Kentucky ranks 39th in the U.S. for the state of its child care centers—earning high marks for posting complaint records online but poor marks for not requiring center directors to have bachelor's degrees, says a new report. The report, from Child Care Aware of America, said Kentucky could improve its child care center's regulations by requiring state and federal fingerprints for checking criminal backgrounds and changing its educational requirements for lead teachers.
Rice University scientists Michael Wong (left) and Juan Velazquez are working with researchers at DuPont and Stanford University to field test PGClear, a scalable process for removing chlorinated pollutants from water.
By Karla Ward and Bill Estep and Linda Blackford and Lexington Herald-Leader
Dr. Ronald Dubin was about five miles from finishing the Boston Marathon on Monday when police began telling runners to get off the course and onto the sidewalks. Dubin, an orthopedic surgeon with offices in Middlesboro and Corbin, said he saw police cars driving fast down the road and then buses carrying military people. Soon after, he learned about the explosions at the finish line through calls from family members and friends wanting to check on him. His first reaction was disbelief.
Spring-cleaning season has arrived, and for many Kentuckians that means burning unwanted debris. The Kentucky Division for Air Quality reminds residents to learn before you burn. Illegal burning could result in fines of as much as $25,000 per day per violation. Many people may not realize that burning trash is illegal in Kentucky. State law prohibits the burning of many materials including plastic, tires, cans, coated wire, carpeting and food waste. In addition, the burning of trailers, buildings, and construction and demolition debris such as shingles, drywall and insulation is prohibited.
The Kentucky Foundation for Women has awarded $100,000 in grants to Kentucky artists. The grants are awarded to feminist artists and organizations to develop their artistic skills, explore new techniques or create new works. Small grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 will support projects ranging from a Lexington music series focused on African American female composers to a nonfiction book and website about life as an active-duty military wife. Of the 36 artist enrichment grants awarded this month, 12 totaling $34,000 will fund Louisville-based artists and their projects.
Kentucky business leaders and education advocates are teaming up to start a new funding source for innovation in education. The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky—also known as the The Fund—is being launched to help with grants and extra fundraising for the Kentucky Department of Education.
It’s tax day and a busy one at the Kentucky Revenue Department.
“I noticed, I’ve been watching our phone board and evidently we’re getting a lot of questions today. So, a lot of phone calls coming in already.”
State Division of Individual Income Director Bruce Nix says some one- point-three million state tax returns have already been filed, but another 400-thousand could arrive today. For taxpayers who need more time, Nix says filing for an extension with the I-R-S is all that’s required in Kentucky.
Exercising your mind can help in coping with the stress at the workplace and at school. A pair of consultants in central Kentucky say ‘brain training’ techniques can help. A lack of sleep, little exercise, and poor diet can all negatively impact memory. But, an education consultant believes people can slow their mental decline. Carol Brown and her husband provide private tutoring services to students and professional. Brown with the for-profit Academic Success Center of Kentucky, says games can help.
Weapons storage igloos at Bluegrass Army Depot, near Richmond.
Layoffs were announced today at the Bluegrass Army Depot near Richmond. Within a few months, at least 74 workers will lose their jobs, but another hundred are likely. In a sense, Colonel Brian Rogers is returning his command to a peace time footing. As America’s military commitment to Iraq and Afghanistan has shrunk, so has its need for munitions. The combat veteran says laying off workers is the hardest thing he’s ever done.
543 and 539 West Third St in Lexington, Ky. Thursday March 14, 2013
The owner of a two-story home on Lexington's West Third Street died in January 2008 without heirs to assume responsibility for the property. The house remained empty for years, and Faith Harders, who lived next door, watched with concern as the house deteriorated. "My greatest fear was a homeless person would break in, start a fire to keep warm and burn the house down," Harders said of the house at 543 West Third. That happened a few years earlier to a vacant house across the street, she said. Harders called LexCall 311 to notify the city's code enforcement office about the house. That's how the city learns about most run-down and abandoned property.
FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Friday announced that Larry L. Roberts, of Frankfort, will become secretary of the Labor Cabinet effective May 16 with the resignation of acting Secretary Mark S. Brown. Brown, of Brandenburg, is resigning effective May 15 to pursue other opportunities. He is a former state representative and Meade County judge-executive and served as deputy secretary of the Labor Cabinet prior to assuming the role of acting secretary in December 2010.
A group of nine young adults is blazing a trail through parts of eastern Kentucky. The Americorps team is improving trails in Letcher County and at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Kentucky Tourism Spokesman Gil Lawson says hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders will all benefit. “Most folks can put on a pair of either hiking shoes or tennis shoes and get out on a trail. Some people like to do things with bicycles and horses. But, we are fortunate in Kentucky that we have trails in a lot of places, not just one area. We’ve got trails in urban areas and rural areas,” said Lawson.
Private dollars will fund more study into Lexington’s Town Branch Commons Project. The feasibility study’s part of a proposal that resurrects Town Branch Creek and creates a waterfront attraction in downtown Lexington. Downtown Development Authority President Jeff Fugate says they’ll soon make their ideas public. “Don’t have a hard feasibility date. What I will say is coming in later in the spring and through the summer we will have public presentations of the project, opportunities for the public to engage with the designers and the planners,” said Fugate.
As several fires continue to burn in wooded areas across Pike County on Thursday, forestry officials said the fires are now under control. According to Tad Norris, the district forester for the Kentucky Division of Forestry’s Eastern District, three woodland fires were burning in Pike County Thursday in areas near Grapevine, Dorton and Elkhorn City. Norris said the fires have been brought under control and have been contained.
Participants in last year's Tough Mudder event crawl through mud and under electric wires in one of the many obstacles. The Tough Mudder event will return again in October.
Organizers of the Tough Mudder obstacle course event have decided to return to Mason County after a successful event in 2012. Scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20, the event drew 8,400 participants and 3,000 spectators to the Big Rock Off-Road Park in 2012. Maysville officials said the event had a significant economic impact, with hotels booked for the weekend, as well as restaurants and local retailers also benefiting from competitors and visitors to the area.
First Lady Michelle Obama comes to Eastern Kentucky University in May to participate in the spring commencement ceremony. EKU President Doug Whitlock says his office got a call from a member of the First Lady’s staff almost a week ago. Eastern is receiving national attention for the help it gives Veterans working to further their education. Whitlock says it caught the eye of Mrs. Obama. A White House staff member asked if she could attend the University’s graduation ceremony. Saying it was more than okay, Whitlock says the school was seeking a speaker for the third exercise. In fact, he says it was the only one her schedule would permit.
Members of an AmeriCorps crew and other volunteers gather tools as they prepare to work on a trail at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.
CORBIN – Nine young people from across the country are spending several weeks this spring working on trails in Eastern Kentucky to help communities and state parks. The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team has worked in Letcher County and at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin and is scheduled to do more work at Stearns and Natural Bridge State Resort Park at Slade during April and May, according to a state park system news release.
By Molly Burchett and Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues
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A recent statewide survey shows health-care costs are a burden for many Kentuckians, especially for those who are poor and don't have insurance and put off getting care they need because they can't afford it. More than 60 percent of Kentucky adults in the poll said high costs forced them or a family member living in their home to delay getting care in the past year. Not surprisingly, almost 90 percent of uninsured respondents reported going completely without care in the past year.
First Lady Michelle Obama will join former University of Kentucky President Dr. Charles Wethington and Kentucky author Silas House as speakers at Eastern Kentucky University’s spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11. Three ceremonies, all in Alumni Coliseum, will recognize a total of 2,428 degree candidates.
A bill has already been pre-filed for the Kentucky General Assembly's 2014 session—and it deals with the use of drones in the state. Republican state Rep. Diane St. Onge bill limits how unmanned aircraft can be used. It allows U.S. military personnel to use drones in Kentucky for practice purposes. And it also allows drones to be used by law enforcement agencies if they have a specific warrant to do so.