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Former Vice President Joe Biden is coming to central Kentucky to express his support for 6th district Congressional candidate Amy McGrath.  Biden will participate in a political cookout at Bath County High School.

The fish fry and campaign rally is scheduled for Friday afternoon.  Biden is regarded as a possible Democratic candidate for president in 2020.

President Trump To Hold Rally At EKU

Oct 6, 2018
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President Donald J. Trump will hold a rally at Eastern Kentucky University’s Alumni Coliseum on Saturday, Oct. 13.

EKU President Michael Benson sent a campus-wide email on Friday night to announce the event. Benson said this is the first time a sitting president has visited the Richmond campus.

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The Kentucky Board of Education has signed off on new graduation requirements for high school students. Under the new standards, 10th grade students would have to meet minimum competency standards in reading and math tests. They could take the tests multiple times, but if they still can’t pass, they could appeal to their local superintendent. The Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the new requirements during a meeting in Frankfort today\yesterday. Chairman Hal Heiner said the revised standards are needed to ensure students are graduating college or career ready.

Eastern Standard: September 28, 2018

Sep 28, 2018

This week, Eastern Standard looks at a new report that focuses on ways to help young Kentucky parents overcome challenges. 

Host Tom Martin talks to University of Kentucky's Special Collections Librarian Reinette Jones, the curator and creator of the Notable Kentucky African Americans Database.

WEKU's Stu Johnson gives us details on the importance of the recent mock chemical weapons disaster drill at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond.

New Family Drug Court Comes To Jefferson County

Sep 26, 2018
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Funding cuts ended Jefferson County’s family drug court nearly a decade ago, but a group has raised enough money to open a new court next month. 

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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.

Eastern Standard: Kentucky's Opioid Crisis

Sep 20, 2018

This special edition of Eastern Standard focuses on Kentucky's opioid addiction crisis. Yes, it's a crisis with the Centers for Disease Control reporting that Kentucky has one of the nation's highest rates of pregnant women addicted to these drugs.

Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is guest co-host and interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Barry Meier, author of "Pain Killer," the book that exposed the roots of opioid addiction.

Health Officials Bracing For Tough Flu Season

Sep 17, 2018
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Public health officials in Kentucky are preparing for what they expect to be a difficult flu season. 

Health officials make predictions on what will happen in Kentucky by watching the flu season in the southern hemisphere. Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffery Howard said it looks the commonwealth is in for a tough year.

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Health advocates in Kentucky are praising the Food and Drug Administration’s tough stance on vaping among youth. The FDA this week called electronic cigarettes an epidemic among teens and threatened to pull the products from the market. 
 

In 2017, 44 percent of Kentucky high school students reported they had at least tried vaping while 14 percent admitted using e-cigarettes on a regular basis. Bonnie Hackbarth with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky says vaping is not a safe alternative to cigarette smoking.

The Louisville group Special Project has announced that it is partnering with the Jefferson County courts to create a pilot program to help lawyers and judges consider the potential impact on children of parents who are in jail awaiting trial.

T. Benicio Gonzales, interim director at the Center for Health Equity, helped spearhead a report that released a recommendation to help children, called a family responsibility statement.

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An eastern Kentucky senator is calling upon the governors of Kentucky and Virginia to seek more federal money to clean up a Pike County lake. 

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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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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. 

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Kentucky’s public schools would be required to post the national motto of “In God We Trust” inside their buildings under legislation that’s been pre-filed for next legislative session. Hhe bill is being sponsored by a LaRue County evangelist.

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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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  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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In Kentucky, about half of all the infrastructure in place for water and sewers is past its design life. 

“There’s a lot of investment that’s needed” 

That’s Deputy Cabinet Secretary Bruce Scott speaking to the to the Senate standing committee on natural resources Monday. 

“We really can’t do anything we can’t have economic development, we can’t do the things we want to quality of life if we don’t have investments in those areas,” 
 

Jim Thacker is frustrated.

The spokesperson for the Madison County, Kentucky, Health Department said there is a real threat of a Hepatitis A outbreak at the detention center right down the road in Richmond.

Built to house about 240 inmates, it holds more than 400.  

“It’s like a petri dish, they are packed so close together,” he said.

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Health officials in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia say the number of overdose deaths related to the opioid crisis continued to rise in 2017 as state data began to reflect the fatalities related to the powerful drug fentanyl.

A new report from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy found 1,565 died from drug overdoses last year, up 11.5 percent from 2016.

Fentanyl played a factor in more than half of the overdose cases in which a toxicology report was available.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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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.

 

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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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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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More than 6,500 students from across the country — ranging from middle school age to college — are in Louisville this week as part of the annual SkillsUSA conference. It’s a showcase of skilled trades and technical education, and features contests in fields such as plumbing, masonry and carpentry.

This focus on students learning trades is also a priority of the Trump administration. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos toured some of the conference exhibits Thursday with Gov. Matt Bevin.

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A federal judge on Friday struck down Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to put in place “community engagement” requirements for Medicaid coverage that were set to go into effect in some parts of the state on July 1.

That also includes the entirety of the new program, premiums, co-pays, loss of automatic vision and dental benefits and lock-out periods.

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An annual report measuring the health and well-being of Kentucky children shows progress in nine different categories, including the teenage birth rate, children living in poverty and children with health insurance. But the state still lags behind the nation in other areas, like in the number of babies born with low-birth weights and the number of young children not enrolled in school.

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