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With flu cases on rise nationwide, take some simple steps to get your new year off to a safe start

There are several simple ways to protect yourself from the flu, says a Purdue University associate professor of nursing. (Illustration by Dan Page, via Purdue University) By Matthew Oates Special to KyForward It might be the start of a new year, but many Americans are still battling a flu bug from last year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting an increase in influenza and influenza-like...

USDA, UK, Purdue partnering to provide technical assistance for long-term rural economic growth

Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley announced the names of 47 rural communities and regions that will receive technical assistance to help create and implement long-term economic development plans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing the assistance through an initiative called Rural Economic Development Innovation, REDI. USDA’s Innovation Center created...

WEKU celebrates 50th anniversary in October, launches new 50 Club to raise funds

On Oct. 7, 1968, radio listeners in Central Kentucky woke up to a new and exciting alternative – WEKU-FM. The public radio station at Eastern Kentucky University will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a “major” announcement about its future and the launch of a new 50 Club. The station’s fall membership drive runs Oct. 5-12, but the station is focused on a “Power Hour” from 7 to 8 a.m....

Award-winning broadcasting veteran Mike Savage named general manager of WEKU-FM

An award-winning 25-year broadcasting veteran and a former member of the NPR Board of Directors, Mike Savage has been named general manager of WEKU-FM, the public radio service of Eastern Kentucky University. Most recently, Savage served four years as general manager of WBAA at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he led a full-time staff of 12 and was responsible for managing a $1.5...

WKU approves honorary doctorate for alumna, University of Tennessee Chancellor Davenport

Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents on Friday approved an honorary Doctorate of Letters for WKU graduate Beverly J. Davenport, Chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Beverly J. Davenport “This is a wonderful way to celebrate her accomplishments,” said WKU President Timothy C. Caboni. Dr. Davenport earned her bachelor’s degree from WKU’s Communication and Journalism...

Registration open for March 17 Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop in Loveland, OH

Registration for The Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop is now open. This year’s workshop, an annual tri-state event that rotates between Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, will be held at the Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center, Loveland, Ohio March 17. Forestry and wildlife experts will provide an array of educational sessions designed to help woodland owners get the most out of their...

Kentuckian Dossey named Winemaker of the Year at prestigious Indy International Wine Competition

Allen Dossey, owner of Purple Toad Winery near Paducah, was named Winemaker of the Year at the recent Indy International Wine Competition at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. “Congratulations to Allen Dossey on this prestigious honor, which brings international attention to Kentucky’s growing and improving wine industry,” Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “This...

Purdue research team determines structure of Zika virus; reveals critical insights to potential treatment

A team led by Purdue University researchers is the first to determine the structure of the Zika virus, which reveals insights critical to the development of effective antiviral treatments and vaccines. The team also identified regions within the Zika virus structure where it differs from other flaviviruses, the family of viruses to which Zika belongs that includes dengue, West Nile, yellow fever, Japanese...