Jennifer Seagraves, owner of Mom Blakeman's, enjoys Friday's 50th anniversary of the Lancaster candy business.
For something that melts rather quickly, Mom Blakeman's Creamed Pull Candy has showed remarkable staying power. "It is really still the best kept secret anywhere," said Pam Williams, who runs the store and the company's day-to-day operations. "It's also one of the most unique candies anywhere." The secret was out Friday as those responsible for maintaining the legacy of Lancaster's buttery smooth signature confection celebrated the product's 50th birthday with a packed party at the current store where the candy is now made and sold.
Pat Baker keeps momentos from her trips to Norway on display in her Mercer County home.
Since Pat Baker first went to Norway as a 20-year-old in 1966, she always dreamed of returning to the nation she called home for seven months. So when Baker was finally able to make that return visit earlier this month, there was no way she thought she’d end up in a real-life nightmare. “The closest thing I can think of to describe the mood of Norway after the tragedy would be our 9/11,” Baker said Friday in her home, two days after returning.
Assistant County Attorney Jill Justice speaks with Bowling Green Police Department Officer Ben Carroll during a pretrial hearing Wednesday for a driving under the influence case at the Warren County Justice Center.
When Bowling Green Police Department Officer Ronnie Ward walks into Warren District Court to testify against someone he has arrested for driving under the influence, he is confident that Assistant County Attorney Jill Justice is well-prepared for the prosecution. Justice oversees the DUI division in the Warren County Attorney’s Office, prosecuting the majority of people charged here with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year in Warren County, 1,075 people were convicted of DUI, according to a recently released Kentucky State Police study. The high number of convictions places Warren County among the highest per capita in DUI convictions in the state.
Officials in Butler, Ohio and Muhlenberg counties are left wondering what their next move is now that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has presented three proposals for fixing the Green River Dam at Rochester. The corps did take a look at what it would take to stabilize the dam and earlier this month presented three solutions, the first costing $799,000 for a temporary fix with rocks and mortar in front of the dam gates that are leaking. That fix could last 25 to 50 years.
Chad Cox of Morgantown, a lineman with Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corp., rescues a 175-pound dummy in the hurt man rescue Thursday during the Kentucky Lineman's Rodeo at the Buck Jenkins Service Center.
After a spring and summer in which storms have taken down their fair share of power lines and poles, electric lineman from around the state gathered Thursday for a more competitive approach at the Kentucky Lineman’s Rodeo at the Buck Jenkins Service Center off Bowling Green's Commerce Drive. With poles and cherry pickers creating a unique field for competition, lineman hauled equipment around the site, competing at various events, including phase swap, pole climb, cross arm and hurt man.
Police and health officials hope a new window decal will curb the number of home break-ins in Frankfort by burglars looking for prescription painkillers. The decals cling to a front door or window and tell would-be burglars that the home is free of unused medications
After the first string of countywide health inspections for the 2011 calendar year were completed in the early weeks of July, the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park's restaurant once again scored a low number. Back in 2009, the Riverview Restaurant scored a 79, the lowest health inspection score in Whitley County at the time. And though the most recent score, an 84, was not as low, cleanliness issues remain the same for one of Kentucky's state-funded restaurants.
A former Blaine mayor will now face the Lawrence County Grand Jury on several charges after Lawrence County District Judge Susan M. Johnson waived the case against Crystal Meade, 46, of Blaine, to the grand jury Wednesday morning. Current mayor Geneva Wheeler has charged in a warrant she swore out two months ago that Meade tampered with public records, misappropriated entrusted property and is guilty of second-degree official misconduct.
The US House and Senate still haven’t reached a deal on how to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, which has some Kentucky lawmakers worried that the nation is headed towards its first default. Kentucky Democratic Congressman Chandler says the far right wing of the Republican Party is to blame for the current impasse.
When officials lobby for road projects during the 2012 legislative session, widening Interstate 64 in Franklin County will be a high priority. The Bluegrass Area Development District – tasked with economic development issues – published a list of key projects this week. The agency includes officials from 15 central Kentucky counties
The University of Louisville has doubled the power of its supercomputer. When it was installed in 2009, the Cardinal Research Cluster was 21 teraflops, meaning it could do 21 trillion calculations per second. Most home computers aren’t measured in flops, but rarely exceed a ten thousandth of that power. Now the cluster is 42 teraflops. It’s used for cancer research and the new capacity will be used for pediatric cancer and environmental research.
