Some participants at Wednesday's 'Stroller Brigade' in Lexington
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A variety of chemicals are found in all kinds of products we use every day. There are concerns about health impacts of chemicals included in some of these items. A group of central Kentuckians is asking Congress to pass the ‘Safe Chemicals Act of 2011.’ Among them is Lois Kleffman with the Kentucky Environmental Foundation.
“I don’t really mind kids being out in the dirt as much as I would mind them putting certain things in their mouths that are manufactured…have chemicals in them”
What started out as a program to track where patients get their prescription drugs in Kentucky has expanded to Ohio. This week the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting system, or KASPER, launched a data exchange with the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, or OARRS.
KASPER manager Dave Hopkins says so far 12 Kentucky physicians are testing the program
Workers at the 'double diamond' cross over construction site.
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A section of a major thoroughfare in Lexington will be shut down this weekend. Come Monday, it could result in a whole new approach to easing traffic congestion in southwest Lexington.
Road crews have been working on the unique ‘double diamond’ cross over project at Harrodsburg and New Circle roads for about two months. The four on and off ramps to New Circle and Harrodsburg road from Pasadena to Beaumont Centre Drive are expected to be closed this weekend. But, Natasha Lacy, with the state transportation department, says the new traffic pattern should be in place early Monday
City and community leaders were on hand today in Lexington's Kenwick neighborhood to cut the ribbon on a revamped playground. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the improvements, totaling some $50,000 are made possible through a parks parity fund.
Lexington area youth are invited to share their thoughts with city leaders Tuesday night during a town hall meeting.
The meeting, at the Lyric Theater, will be attended by several representatives of city agencies. It’s sponsored by the Commission on Youth Development and Public Safety. The commission was formed in June in response to criminal activity in the community. Vontella Thomas, with the Mayor’s Youth Council, expects adult leaders to listen to teenager concerns.
Short of longtime television show ER, fine arts and hospitals may seem an unlikely couple. But at the University of Kentucky, acting is crucial to educating medical students, as instructors bring in trained actors to help future doctors become accustomed to speaking with patients in their quest to diagnose what ails them.
Christopher Begley wants to know why legends about a lost civilization are so pervasive in the Mosquito Coast region. "This is something everybody's talked about informally for a long time in terms of archaeologists and anthropologists, but no one has systematically explored it," he says.
The fourth and final conference hosted by the Lexington police department this summer will bring hundreds of female officers from around the world to Lexington for training and education. Many of the attendees come from countries where women may be police officers but are not allowed to drive cars, a press release said. Many of those officers will drive for the first time while in Lexington, during a seminar that will train them in police driving techniques.
After hearing pleas and some heated testimonies from two local recyclers, the Winchester Board of Commissioners deferred approving first readings of two of three drug-related ordinances concerning receipt of stolen goods. Representatives from Freedom Metals Inc. and Stuff Recycling raised concerns about the ordinances regulating other recyclers and motor vehicle recyclers.
The federal probe into drug trafficking from Florida to Owsley County expanded last week when eight more people were indicted. Molik Ali Alston, 41 of Miami Gardens, Fla., Josh Terry, 25 of Beattyville, Tony Gibson, 22, Cameron Herald, 31, Jesse Herald, 58, Jimmy Miller, 35, Phyllis Reed, 65, and John White, 21, all of Booneville were indicted Thursday, July 28, for allegedly conspiring “with each other and others to knowingly and intentionally distribute a quantity of pills containing oxycodone.”
Steve Nunn, center, pleaded guilty to murder with an aggravating circumstance in Fayette Circuit Court. He was flanked by his attorneys Bette Niemi and Warren Scoville.
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The Urban County Government has released a portion of its case file regarding the murder of Amanda Ross by former state lawmaker Steve Nunn. The files appear to contain hundreds of pages of documents, including search warrants, email messages and summaries of interviews with Nunn's friends, acquaintances and political colleagues regarding his relationship with Ross. She was found gunned down outside her townhouse in downtown Lexington on Sept. 11, 2009.
Social service agencies that have long received funds from United Way of the Bluegrass this year lost that support. Funding cuts have programs at organizations like the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities scrambling for cash. United Way, with collects donations and then distributes the funds among such charities, has narrowed the list of programs that qualify.
A Harlan County Hazmat trailer arrived at the site of a chemical explosion on Main Street in Lynch on Monday evening. Several individuals were injured in the incident.
