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The city of Louisville, this Monday, Columbus Day, is planning to celebrate its first, “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” It’s aimed at recognizing Native American history and culture.

 

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The first “Imagine Lexington Week” activities will be visible at several venues next week.  It’s being promoted as one more opportunity for citizens to weigh in with comments regarding the government’s road map for commercial and residential development. 

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The Kentucky Board of Education has signed off on new graduation requirements for high school students. Under the new standards, 10th grade students would have to meet minimum competency standards in reading and math tests. They could take the tests multiple times, but if they still can’t pass, they could appeal to their local superintendent. The Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the new requirements during a meeting in Frankfort today\yesterday. Chairman Hal Heiner said the revised standards are needed to ensure students are graduating college or career ready.

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UK Associate Director for Cancer Control Tom Tucker says Kentucky would not have what’s considered one of the best population based cancer surveillance programs in the country, if not for Dr. Gilbert Friedell. The 91 year old Friedell, the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center’s first director, died last week.

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Lexington’s two mayoral candidates fielded a number of questions Tuesday night on land use issues.  That included the 250 acres of land near interstate 75 as part of the city-UK land-street swap plan. 

Linda Gorton, who served 16 years on the urban county council, suggested surveying the community at large as well as interests like Commerce Lexington, UK, and small businesses. “Get input from everyone who understands business and see what they believe the needs are going to be in the next 20-30 years,” said Gorton

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Berea College’s Partners for Education program is the recipient of two new Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs or GEAR UP grants. 

The $109 million funding supports a comprehensive set of programs for students, parents, and schools to sustain a college going culture.

Increased Bridge Work Slated For 2019

Oct 2, 2018
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A state transportation official says 2019 is expected to see a three- fold increase in the number of bridge rehabilitations and replacements in Kentucky.  Much of the work on about 300 crossings will be along county roads. 

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One group in central Kentucky is healing the effects of intimate partner abuse also known as domestic violence .

 

Researchers at the University of Kentucky Center on Research for Violence Against Women are studying the healing effects on women involved in a unique program .

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A central Kentucky equine veterinarian says Anita Madden’s interest, passion, and knowledge of the horse industry was impactful.  She died last week at the age of 85. 

Bourbon County veterinarian Robert Copelan says he worked with Madden on a racing medication rule that last 36 years. “She was so industrious as to learn everything she could about why horses were medicated and with what medications that were given.  She studied that as no other racing commission with whom I had that much familiarity ever took,” said Madden.

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for farmers wishing to participate in the industrial hemp research pilot program. State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles anticipates this growing season will feature record acreage.

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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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