Kentucky State Police officials say the state is at its lowest highway fatality rate in nearly 50 years. Now a KSP campaign is aimed at reducing highway fatalities even more.
The "Finish Strong" campaign urges motorists to wear seat belts, reduce speed, refrain from distractions and never drive impaired.
The project began November 1 with a data-driven strategy that places enforcement details in high crash zones where fatalities have occurred. State police say the effort will continue through the holidays.
Campbellsville University will pay $4,000 after an investigator found a workplace-safety violation during a charity event where a firefighter was fatally injured.
The Lexington Herald-Leader said a state Office of Occupational Safety and Health investigator issued a citation because someone videotaping the Aug. 21 event from atop a raised maintenance lift wasn't wearing a safety harness.
The Campbellsville firefighter, Capt. Tony Grider, died a month after he and another firefighter were injured when they came in contact with a high-voltage power line while in the bucket of an aerial ladder truck.
The firefighters were spraying water on band members taking part in an Ice Bucket Challenge to raise research money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
State Labor Cabinet spokesman Daniel Lowry said the cabinet is investigating the accident that resulted in Grider's death.
Kentucky’s Department of Public Health wants to upgrade its regulations that monitor healthcare-associated infections, or "HAIs".
Those are infections people get from a healthcare facility while they are receiving treatment for another condition. Last year, there were more than 9,500 investigations of these infections in Kentucky.
Dr. Kraig Humbaugh is the senior deputy commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Public Health. He says the department’s proposal would update HAI definitions, improve reporting methods and make the process more consistent with what’s happening nationally.
“We're one of the minority of states that currently don't have any mandated reporting of specific healthcare associated infections. This regulation will change that,” said Humbaugh.
Humbaugh says the new regulations would also help provide better data on infections.
The proposal is open for public comment until December 1.
Only Oklahoma ranks lower than Kentucky when it comes to how the state’s court system serves its low-income and disabled population. On a 100-point scale, Kentucky comes in at 33.4 percent. Indiana is just three places higher at 36.2 percent.
Scott Crocker is executive director for Kentucky Legal Aid. He says federal and state funding for his organization is down “real significantly” over the last 4-5 years.
“We are able to provide some level of services to most people who call in and meet our eligibility criteria,” said Crocker. “But, a lot of people need an attorney to go to court with them and sometimes we’re able to do that, but a lot of times we only have the resources to provide counsel and advice.”
He says Kentucky Legal Aid expects to give some form of legal advice to 12,000 people in south-central and western Kentucky this year. All of the cases involve civil law.
The city of Elizabethtown will be responsible for testing and any abatement necessary at the historic church that’s set to become part of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
The News-Enterprise reports the City Council voted unanimously Monday to enter into a contract with the board of the Hall of Fame for a fee simple title. The former home of First Presbyterian Church has been vacant since 2011 when a non-profit organization moved out.
Organizers say they’re close to having the $1.15 million in place to start construction. A groundbreaking ceremony could take place as early as July.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says there are encouraging signs of progress against the Ebola virus in West Africa, and he says the U.S. military can take some credit for containing it.
Hagel told a group of 101st Airborne Division soldiers Monday that it is too early to say when the U.S. military's Ebola mission in Liberia and Senegal will be finished.
He said, "We're not at the end yet."
Hagel toured the pre-deployment training that is given to soldiers before they go to West Africa. The soldiers are providing logistics and other support there but are not in direct contact with people infected with the virus. Nevertheless, soldiers are required to undergo 21 days of quarantine upon their return.