Kentucky's special Olympians are arriving in Richmond this afternoon for the 20th time. EKU and the Richmond community will play host to 13 hundred athletes this weekend.
Kentucky Special Olympics President Trish Mazzoni says there is also an emphasis this year on the national competition. "There are national games for Special Olympics and actually this happens to be one of those years. So we have these games, next week we take a team of 55 athletes and coaches to New Jersey to part in the 2014 U.S.A games," said Mazzoni.
Some 150 foster youth from across the state gathered this past weekend for fellowship, mentoring and inspiration. Lexington resident Ian Rosser (ROSS-er) helped lead the conference at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.
Investigators with the Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center continue their work with a reference cigarette. Center Director Dr. Orlando Chambers says the standard lab cigarette can lead to changes in the makeup of tobacco products. Chambers says there's a list of 93 potentially harmful constituents in tobacco products. "Over time regulation would require that those be lowered or they could set some levels for certain compounds. Then it allows a standard set number than could be compared to over time," said Chambers.
Tanning season is upon us and so is the increased risk of skin cancer. University of Kentucky Associate Professor of Pediatrics John Dorazio is among those researchers trying to determine why ultraviolet rays cause melanoma. He says tanning can affect the brain as well as the skin. "Tanning can actually be a true addictive kind of behavior and there's a physiological reason for this. The same pathway that makes the skin tan also gives us beta endorphins and those endorphins act like little bits of morphine in the skin and gets absorbed in the bloodstream and it makes you feel good," sa
Lexington's Veterans Administration Hospital is undergoing an internal audit. It's part of a national assessment by the VA.
Following national news reports focusing on delays in medical appointments for some veterans, the VA is reviewing its healthcare facilities. Lexington spokeswoman Desti Stimes says an audit team is in the middle of a two week stop in the community. "We are confident that the audit will show that our employees are following the national scheduling guidance that has been provided to us by VHA," said Stimes.
Funds from a civil settlement with two drug companies will help the University of Kentucky develop an "addiction medicine fellowship." UK is being awarded one and a half million dollars over two years to establish a substance abuse prevention and treatment plan for adolescents.
Recovery operations continue as rescuers search for survivors of a mine explosion in Turkey earlier this week. At the time of the blast, there were reportedly just under 800 miners inside the western Turkey mine.
The YMCA of Central Kentucky is moving forward with plans for a new facility in Lexington's Hamburg area.
President and CEO David Martorano says the new center will be built on Old Rosebud and should open in 2016. "The Hamburg facility will be a full facility, amenity wise, very similar to some of our other Y's, similar to the Beaumont facility. We'll have a full gymnasium, health and wellness center, group exercise studios, a lap pool, in addition to a warmer therapeutic pool with a recreational slide," said Martorano.
With the May Primary Election just a week away, we begin a week-long series of reports focusing on some of the political races. Today, we hear from sixth district congressional candidate Geoff Young. Mr. Young is one of two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Republican Andy Barr.
WEKU'S Stu Johnson asked the one-time state Division of Energy employee and long time political activist what role should the federal government play in helping those in need.
Many Kentucky children living with their grandparents at some point suffered some form of trauma or abuse. That finding is contained in a University of Kentucky report from the Center for Trauma and Children.
Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women Director Carol Jordan
A new office at the University of Kentucky is expected to focus on policies aimed at reducing sexual assault. Carol Jordan, who's worked for decades on women's safety issues, heads the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women.
Jordan anticipates working with officials in state government agencies. "And I think having opportunities to share data and to share policy research can also be of assistance when they're trying to look for funding priorities, I think we can be in the business of providing them with assistance in that as well," said Jordan.
Mandatory classes for those convicted of DUI will one day include a documentary film about the nation's worst drunk driving crash. A preview came Friday during a one day training event at Eastern Kentucky University.
The film "Impact: After the Crash" examines the 1988 Carrollton bus crash through the eyes of survivors and family from the Radcliff community. Lee Etta Cummings is the State DUI Program Manager. She says the aim is to integrate the documentary into the DUI classes.
Dentist Nikki Stone of the UK Center for Rural Health
The next step in the "Shaping Our Appalachian Region" or SOAR initiative is scheduled to take place today. Ten working groups will be mapping out strategies and preparing to take more suggestions from eastern Kentuckians.
The ten SOAR working groups cover everything from agriculture to broadband to business recruitment. Dentist Nikki Stone with the University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health heads up a group examining health issues.
Nearly 700 people are expected in Lexington Thursday to dialogue on health disparities in Appalachia. The aim will be to explore pooling resources and researchers to attack health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and stroke.
A 350 thousand dollar federal grant will allow scores of undergraduate students to participate in alcohol-related research over the next five summers. The announcement of the new Summer Training in Alcohol Research or STAR program came yesterday at the University of Kentucky.
Lexington fire officials are asking city leaders to consider building new fire stations over the next five to six years. Assistant Fire Chief Harold Hoskins estimates the cost of such a building project at about ten million dollars a year.
Kentucky’s dismal health rankings are well-known and span generations. The state has long had the dubious distinction of being among the national leaders in cancer diagnoses, smoking rates, diabetes, heart disease and a host of other maladies. Gov.
A successful treatment of stroke-related ailments usually includes a reliance on medical technology along with an involved team of caregivers. That point was emphasized Monday in Lexington as University of Kentucky HealthCare becomes a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
This week’s ice storm has come and gone but its effect on electrical service may linger for some Kentucky residents. Some areas of the state saw about a quarter inch of ice accumulation on everything including trees and power lines.
The first full week of February is bringing another dose of wintry weather. Winter storm and ice storm warnings are posted for late this afternoon through tomorrow morning for sections of central and northern Kentucky.
Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet has spent $27 million on snow and ice removal this season, with plenty of winter still left. The figure reflects a variety of costs, including for labor, equipment, materials and contractors. The cabinet says its nearly 2,000 maintenance crew employees have worked to keep more than 60,000 lane miles of roads open this winter.
Kentuckians should prepare for yet another round of Artic-like weather early next week. That's the opinion of University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon. Dixon says, while the Commonwealth has already experienced a couple shots of frigid weather this winter, the longer term outlook appears to be chilly as well.
The Kentucky Senate has once again voted overwhelmingly to modify the state informed consent law regarding abortions. As in years past, the senate approved a measure to require a face-to-face medical consultation at least 24 hours before an abortion is performed. Lexington Senator Reginald Thomas voted no.
Youngsters from Madison County traveled to Kentucky’s capital Thursday to tell state lawmakers about the emotional and physical brutality of bullying. One of them was Madison Middle School student Raymond Marion. He is in the school’s gifted and talented program and spoke before the House Committee on State Government.