Beginning Friday and continuing through Monday, Sept. 5, Kentucky State Police will participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. KSP will partner with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and local law enforcement agencies across the state. The nationwide initiative is a concerted effort by all law enforcement agencies to reduce alcohol-related injury and fatality crashes by targeting impaired drivers.
The ordinance regulating Clark County pawnbrokers and precious metal dealers aimed at helping people recover goods stolen, often for drug money, has come full circle, and two others are one step closer to enactment. On Tuesday, the Winchester Board of Commissioners approved the second reading of an ordinance requiring pawnbrokers to hold items bought without a pawn agreement for 10 days before reselling them, and precious metal dealers to hold their bought goods for five days before recycling or reselling them. It also requires them to report goods received to law enforcement by 11 a.m. daily.
With prescription drug overdoses the leading cause of accidental deaths in Kentucky, state House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, is calling on the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure to better monitor doctors who over-prescribe pain medication. If the board does not take action, Stumbo is prepared to look for an agency that will, he said in a news release. Kentucky loses 82 people a month to drug overdose deaths, said Van Ingram, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.
Roche Genentech developed a new melanoma drug for people with advanced cases.
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The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat advanced melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The drug got the green light faster than many other drugs under review, and advocates of personalized medicine say this bodes well for other gene-based drugs in development.
Anna Hazare will be allowed to stage a 15-day public hunger strike in New Delhi. As we reported yesterday, Hazare was in a standoff with the Indian government, which arrested him for planning a protest without a permit.
Police have been flown into the tiny Pacific resort island of Aitutaki, where officials say their bank has been robbed — a first for the small, tight-knit community. Part of the Cook Islands, Aitutaki is famous for its beaches, which ring a large lagoon full of clear, ice-blue water.
Tourism is the island's biggest industry — and that has local officials thinking that the shocking bank robbery was perpetrated by a visitor, not a resident.
Gov. Steve Beshear’s nationally recognized e-transparency website, Open Door, is serving as a model not just for other states, but also for international journalists and government leaders. Nineteen media professionals from Africa will meet Thursday with representatives from the Finance and Administration Cabinet to learn about the searchable portal that enables taxpayers to explore how government money is being spent.
The U.S. Postal Service proposed this month to cut 120,000 jobs. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with two former postal workers about what the USPS means to them, whether Americans still need the post office like they used to, and what the the future of USPS may entail.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency suspended cellular service to prevent a protest in San Francisco's subway last week. Such news prompts the question of how police can best enforce the law in the digital world. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with a San Francisco Chronicle journalist and an Electronic Frontier Foundation senior staff attorney.
Parents and educators involved in Kentucky’s Head Start program are watching Washington warily. The federally-funded pre-school program could lose funding if Congress cannot agree on a budget reduction plan. If there’s no deal, Kentucky Head Start executive director Bob Wilcher says it would mean a serious cutbacks.