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This Week at the Capitol: Lawmakers address legislation concerning the wellbeing of children

Proposals concerning the wellbeing of children are often high-priority items in the General Assembly. Hundreds of measures aimed at improving the lives of young Kentuckians have come before lawmakers in recent years, including last year’s sweeping school safety legislation designed to make sure children are safe while learning. This year alone, more than 50 bills – roughly 11 percent of all bills...

Permanent daylight savings time? Ky. lawmakers like the idea, pass resolution urging Congress to act

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A resolution urging Congress to allow states to opt for daylight saving time all year passed the Kentucky House on Wednesday. Rep. Brandon Reed, sponsor of the measure, told his colleagues on the House floor, “It saves energy, reduces traffic injuries, crime and helps with mental health, thus saving lives.” House lawmakers voted 92-2 to support a resolution urging Congress...

Beth Underwood: Falling back isn’t so bad, but this springing forward has me a little worn out

I love getting up early. There’s something magical about operating before the rest of the world is stirring. My creativity is high, my stress is low, and the coffee pot is my best friend. Except lately I’ve been out of sorts, thanks to the biannual time change. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t mind the Fall back, or the extra hour of sleep it so graciously gives us. But when we spring forward...

With end of Daylight Saving Time Sunday, take time to fall back into better sleep habits

Sunday, Nov. 2, is the end of Daylight Saving Time this year and for those who already sleep poorly, it might mean further disruption to their sleep patterns.   Turning back our clocks by one hour in the fall can be disruptive to our sleep patterns, says Sabrina Brem, an instructor at Columbia University School of Nursing, making a few suggestions to help with the transition:   Going to...

The Psychology of Spring: The climb out of winter signifies ‘new beginnings’ for many

The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., is one of the signature events of spring – and a symbol of hope for better days. (Photo from National Cherry Blossom Festival)   By Mark Leberfinger AccuWeather.com   The long climb out of winter into spring has begun, and with it comes the sense of “new beginnings” for many, said Edward F. Mackey, the director...