Health Officials: Get Flu Shot, Hep A Vaccine

15 hours ago

With flu season firmly here and an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A, health officials continue to encourage people to get their shots.

An announcement Thursday from Powell County schools represents the reach of the flu. School officials announced Thursday that schools would be closed because of the high number of students and staff out because of the flu.

FSA Offices Reopen To Confusion and Disarray

15 hours ago
USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture is reopening Farm Service Agency offices across the country Thursday, Friday and Tuesday. Agency staff will help process loans affected by the federal government shutdown. There are reports that many Ohio Valley farmers showing up were turned away.

The Farm Service Agency office in Mayfield, Kentucky, is so quiet you can hear the tick of the Department of Agriculture-branded clock on the wall. Eleven employees usually make up this busy office. Only three were called in Thursday morning.

Be Prepared For Some Blasting In Downtown Lexington

16 hours ago
NBBJ

City officials are warning that the construction of the expanded Lexington Center will require some limited blasting.

According to a release from City Hall today small blasts will occur over the next two months between 2 and 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

People in the immediate area will be warned by a loud whistle 5 minutes before the blast occurs and 5 minutes after blasting is completed.

The blasting area will be covered with large mats to help prevent flying rocks and to suppress the dust.

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  A Kentucky official says the wrong-way driver who killed a vacationing Michigan family had a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit.

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn says in a statement that 41-year-old Joey Bailey of Georgetown had a .306 blood-alcohol content and was at fault in the crash that killed six people. The legal limit in Kentucky is .08.

Lexington police have said a pickup truck going southbound the northbound lanes struck a sports utility vehicle at 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 6 and the SUV caught fire.

The new farm bill legalized hemp for the first time in many decades. Kirsten Bohnert of The Kentucky Hempsters details what it could mean to the Kentucky economy. Plus, a Novel Look at Dirty Bluegrass Politics, Fashion Activism, and UnderMain brings the arts to ES.

  A project to recognize slaves buried in unmarked graves in the Lake Cumberland region is taking another step forward as part of the activities surrounding Martin Luther King Day. The groundbreaking will be held Jan. 18 at Somerset Community College.

The idea for the Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial took shape after a young white man fatally shot nine African-Americans during a Bible study at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.

Senate Committee Video

During a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing Wednesday on his nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler was pressed by members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works about the impact of the government shutdown on the agency.

Wheeler noted one casualty of the ongoing partial government shutdown, now in its fourth week, is that a long-awaited plan on regulating the PFAS group of chemicals has been delayed.  

Kentucky Dems, GOP Respond To Sexual Harassment, Assault Allegations

Jan 16, 2019
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The Kentucky Democratic Party is calling for Republican state Reps. Jeff Hoover and Michael Meredith to resign in the wake of an investigation published Tuesday detailing testimony by a former staffer alleging sexual harassment by the lawmakers.

Report Shows Impact Of SNAP Rule Changes

Jan 16, 2019
Mary Meehan

Recent data shows thousands of Kentuckians have lost access to the supplemental food program, SNAP, because of new barriers and time limits enacted by the state.

Ashley Spalding is a senior policy analyst at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. She said a report released Wednesday shows the impact on Kentuckians in just a few months in 2018.

“So in Kentucky between May and September that 10,000 Kentuckians subject to these time limits who are receiving SNAP lost their benefits because of these requirements,” she said.

Mary Meehan

  A slender, black, rectangle, the Juul fits easily in the palm of your hand. You don’t light it, you trigger it with a click of a finger. The mist that is exhaled is so fine it’s hard to see. The nicotine is delivered via a pod the size of a AAA battery, with each pod containing the equivalent of 20 cigarettes.

That combination of small size and potent power have made the Juul the vaping device of choice for many teen users. A group students from Casey County, Kentucky, affirms those features make “Juul-ing” – yes it has become a verb – rampant in class.

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FSA Offices Reopen To Confusion and Disarray

15 hours ago
USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture is reopening Farm Service Agency offices across the country Thursday, Friday and Tuesday. Agency staff will help process loans affected by the federal government shutdown. There are reports that many Ohio Valley farmers showing up were turned away.

The Farm Service Agency office in Mayfield, Kentucky, is so quiet you can hear the tick of the Department of Agriculture-branded clock on the wall. Eleven employees usually make up this busy office. Only three were called in Thursday morning.

Senate Committee Video

During a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing Wednesday on his nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler was pressed by members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works about the impact of the government shutdown on the agency.

Wheeler noted one casualty of the ongoing partial government shutdown, now in its fourth week, is that a long-awaited plan on regulating the PFAS group of chemicals has been delayed.  

Mary Meehan

  A slender, black, rectangle, the Juul fits easily in the palm of your hand. You don’t light it, you trigger it with a click of a finger. The mist that is exhaled is so fine it’s hard to see. The nicotine is delivered via a pod the size of a AAA battery, with each pod containing the equivalent of 20 cigarettes.

That combination of small size and potent power have made the Juul the vaping device of choice for many teen users. A group students from Casey County, Kentucky, affirms those features make “Juul-ing” – yes it has become a verb – rampant in class.

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