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A Moment in Kentucky History: A Kentucky Myth

7 hours ago
Kentucky Humanities / kyhumanities.org

Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about a Kentucky myth of the state's native peoples.


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The mayor of an eastern Kentucky town sees potential for economic growth with the completion of a parkway expansion.  Government officials and citizens alike in Salyersville have been looking forward to the opening of one segment for some time.

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Lexington officials are preparing for colder weather and the snow that comes with it. Central Kentucky already had some early season snowfall this month, with about an inch on the ground. 

Lexington Environmental Quality and Public Works Commissioner Nancy Albright outlined this year’s snow removal strategy to a council committee this week.  Albright said new this year is a citywide emphasis on pre-wetting salt.

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Half of all the public drinking water systems tested in a new report from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet are showing evidence of PFAS contamination.

These chemicals belong to a class of more than 5,000 compounds often called “forever chemicals” and are known to increase the risk of cancer, among other health problems.

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The 2019 Great American Smokeout comes at a time of increased scrutiny on e-cigarettes and vaping. 

The first nationwide Great American Smokeout took place in 1977.  The third Thursday of November remains a designated time to start living without cigarettes. 

But vaping is a front and center health issue today.  The American Medical Association this week called for a ban on all electronic cigarette and vaping products.  Angela Brumley-Shelton, tobacco treatment specialist with the Fayette Health Department, supports the idea.

Eastern Standard for November 21, 2019

Nov 21, 2019

Rescuing benefits and services mistakenly denied veterans. Needle sharing has made the once rare heart infection endocarditis a frequent diagnosis among the addicted. A visit with recovering addicts who have found a new path in life at an E. Kentucky stringed instrument factory. A discussion about end-of-life care. And, Lexington actor Kevin Hardesty on his lead role in a movie filmed in Central Kentucky.

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

Lexington Rates High For LGBTQ Inclusion

Nov 21, 2019
Stu Johnson

Lexington scored 93 out of 100 on ratings sponsored by the national Human Rights Campaign.  That compares with a 53 in 2013, the first year the bluegrass community was included in the equality index.  The organization ranks cities based on how inclusive local government law, policies, and services are to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. 

Live House Impeachment Inquiry from NPR

Nov 21, 2019
NPR

The U.S. House of Representatives is continuing open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live starting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.: NPR’s Special Report with recap and analysis of the House Impeachment Hearings will be hosted by Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish.

Hearings are scheduled Wednesday and Thursday. Watch here and listen on WEKU-FM.

A Moment in Kentucky History: Martha Layne Collins

Nov 21, 2019
Kentucky Humanities / kyhumanities.org

Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about Martha Layne Collins, the first and only female Governor of Kentucky.


New Horse Racing Safety Coalition Established

Nov 20, 2019
Stu Johnson

Leading Thoroughbred racing organizations are forming a national safety coalition in an effort to reduce horse fatalities.  The effort includes a number of reforms related to medical, operational, and organizational areas.  The formation of the group comes following much attention given to horse fatalies over the past year.  Some three dozen horses were euthanized at Santa Anita track in California.  In Kentucky, five horse fatalities occured at Keeneland during the fall meet.  There were four during the spring meet.

Martin County Looks To New Water Management In 2020

Nov 20, 2019
Stu Johnson

Residents in one eastern Kentucky community are hoping 2020 brings long-awaited improvements to its public water service.  That’s when an outside management company is scheduled to take over day to day operation of the Martin County Water District. 

A Moment in Kentucky History: The Old State Capital

Nov 20, 2019
Kentucky Humanities / kyhumanities.org

Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about the history behind The Old State Capital.


Communities across the Ohio Valley are among an estimated 2 million Americans that do not have consistent access to clean drinking water and basic indoor plumbing, according to a report published Monday by two nonprofits, DigDeep and the US Water Alliance.

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Kentucky’s transportation cabinet is moving forward with its plan to set up twelve hubs across the state to issue Real ID driver’s licenses.

The enhanced identification cards will be required to board commercial air flights and enter military bases starting in October of next year unless a passport, military ID or other accepted identification is provided.

Kentucky Vehicle Regulation Commissioner Matt Henderson said that with less than a year until the deadline, setting up regional centers for citizens to obtain the ID cards is the fastest option.

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  The recent bankruptcy of Murray Energy is likely to significantly increase the debt of a struggling federal trust fund that supports disabled miners’ health care expenses. 

According to court filings, Murray Energy could be responsible for as much as $155 million under the Black Lung Act and general workers’ compensation, but testimony from the Government Accountability Office shows that the company only offered $1.1 million in collateral to the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund.