It's been nine years and the Minority Business Expo is still going strong. This year the showcase capped off with a keynote address by Hall of Fame Basketball great Oscar Robertson. Anthony Wright, chair of the expo, says, while the event is unique opportunity for minority business to introduce their products to government and corporate buyers, the intent is broader than that.
Many young horse riders are getting their first taste of the big time this week at Kentucky Horse Park. Trailers line the parking lots, colorful golf carts decked out in U.S., Canadian, and Mexican flags speed by, and spectators brave the summer heat for a glimpse at the young talent. It's early afternoon and 17-year-old Talia Hershaft just finished a solo ride in front of the judges.
The Clark County Fiscal Court approved first readings of three ordinances aimed at curbing drug-related thefts and outlining new guidelines for pawnbrokers and precious metal dealers, motor vehicle recyclers and other recyclers. Now, precious metal dealers would have to place a 10-day hold on items purchased before they could be resold, damaged or recycled, instead of the previously proposed five-day hold.
Starting in late August, all students in grades 5-12 in the Owensboro school system will get laptop computers. The school system purchased 2,200 of the Apple Macbook Air laptops. Each cost about $1,000, according to a published report in the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer.
Frankfort - Kentucky State Police is tapping into cyberspace through social media sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to entice new recruits to join the agency. KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced Friday that the agency launched its first of several recruiting videos via YouTube.
FRANKFORT – Blasting at two Eastern Kentucky mines sent rocks through the air that damaged nearby property, including two homes, according to the Department of Natural Resources, which suspended the blasting until those responsible could explain how they intend to prevent it from happening again.
Henry Telles sits in the Shelby County Detention Center, charged with multiple counts of rape and child molestation. His bond is $30,000. But Telles isn’t going to be released on bond, and even if he is cleared of those crimes, he won’t be returning to live in Shelby County. His future destinations could include prison or deportation or both. Headlined by cases such as Telles’, immigration and deportation have become heavily debated issues in America – Shelby County included.
Sometime before Louivy Bare was to turn 81, his daughter, Karen Wolfe, asked him what was one thing he had always wanted to do in life that he had never gotten to do. His answer was twofold: he wanted to ride in a hot air balloon, and he wanted to visit Alaska. While Bare said he believes his chance to get to Alaska may never come, he will be able to experience a balloon ride at this year's Buffalo Trace Balloon Race.
Cyclists wearing "Second Sunday" t-shirts ride out of Cheapside Park on their way to the Legacy Trail during the Second Sunday ride in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, April 10, 2011.
Sit down, Lexington. Throw on your Snuggie, recline in your Barcalounger and have a nice, long Mario Kart marathon. All comers are welcome to do just that — or whatever un-activity appeals to them — during the Sedentary Parade, a tongue-in-cheek response to Lexington's recent designation as the country's laziest city in Men's Health magazine.
Unemployment rates fell in 96 Kentucky counties between June 2010 and June 2011, while 19 county rates increased and five counties remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 7.4 percent while Jackson County had the highest rate at 16.8 percent.
Artist Bill Fontana opened a public art sound installation in the landscaped passageway between the Financial Center Tower and its garage on July 29. The sound sculpture incorporates the sounds of the subtarranean Town Branch River.
While federal lawmakers wrestle with their debt ceiling, legislators in Kentucky have their own debt problems to worry about. A bill comes due in September that worries state officials and business leaders. Kentucky borrowed about 900 million dollars from the federal government for jobless benefits, and it must make a 28 million dollar interest payment. If the state falls short, the premiums paid by business for unemployment insurance could go up 400 dollars per employee or about 640 million dollars.
When President Obama visited Fort Campbell just before Derby Day, Kentucky’s Governor confirms he did not receive a formal invitation to participate. Nor, could Governor Steve Beshear rework his schedule to join in a ceremony for the Navy Seals who killed Osama Bin Laden. At the time, Beshear did not talk about not receiving an invitation. The governor said today (Thursday) it was not an attempt to mislead the public for political gain
While exasperated over the debt ceiling debate, Kentucky’s governor thinks its impacts on the Commonwealth could be minimal. The governor says there’s no way the United States ought to be at this crossroads right now. Steve Beshear says politicians in Washington have allowed partisan politics to rule the day with no thought to the interest of the American public. Beshear says Kentucky relies on the federal government for Medicaid, transportation, and education funding.
Forty years ago today, Charley Pride and his longtime producer Cowboy Jack Clement walked into a recording studio after lunch and emerged before dinner with three new tracks. Pride says he had no idea that one of them—“Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’”—would become a country colossus. But to really appreciate the magnitude of Pride’s more than thirty year-long hit-making heyday, it’s best to go to the beginning.