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Baptist Health La Grange begins $5.8 million expansion, renovation of Emergency Department

Baptist Health La Grange is embarking on an expansion and renovation project with patient, staff and physician satisfaction at the heart of the plan. The $5.8 million investment will focus on renovating and expanding the Emergency Department (ED) to meet the following goals: • Increase capacity and maximize patient throughput • Enhance the overall patient experience • Improve the workflow,...

Pew Trusts: Many farmers struggle as hemp harvest winds down and markets suffer growing pains

By Sophie Quinton and April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts Ajit Singh strode across his 16-acre hemp field toward a broken-down harvester. He’d been hoping all day that the mechanic now crouched beside the machine could get it back up and running. It was late October and Singh still had thousands of stinky green and purple cannabis plants across 425 acres to pick, dry and sell before winter. Like...

Inspired at 4-H leadership conference, Warren County teen makes positive impact on local environment

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Spurred by an idea at a Kentucky 4-H leadership conference, a Warren County teen returned home and is making a positive impact on her local environment. Anna Sweets is a 4-H member and a senior at South Warren High School. She leads her local 4-H environmental club, which she started after participating in the environmental tract at 4-H Teen Conference for the...

Harvard’s Institute of Politics releases its poll on what young Americans thinks about politics, public service

The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School has released new findings from the Harvard IOP Youth Poll. For nearly twenty years, the Harvard Public Opinion Project has provided the most comprehensive look at the political opinions, voting trends, and views on public service held by young Americans. The latest Harvard IOP Youth Poll indicates young voters between 18 and 29 years old are...

KAW awards grant to Licking River Watershed Watch in honor of National Drinking Water Week

In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, observed by water utilities May 5 through May 11 with the theme Protect the Source, Kentucky American Water awarded a 2019 American Water Environmental Grant in the amount of $4,975 to the Licking River Watershed Watch.   The environmental grant program provides funds to community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds,...

Quarles welcomes EPA Administrator Wheeler to Kentucky for Farmers’ Roundtable in Georgetown

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles welcomed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to Kentucky on Friday for a roundtable discussion with Kentucky agriculture producers and industry representatives at Meade Tractor of Georgetown.  “Administrator Wheeler is no stranger to Kentucky agriculture, as he visited the Kentucky State Fair as my guest in 2018,” said Quarles....

Pew Trusts: Seven 2017 statistics that informed, inspired us to tackle today’s toughest challenges

Pew Charitable Trusts takes on some of today’s toughest issues, by applying a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public police, inform the public and invigorate civic life. Here are the stats that drove Pew’s work in 2017: 1. Opioids claim 91 American lives daily That sobering stat stems in part from two others: • More than 20 million Americans have a substance use disorder (so...

Brownfields for Bankers Workshop to be held in Frankfort August 10: value in revitalization

Bankers, developers and development agency officials will want to mark their calendars to attend the Brownfields for Bankers Workshop on Aug. 10. This workshop will provide an introduction to brownfield redevelopment, since developers are increasingly recognizing the value of revitalizing brownfields. Brownfields are properties that are abandoned or underutilized due to real or perceived environmental...

Nick Rowe is back home where he belongs, as head of KyAm Water — and everybody knows his name

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor Nick Rowe should just hang a big banner at the Kentucky American Water headquarters on Richmond Road, and it should read “I’m back. Right where I belong.” That’s how everybody around the place feels about it anyway. Including Nick. Yes, make that “Nick” too. A visitor checking in at the lobby says to the veteran security guard, Ed, “I’m here to see...

Earth Day photography contest celebrates the beauty and diversity of nature in Kentucky

  The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has kicked off its fifth-annual ‘Capture the Earth’ digital photography contest for all Kentucky students in grades 6-8.   Judges will look for originality and creativity, photo composition, and a brief explanation of how well the photograph celebrates the beauty and diversity of Kentucky and encourages others to care about the state’s environment...

Adopt-a-Highway poster contest sparks awareness and creativity from students

1st place poster in the 15-17 age category by Nicole Giesbers from Williamstown Independent Schools, Grant County (Photo provided)   Most of them may not be able to drive yet, but students ages 6 to 17 showed that they care about the highways across the state.   Students from Williamstown Independent Schools in Grant County, Drakes Creek Middle School in Warren County, Immaculate Heart of...