A panel created to review child deaths and severe abuse or neglect cases will have access only to files that have been redacted. The Lexington Herald-Leader and The Courier-Journal report the announcement on at the group's first meeting caused concern from some members, such as Sen. Julie Denton, who said it might be difficult for the commission to accomplish its purpose.
This month, voters in Colorado and Washington elected to legalize marijuana in their states. And this week, the superintendent of the Indiana State Police told his state’s lawmakers that he supports legalizing and regulating the drug.
Health officials have begun an initiative to try and prevent elective premature births. The Courier-Journal reports partners in the venture include the March of Dimes, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, the state's Medicaid managed care organizations and several hospitals across the state.
A symposium will be held at the University of Kentucky next week, to address health issues that relate to Africa. Organizers of the event say there is a severe shortage of health and medical professionals in Africa at this time.
Concern is growing among law enforcement officials in Kentucky about the theft of prescription pills from elderly patients. Van Ingram, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, says the medications are being stolen by people who abuse the drugs themselves or attempt to sell the products on the street.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has to decide by Friday his intentions regarding the setting up of a statewide health insurance exchange. The exchanges are required under the federal Affordable Care Act. States have to inform Washington by Friday whether they plan to establish their own health insurance exchanges, or whether they want the federal government to create an exchange for them.
A Tennessee legislator who repeatedly asked the Department of Children's Services for information is calling for the commissioner's ouster. State Rep. Sherry Jones, a Democrat from Nashville, is asking Gov. Bill Haslam to remove DSC Commissioner Kate O'Day, according to The Tennessean.
Members of Tennessee's Board of Pharmacy recently revoked the license of the Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak, but a review by The Tennessean shows the board has been lenient on compounding pharmacies in this state accused of violations.
Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green has opened a food pantry for students or staff members in need of emergency food assistance. The pantry is open two days a week. Students or staff can pick up five days' worth of meals and can use the food pantry a total of six times a year.