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Regional
6:24 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

WKU Grad Stephens Appointed To Legislative Ethics Commission

Henry Stephens
Credit Northern Kentucky University

The newest appointee to the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission comes with an undergraduate degree from WKU and bipartisan support. 

Henry Stephens has been a professor at the Chase School of Law at Northern Kentucky University since the early 1980s. He received his bachelor’s degree from WKU in 1975 before earning his law degree from UK.  

On Monday, he was appointed to the state’s legislative ethics commission by both Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Republican Senate President Robert Stivers.   Stephens’ appointment fills a spot that’s been vacant for two years. 

The commission came under fire earlier this year when not all members were present to hear the first ethics trial of former state representative John Arnold. Arnold was found guilty of sexual harassment at a second trial, although he continues to deny the charges against him.

Vernie McGaha resigned from the commission earlier this year and he was replaced in May by former state Sen. Charlie Borders.

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Health
4:27 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Researchers Study Exercise During Pregnancy for Child Cancer Protection

An area of cancer research at the University of Kentucky is focusing on exercise for mothers during pregnancy to help prevent cancer in their children.

Second year grad student Alyssa Jarrel is involved in conducting the study. She says the research has focused so far on mice, but could very well have implications for humans.

"Pregnancy is such a short term intervention and it can have long term benefits for the offspring. So, we're talking nine months for an intervention for the mom to have lifetime benefits for the child," Jarrel said. She adds the benefits could be seen with moderate exercise three to four times a week in a reduced risk for a high Body Mass Index, reduced risk for cardio-vascular disease and reduced risk for the development of types one or two diabetes.

Jarrel says the research has focused on skin cancer but investigators believe it can translate to a reduced risk of cancer in general. She says researchers are seeing reduced inflammation and increased anti-oxidant response in the offspring.

The researcher says a long term grant proposal would follow mother from pre-conception through pregnancy and then monitor the children for several years.

Regional
6:25 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

University of Kentucky Could Lift Ban on Alcohol By Fall Semester

The University of Kentucky campus in Lexington

The University of Kentucky is set to allow alcohol on campus with specific guidelines yet to be determined.   The announcement came this afternoon from UK President Eli Capilouto.  UK has been an alcohol free campus for more than a decade.   UK Student Government Association President Roshan Palli served on the Student Health and Safety Workgroup which compiled the report.

"We want our students on campus when they're engaging in social activities and when they're not, so we don't want alcohol to be an issue that we choose to force off our campus,” said Palli.  “Exactly where, you know, that's a good question.  I think that's definitely what the implementation committee gonna be having to explore."

Palli hopes the revised alcohol policy can be implemented by the beginning of the fall semester.  The report also calls for extending the Code of Student Conduct beyond the campus boundaries.

Education
6:29 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

UK and U of L Presidents Oppose Academic Boycott of Israel

The presidents of Kentucky’s two largest universities have joined opposition to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

The American Studies Association passed a controversial resolution last month that rejects Israel’s policies against Palestine and calls on members to boycott the country’s colleges and universities.

That’s drawn a sharp response from U.S. college presidents and education groups who oppose any such ban.

Last week, University of Louisville President James Ramsey said any boycott could hinder academic collaboration and prevent positive outcomes, like cures for new diseases.

This week, University of Kentucky President Eli Capiluto joined Ramsey and nearly 200 other college presidents, saying campuses should by a place for civil discourse and dialog.

“I think the opportunity to foster those discussions on a campus should be something that is precious," the UK president said.

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Health
1:45 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville Continue Argument over Partnership with UK

Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville
Credit Norton Healthcare

Officials with Norton Healthcare have rejected the University of Louisville’s request that they end their recently announced pediatric services partnership with UK Healthcare.

University of Louisville’s health care entity  partners with Norton, which owns Kosair Children’s Hospital. The hospital sits on state-owned land and under state rules it  must be used for the benefit of U of L and the citizens of the Commonwealth.

U of L officials say Norton’s partnership with UK violates that agreement, and last week they sent Norton a letter demanding that they end the agreement with UK within 30 days and instead negotiate a new contract with U of L.

This week Norton sent its own letter saying there are no legal grounds for the demands, adding there’s nothing in the agreement with the state that gives U of L a monopoly on Kosair Children’s Hospital.

U of L is threatening legal action once the 30 days are up and has requested that the Attorney General’s office look into the matter.

Health
12:26 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

UK's Markey Cancer Center Gains Designation, Leading to New Drug Options and Clinical Trials

The Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky
Credit UK

Kentucky has gained new clout in its fight against cancer, resulting from the rising status of the cancer center at its flagship university.

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center in Lexington on Friday earned the designation as a National Cancer Institute facility. It becomes the 68th medical center in the country to receive the prestigious title and the only one in Kentucky.

The designation has the potential to bring millions of dollars of additional research funding to the Markey Center.

It also means patients will have access to new drugs, treatment options and clinical trials offered only at NCI centers.

UK President Eli Capilouto says it signals that Kentucky will "no longer indulge the scourge of cancer."

Kentucky is at or near the top nationally in several cancer rates.

Sports
10:42 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Hardin County Football Star Receives Nearly 200 Letters from UK--in One Day

John Hardin High School defensive tackle Matt Elam

It’s not uncommon for college coaching staffs to send scores of letters to top high school prospects they are recruiting.

If the number of letters sent by Kentucky coaches to one Hardin County prospect is any indication, the Wildcats REALLY want to land the services of the 360-pound defensive tackle.

The Courier-Journal reports John Hardin’s Matt Elam received 182 recruiting letters from UK Monday. Elam said he was home when the mail carrier called him out to her truck to see the crate of letters the school had sent him.

Elam is storing all of his college recruitment letters in his size 16 shoe boxes. So far he’s filled up ten and he says the 182 letters Kentucky yesterday will take up half of an eleventh box.

Elam is also being recruiting by Louisville, Alabama, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.

Education
6:22 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Tuition Going Up at UK

Tuition at the University of Kentucky is expected to rise 3% next year, the smallest increase since 1997. The finance committee of the UK Board of Trustees approved the suggested tuition hike without any discussion. The full board later approved it also. The increase still has to go to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education for final approval.

The average in-state undergraduate student will pay $10,110 in the 2013-14 school year. It will be the first time that annual tuition has topped $10,000. Tuition at UK, the state's largest public university, has jumped 150% in the past decade.

Education
8:22 am
Fri October 5, 2012

UK Faculty Blasts School President in Memo

The University of Kentucky Senate Council says UK President Eli Capilouto has created a budget crisis. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported the faculty group sent a memo to Capilouto on Thursday in which members said they recognized dwindling state financial support was part of a cutback, but said the current budget crisis is largely due to presidential priorities that include more than $50 million in new spending.

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Education
5:57 am
Wed September 12, 2012

UK President Receives Mixed Review

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has received a mostly positive review after a year on the job but he won't receive a performance bonus.

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