Kentucky has the highest use of antibiotics in the nation, creating antibiotic resistant "super bugs" and a host of other health problems. 

Eastern Standard host Tom Martin talks with a University of Louisville School of Medicine Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist about a statewide campaign to lower the number of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions. Listen to their full conversation.

US Department of Homeland Security

  Less than 30 percent of Kentucky adults would pass a test based on questions in the U.S. citizenship test.

In fact, a new survey shows a majority of adults in 49 states would fail the test.

The survey conducted by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation asked 41,000 U.S. adults 20 history-specific questions taken from the citizenship exam practice tests.

Lisa Autry

Doctors aren’t the only ones on call at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.  So is man’s best friend.

A part Labrador Retriever named Baron; Pepper the Yorkie; Lola, a Rhodesian Ridgeback; and Lady, a German Short-Haired Pointer, reported for duty at the hospital on a recent Friday afternoon, and fanned out to patient rooms to offer some canine comfort. 

Lexington Police have recovered a large chunk of change, in fact, $1,452 in quarters.

Police say five people allegedly broke into coin operated air pumps the past several months to steal quarters. This past weekend, a police officer patrolling the Elkhorn Drive area observed a man taking money from the air machine at a Speedway gas station.

kentucky.com

City Councilman Richard Moloney shared his concerns about Lexington’s budget this week as the council got its monthly update from city revenue officials.  

During that report, Moloney said city funding for big community projects is partly responsible for a tight budget. “We spent more money than we should have.  For instance, we’ve done a couple, three projects that we usually take….been here 30 years, that I saw go through once every ten years or maybe once every 15.  But we did all three within three years.”

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Cheri Lawson

Award winning writer and poet Pauletta Hansel recently made a stop in eastern Kentucky, which is where she first realized she was a writer and poet.

The first poet laureate of Cincinnati  spent time in her hometown of Jackson reading from her new book of poetry “Coal Town Photograph.”

Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday criticized lawmakers for not passing a bill to address the state’s ailing pension systems and also accused them of not reading legislation before voting.

During an interview on Bowling Green talk radio station WKCT, Bevin said there have been “several” lawmakers that have asked him to veto legislation they had voted in favor of just days before.

Lexington Rabbi Among U.S. Contingent To Guatemala

Mar 20, 2019
Lexington Temple Adath Israel

Lexington Rabbi David Wirtschafter says a recent trip to Guatemala exemplified the struggles faced by people in the Central American country.  The leader of Temple Adath Israel was part of an American Jewish World Service journey to Guatemala. 

Mary Meehan

In an effort to combat an ever-rising rate of HIV, the state is launching a pilot program in Northern Kentucky.  

 The collaboration announced today (yesterday/Wednesday) is aimed at preventing new infections in Kentucky, where the rate of infections has double since 2014.  The state Department of Public Health and the University of Kentucky have joined to create an effort focused on education, prevention and treatment.

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Ohio Valley ReSource

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A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation confirms the significant health challenges in the Ohio Valley, including premature deaths.

It also lays out the often overlooked connection between health and housing.

The report presents a county-by-county breakdown of health outcomes and reveals significant gaps between the healthiest counties and the least healthy counties.

The Trump Administration released on Monday details of a 2020 federal budget proposal that includes cutting funds allotted for a new federal prison in eastern Kentucky. The funds would be redirected to other law-enforcement or natural security priorities, potentially including a wall at the southern U.S. border.

The proposed cut rebukes arguments made by Congressman Hal Rogers, the powerful Kentucky Republican who has promoted federal prisons as economic development for communities struggling with high unemployment.

 

Liam Niemeyer/Ohio Valley ReSource

As the Trump administration’s trade talks continue with China and other countries, farmers are feeling the pain from the president’s year-long trade war. Tariffs on agricultural goods are compounding problems caused by low crop prices and over-production, and small farmers are suffering the most.

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