State Releases School Accountability Scores

Sep 26, 2018

Parents of public school aged children may be checking school accountability readings.  State officials Wednesday released performance scores for elementary, middle, and high schools across the Commonwealth.

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  The Sierra Club and Kentucky Waterways Alliance can move forward with a lawsuit against Kentucky Utilities for contaminating Herrington Lake with pollution leftover from burning coal for electricity.

On Monday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling that blocked the environmental groups from suing Kentucky Utilities, which provides electricity for 77 counties in Kentucky.

A new scholarship supports students at the Academy of Information Technology at Bryan Station High School.

The grant provides $18,000 per student graduating from Bryan Station who are accepted to Transylvania University.

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk praised the effort Tuesday saying the scholarship expands the possibilities of the high school graduates.

He says it also shows the university’s support of the community.

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An increasing number of Kentucky students are earning college credit while in high school.The number of students taking dual credit courses and the amount of credits they’re earning have both risen sharply. Lisa Autry from member station WKYU reports.

Statewide, nearly 35-thousand high school students enrolled in dual credit courses through a college or university during the 2017-18 academic year. That was a 45 percent increase from the 2015-16 school year.

Stu Johnson

A $2 million federal grant is coming to Lexington to help battle the opioid problem in the central Kentucky community.  The formal announcement came Tuesday at city hall.  Much of the money will go toward the purchase of Naloxone kits, the medicine used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. 

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As President Trump attempts to revive the struggling coal industry, the administration’s top regulator for mine safety used a recent lecture at West Virginia University to lay out his priorities for the agency charged with keeping miners safe.

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health David Zatezalo outlined the Trump administration’s priorities for the Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA.

Flash Flooding Threat This Week in Kentucky

Sep 24, 2018

Kentuckians living in flood prone areas are being reminded of the possibility of flash flooding through midweek.  Flooding has been a significant concern this year in many communities.

What's The Future Of Marijuana As Medicine?

Sep 24, 2018
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What is the potential benefit of using marijuana as a medicine?

That was a hotly-debated topic during one panel at day-long conference in Lexington Monday.

An expert panel tackled the topic during the conference presented by the Foundation For A Healthy Kentucky had wide-ranging views on the issue.

They did agree on one thing – more scientific study is needed.

Chemical Spill in Good Samaritan Hospital Pharmacy

Sep 24, 2018

A chemical spill at Lexington’s Good Samaritan hospital Monday morning saw 19 people receive medical attention. 

Lexington Fire Department Major Jordan Saas says five people were decontaminated.  None of the individuals were admitted to the hospital. 

Saas says the spill involved about 8 ounces of the organic compound phenol in the basement inpatient pharmacy. “For this I would say five decontaminations and several others being observed, I would say that would be an expected number for this type of incident,” said Saas.

Focus on Business: Sustainable Investment Portfolios

Sep 24, 2018

Tom Martin talks with Justin Sautter, founding partner at Verdant Investments. As a Certified Private Wealth Advisor, Sautter explains how Verdant Investments began and what they provide. 

Sautter details types of investments beyond the traditional format, ones that support social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

Verdant Investments is a subsidiary of parent company Russell Capital Management. 


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The Justice family companies’ difficulties paying taxes over the years are well documented. But tax collectors haven’t been the only ones trying to recover debts from companies once operated by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and now in control of his family.

A review of court documents by the Ohio Valley ReSource found at least five cases in which judges ruled that Justice family companies failed to pay suppliers for goods or services.


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The commission has for months now been considering a proposal that would roll back its oversight of water pollution control standards along the Ohio River.

The 8-state body says standards set by member states will protect water quality in the Ohio. And the board argues the federal EPA will provide adequate oversight.

But at a meeting Thursday, the committee tasked with making recommendations to the commission said it needed more time.

ORSANCO Director Richard Harrison says thousands of people have weighed in on the proposal.

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After decades of addiction to heroin and prescription opioids, Wendy Crites finally made a clean break.

“For the first time in my life I just wanted to be off of it,” she said from her home in Ranson, West Virginia. “I hit rock bottom.”

Last year the ReSource profiled Crites, a single mother getting by on low-wage jobs during her first year of sobriety.