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On Wednesday, a federal appeals court will hear arguments over a Kentucky law requiring doctors to show and describe a fetal ultrasound to patients before conducting an abortion.

The law also requires doctors to play audio of the fetal heartbeat, even if patients object.

The measure was struck down by a lower court last fall, citing concerns over the psychological harm it could cause. But Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration appealed the decision to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lexington's Fayette Mall Food Court Reopens

Jul 24, 2018
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A Lexington health official says most of the eating establishments in the Fayette Mall food court have re-opened.  This comes after the multi-restaurant section was shut down Monday following a rash of stomach illnesses reported by people eating in the food court.

Storm Clean Up Continues This Week

Jul 24, 2018
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There’s still some aftermath to the storms which raked across the Commonwealth last Friday evening.  Kentucky Utilities Spokesman Daniel Lowry says Kentucky Utilities and LG &E power outages peaked at 170,000.  The remaining 2000 or so in Woodford County were expected to be addressed by the end of Tuesday. 

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The low rumble of industrial fans fills the Catholic Action Center in Lexington, a shelter that provides meals and other services for homeless people.

It’s mid-morning on a hot July day and dozens of people sit camped on couches in the entryway, or slouch at tables nearby. Despite the fans the air is stale from too many bodies too close together — ideal conditions for the spread of disease.

 

Kentucky’s bourbon association is worried that a drawn-out trade war could slow down growth of the state’s signature distilling industry.  The group is inviting distilling companies from around the world to discuss tariffs at a “whiskey summit” next week. 

Kentucky bourbon is in the crosshairs of retaliatory tariffs from the European Union, Mexico and Canada after President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from those countries. 
 

Region’s Black Lung Rates Highest In 25 Years

Jul 19, 2018
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A new study by federal health officials finds the recent surge in cases of black lung disease is especially concentrated among coal miners in central Appalachia.

Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health say the rate of black lung disease among experienced miners in central Appalachia is the highest they have seen in a quarter century.

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Experts are telling Kentucky lawmakers that gun violence needs to be addressed as a public health crisis and they are recommending lawmakers consider legislation that would require gun owners to lock up their firearms.

A legislative committee heard testimony Wednesday about how gun violence impacts young people across the state and country. 

Hog Farm Being Investigated For Animal Abuse

Jul 18, 2018
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A Kentucky hog farm operator has fired three workers after an animal rights group video- taped alleged incidents of animal abuse at the farm. 

Tosh Farms CEO Jimmy Tosh said in an email he is taking action in response to allegations of animal cruelty at one of his farms. 

An undercover investigator from the non-profit Mercy For Animals documented the abuses while working for four months at a Franklin, Kentucky, hog farm earlier this year. The farm is leased and managed by Tosh Farms to raise pigs for slaughter in Louisville’s JBS Swift plant. 

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United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts fired up a crowd of thousands of union workers in Columbus, Ohio, with a simple chant: “Fix it!”

The rally last week came on the eve of a Congressional field hearing on problems plaguing multiemployer pension programs like the one retired miners depend upon.

“When the people get to marching, the politicians get to listening,” Roberts roared.

Rand Paul: Trump Detractors Are "Deranged"

Jul 17, 2018
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Amid widespread criticism over President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Rand Paul has rushed to the president’s defense, saying that his detractors are “deranged.”  Paul and Trump have had a love-hate relationship over the last few years. 

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A group of high school students in west Kentucky is organizing a protest opposing the upcoming appearance of the National Rifle Association President in Murray. Oliver North is the featured speaker at a GOP rally jointly hosted by the Calloway and Marshall County Republican parties. North was named NRA president in May and is known for his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal. 

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A private, Christian university in northern Texas has named the former Murray State University Director of Athletics their new A-D. Abilene Christian University announced Monday that Allen Ward will be their ninth Director of Athletics.

Ward’s first day is August 6. Murray State President Bob Davies said on Friday Ward is leaving after being “presented an opportunity that he and his family could not turn down.”

Ward has served as MSU’s AD for 13 years. Under Ward, the Racers won 39 Ohio Valley Conference championships and played in the NCAA 29 times.

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Kentucky’s college freshmen this fall are being urged to take 15 credit hours to become nearly twice as likely to graduate on time. A new policy brief by the Council on Postsecondary Education finds that the likelihood of students graduating on time greatly improves for students taking 30 credit hours their first year. The CPE’s Chief Academic Officer Aaron Thompson says taking 15 hours a semester can help close the achievement gap among under-represented minority 

and low-income students. 

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Kenton County is launching a 12-step re-entry program for inmates dealing with opioid addictions.

It's a partnership with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, which created the COR-12 treatment plan, and includes a 90-day residential treatment followed by six months of aftercare with job training and other services.

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A popular restaurant and tourist destination in west Kentucky is breaking ground next month on a new building after a destructive fire in February temporarily halted operations. Patti's is an iconic attraction in the lakeside town of Grand Rivers, featuring decorative restaurants and shopping. Marketing Director Ann Martin says the new building will be more handicap accessible.

