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Public invited to give input on foster care system in virtual town hall meetings Oct. 13-21

The public is invited to virtual town hall meetings Oct. 13-21 to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system. Local Citizen Foster Care Review Boards statewide are hosting the four regional meetings. Registration is required to attend. The meetings are among the reforms called for in House Bill 1, which was passed in 2018 to address issues...

CASA of Lexington expands capacity to advocate for abused, neglected children with 11 new volunteers

CASA of Lexington expanded its capacity to advocate for abused and neglected children in August when 11 new volunteers were sworn in by Family Court Judge Traci Brislin. “What you’re about to embark on is something that is fantastic. It can be terrifying at some times, and some of the things you’re going to see and listen to from these kiddos may bring you to tears,” Brislin...

UK plant virologist known as ‘Veggie Man’ zooms to Kenya, helps to bridge cultures from Lexington

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky “Connection” is arguably Professor Michael Goodin’s favorite word. Whether it’s through his University of Kentucky coffee class, his research into plant diseases, his passion for food or his blog, The Green Orange Café, the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment plant virologist is always looking for the connection that links everything or everyone. It...

Kentucky’s public defenders concerned about premature return to open court proceedings

As a precaution to protect participants from possible exposure and spread of COVID-19, most criminal court proceedings have been suspended since March, but that is about to change and public defender leaders are worried about what they may mean for the health of their attorneys and others in the system. On May 15, the Supreme Court of Kentucky issued an order that trial courts in June could “resume...

Kentucky producers can now attend 2020 Beef Improvement Federation Symposium free online

A calf lingers in a spring pasture. (Photo by Aimee Nielson) By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky For Kentucky producers who could not make plans to attend the 2020 Beef Improvement Federation Symposium in Florida, good news — the meeting is now set to happen virtually on Zoom, and it’s free. “Kentucky producers will get a chance to hear from some of the nation’s beef industry leaders,”...

UK dietetic students, professors use innovative methods to make internships work during pandemic

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Kentucky students and professors in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition are developing innovative ways for students to get the internship hours they need to graduate and become registered dietitians. During a normal year in UK’s Supervised Practice Program, interns gain experience through on-site rotations...

Before ‘Zoom’ became a noun, UK grad Wilma Klein was Kentucky’s distance learning pioneer

By Amanda Nelson University of Kentucky While video conferencing apps like Zoom and Google Meet are the talk of 2020, Kentucky students have been using technology to learn at home for 63 years. Wilma Howard Klein is the “grandmother” of distance education. The University of Kentucky College of Education alumna conducted the first instructional television program in the Commonwealth in 1957. Her...

Innovative mountain K-12 school districts were ahead of the curve for successful at-home learning

Part Two of Two By Ron Daley Special to NKyTribune Rural Eastern Kentucky school districts have utilized the innovative learning practices and digital teaching platforms they have used for years to jump-start the “Non-Traditional Instruction” (NTI) programming necessary when school in-person classes were forced to shut down in mid-March because of COVI19. Dr. Jennifer Carroll, the professional...

Board of Elections adopts emergency administrative regulation to allow absentee voting by mail

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The State Board of Elections on Friday unanimously adopted an emergency administrative regulation that will allow Kentucky’s primary election to be conducted largely by absentee ballot due to the coronavirus pandemic. In March, Gov. Andy Beshear, upon the recommendation of Secretary of State Michael Adams, issued an executive order moving the primary from May 19 to June...

UK to host virtual Wheat Field Day on May 12; specialists, industry reps to make presentations

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky In this time of social distancing and much uncertainty, University of Kentucky scientists are using innovative ways to get producers the information they need to grow high-quality crops. As a result, members of the UK Wheat Science Group have turned their annual Wheat Field Day into a virtual experience this year. It is scheduled for 9 a.m. until noon CDT May 12...

UK student organizations rise to challenge of virtual connection after unprecedented halt of semester

By Danielle Donham University of Kentucky For millions of college students across the country, their spring semesters came to an unprecedented halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That unfortunately equates to students no longer being able to meet up with one another in person for student organizations and activities, many of which were planned for the last half of the semester. Several student organizations...