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Education Next annual survey shows support for higher teacher pay, vouchers — and more

The 2018 Education Next annual survey of American public opinion on education reveals growing support for increasing teacher pay — to the highest level seen in EdNext’s annual survey since 2008 — amid a national wave of statewide teacher strikes and walkouts, with residents of affected states especially enthusiastic. Public support for charter schools and vouchers for all students is also up...

Rural Blog: Farmers must work together to prosper, says daughter of famed Ky author Wendall Berry

The high turnout in rural areas for Donald Trump in 2016 reflects not just the growing rural-urban cultural divide, but also the fading of a culture in which farming communities cooperate for their betterment, Mary Berry and Debbie Barker write for Civil Eats. Berry’s father and Barker’s friend, Kentucky author-farmer Wendell Berry, called attention to the phenomenon in 1978 in The...

Kentucky Retirement Systems announces interest earned, credited to TIER 3 member accounts

Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) announced today the interest earned and credited to members in its Tier 3, Hybrid Cash Balance Plan. The Hybrid Cash Balance Plan is for members who began participation on or after January 1, 2014 per guidelines established under Kentucky Revised Statutes 61.597 and 16.583. Click for full report For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018, the following earned interest...

Snell: Cats feeling like ‘Superman’ following second scrimmage of camp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Kentucky football team was soaring following its second preseason scrimmage Saturday at Kroger Field. Unlike last week’s scrimmage, this one produced rave reviews from the coaches and players. Standout running back Benny Snell said the team’s performance a week ago served as a motivation to get better within a seven-day window and the Wildcats did just that. “The...

2018 Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show begins Saturday night in Louisville

The 116th annual Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show starts this Saturday evening (Aug. 18) in Louisville and kicks off eight exhilarating days that will feature more than 2,000 of the world’s top horses, all competing for $1 million in awards. Everyone is invited to experience this spectacular show with complimentary balcony seating for the morning and afternoon classes, with evening...

Comment period for Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid beneficiary work mandate ends midnight Saturday

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Time is short for Kentuckians to weigh in on the state’s request to mandate work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries. The deadline for a federal comment period on the Kentucky HEALTH plan is Saturday at midnight. Under the proposed waiver, Medicaid expansion beneficiaries would need to meet an 80-hour-per-month work requirement in order to continue receiving...

Chef John Foster: Aw, pumpkins already; seasons wane but summer’s vegetable variety will be missed

I saw my first pumpkin of the season in a neighbor’s front yard and the realization hit me that fall is coming. One of my farmers delivered an order to me this weekend with the warning that they would probably not have any more squash and zucchini this season. Sitting out on my porch this morning at 5 a.m. you could hear the clock tick, and the wheel slowly turn. Into one season and out of...

Braidy Industries announces Kiewit as contractor for construction of $1.5 billion Ashland rolling mill

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Braidy Industries will begin the “mission of rebuilding Appalachia” after selecting Kiewit as its construction partner for the $1.5 billion aluminum rolling mill in northeastern Kentucky. Kiewit will be the company’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor for Braidy Atlas, the greenfield aluminum mill, Braidy Industries announced on Thursday. SWS Group...

Northern Kentucky joins statewide Hepatitis A outbreak, Newport Syndicate food handler diagnosed

A case of hepatitis A that has been diagnosed in an employee who handled food at the Newport Syndicate (18 East 5th Street, Newport). An investigation found that this employee worked for a period of time when he/she was ill or infectious, which included the dates of July 25 through Aug. 11, 2018. While it is relatively uncommon for restaurant patrons to become infected with the hepatitis A virus due...

Kentucky among worst states for children left in hot cars; why it happens and how to avoid it

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Temperatures continue to be hot and humid across Kentucky, and with that comes concerns about children being left in cars. Already this year, 25 children across the country have died of heat stroke after being left in a hot vehicle, including a 3-year-old in Franklin County in July. Ari Finkelstein, a spokesperson for the organization “Kars for Kids,”...

