Jobless Rates Fall In 115 Kentucky Counties

Sep 27, 2018
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Unemployment fell in the vast majority of Kentucky counties between August of 2017 and this past month.  Jobless rates dropped in 115 counties over the past year.

Boone, Campbell, and Woodford recorded the lowest jobless figures at 3.1 percent each.  Right behind at 3.2 percent was Fayette, Kenton, and Oldham counties.  Magoffin recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate for August at 11.7 percent.  

Fund Drive Saves Wild Fig Bookstore

Sep 27, 2018

The Wild Fig bookstore will live on, in some form, thanks to a community fund drive.

Organizer April Taylor said Wild Fig on North Limestone is the only Black-owned bookstore in Kentucky . It is also one of fewer than 50 such businesses in the United States.

With a deadline Thursday, Taylor said donors from across the country came through.

“So this morning I saw donations from California to D.C. so we are getting national support for our campaign,” she said. 

Watch Live Video of Kavanaugh-Ford Testimony

Sep 27, 2018
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live.

If you are having trouble viewing the video once it goes live at 10:00am, refresh the page.

Update: The live stream will resume at 3 p.m. 

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Members of a Lexington council committee got an update this week on efforts to link workers with jobs that are in demand.  Some $150,000 was appropriated for workforce development which resulted in the job placement of 105 people. 

Budget Committee Chair Kevin Stinnett says that means new revenues for the local government. “We often talk in payroll tax dollars in terms of getting meaningful investment.  So, we invest $150,000.  At your 105 placements at average of median at  $10.28, that’s $2.3 million in payroll and that $50,516 in payroll tax,” said Stinnett.

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The infectious liver disease hepatitis A has hit Appalachia hard during the past several months. But your risk of contracting the disease depends on several factors.  

“So it’s very important to understand that there are certain groups of people that are at increased risk, as opposed to the general population,” West Virginia commissioner of public health Dr. Rahul Gupta said.

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Fayette Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk says collaboration between schools, community members, and outside agencies is critical to achieve higher academic standing for more students. 

The Lexington school district leader’s comments come following the release of statewide school performance scores.

Accountability scores were released for area schools, including Fayette County. Seven elementary schools were given Comprehensive Support and Improvement designations.  Those are considered schools with the greatest need for improvement. 

Kentucky Receives Settlement In Uber Data Breach

Sep 26, 2018
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The state of Kentucky is receiving more than $600,000 from Uber. 

The ride-sharing service has reached settlement with the state over a 2016 data breach.

The nationwide data breach exposed drivers’ license information of 600,000 of its drivers. According to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, more than 2,500 Uber drivers in the commonwealth were affected by the breach.

New Family Drug Court Comes To Jefferson County

Sep 26, 2018
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Funding cuts ended Jefferson County’s family drug court nearly a decade ago, but a group has raised enough money to open a new court next month. 

Courtesy the office of Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Retired coal miners and coal community activists are on Capitol Hill this week urging action on two important issues for miners: pensions and black lung benefits. Advocates say funds supporting both pensions for retired miners and the federal benefits for those sickened by black lung disease are at risk if Congress does not act. 

Pension Problem

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Lexington council members appear ready to move forward with the demolition of a downtown street bridge to further work on a major capital construction project. 

The discussion Tuesday included concerns about increased traffic congestion once the bridge comes down.

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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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