 

 

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Lexington officials are beefing up their efforts to keep roadways clear of snow this winter by opening a second salt storage barn.

The new salt barn, a wooden structure which measures 80 feet by 152 feet, holds about 7,000 tons of salt.  The combined storage capacity of the two barns is expected to be able to shelter all of the salt needed for a typical winter. 

Stu Johnson

Another military chair of honor has been unveiled on a Kentucky college campus.  The POW-MIA chair was recognized during Eastern Kentucky University’s football game Saturday. 

Rolling Thunder Lexington President Todd Matonich said the chair will remain empty until all POW-MIA’s, all prisoners of war or those missing in action, return home. He added there are 81,000 plus people on that list.

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Cancer was what finally pushed Kristi Reyes into living in her car.

The mother of four had worked all her life, starting at age 7 when she helped out at her family’s furniture store. Most of her work was in retail. It was paycheck-to-paycheck but she kept her kids together and a roof over their heads.

A Moment in Kentucky History: Carrie Kahn Moore

Nov 19, 2019
Kentucky Humanities / kyhumanities.org

Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about Carrie Kahn Moore, the first female on the Kentucky Senate.


  

  Gov. Matt Bevin says that he looks forward to returning to the private sector once his term as governor ends on December 10.

Bevin, a Republican, lost his race for reelection by about 5,000 votes to Democratic rival Andy Beshear. A recanvass of the election results only produced one additional vote for a write-in candidate.

When asked what he will do next during an interview on Fox and Friends on Saturday, Bevin said “we’ll see.”

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Kentucky has launched a program to help teens quit vaping and using other tobacco products.

Called "QuitNow” it is a free, confidential hotline providing up to five sessions witn a “quit coach” on how to break the habit. The sessions conducted via text, phone or online chat.

According to a press release from the state, the sessions will help teens develop strategies to cope with stress, address symptoms of withdrawal and navigate social situations.

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A scientific organization is predicting increasing heat index readings over the next three decades could adversely impact military training.  The study comes from the Union of Concerned Scientists.  It’s described as a national non-profit organization founded 50 years ago by scientists and students at MIT.

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Lexington needs five more fire departments over five years although finding land can be a challenge.

Lexington Fire Chief Kristin Chilton offered a five year plan to a council committee last week. It included information on capital construction, personnel, and fire equipment. Chilton said more effort should go toward understanding housing developement in the county.

She said the department should be aware when planning begins and establish land suitable for a fire station. Now, she said, the department often scrambles to find land after houses are in place. 

Eastern Standard Preview

Nov 18, 2019

Rescuing benefits and services mistakenly denied veterans. Needle sharing has made the once rare heart infection endocarditis a frequent diagnosis among the addicted. People in recovery who have found a new path in life at a Hundman stringed instrument factory. A discussion about palliative care. And, Lexington actor Kevin Hardesty on his lead role in a movie filmed in Central Kentucky.

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

A Moment in Kentucky History: Richard Hawes

Nov 18, 2019
Kentucky Humanities / kyhumanities.org

Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about Richard Hawes, the second Confederate Governor of Kentucky.


Eastern Kentucky Falls To Western Kentucky 79-71

Nov 16, 2019
Stu Johnson

The Eastern Kentucky-Western Kentucky basketball matchup in McBrayer Arena was just that for the first quarter of the game.  The two teams traded baskets early on and the Colonels took their biggest lead at 21-16.  But the Hilltoppers responded and led at the halftime break by 11 points. 

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Matt Bevin Concedes

Nov 15, 2019
WFPL

This week in Kentucky politics Gov. Matt Bevin conceded his race for reelection, paving the way for Gov.-elect Andy Beshear to take office next month. Bevin requested a recanvass of the results after losing by about 5,000 votes, but the process only produced one new vote. And Andy Beshear has begun assembling his administration. Jonese Franklin from member station WFPL talked to capitol reporter Ryland Barton for this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Humanities / kyhumanities.org

Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about the 1921 football game between Harvard and Centre College.


Kentucky Humanities / kyhumanities.org

Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about the 1921 football game between Harvard and Centre College.


EKU And WKU Meet For The 159th Time On The Court

Nov 14, 2019
ekusports.com

For the 159th time, Eastern and Western Kentucky universities meet Friday on the basketball court. The "Battle of the Bluegrass" doesn’t carry the same intensity as it did decades ago. But it remains a friendly rivalry.

Karl Park, a Richmond native, served as EKU sports information director from 1970 until 2003.  He says the whole rivalry concept seems to have faded.

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