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Lexington’s city hall is likely to be a bit quieter this week, as council members continue on their summer break.  A couple of issues, one a tradition every year and another, a newer hot topic will be first on the agenda come August.

Kentucky Ag Inspectors on the Lookout for Skimming

Jul 16, 2018
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Inspectors with Kentucky’s Department of Agriculture are again on the lookout for credit card skimmers.  Inspectors have been monitoring gas pumps for skimmers for three years now. 

 

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Jimmy Tosh sells a lot of pigs. He is owner and CEO of Tosh Farms, Tosh Pork, and Bacon By Gosh, in Henry County, Tennessee, and has 84 contractedbarns in the region where farmers grow pigs for his products.

On a recent July day, Tosh craned over some 1,200 piglets and reflected on how recent market disturbances have affected his business.

 

This week in Kentucky politics, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced he’s running for governor, the state auditor released a report finding a “pervasive lack of accountability” in Kentucky’s courts administration and a bunch of new laws go into effect this weekend.

"Papa John" Gone From Cardinal Stadium

Jul 13, 2018
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University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi says the school is renaming its football stadium, from Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to just Cardinal Stadium. 
It comes after Papa John’s founder John Schnatter admitted to using a racial slur during conference call in May. 
Bendaputi says Schnatter’s name is also being removed from U of L’s college of business.

19TH NASCAR Racing Weekend in Kentucky

Jul 13, 2018
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For many of the Commonwealth’s NASCAR racing fans, the annual weekend of racing at Kentucky Motor Speedway got off to a good start last night.  Louisville native Ben Rhodes won his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.  

Speedway Director of Communications Tim Bray says Rhodes’ win at the Sparta track was historic. “First time that we’ve ever had someone from the Bluegrass State win here in a national series at Kentucky,” said Bray.

Bray says the fabric of the mile and a half track was changed three years ago with 17 degrees of banking on the south end. 

Free Waste Disposal This Weekend in Fayette County

Jul 13, 2018
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Fayette County residents without government garbage collection have a chance to unload some of their bulky trash Saturday.  

Environmental Outreach Specialist Lauren Monahan says big items like mattresses and rimless tires can be brought to the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station on Old Frankfort Pike. “This is a great opportunity for those who may live outside the urban service boundary, for example, to help clean up their property, bring some of that waste in and we don’t require payment that day,” said Monahan.

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Kearney Hill Links played host to a record-breaking Girls Junior PGA Championship this week.  The tournament winner secured more than one personal best during her four days on the Lexington course.

Yealimi Noh finished second last year when the Junior PGA tourney was held in Missouri.  But things went better this year in the Bluegrass. 

Drug Company Lawsuit Filed In Madison County

Jul 12, 2018
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Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed another lawsuit against a drug manufacturer, accusing a company that makes morphine and codeine of using deceptive marketing to promote painkillers that fueled the drug addiction epidemic in Kentucky. 

In a press conference Thursday, Beshear said that St. Louis pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt underplayed the risk of addiction in order to promote its opioid products. 

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A new report says thousands of people across the Commonwealth lost their dental and vision coverage as well as transportation assistance in the recent Medicaid expansion rollbacks .

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office held a memorial ceremony Thursday for a member of its team that died under suspicious circumstances.

The only K-9 with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office was found unresponsive in his outdoor kennel at the home of his handler in late April. The dog named Kane was rushed to the vet but couldn’t be saved.

Sgt. Curtis Hargett  is a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

"A necropsy was done immediately and evidence was sent to numerous labs for testing. As time went on we have determined now that the cause of death was foul play.”

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The agency that runs Kentucky’s court system has a “pervasive lack of accountability” according to a special examination released by state Auditor Mike Harmon. 

State auditor Mike Harmon says that the Administrative Office of the Courts improperly held employee-only sales of surplus property and left the system vulnerable to abuse by top officials. 

Food Safety During Ground Beef Grilling Season

Jul 11, 2018
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American consumption of ground beef remains a popular choice when it comes to mealtime.  And while concerns about the more virulent strain of e-coli bacteria may not be as prominent today, food safety measures are found in the field of cattle through when the meat winds up on your plate.

Blue Grass Army Depot

The Blue Grass Army Depot has a new commander.  He’s Colonel Joe Kurz , who served in the Middle East during the 2001 to 2011 decade.  The formal transfer of authority took place during a ceremony Tuesday.

Kurz says activities at the 14,000-acre Army installation haven’t changed much in its 75 year history. “The mission is unchanged.  Receiving, storing, and maintaining, refurbishing, and shipping conventional ammunition for the United States Army and our joint war fighters,” said Kurz.

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A judge has denied Gov. Matt Bevin’s request to reconsider a ruling that struck down changes to Kentucky’s pensions system. 

Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd blocked the pension law last month, saying that lawmakers had violated the state Constitution by not following proper procedure when they passed it.

Bevin asked Shepherd to amend his ruling to determine if the pension bill violated the state’s “inviolable contract”—a provision that protects state worker benefits from being tinkered with after they’ve been hired. 
 

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