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Louisville health department offers test strips to safeguard drug users against fentanyl exposure

As a way to protect drug users from deadly fentanyl, Louisville’s health department has started passing out test strips, Beth Warren reports for the Louisville Courier Journal. Fentanyl was initially added to heroin, but has increasingly been hidden in many other drugs, including methamphetamine and pills that are made to look like legal ones, Warren reports. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that...

Kentucky Teacher: Louisville Male’s ‘creek class’ immerses students in the learning of local ecology

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward Angela Page’s students are gaining a new understanding of the waters that shape their lives. The city in which they live would not exist were it not for the Ohio River, and Page and the students in one of her classes at Louisville Male High School (Jefferson County) have been spending time on and along the Ohio and Beargrass Creek just outside downtown Louisville. They’re...

Representatives Jason Nemes, Jerry Miller propose new legislation to strengthen state’s hate crime law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two Republican lawmakers from Jefferson County are proposing legislation for the 2019 General Assembly that would strengthen Kentucky’s hate crime law. The measure, sponsored by Reps. Jason Nemes and Jerry Miller, both from Louisville, would include criminal homicide and fetal homicide as hate crimes in Kentucky. State Reps. Jason Nemes, left, and Jerry Miller are sponsoring...

Recanvass of several close races in Kentucky’s May 22 primary set to begin Thursday

Several county boards of elections will convene Thursday morning to recanvass the results of races on the May 22 Primary ballot. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ office received written requests for recanvasses in three races. County boards of elections will convene at 9 a.m. on May 31 to recheck and recanvass the voting machines, per Kentucky law. “My office has notified all...

Jefferson County District Court announces May 15 launch of online platform for setting up fee payment

Individuals who need extra time to pay court fees in Jefferson County traffic cases will soon be able to set up payment plans online and get electronic notification of due dates. A one-year pilot project for these new options will launch Tuesday, May 15. Payment plans have long been available for prepayable fees associated with speeding tickets and other offenses, but plans must be set up in person...

Could protesting teachers be returning to Frankfort on Friday?

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin referred to the Kentucky Education Association, not the teachers who belong to the union, as the problem during his Monday press conference announcing he was vetoing the budget and tax reform bills. Nevertheless, when lawmakers return to Frankfort on Friday to consider overrides to the governor’s veto actions, they could be facing more protesting teachers,...

Attorney General Beshear warns Kentuckians of vacation scam for travel to Florida, Bahamas

As many Kentuckians begin to plan their summer vacation, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning of scam calls offering deep discounts on travel to Orlando, Florida, and the Bahamas. Beshear Beshear said his office issued a Scam Alert after Kentuckians in Bourbon, Boyd, Calloway, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison and Woodford counties have reported receiving vacation scam calls. In a recording...

Appriss to create 200 additional jobs with $11.3 million headquarters expansion in Jeffersontown

Appriss Inc., which provides data and analytics services to help clients address safety, fraud, risk and compliance issues, will expand its Kentucky presence by 200 jobs, investing $11.3 million as it relocates its headquarters within Jefferson County. “Appriss is a leading employer in Kentucky whose innovative technology serves the law enforcement, justice, security and healthcare communities,”...

Judicial Nominating Commission announces nominees for Jefferson Family Court judgeship

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., today announced nominees to fill an upcoming vacancy in Jefferson Family Court. The three nominees for the Family Court judgeship are attorneys Brendan Russell Daugherty of Louisville, Bryan Daniel Gatewood of Fisherville and Lauren Adams Ogden of Louisville. Daugherty has his own law practice in which he handles...

Three Louisville attorneys nominated for vacancy on Jefferson County Family Court

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., announced nominees to fill a vacant Family Court judgeship in Jefferson County. Jefferson County is the 30th Judicial Circuit and the vacancy is in the circuit’s 9th division. The three nominees for the judgeship are attorneys Judith K. Bartholomew, Gina Kay Calvert and Ellie Garcia Kerstetter, all of Louisville....

Jefferson County principal is rewarded for dedication and service to school, students

  Allyson Vitato, principal at Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary School in the Jefferson County public school district, is Kentucky’s newest recipient of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and $25,000.   Education Commissioner Terry Holliday; Jefferson County Superintendent Donna Hargens; Milken Education Awards senior vice president Dr. Jane Foley and other dignitaries...

Seventeen districts in Kentucky apply to state to be Districts of Innovation, a school re-think

A total of 17 Kentucky public school districts have submitted applications to the Kentucky Department of Education to become Districts of Innovation.   The Districts of Innovation legislation, House Bill 37 (2012), provides Kentucky public school districts the opportunity to apply for an exemption from certain administrative regulations and statutory provisions in an effort to improve student...

Three years in, state turns up heat on ‘priority schools,’ takes in-depth look at their progress

Students from Greenup County make progress under their school improvement plan. (Photo by Madelynn Coldiron)   By Madelynn Coldiron
 Special to KyForward   Leslie County High School is close. Caverna High, Sheldon Clark High in Martin County and Western High in Jefferson County are getting there.   They are among the state’s 41 priority schools that have been digging their way out...