Stu Johnson

University of Louisville Vice President for Health Affairs Greg Postel  envisions growing student populations as a key way to offset reductions in state funding.  

Postel offered his thoughts to Lexington Rotarians Thursday.  Postel says increasing class sizes could be both physical and virtual. “Maybe half and half.  Probably close to half of the increase would be non traditional or on-line students, but students on campus as well.  We’re expecting to see increases in both,” said Postel.

Wendy Barnett

Eastern Kentucky University celebrated National Farmers Market Week Thursday with three local groups joining together to offer fresh produce to the Richmond community.  The weekly summertime market at Eastern has grown just like the fruits and vegetables on display.

Bluegrass music sets the stage as shoppers make their way through the marketplace for National Farmers Market Week .

The American Cancer Society Action Network is pushing prevention to lower Kentucky's historically high rates of cancer. 

Pam Pilgrim is cancer survivor and a network volunteer in eastern Kentucky. She said that a report released Thursday showed that more than 25,000 Kentuckians are diagnosed with cancer each year. One way of shrinking that number is increasing the cigarette tax and creating a statewide smoking ordinance.

Stu Johnson

In the span of two weeks, the city of Lexington has initiated two separate identification card programs aimed at assisting homeless persons.  Both are seen as ways to help move eligible participants into more permanent living arrangements.  The most recent ID program focuses on removing transportation barriers.

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The majority of Kentucky school districts are seeing students returning to class this week and next.  Many of those students are experiencing new safety measures or will see them this school year.

Kentucky Center for School Safety Director Jon Akers says these safety improvements are being funded in a variety of ways including private money in Laurel County. “You have an attorney down there who is donating money and getting monies that are donated from the community.  Some communities are trying to put a tax, such as what Fayette County is doing,” said Akers.

Cheri Lawson

“A Formal Feeling Comes: Finding a Form for Difficult Material” is the writing workshop author Pauletta Hansel is presenting at Brier Books in Lexington August 11.

Hansel, author of Palindrome, will explore the use of “writing forms” to generate material that could be emotionally challenging. Hansel was born and raised in eastern Kentucky and is managing editor of Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, Literary Journal of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. In 2017 she was Cincinnati’s first poet laureate.

Perseid Viewing Opportunities Peak This Weekend

Aug 8, 2018
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It’s kind of a mixed bag when it comes to taking in the annual Perseid Meteor Shower this month.  Kentuckians and those living all across the U.S. will experience a ‘new moon.’  So, that will mean less light from the moon to interfere with overnight viewing of Perseid activity. 

Stu Johnson

Lexington motorists have found the going smoother on a number of city roadways this summer. The repaving focus is about to shift into high gear for neighborhood streets.

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Republican leaders of the state House of Representatives have asked a top official from former Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration to answer questions about Kentucky Wired, a statewide broadband project that has racked up more than $180 million in costs associated with delays. 

Kentucky Wired is supposed to provide high speed internet to all of Kentucky’s 120 counties. 
 

Its initial $324 million cost was fronted by private investors who the state is obligated to pay more than $30 million per year to help pay off debt associated with the project. 
 

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In Kentucky, about half of all the infrastructure in place for water and sewers is past its design life. 

“There’s a lot of investment that’s needed” 

That’s Deputy Cabinet Secretary Bruce Scott speaking to the to the Senate standing committee on natural resources Monday. 

“We really can’t do anything we can’t have economic development, we can’t do the things we want to quality of life if we don’t have investments in those areas,” 
 

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In a room at the Letcher County Health Department in Whitesburg, Kentucky, about 20 people are learning how to use naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication.

Among them is 18-year-old Morgan Hopkins. An aspiring therapist, Hopkins said she wants to be ready with naloxone if someone overdoses around her.

 

“You never know what you’re going to see,” she said. “If anything goes wrong, you have it, rather than you don’t have it.”

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Automotive manufacturing leaders met in Kentucky to discuss how changes in U.S. trade policy under President Trump affect the industry and its growing presence in the Ohio Valley.

Industry leaders gathered for the annual AutoVision conference and many don’t like what they see coming.

Jim Justice Continues To Owe Millions In Back Taxes

Aug 7, 2018
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  After years of delinquency, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice says his family company’s overdue taxes and fines in the state have been cleared. But Justice offered no information on millions owed in Kentucky and other states. Dave Mistich of West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports.

West Virginia revenue officials say the debt obligations from Justice’s coal companies have been paid, including fines and taxes. Justice failed to say how much was owed and whether any of the amounts paid were reduced as part of negotiations.

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