Gov. Matt Bevin has promised to call a special legislative session on pensions before July 1st, but timing could complicate whether a session even takes place. However, universities and agencies affected by the issue want clarity sooner than that.

The legislature passed a bill this year that would have allowed regional universities and other agencies to avoid massive increases in the amount they have to contribute to the pension systems. But Gov. Bevin vetoed it, promising to call lawmakers back to Frankfort to tackle the issue again. 

American Inventor Winston Shelton Passes Away

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Winston Shelton passed away last week. Born in Nicholas County, he grew up in Clay and Greenbrier counties, and became an electrical engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur who was awarded 76 U.S. patents.

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A conservation group chose Earth Day, April 22, to announce the purchase of a massive property in Appalachian forest to protect habitat and help wildlife adapt to the challenges of climate change.

The property covers 100,000 acres of forest straddling the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

 

The Nature Conservancy, the nonprofit that made the purchase, said it plans to restore forest health, lease land for sustainable forestry, and provide opportunities for locals to enjoy the wilderness.

Solar Energy Celebration Planned

Apr 22, 2019
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The executive director of the Kentucky Conservation Committee said many of the environmental messages promoted in past Earth Day events are now adopted as commonplace.  The first Earth Day took place in 1970. 

Lane Boldman believes sustainability is more than a buzzword today. “People are becoming more in tune with the fact that it’s just common sense to be eco-friendly, to be conserving resources, to be working smarter and using new technology and efficiencies to use less energy,” said Boldman.

She said that’s particularly the case with Millennials. 

Stu Johnson

Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington is known to attract thousands of people for basketball games.  But, one day last week it was the site for a contest of a different sort.

Anita Franklin

Anita Franklin spent two days in Washington last week. She spent time in Congressional offices talking about gun violence.  Franklin is a member of the Lexington chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.  Her 14-year-old son Antonio was the victim of gun violence as a bystander in 2014.

Cheri Lawson

Earlier this month 37 year old Austin Eubanks was the keynote speaker at Kentucky’s second annual Harm Reduction Summit in Northern Kentucky where officials addressed substance abuse prevention and recovery. According to Harm Reduction International, there is no universally accepted definition of harm reduction.

Stu Johnson

Kosair Charities is contributing $250,000 to expand clinical and educational resources in an effort to prevent child abuse and neglect in the Bluegrass and Cumberland Valley regions. 

The announcement came Friday morning at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington. Pediatric Forensic Medicine Chief Dr. Christina Howard says sections of the Commonwealth face diverse challenges.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Primaries A Month Away

Apr 19, 2019

This week in Kentucky politics, Democratic candidates for governor finally appeared on stage for the first time ahead of next month’s primary election. And a battle is waging over the votes of teachers, who held massive protests in Frankfort in recent years. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled. 

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The largest grant ever given to the University of Kentucky will support research to reduce opioid deaths in 16 Kentucky counties.  The four-year, $87 million grant comes from the National Institutes of Health.  Kentucky is one of four sites selected.

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A conservation group chose Earth Day, April 22, to announce the purchase of a massive property in Appalachian forest to protect habitat and help wildlife adapt to the challenges of climate change.

The property covers 100,000 acres of forest straddling the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

 

The Nature Conservancy, the nonprofit that made the purchase, said it plans to restore forest health, lease land for sustainable forestry, and provide opportunities for locals to enjoy the wilderness.

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday more than a dozen indictments against doctors in the Ohio Valley on charges relating to the illegal distribution of opioids. These are the first major indictments from the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force, which started work in December.

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Inside the Bluegrass Hemp Oil store in Lexington, Kentucky, the CBD oils and lotions lining the walls have an origin story — a story of a family’s struggle.

“We took a huge risk, to be perfectly honest, because we didn’t know. We weren’t trying other people’s CBD products that were out there,” Bluegrass Hemp Oil Co-owner Adriane Polyniak, said.

Polyniak’s son, Colten, began inexplicably having violent seizures in 2009 when he was three. He was diagnosed with idiopathic generalized epilepsy.

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