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Kentucky moves to revoke license of psychiatric facility where 7-year-old foster child died

By: - December 22, 2022

The Beshear administration moved Thursday to revoke the license of a residential psychiatric facility in Louisville where 7-year-old Ja’Ceon Terry, a foster child, died July 17 of positional asphyxia. The state immediately ceased placing children and youth at Uspiritus-Brooklawn Academy after the child’s death. On Thursday, state Inspector General Adam Mather ordered Uspiritus-Brooklawn Academy to […]

Kentuckians urged to get vaccinated against flu which has already killed six children

By: - December 19, 2022

Facing the worst flu outbreak in a decade, Kentucky has already recorded the deaths of six children from influenza, equaling the record for pediatric influenza flu deaths in a single season, according to a release from Gov. Andy Beshear’s office Monday afternoon. Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to get vaccinated against the flu and said that three […]

Lexington physicians offer advice on protecting against respiratory illnesses during the holidays

By: - December 19, 2022

As respiratory viruses surge, Lexington physicians on Monday urged Kentuckians to protect themselves and others this holiday season by getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19, staying home if you feel sick and masking and social distancing when possible. During a briefing for media,  Dr. Gena Cooper, medical director for pediatric emergency medicine at Kentucky Children’s […]

Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon

Auditor Mike Harmon makes run for Kentucky governor official

By: - December 16, 2022

The first of Kentucky’s Republican constitutional officers seeking election to governor has officially filed to run.  According to the secretary of state’s office, Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon submitted his candidacy papers Friday. He had previously filed a statement of spending intent with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. According to quarterly reports, Harmon […]

Kentucky groups urge lawmakers to reject another income tax cut

By: - December 16, 2022

A coalition of 28 Kentucky organizations is urging lawmakers to reject additional cuts in the state income tax when the legislature convenes Jan. 3. “Record surpluses used to justify the cut are largely a mirage,” says a letter sent Friday to members of the General Assembly and released by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.  […]

Kentucky Supreme Court strikes down tax credits to pay private school tuition

By: - December 15, 2022

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down a Kentucky law creating a generous tax credit to help families pay for tuition at private schools. The opinion cites a long line of precedent reinforcing the Kentucky Constitution’s ban on the state financially supporting private schools in declaring the Education Opportunity Account Act unconstitutional. The […]

Kentucky near top of increases in college completion rate this year

By: - December 14, 2022

Kentucky was one of just five states to achieve more than a 1% increase in its college completion rate in 2022, according to a national report. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center tracks the rate at which students entering colleges and universities have earned a degree or certificate six years later. Nationally, progress stalled in […]

NKU board takes no action on becoming authorizer of pilot charter school

By: - December 13, 2022

Northern Kentucky University’s Board of Regents took no action Tuesday to become an authorizer of a pilot charter school in Kenton or Campbell counties. The board has until Jan. 1, 2023, to confirm participation, but Tuesday’s meeting was its last of the year. Earlier this year, the Kentucky legislature passed House Bill 9, which created […]

Virginia Marsh Bell, left, and Nikky Finney

Virginia Marsh Bell, Nikky Finney to receive honorary doctorates from UK

By: - December 13, 2022

Two women will soon be recognized by the University of Kentucky for their influence on the institution and contributions in their fields. The UK Board of Trustees approved the honorary degrees for Virginia Marsh Bell, known for her approach to dementia care, and celebrated poet and professor Nikky Finney, a university press release said. They […]

Prichard Committee sounds alarm as Kentucky drops in some key education rankings

By: - December 13, 2022

Reading proficiency among Kentucky’s fourth-graders ranks its lowest since Kentucky began participating in the 50-state National Assessment of Educational Progress, according to a new report by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. The report also shows Kentucky slipping in eighth-grade math proficiency and pre-school and postsecondary participation in recent years when compared  to other states.  […]

VA holding town hall in Louisville Tuesday for veterans who may have suffered toxic exposure

By: - December 9, 2022

Veterans who may have been exposed to a toxic substance while serving in the military and their survivors can learn about new benefits at a town hall in Louisville on Tuesday. The town hall will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. ET Dec. 13 at the Louisville VA Medical Center, 800 Zorn Avenue. A […]

June Buchanan Medical Clinic in Hindman

Hindman medical clinic reopens after flooding closed it for four months

By: - December 5, 2022

Damage from severe flooding forced UK HealthCare’s June Buchanan Medical Clinic in Hindman to close for four months. On Monday, the clinic reopened.  The University of Kentucky said in a news release that UK HealthCare oversees several clinics in areas overwhelmed by last summer’s flooding. The Hindman clinic, which is at 59 Cowtown Road, “took […]