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A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin against 16 Kentucky residents. Those residents had earlier sued Bevin in a separate court, asking a judge to declare Bevin’s Medicaid changes illegal.

On Monday, Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky dismissed Bevin’s lawsuit.

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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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  Kentucky students entering high school next academic year may have more freedom to choose their classes and demonstrate what they’ve learned.

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When it comes to tourism and travel today, it’s not just about the destination. The head of the Adventure Cycling Association offered his views at last week’s Kentucky Bike Walk Summit in Lexington.

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Eastern Kentucky University opens its football season a week from Thursday at home against in state rival Morehead State.  Saturday night saw players and supporters joining together for the annual fan day event.  

Let the Breeders Cup Excitement Start Now

Aug 18, 2018
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The bugle at the track usually signals the start of a race, but Friday at Keeneland, it sounded for another reason. The 2020 Breeders Cup Championships are coming back to Keeneland. The official announcement came Friday afternoon at the historic Lexington track.

Marshall County Students Honored

Aug 17, 2018

Historical markers could be recorded digitally in a program proposed by Marshall County students.Credit KeenelandEdit | Remove

Bike and Walk Summit Focusing on Statewide Advocacy

Aug 17, 2018
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Well over 200 people, the majority Kentucky cyclists are participating in the second bike-walk summit. Advocacy remains a part of the focus of two wheeled riding enthusiasts.

Opioid Production Could Be Reduced

Aug 17, 2018
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  The U.S. Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration are proposing a reduction in the amount of controlled substances that can be manufactured in the U.S. next year. The move would help states like Kentucky, which lost more 
than 1,500 residents to drug overdoses last year.

 

Scammers Target Small Business Owners

Aug 17, 2018

The Office of the Kentucky Attorney General says a scam making the rounds is trying to get business owners to pay for services that are provided for free by the federal government.

Attorney General Andy Beshear says his office has received reports from aspiring small business owners who are receiving messages from a website mimicking the Internal Revenue Service.

The scammers offer to help obtain an Employer Identification Number for a fee of 250 to 300 dollars.

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Lexington’s council is expected to vote on establishing a public art fund later this month.  The matter was discussed both in committee and during council work session earlier this week. 

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A congressional field hearing in Lexington Thursday included discussion on issues related to opioid recovery and transitional housing.  Testimony on opioid use for pain management was also presented.

It came from substance abuse recovery, housing, and medical research representatives.  Among them, University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research Director Sharon Walsh.   She said a slight reduction has come in the number of opioids prescribed nationally.  But, Walsh says a three day limit on pain medicine following a procedure may fall short of the overall intent.

Kentucky’s attorney general says a payment made to the state’s former adoption czar was illegal. Andy Beshear’s legal opinion issued today\yesterday says Gov. Matt Bevin violated the state’s procurement law.

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Students will have a safer passage from their dorms to their classes as Translyvania University has updated the pedestrian crossing on North Broadway.

University spokesperson Megan Moloney said that many of Transy’s 1,000 students cross the busy Lexington thoroughfare several times a day.

The new set up adds a flashing beacon of neon lights to catch the attention of both pedestrians and drivers.

“What we’ve found is that is not only safer for pedestrians on campus but also in getting the attention of drivers coming up on it," she said.

MSU Greek Suspension Continues

Aug 16, 2018
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  Murray State University’s Greek Life social suspension remains in effect until further notice. The university suspended Greek life on campus in May following a death of a non-student in an off-campus fraternity house, and an alleged sexual assault. Communications Director Shawn Touney said the MSU Greek Social Policy Review Committee is researching the best practices for Greek life.

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Twenty years ago an eight -year-old Lexington boy, Nathan Matuszewicz ,lost his life to a disease affecting his lungs. August 18th,his family and friends are once again sponsoring a 5k run-walk event at Keeneland to raise awareness of the disease.

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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.

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Lexington’s public golf courses continue to carry a cost to government of more than $900,000 a year.  

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The first day of school at Lexington’s Tates Creek High School Wednesday carried a new meaning.  A third Fayette County school now features the academy format.

The new Tates Creek academies cover areas like designing and engineering, medical emergency services and business entrepreneurship.  

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Lexington city council members spent close to three hours last night hearing citizen comments about a proposed plan to relocate city hall.  No vote was taken on the recommended move.

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Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson says the Richmond school’s graduation rate has improved, but is still not good enough.

Lexington Council Consider E-Scooter Ride Sharing

Aug 15, 2018
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Lexington city leaders are considering ways to incorporate pay per minute electric scooter ride sharing.  Such thin two wheeled slow speed scooters are not currently found in the bluegrass community.

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A nationally known automotive consultant says the widespread use of autonomous vehicles is coming to the U.S.  Future predictions about driverless cars was a part of the first day for this year Kentucky AutoVision Conference.

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61 recruits from across the Commonwealth began their participation in a 25 week State Police Training Academy this week.  It comes on the heels of the retirement of 56 troopers in July.   Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders says that equaled the entire number who retired in all of 2017.

Wild Ginseng Harvest Ban Remains in Place

Aug 13, 2018
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A ban on harvesting wild ginseng within Kentucky’s national forest remains in effect. 

Although not pertaining to private properties, U.S. Forest Service botanist David Taylor expects public forest land to be protected from ginseng cultivation at least over the next year.  He says it’s hard to say when the ban will be lifted. “We honestly don’t know right now.  We are working with the state department of agriculture and farmers to monitor ginseng populations.  The State Department of Agriculture’s been doing it for a while,” said Taylor.

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If the production and airing of political advertisements is any indication, political pundits might say the sixth congressional district race has generated a lot of attention for August.  Reports the central Kentucky contest between GOP incumbent Andy Barr and Democrat Amy McGrath is being viewed with a national lens.

University of Kentucky Receives NCI Renewal

Aug 12, 2018
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The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has earned National Cancer Institute designation for another five years. 

Kentucky Firefighters Return from California

Aug 12, 2018
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40 firefighters are back in Kentucky following two weeks fighting woodland fires in California.  

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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.

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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 .

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