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University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto Friday unveiled a more promising employment picture for the months ahead at the Lexington school. 

Capilouto announced that the UK budget for next year will not include reductions in workforce and the university is experiencing fewer employees being placed on administrative no-pay status than first anticipated.  The UK president is directing a portion of the institution’s contingency fund to augment the budget, saving about a hundred jobs.

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A new study shows the Ohio Valley has some of the nation’s highest rates of food insecurity among older adults, and anti-hunger advocates say that situation could be made worse by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Child care providers across the state are likely reviewing just released state guidelines for re-opening their centers.

The coronavirus test wasn't as bad as Celeste Torres imagined. Standing outside a dorm at the University of California, San Diego, Torres stuck a swab up a nostril, scanned a QR code, and went on with the day.

"The process itself was about five minutes," Torres says, "I did cry a little bit just because it's, I guess, a natural reaction."

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Governor Beshear says it’s possible Kentucky is now undergoing a reduction in coronavirus cases.  During his briefing Thursday night, the governor said the rate of infection appears to be declining. 

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The U.S. Department of Labor reported close to 99,000 additional unemployment insurance claims in the last week from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, as state unemployment offices worked their way through a backlog of millions of claims filed since the coronavirus pandemic forced business closures beginning in March.

For the week ending May 16, Kentucky reported 47,036 claims, Ohio had 46,494, and West Virginia reported 4,853. Nearly 2.5 million people have filed unemployment insurance claims in the three states since mid-March.

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On Today’s Interview, Samantha Morrill talks to U.S. Forest Service Public Affairs Officer Tim Eling about the schedule for reopening some of the recreation areas in the Daniel Boone National Forest.


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First suggested about a dozen years ago, plans are now moving forward to construct a one billion dollar ambulatory medical campus in Lexington near Interstate 75.  Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton was joined by Baptist Health Lexington President Bill Sisson to provide details of the project expected to create between six to seven hundred jobs. 

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Gasoline prices this Memorial Day weekend are predicted to be at an amount not seen in 17 years.  Despite the low price at the pump, few Kentuckians are expected to travel very far this holiday period. 

Lori Weaver Hawkins with Triple A Bluegrass says, for the first time in 20 years, a Memorial Day travel forecast is not being issued. “With the inability to really have the data that we need to make a forecast and also by making a forecast we don’t want to encourage people to go against travel recommendations in their areas,” said Weaver Hawkins.

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May 21, 2020

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Eastern Standard for May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020

Connecting dots between education, entrepreneurship and economic development. It’s the focus of a new series of interviews hosted by former UK President Lee Todd. | A history of Maxey Flats, the sixties-era nuclear waste Superfund site in Fleming, County, Kentucky. Part two of a two-part series.

Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

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