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Pew Trusts: Exchange programs helping Kentuckians embrace new areas, think beyond urban vs. rural

The Rural-Urban Exchange steering committee at the University of Minnesota, Morris, in 2017. RUX brings together Kentuckians interested in getting to know different areas of the state while developing their professional and leadership skills. Participants build connections across cultural, racial, economic and geographic divides. (Courtesy of Gerry Seavo James, via Pew Trusts) By April Simpson Pew...

After more than 600 public comments, CHFS updates proposed tattoo administrative regulations

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has filed an updated proposed administrative regulation, outlining requirements for tattoo studios in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In the process of drafting the regulation, the Cabinet received more than 600 public comments. This input helped to inform the decision-making process and ensure the regulation was appropriate for modern industry standards. After...

Kentucky chosen to participate in National Governors Association’s multi-state convening in Minnesota

The Commonwealth of Kentucky was chosen to participate in the National Governors Association’s multi-state convening, entitled Child Health, Wellbeing, and Safety in School and Communities, this week in St. Paul, Minnesota. Gov. Matt Bevin selected a cross-agency core team to attend the convening, including members of Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Adam Meier“CHFS...

Rural hospitals remain at risk of closure; Medicare won’t pay hospital rates for scaled-down services

Rural hospital closures are a growing trend, and federal policies don’t support a model that would include a scaled-back version of services. But that’s what many rural hospitals need to do in order to ensure their future, Mary Meehan reports for Ohio Valley ReSource, a public-radio partnership that covers Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, especially their Appalachian areas. “The reality...

Ryan Quarles: Hemp History Week — take a moment to reflect on where we’ve been with this versatile crop

George Washington. Thomas Jefferson. Henry Clay. These great Americans grew hemp in the United States long before it became illegal over much of the 20th century. This year, Kentucky has around 1,000 licensed hemp growers and more than 130 licensed hemp processors who are joining the ranks of the great Americans who have grown hemp. This Hemp History Week, it’s important to remember where our state...

Aaron Thompson: Don’t listen to skeptics about its value — college is still worth it for many reasons

To all of the students who recently graduated from a Kentucky college or university, thank you for having the fortitude and determination to make it to the finish line. You’ve achieved something powerful and transformative that will dramatically improve the quality of your life — a college credential. You may have noticed that people are more skeptical about the value of college than they used...

Kentucky launches initiative to fast track veterans, transitioning military personnel to aircraft mechanics

Transitioning military personnel and veterans with aviation or power plant mechanics experience are now eligible to become Federal Aviation Administration certified in Kentucky. Through a collaborative effort among the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), the University of Louisville, and the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs...

Ky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2019 unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2019 unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for April 2019 was unchanged from March 2019. The preliminary April 2019 jobless rate was down 0.4 percentage points from the 4.4 percent recorded for the state...

Effort mounted to identify, treat cases of Hepatitis C to stop spread; many don’t know they’re infected

“A multimillion-dollar effort to fight hepatitis C was introduced Thursday in Louisville with the help of Gov. Matt Bevin as well as medical professionals and health advocates,” Darla Carter reports for Insider Louisville. The five-year, five-state project in Kentucky and four other states will use screenings, community partnerships and prevention programs, and strengthen the health-care...

Appalachian residents more likely to die from smoking-related diseases; how to decrease smoking

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News It’s well documented that people in Appalachia die sooner than other Americans, and are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases. It doesn’t have to stay that way; a new report offers a detailed list of strategies and policies proven to decrease smoking, the cause of many premature deaths. The report was created by Appalachian Regional...

Prevention may ease bear issues for Kentucky residents; most problems with bears center around food

The arrival of spring means bear activity is on the rise in Kentucky. An increase in activity can also mean an increase in bear complaints for those living in areas with established populations. For those experiencing bear problems, it may be easier to change your own habits, rather than trying to change the bear’s habits. Most bear problems center around food, according to John Hast, bear program...

EPA awards $1.1 million to Kentucky to help address leaking underground storage tanks throughout state

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $1,170,000 grant to the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection to assist the state in cleaning up petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks throughout the state. This grant is funded through the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund to support state efforts to address this type of contamination. States...

Mitch McConnell: Kentucky on the frontline of opioid and addiction response; prevention will save lives

Coordinated efforts at the federal, state and local levels are making considerable progress in the fight against opioid and substance abuse. Unfortunately, Kentucky still ranks among the hardest-hit states in the nation. Reports continue to show record-breaking overdose deaths in our Commonwealth, and families are struggling as they watch their loved ones battle addiction. Our prevention, treatment...

Kentucky Senior Reid Travis returns to practice, expected to play when Cats tourney opener Friday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Reid Travis is expected to return to the lineup when Kentucky opens the postseason against Mississippi or Alabama Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Travis practiced with the team this week and was on the floor at Bridgestone Arena Friday morning. The senior forward has missed the past six games because of a strained knee. Travis...

Kentucky employment services available at Fort Campbell for transitioning military service members

The Kentucky Career Center is offering free employment and training opportunities to the approximately 400 service members who transition each month from Fort Campbell to civilian careers in Kentucky. KCC provides services for transitioning military soldiers and their spouses including job referrals, job search, training and educational opportunities, resume assistance, skills assessments and referrals...

Matt Bevin: We will fight with our intellect, our talent, and our heart to defend the innocent

At least now we have clarity on the issue. Now that the hard left has dropped the pretense of “safe, legal and rare” or “a collection of cells is not a fetus,” we can better see beneath their masks. With the passage of a barbaric new law in New York, we now see that the true agenda of pro-abortion advocates across this nation is the mass murder of innocent babies, even after they have been...

LSU lands top seed, Wildcats no. 2 in upcoming Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Four teams — LSU, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina — will receive a double-bye when the Southeastern Conference Tournament begins the week in Nashville. The Tigers (26-5, 16-2) edged out Kentucky (26-5, 15-3) and Tennessee (27-4, 15-3) to win the regular-season title for the first time in more than a decade. Kentucky is a No. 2 seed and will play at 7 p.m. Friday...

Kentucky caps regular season with 66-57 win over Florida on senior day at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari breathed a sigh of relief after sixth-ranked Kentucky closed out the regular season with a 66-57 win over Florida Saturday. Kentucky (26-5, 15-3 Southeastern Conference) captured its 16th win on the past 18 games and 12th consecutive win over an unranked opponent. Kentucky also swept Auburn, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt, while splitting with third-place...

Widespread flu activity in Kentucky reported for 10th consecutive week; not too late to vaccinate

The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, reports flu activity in Kentucky is at “widespread” for the 10th consecutive week. Widespread is the highest level of flu activity, indicating increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the state’s regions. “With the traditional flu season running from October through May, it is...

Wildcats hold off Rebels, reward Coach Cal with Mardi Gras milestone down in Oxford

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky remains undefeated in bounce-back games this season. The Wildcats improved to 5-0 in games coming off a loss with an 80-76 win over Mississippi Tuesday night in Oxford. Coming off a 71-52 setback to Tennessee, No. 6 Kentucky (25-5, 14-3 Southeastern Conference) limited the Rebels to just two field goals in the final two minutes to record its 10th consecutive...