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A quilt themed around the nuances of time is the Janome  America Best of Show winner at the American Quilter’s Society Fall Paducah QuiltWeek. Kathy Wylie of Ontario, Canada says her quilt titled ‘For Such A Time As This’ features a large medallion divided into 12 sections representing a clock and months in a year, each with distinctions.

Political Polling By Phone Can Be Challenging

Sep 12, 2018
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Political polling has been a commonplace practice for years, initially only with individual candidate camps.  Today, public polling on political races through phone calls is also very common.  But challenges come with the diminishing number of landline phones and unanswered cell phone calls.

A Herald-Leader report this week regarding the 6th Congressional District race between Andy Barr and Amy McGrath noted a 1.7 percent response rate.  University of Kentucky Political Scientist Tiffany Barnes said it still can be reflective of what voters are thinking.

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is asking President Donald Trump to urge Congress to provide additional funding for state election security after he signed an executive order Wednesday. 

NPR reports Trump’s executive order would impose sanctions on any foreign person or country that attempts to interfere in U.S. elections. Grimes praised this move in a release, but says she hopes Trump will petition Congress to provide additional funding for state election security.

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Kentucky Emergency Management is sending two Swiftwater Search and Rescue teams to North Carolina this afternoon Wednesday to assist with relief for the impending Hurricane Florence. They will deploy through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, also known as E-MAC.  The teams intend to arrive in Raleigh, North Carolina, before the storm hits. Director Michael Dossett says emergency managment deploys as many teams as possible to support their E-MAC partners.

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Lexington’s city council is considering hiring a negotiator as part of the process in relocating city hall.  A final vote on a proposed move to the Lexington Herald-Leader building is scheduled for Thursday night.

The city hall proposal has the city entering into a long term lease to own agreement, paying $5 million over 35 years.  Ninth District Council Member Jennifer Mossotti won backing to move hiring a lease negotiator onto the meeting docket. 

UK ROTC Cadets Participate In 9/11 Commemoration

Sep 11, 2018
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The front lawn of the University of Kentucky campus once again Tuesday became a place to honor victims of the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

Reactions to the 9-11 events still ring strong 17 years after the twin towers in New York fell, a plane crashed into the Pentagon, and a fourth plane claimed victims in a Pennsylvania field. 

An ROTC cadet read names of those who died in the 9-11 attacks while the lawn in front of UK’s Main building displayed American flags representing the victims on that September 2001 day. UK

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Kentucky State Resort Parks are offering discounted rates to people seeking shelter from Hurricane Florence. Florence is currently a Category Four storm with 130 mile per hour maximum sustained winds expected to bring dangerous flooding and storm surges to the coasts of Virginia and North and South Carolina.

More than one million people have been ordered to evacuate. Kentucky State Resort Parks are offering a discounted rate of $49.95 a night on lodge rooms, $69.95 a night for one bedroom cottages and $79.95 a night for two bedroom cottages.

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Health officials are urging everyone in Fayette County to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A.

At a press conference Tuesday, Health Commissioner Dr. Kraig Humbaugh said Fayette County has only 9 cases confirmed so far, but that the vaccine has “an excellent track record” of preventing the spread of the disease.

 

   A new poll on Kentucky’s 6th District congressional race affirms what political pundits have been saying for months. It’s going to be a nail-biter. 

Republican Incumbent Andy Barr is leading his Democratic challenger Amy McGrath by one point. The independent poll was conducted last week by the New York Times and Siena College. Among the 506 respondents, 47 percent favored Barr, 46 percent endorsed McGrath, and seven percent were undecided.

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Fayette County school officials have spelled out timelines for components of the system’s 10 point comprehensive safety investment plan. It came Monday evening during a school board planning meeting.

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In a comprehensive new report on the opioid crisis, the U.S. surgeon general writes that stigma remains a major barrier to treatment and urges a more supportive approach to those in need.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams wrote in his Spotlight on Opioids report that stigma has prevented people with opioid use disorders from seeking treatment.

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New data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health show a rare bright spot amid the opioid crisis. Fewer high schoolers in the region appear to be using opioids.

School officials in the Ohio Valley want to continue that trend with more school-based programs designed to help prevent substance use disorders. But these are not the same drug prevention programs many people remember from their school days.

 

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The federal government released today a report on substance abuse and mental illness across the country. Dr. Elinor McCance-Katz  leads the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She said there are some positive changes.

“One of the most important findings from this national survey and data set is the very steep decline in new users of heroin from 2016, 170,000 new users of heroin, this dropped by more than half to 81,000 new users in 2017.”

In spite of the good news, the study showed there are still nearly 900,000 heroin users in the United States. 

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