Updated 1:30 p.m.: The National Institutes of Health accepts the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine report on chimpanzee research, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said in a statement. "We will not issue any new awards for research involving chimpanzees until processes for implementing the recommendations are in place," he said.
An investigation by the McClatchy news organization casts some doubts on the official account of Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer’s actions. Meyer, a Kentuckian, received the medal for actions in Afghanistan in 2009. The official account of the Marine’s story describes how he ran into enemy fire to retrieve his fallen colleagues and Afghan fighters. It tells of him leaping from his vehicle’s gun turret and killing at least eight insurgents.
Tomorrow is the deadline for public comment on a proposal to waive some pollution requirements for mercury discharge into the Ohio River. PPG Industries is seeking a variance from new mercury limits which will go into effect in October 2013 for the Ohio River. The company says it won’t be discharging any more mercury from its plant in Natrium, West Virginia than it currently does. But the current limit doesn’t meet the new stricter standards scheduled by ORSANCO, the regional compact that regulates pollution in the Ohio River.
Thousands of people in Jessamine County live without insurance and often don’t receive the medical care they need. This includes mothers, fathers, children and the elderly. But a couple organizations in Jessamine County are pooling their resources to combat the deficit of care these people experience. For the Jessamine County Health Department and the Refuge Medical Clinic, it’s all about teamwork and an effort to provide medical care for as many people in the county as possible. And it’s a daunting task with many federal and state funding sources getting cut and the number of those in need holding steady.
The Lexington Herald-Leader asked a judge Wednesday to order the state to turn over uncensored copies of documents regarding Kentucky children who have been killed or nearly killed because of abuse and neglect. In a motion filed in Franklin Circuit Court, the Herald-Leader asked Judge Phillip Shepherd to make the Cabinet for Health and Family Services produce unaltered copies of more than 80 internal reviews conducted by state social workers after deaths or near-deaths of children. The newspaper's motion came the same day The (Louisville) Courier-Journal filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court asking that the cabinet be held in contempt for redacting information from the case files. A hearing in the case is set for next Wednesday.
A program that assists Kentucky households in jeopardy of having heating utilities shut off may get significantly less funding this winter. “We know that our crisis assistance funding, which starts in January, is going to be significantly less than last year,” said Florence Tandy, executive director of the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, which administers the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP locally. This year’s funds are expected to last only two weeks, she said. The agency typically has enough to last three months.
The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport once again has the dubious distinction of being among the priciest airports in the nation for passenger air travel. CVG and Memphis International Airport tied for the highest U.S. domestic air fares during the second quarter of 2011, according to new federal data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.