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Kentucky Senate passes bill revoking many election powers from Secretary of State; now heads to House

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A bill stripping most of the election powers away from the Secretary of State passed the full Senate on Tuesday. The measure, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, originally would only prevent the access, modification or altering voter registration records by the secretary of state, individual members of the State Board of Elections, or any staff...

Wildcats dodge second-half surge by Tigers as Kentucky tops Missouri Tuesday in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Missouri has only beaten Kentucky once in school history. The fourth-ranked Wildcats avoided a repeat of last year’s setback in Columbia with a 66-58 victory Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena. Kentucky (22-4, 11-2) remained one game behind first-place Tennessee and LSU in the Southeastern Conference standings with five games remaining. The Volunteers rebounded from their...

Kentucky House to consider bill that would add mental health services in all Kentucky schools

Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The Kentucky House will now consider a bill that passed unanimously in the Senate. Senate Bill 1 focuses on addressing the gap in mental health resources for students. Sponsored by Sen. Max Wise of Campbellsville, the bill calls for providing mental health professionals in every school, one for every 1,500 students. Young people struggling with mental health issues...

New House health committee chair Rep. Kim Moser: ‘Health care is too important to leave to chance’

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The new chair of the state House Health and Family Services Committee has been a legislator for less than two years and two months, but says she’s uniquely qualified for the position because of her background in health care and her willingness to speak out about important issues. Rep. Kim Moser, a Republican from Taylor Mill, told Kentucky Health News...

Half of U.S. adults don’t know symptoms of heart attacks; Kentuckians have second highest risk

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News About 50 percent of American adults don’t know the five common symptoms of a heart attack, even though a heart attack happens about every 40 seconds in the U.S., according to a recent study. The five common symptoms of heart attack are pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back; feeling weak, lightheaded or faint; chest pain or discomfort; pain or discomfort...

Amye Bensenhaver: The sunlight fades in Kentucky; open government takes and needs constant vigilance

In an era when virtually every public official gives lip service to the importance of transparency and accountability, what is it that motivates a legislator to introduce a bill that abridges these twin goals? What, indeed, when our time tested open records law strikes a reasonable balance between the need for public oversight of governmental operations and the competing need for governmental confidentiality. Twice...

KET to air NKU student-narrated documentary on racial category creation, based on Ferrante’s work

By Vicki Prichard KyForward reporter Kentucky Educational Television (KET) will air an original documentary created by a Northern Kentucky professor and her students. Joan Ferrante Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories is a student-narrated documentary that brings attention to the laws and financial incentives enacted in 17th century Virginia that sowed the seeds of racial categorization, allowing...

Wildcats dominate top-ranked Volunteers from start to finish with 86-69 win at home Saturday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In the closing minutes of Kentucky’s 86-69 win over top-ranked Tennessee Saturday night, John Calipari made it known he wasn’t fond of the student section’s chant referring to the Volunteers as overrated. “I know how good Tennessee is,” Calipari said. “And that’s what I told our fans, enough of they’re overrated. They’re not overrated. (They’re) probably...

Rural Blog: Federal hemp legalization opens avenues of promotion and protection for growers, sellers

Federal hemp legalization opens up new avenues of promotion and protection for growers and sellers The legalization of industrial hemp in last year’s Farm Bill has opened up a slew of new avenues for growers of the crop and purveyors of its products to help their operations, Liam Niemeyer reports for Ohio Valley Resource, a public-radio cooperative that serves Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. When...

Judge Bertlesman denies ‘qualified immunity’ to social workers in Holly and David Schulker’s lawsuit

By Judy Clabes KyForward publisher U.S. District Senior Judge William O. Bertelsman issued a rare ruling in a Covington lawsuit when he denied “qualified immunity” for two social workers employed by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “Qualified immunity” is rarely – if ever – set aside for social workers in Kentucky, growing as it does from “sovereign immunity” of...

Rise in teen use of e-cigarettes erases years of progress in curbing teen smoking

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Teens’ use of electronic cigarettes is overwhelmingly responsible for erasing years of progress in reducing teen tobacco use, according to the latest annual National Youth Tobacco Survey. The survey found that 4.9 million middle and high school students reported being current users of some type of tobacco product in 2018, a third again as many as the 3.6...

Rural Blog: Despite opposition from lawmakers, residents, TVA to close last coal-fired unit at Paradise

Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority voted Thursday morning to close the last remaining coal-fired generating unit at the federal utility’s Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County, despite opposition from President Trump, Gov. Matt Bevin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky’s other senator, Rand Paul. TVA service region and facilities; Paradise plant is near top...

Pew Charitable Trusts: Eight sweet facts about love and marriage in time for your Valentine’s Day

By Abigail Geiger and Gretchen Livingston Pew Charitable Trusts The landscape of relationships in America has shifted dramatically in recent decades. From cohabitation to same-sex marriage to interracial and interethnic marriage, here are eight facts about love and marriage in the United States. 1 Half of Americans ages 18 and older were married in 2017, a share that has remained relatively stable...

Legislation that would limit some powers of the Secretary of State passes Senate committee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation that would take some of the election powers away from the secretary of state passed a Senate committee on Wednesday. The measure, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, originally would only prevent the access, modification or altering voter registration records by the secretary of state, individual members of the State Board of Elections,...

Eastern Kentucky school superintendents join KVEC representatives at Capitol with ‘call to action’

School superintendents from across Eastern Kentucky joined representatives from the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative in the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday to present a “call-to-action” position paper to members of the General Assembly. (Photo by Ron Daley) By Ron Daley and John White Special to KyForward More than 20 superintendents and the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC)...

Persistent LSU bests Kentucky on ‘questionable’ play as 10-game win streak ends Tuesday in Lexington

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It came down to the last play and LSU made a strong statement that it’s a team to be reckoned with in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers have only won six times in Lexington and this one was perhaps the most stunning, considering the ending. After Keldon Johnson made two free throws with 6 seconds left, Skylar Mays drove the length of the court. His shot missed...

ORSANCO expected to vote this week on future of pollution standards impacting Kentucky waterways

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service A long-awaited vote is expected this week on the future of water-quality standards that impact nearly two-thirds of Kentucky’s waterways. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission is reconsidering its role in setting limits on pollution discharges in the river. The agency has been around for nearly 60 years and is comprised of commissioners from eight...

Peaks Mill Elementary teacher Angie Beavin earns prestigious $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Fifth-grade teacher Angie Beavin knows how to meet the needs of her students at Peaks Mill Elementary in Frankfort, and it all starts with reading. As the saying goes, reading is fundamental, but in the contemporary classroom you could add that data helps get the job done. Beavin is an enthusiastic proponent of the Public Education and Business Coalition’s “Thinking Strategies” method,...

Forecastle Festival reveals artist lineup for three-day celebration of music, art and activism July 12-14

Embarking on its 17th year, the Forecastle Festival will return July 12-14 and feature one of the most iconic alt-rock bands of the past decade, The Killers. In addition, high-energy folk rockers The Avett Brothers, and 2019 Grammy-winning hip-hop, funk and soul performers Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals will also be featured performers. The three-day celebration of music, art and activism...

Tobacco-free schools bill moves to full House; Administrators urge lawmakers to pass legislation

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A bill to make Kentucky school properties tobacco-free passed unanimously out of the House health committee on Feb. 7 and was posted for passage on the consent calendar in the House this week. House Bill 11, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, would ban the use of tobacco and electronic cigarettes on all school-owned properties, including all school events...