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A chemical explosion in Lynch early Monday evening injured several people, including some children. Officials report that a local ambulance service was dispatched to a residence on Main Street. They reported smelling a chemical in the residence and experiencing burning skin. A neighbor reported having heard a boom around the time of the incident. Ambulance personnel and residents were removed from the residence.
Berea has a history of being in the forefront of social change, but an effort to protect citizens based on their sexual orientation faces an uncertain future. WEKU’S Ron Smith has the story. This report contains language that’s objectionable to many people.
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited three Kentucky mines for safety violations. They were among 14 nationwide with a history of compliance problems targeted in MSHA’s special impact inspections. The mines cited were the Cheyenne Mining Company’s Number 11 mine in Pike County, D&C Mining Corporation’s mine in Harlan County and North Fork Coal Corporation’s Mine Number 4 in Letcher County. Together they received a total of 45 orders and citations.MSHA began the special impact inspections after the explosion last year at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia killed twenty-nine miners. Since then, the agency says it’s conducted nearly 300 impact inspections, which have resulted in more than 5,000 citations.
A tradition of having a law enforcement escort for funeral processions in Lexington will continue, but under a different chain of command. The Fayette County Sheriff's office took over funeral escorts Monday, a job that had long been handled by the Lexington Division of Police. Sheriff Kathy Witt says her staff was happy to oversee the free service in the wake of police budget cuts.
The Berea, Kentucky City Council will meet tomorrow. No discussion of two pending anti-discrimination laws is on the agenda, but gay rights activists say the panel is moving closer to passing measures protecting LGBT residents. The Louisville Fairness Campaign has been instrumental in supporting an ordinance that would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in Berea. Last month, a proposal for a city Human Rights Commission was introduced but it did not include any language saying the commission would investigate discrimination against LGBT residents.
The post office in Wildie might be one of those targeted for closing by the U.S. Postal Service. More than 130 statewide might be shuttered, but not all under review will be closed.
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For shrinking rural communities in Kentucky, it's usually the local businesses that close first. Then the schools consolidate. And now, it seems, the local post offices in some of Kentucky's tiniest towns might be closing their doors. That's the plan, anyway, as the U.S. Postal Service considers shutting down 130 post offices across the state.
In a trial that is likely to be watched closely by local residents, Nicholas County Sheriff Leonard "Dick" Garrett is scheduled to be tried this week on felony charges of theft and abuse of public trust. If convicted of the latter charge, Garrett, 48, could forfeit office and go to prison for five to 10 years. He is free on bond but has remained sheriff since he was indicted in October.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fayette County men and women who have a passion for the welfare of children are being encouraged to serve on the local court system's Citizen Foster Care Review Board. The Kentucky General Assembly created the panels back in 1982 to decrease the time children spend in foster care.
Construction Workers Weather the Heat Wednesday near the UK Hospital
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The current heat wave in Kentucky could be a record breaker….and Thursday could be the hottest day, so far this year. It makes one wonder how Kentuckians coped before air conditioning was invented. It was a scant half century ago when air conditioned homes or cars were rare. Today, one would be hard pressed to find an average wage earner who lives without air conditioning. Doctor Tom Wayne, who’s a professor of medicine at the University of Kentucky, says certain people could find the 90 plus degree heat more physically oppressive than our ancestors.
Part of a storm sewer grate along Fourth Street in Corbin has been missing for weeks. Officials say it is one of 16 taken from around the city.
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Authorities are on the lookout for those responsible for a recent epidemic of storm-drain and sewer grate thefts going on in Corbin. In the past three weeks, 16 different sized grates, valued at more than $3,000, have been removed from their matching drains, city officials said. "This has become a bad problem," Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney said. "This could cause someone to wreck, bust a tire or tear the whole front end off your car."
Clark County was classified as having some of the “highest” reported numbers in robbery offenses, aggravated assaults, burglaries, larcenies and murders in an annual report detailing the state’s crime rates. The Kentucky State Police’s 2010 Crime in Kentucky Report was recently released, and the numbers reflect offenses reported to or known by police.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced more than 60 million dollars in federal homeless prevention grants this week - and Fayette County is among the recipients. The grants are part of a new program called Supportive Services for Veteran Families, which aims to identify and aid at-risk veterans and their families with the help of private non-profit organizations. 17 Kentucky counties, including Fayette, Jefferson, Jessamine, and Woodford, will receive a share of the funds.