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The State Department of Corrections is expanding its automatic notification system to include an inmate escape from a halfway house.  It currently pertains to one such facility in the Commonwealth.

The Department of Corrections has used the notification system for more than a decade to provide alerts when an inmate escapes from a prison. 

By the end of this year, the system will also include all halfway houses in the Commonwealth.  One halfway house, Keeton Corrections in Paducah, is currently active. 

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Representatives from several public safety agencies gathered for the first of a series of meetings in preparation for President Trump’s visit to Richmond this weekend. 

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The director of a Louisville public policy think tank expects a new emergency state regulation will result in more ambulances for six counties with insufficient emergency healthcare response. 

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Lexington city leaders will revisit a potential site for a new city hall.  Council members voted 8 -$ Tuesday to have engineers meet with them in November to hear about constructing government offices above the current transit center. 

Climate Change Report Related To Kentucky

Oct 9, 2018
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Kentucky has just 12 years to drastically reduce its reliance on fossil fuels to do its part to save the planet from the worst impacts of climate change, according to a new report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change.

A new U.N. report on climate change finds it’s not enough to prevent a global temperature increase of 3.6 degrees over pre-industrial levels. That’s what countries agreed to under the terms of the Paris Climate Agreement. 
 

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The head of safety and emergency services for Kentucky’s 16 community and technical colleges says the roadmap for addressing campus safety includes a great deal of emphasis on front end violence prevention. 

Todd Gray offered testimony Monday before the School Safety Working Group, which includes a number of state lawmakers.

“Especially discussing more ways on the front end, the behavioral teams, the crisis management teams, how to anticipate, how to look for those signs.  I believe they’re going to delve into that just a little deeper,” said Gray.

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The Justice family companies’ difficulties paying taxes over the years are well documented. But tax collectors haven’t been the only ones trying to recover debts from companies once operated by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and now in control of his family.

A review of court documents by the Ohio Valley ReSource found at least five cases in which judges ruled that Justice family companies failed to pay suppliers for goods or services.

 

Kentucky's First Flu Related Death In Lexington

Oct 8, 2018
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The state’s first flu related death for the 2019-2020 influenza season has occurred in Lexington.

Fayette County Health Department Spokesman Kevin Hall says it’s not unusual for such a health related death to take place in October. “This was an elderly patient that had underlying health conditions and this is why it is so important for people who are 65 and over to get that flu shot because they are most at risk for serious complications from the flu,” said Hall.

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A Colorado criminology professor says sexual misconduct on a college campus is not limited to male perpetrators.  Callie Marie-Rennison, with the University of Colorado in Denver, led a session last week in Lexington as part of the National Conference on Campus Climate and Adjudication of Sexual Misconduct.  It was sponsored by UK. 

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Health officials are urging the community to get a hepatitis A vaccine.

Chris Pontus is an officer with the Massachusetts Nurses Association and she participated in last week’s Health Watch USA conference in Lexington.  

 

 

 

 

 

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The Justice family companies’ difficulties paying taxes over the years are well documented. But tax collectors haven’t been the only ones trying to recover debts from companies once operated by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and now in control of his family.

A review of court documents by the Ohio Valley ReSource found at least five cases in which judges ruled that Justice family companies failed to pay suppliers for goods or services.

 

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The commission has for months now been considering a proposal that would roll back its oversight of water pollution control standards along the Ohio River.

The 8-state body says standards set by member states will protect water quality in the Ohio. And the board argues the federal EPA will provide adequate oversight.

But at a meeting Thursday, the committee tasked with making recommendations to the commission said it needed more time.

ORSANCO Director Richard Harrison says thousands of people have weighed in on the proposal.

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After decades of addiction to heroin and prescription opioids, Wendy Crites finally made a clean break.

“For the first time in my life I just wanted to be off of it,” she said from her home in Ranson, West Virginia. “I hit rock bottom.”

Last year the ReSource profiled Crites, a single mother getting by on low-wage jobs during her first year of sobriety.

 

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