The Kentucky Department of Education has completed an informal survey of middle and high school students. It shows bullying remains a problem on campus and online. The department partnered with family resource and youth service centers to anonymously quiz randomly selected students across the state on a variety of topics.
The long time director of the University of Kentucky’s Ovarian Cancer Screening says it’s hard to say how the federal health care reforms will affect future screening. Dr. John Van Nagel says it’s difficult to determine if more or fewer Kentucky women will be screened for ovarian cancer under the new Affordable Care Act.
The outgoing leader of a mainstay Lexington arts organization would like to see public art continue to flourish. Lexarts President Jim Clark announced his plans Friday to step down the end of June. While admitting he has no concrete future plans, Clark hopes consistent financial support for public art can be realized over time.
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As Lexington city leaders work to make decisions on spending surplus money, questions persist regarding the police and fire pension fund. A January agreement between the Mayor and police and fire union representatives was hailed as a ‘fix.’ But, Council member Kevin Stinnett noted this week the need for additional city support does raise concern.
After more than a decade of championing the arts in Lexington, Lexarts President Jim Clark has announced he will leave his post. Clark's resignation will be effective the end of June. He says he is pleased with the pace of arts activities in the bluegrass.
“And I feel like I’ve taken it as far as I can go and there comes a point when new vision and leadership is needed and this is the right time to do that.”
Nearly 870 thousand Kentuckians will see a decrease in their food stamp benefits. The change comes as federal recovery dollars dry up. As of next onth, on average, eligible Kentucky households will experience a five and a half percent reduction in food stamps. Mark Cornett, Deputy Commissioner in the Health and Family Services Cabinet, says the impact ranges from about 20 to 36 dollars a month, depending upon household size.
The planned explosive destruction of thousands of aging mustard projectiles stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot is not expected have an environmental impact. That’s according to a report released today. The explosive technique is expected to be used in a detonation chamber at the Madison County Depot.
Eighth-graders in Kentucky are doing better than their peers around the globe when it comes to math and science. A study being released today compared every state, the District of Columbia and Defense Department schools against 38 countries and nine additional subnational education systems.
State officials have approved a wider area in eastern Kentucky where hunters can take black bears. A statement from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says the number of counties where bears can be hunted has been expanded from four to 16. The Fish and Wildlife Commission said it recommended the changes in June and they recently received legislative approval.
One of Louisville's historic landmarks is scheduled to reopen to the public next March after a $3.4 million renovation. The interior work is meant to bring the city's Original Pumping Station No. 1 back to closely resemble its original condition. Louisville Water Co. provided a sneak peak to visitors on Wednesday.
Hall of fame jockey Calvin Borel is recovering after a serious spill during an afternoon race at Keeneland Wednesday. The Lexington-Herald Leader reports the 46 year old rider suffered a broken leg after being thrown off ‘Sonic Dancer’ in the sixth race at the Lexington track. Borel was also displaying symptoms of a concussion.
After a string of years in decline, housing sales in the bluegrass are moving in the other direction. Unlike other states during the recession, the central Kentucky housing market didn’t see a big drop in property value. But, there were sizeable reductions in the number of houses sold from 2005 until 2012. Then there was a pendulum swing according to Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator David O’Neil.
Veteran jockey Calvin Borel has been injured during a race this afternoon at Keeneland. The outgoing rider was unseated from Sonic Dancer shortly after the start of the sixth race Wednesday. Keeneland Medical Director Barry Schuman released a statement. In it, he said Borel was “stable, somewhat alert and suffering the effects of a sports concussion. He was complaining of pain in his left leg but he was able to move it. He was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for further evaluation.”
Kentucky has been selected as one of seven states participating in a two year pilot program to train future teachers. The Council of Chief State School Officers created the Network for Transforming Education Preparation. The aim is to help all new teachers be ready on the first day of their careers to prepare students for college, work, and life.
More than two million dollars will be spent on safety improvements at railroad crossings in 17 Kentucky counties. The grants, all which require a dollar for dollar match from the railroad companies, are funded through the Kentucky Railroad Crossing Improvement Program. The transportation cabinet processed applications for more than a hundred projects at 99 crossing locations.
Good sound comradery can go a long way to help achieve success on the basketball court. Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball coach Jeff Neubauer says it’s one of the strengths of this year’s squad.
A proposed ordinance expected to be voted on this week would ban residents of a western Kentucky county from keeping livestock on smaller plots or close to dwellings. The measure is scheduled to be voted on Thursday by the Daviess County Fiscal Court in Owensboro.
After much debate, Lexington city leaders have decided to spend a million dollars in economic development incentives. The final amount was much less than requested by Lexington’s mayor.In fact, the Council cut in half the amount of money intended for what the mayor calls a ‘jobs fund.’ Mayor Jim Gray has said the money would go for loans, primarily for local companies creating new jobs.
The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels are being picked to win the Ohio Valley Conference East Division this basketball season. The men’s team returns four starters and 13 overall from a squad which won a school record 25 games a year ago. Guards Glenn Cosey and Corey Walden were selected to the preseason All-OVC team. Southeast Missouri and Murray State tied for the top spot in the west division.
Communities across Kentucky will benefit from nearly three million dollars in federal money intended to heighten security and safety measures. The funds are from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Lexington city leaders are taking a first step toward widening a major roadway in Fayette County. The Council this Tuesday voted to spend a quarter million dollars to study improvements to Man O War Boulevard. Council member Shevawn Akers questions whether cost estimates done now will be relevant years later.
A Lexington minister has been selected as the republican nominee in the race to fill a state senate seat. Fayette County republicans chose Michael E. Johnson to run in the December tenth special election. In a statement Johnson said, “Fifteen years of ministry in the 13th district has created this opportunity for me to serve all of the community and bring change for our next generation through the conservative values that I’ve learned as a member of the Republican Party.”
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In a recent 12 month period, at least 25 Kentucky women died at the hands of male intimate partners. For decades, law enforcement, governments and social service agencies have worked to increase awareness and prevention of such violence. That effort continues during this year’s observance of Domestic Violence Month.
What’s being called a ‘broken toilet’ has shut down the Fayette Circuit Courthouse. The leaky toilet was situated on the fourth floor. Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz says there were inches of water on all four floors.
Lexington Council members are expected to take up an economic development fund proposal Tuesday. Mayor Jim Gray is suggesting two million dollars be set aside in what he labels a ‘jobs fund.’ Gray made a formal pitch to the Council during the last work session. “See it does not mean that we are writing a check for that tomorrow at all. This represents gap financing, loans, principally for local companies that are growing and adding jobs,” said Gray.
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Computer based record keeping continues to grow within Kentucky medical community. Kentucky’s Health Information Exchange is the organization charged with coordinating this electronic data. State Health I.T. Coordinator Polly Mullins-Bentley says 65 out of 100 acute care hospitals are tied into the system.
Kentucky’s middle school teacher of the year sees a need to provide non-traditional specialized education. Melanie Trowel is a science educator at Lexington’s Carter G. Woodson Academy. She believes too few minority students are involved in gifted education programs.
Officials in towns along Kentucky's myriad of rivers are worried about being left blind the next time a waterway reaches overflow levels. Federal budget cuts, part of the $1.2 million mandatory cutback in spending, have eliminated river gauges that alert towns when the water is about to burst its banks.