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In wake of two mass shootings in U.S., some tips for managing distress in children after traumatic events

By Ginny Sprang University of Kentucky Whether it is the local evening news or a 24-hour cable news channel, images of violence inundates our homes. These scenes can be disturbing and stressful, especially for children. It is important to manage distress and take appropriate steps in helping your children and adolescents following traumatic events. Take advantage of the teachable moment by starting...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky announces grant to help youth dealing with childhood trauma

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky last week announced a grant of up to $200,000 through 2020 to begin a rural program in Russell County and nine surrounding counties to help children and youth dealing with violence, addiction and other trauma known as ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experiences. The Foundation awarded the grant to the Louisville-based Bounce Coalition, which will work with Russell...

Louisville’s Sen. Neal wants more bite in Kentucky hate crime laws, is proposing legislation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A veteran state lawmaker is proposing legislation for the 2019 General Assembly to strengthen Kentucky’s hate crime laws. 
Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, says his measure is in direct response to the recent shooting deaths at a Kroger in Jeffersontown and a rise in acts of violence motivated by bigotry and hate in other communities in the state. Gerald Neal 
He also...

EKU student Stephen Jones overcomes gun violence, football injuries to succeed in classroom

By Madison Harris Eastern Kentucky University Seven years ago, Stephen Jones stepped outside his west Louisville home and was grazed by a bullet from a drive-by shooter. Today, he steps outside his comfort zone to seize opportunities at Eastern Kentucky University. The story of Jones’ life reads like a movie script. When Jones was 9, his parents separated, leaving him without a father figure. When...

Commentary: Lawmakers should use attorney general settlement funds to battle addiction, violence

By Andy Beshear Special to KyForward While state leaders may not always agree on how to solve an issue, we can all agree on the major issues staring us in the face. Properly funding state employees’ pensions seems to be the issue mentioned the most. Measures passed in 2013 and 2016 by the General Assembly have focused resources on addressing that issue, and a special session is planned for later...

Bill Adkins: When it comes to preventing acts of violence, doing nothing is not the answer

What “logic” is there in a circumstance where a problem is recognized, one that delivers tragedy after tragedy, but then concludes that the U.S. constitution does not permit a solution?   No one respects the Second Amendment more than I do. Firearms – guns – are and have been an integral part of American history. From before the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, the Old...