Albert B. Chandler Hospital ranked No. 1 in Kentucky; four adult specialties ranked in nation’s top 50

UK HealthCare’s University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital remains the No. 1 hospital in Kentucky and the Bluegrass Region for the third consecutive year, according to the 2018 U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals Rankings. In addition, four major health care areas have achieved Top 50 national rankings. UK HealthCare national rankings include 33rd in Diabetes and Endocrinology, 38th...

‘Cutz & Curlz’ gives Fayette County Public Schools students fresh start for new school year

Dozens of Fayette County Public Schools families stopped by the “Cutz & Curlz” event August 13 to get their children a fresh look for the 2018-19 school year. “It’s all to make sure opening day is a great beginning,” said Superintendent Manny Caulk, who brought his visiting niece for a new style. “Cutz & Curlz allows our students to go to school looking their best, which adds...

Gran: Former walk-on receiver Bouvier most valuable player of Kentucky football training camp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If training camp ended this week, David Bouvier would be considered Kentucky’s Most Valuable Player. Bouvier, a former standout at Lexington Catholic High School who earned a scholarship Monday night, has been one of the Wildcats’ most consistent receivers and it’s not even been close if you ask Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. “You want to talk about...

KYTC announces major drivers license changes, introduces new voluntary travel ID credential

The credential Kentuckians rely on most to verify their identities will undergo major upgrades in 2019 to enhance security and to keep travelers on the move. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials today announced the launch of the Confident Kentucky initiative to improve the security of state driver’s licenses and introduce a new Voluntary Travel ID credential that meets federal standards...

Environmental groups caution ORSANCO against doing away with water quality standards monitoring

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service A commission that helps control water quality in the Ohio River is looking to shed some of its duties. For 70 years, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, known as ORSANCO, has set standards for pollution levels in the river to ensure the water is safe for drinking and recreation. But now, commissioners say their standards are redundant, as state and...

Study shows secondhand smoke linked to school absence, ER visits and respiratory issues in teens

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News It’s long been established that exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful to babies and young children. Now a study shows that it’s bad for teenagers, too. The University of Cincinnati study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Pediatrics, analyzed data from 7,389 non-smoking teens aged 12-17 who did not have asthma and had completed the 2017 Population...

UK’s Markey Cancer Center earns renewal of prestigious National Cancer Institute designation

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center announced today that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) renewed its national cancer center designation for the next five years. The UK Markey Cancer Center remains one of only 70 NCI-designated centers in the country and the only one in Kentucky.   “UK was founded for the people of Kentucky, and still today, they turn to us. Five years ago, we stood...

Perfect Cats end Big Blue Bahamas tour with another blowout victory

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky concluded its Big Blue Bahamas Tour in impressive fashion with a 93-60 victory over Team Toronto Sunday at Imperial Arena at Paradise Island. The Wildcats placed five players in double figures, paced by graduate transfer Reid Travis with 19 points and 15 rebounds, including 12 on the defensive end of the floor. The performance by Travis was his best outing of...

Braxton Brewing Company, Double Dogs Chow House partner to release Diddley Lager

Double Dogs Chow House of Bowling Green and Northern Kentucky brewery Braxton Brewing Company have joined forces to release Diddley Lager — an American Light Lager with a purpose. As part of this cause-related initiative, the brands will donate $20 per keg sold to local animal shelters. As well, the spent grains from the brew will be donated to Brewhaus Dog Bones, a nonprofit organization dedicated...

EKU’s 2018-19 Chautauqua series to explore theme ‘Truths and Consequences’ through nine lectures

The 2018-19 Chautauqua series at Eastern Kentucky University will explore the theme “Truths and Consequences” through nine lectures by many internationally prominent authors, artists and experts; a special documentary screening; and a nationwide juried art exhibition. “The Chautauqua Committee discussed many potential themes this year, but above all, what emerged was everyone’s concern with...