Mary Meehan

Mary Meehan

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams visited Florence, Kentucky today [Monday] to urge all Americans who are in contact with someone abusing opioids to learn how to administer the overdose drug, Naloxone.  

Mary Meehan

President Donald Trump says Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will take the lead in handling current trade disputes with China. But Perdue, who is visiting Kentucky, is keeping his plan vague.

Perdue toured Lexington’s Keeneland racetrack followed by a gaggle of reporters. When asked whether crop insurance could be a way to help support farmers Perdue had this to say.

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Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget includes specific cuts impacting Eastern Kentucky University.

 

EKU President Michael Benson outlined key provisions a campus-wide email today. They include $4 million overall budget reduction and cuts of $200,000 to the Center for the Arts and $150,000 cut to Model Laboratory School.

 

Benson said plans are being made to mitigate the cuts. 

But on  Monday the EKU Board of Regents were told that slow enrollment, pension reform and state cuts will require $25 million budget reduction and include layoffs. 

EKU Faces Tough Choices, $25 Million In Cuts

Feb 26, 2018
EKU.EDU

Eastern Kentucky University is facing $25 million in cuts and, as the Board of Regents heard Monday, every reduction reflects a difficult decision.

Vice President David McFadden said a committee has been meeting with groups across campus to make strategic cuts to meet the goal.

“From the SGA to every college, we have been across campus to have a broad dialogue,” he said. 

McFadden said the cuts will be targeted and “across the board” and will include some loss of faculty and staff.

Mary Meehan

There is a fundamental disagreement over how radioactive waste at an Estill County landfill should be handled.  

Resident Mary Farmer spoke at Tuesday’s press conference at the Estill County Fair Grounds. She says Advanced Disposal knew it was placing citizens at risk by bringing the material into the county.  Farmer says the landfill operator should be responsible for taking it out.

Demolition Means Street Closures In Frankfort

Feb 8, 2018
Kentucky.com

As the long-awaited demolition of Capitol Plaza Complex begins, motorists will be facing some detours in Frankfort.  The changes begin Thursday.

During the first phase of demolition, Clinton Street will be closed between Wilkinson Boulevard and St. Clair Street. It will remained closed for five weeks. In addition to rerouting street traffic, several parking options will also be eliminated temporarily. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working with the contractor to help drivers navigate the necessary street closures and detours.

UK Officials Outline Response To Meningitis Case

Jan 30, 2018
Kentucky.com

University of Kentucky officials said steps are being taken to contain the spread of meningitis.

Officials at a news conference Tuesday said a student is being treated for an apparent case of the sometimes fatal bacterial infection.

But, health officials are stressing that casual contact, such as sharing a class with the infected student, is not likely to lead to infection. Those with close contact to the student are receiving antibiotics as a precaution.

Mary Meehan

Health officials in Northern Kentucky are concerned about a “cluster” of HIV cases.

In 2017 there were 18 case of HIV connected with intravenous drug use in Kenton and Campbell counties. Dr. Lynne Saddler, of the Northern Kentucky Health Department, said at a press conference Tuesday that’s a significant leap over much lower numbers over the last decade. At the most those counties have had five cases each year since 2008.. And, she said, that cluster is reason for concern that there might be a larger problem on the horizon.

Mary Meehan

A small gaggle of reporters points their microphones at reproductive rights activist Marcie Crim as she bluntly decries  the shrinking access to abortion in the region. Crim stands just a few feet from the open door of the office of Governor Matt Bevin near the Capitol rotunda. Crim and Bevin may be physically close in in this situation, but they could not be further apart on the issue.They personify the opposing poles of the decades-old debate surrounding abortion.

Bevin has been vocally supportive of legislative restrictions on abortion access such as longer waiting periods.

Aaron Payne | Ohio Valley ReSource

Imagine living and working somewhere designed to fit a couple hundred people. Now picture that same space crammed with twice that number. Madison County, Kentucky, Jailer Doug Thomas doesn’t have to imagine it. He lives it.

“I’m doing all that I can with what I have to work with, which is not a lot,” he said. “Because we’re a 184 bed facility with almost 400 people.”