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Eastern Kentucky University’s Phase Two Science Building is now formally recognized as a LEED Gold facility.  The ceremony took place Monday. 

Rate of Hepatitis A Infections May Be Slowing

Sep 10, 2018
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Kentucky has more than 1,600 cases of Hepatitis A, but Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey Howard says that rise in cases has prompted people outside of the high risk groups to recognize the seriousness of the outbreak and the opportunity for prevention.

“The message is getting out there load and clear and it is making people more receptive to vaccine,” he said.

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William Suan is no stranger to the problems abandoned oil and gas wells can cause.

“It’s just an eyesore,” he said, standing inside a barn on his cattle ranch near Lost Creek, West Virginia. “I had to fence one off because it’s leaking now.”

There are five inactive wells on his land, most installed in the ’60s and ’70s, and the companies that owned the wells have long since gone out of business.

 

When you take coal-mining and manufacturing out of Eastern Kentucky's economic picture, what remains?

Host Tom Martin poses this question to Eastern Kentucky University's Associate Professor of Sociology, Dr. James Maples. Trained as a political economist, his focused expertise is in Outdoor Recreation Economic Impact Research.

Continue the conversation with Tom Martin and Dr. James Maples on Eastern Standard this week. Listen to WEKU's local news magazine, Thursdays at 11:00am and a rebroadcast on Sundays at 6:00pm. 

Comic Character Craze in Lexington

Sep 10, 2018
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The sometimes intense interest in super heroes is seen today in cities all across the U.S. including Lexington.  The touring live action arena show, ‘Marvel Universe Life’ just completed a four day run at Rupp Arena.  

Appalatin Sounds Come to Berea Music Festival

Sep 10, 2018
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Berea’s Old Town Artisan Village this weekend featured a blend of Appalachian folk and Latin American music.

The band Appalatin played the Levitt Amp Berea Music Series Friday night.  The southern Madison County town is one of three in Kentucky to benefit from a Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation grant. 

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The Fayette County School Board approved a $13 million school safety program this summer.  Supported through a new 5 cent property tax,  it calls for more security guards, more mental health counselors and more metal detectors.  A petition drive to put the new tax on the ballot this fall failed.

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Cheese bowed his head into the cool grass, lay down, and ate a popsicle. On every side, children petted the 10-year-old pit bull. A parent read Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham aloud. Nearly a dozen people gathered that warm evening on August 30 to celebrate Cheese’s life. They knew that would be his last full day alive.

Cheese was first brought to the Louisville Metro Animal Services shelter in 2016.

‘Cheese’ was already his name at that point; the warts that pocked his golden-brown fur reminded shelter workers of moldy cheese, and the moniker stuck.

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says the White House needs to use a lie detector test to find out who wrote an anonymous op-ed published in the New York Times this week.

The op-ed is purportedly written by a senior official in President Trump’s administration who claims to be a part of an internal resistance effort actively working to block the president’s most extreme policies and instincts.

Senator Paul told reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday that anyone who has security clearance at the White House should undergo a polygraph exam to help determine who wrote the op-ed.

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The head of the Prichard Committee, one of the state’s best known education advocacy groups, says additional state resources will likely be needed to fulfill federal education accountability requirements.

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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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