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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The ice and snow that hit the region this week kept many people in their homes...and that affects local businesses. Leeann Akers files this report...

Morehead State University

Morehead State University art professor Gary Mesa-Gaido is among 17 artists represented in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Visions at the Capitol. The exhibit showcases the artwork in the halls, reception areas and conference rooms of Senate and House offices in the Capitol Annex in Frankfort.

Mesa-Gaido, a faculty member in the Department of Art and Design since 1992, teaches courses in digital art, animation, painting and foundations.

EMU Faculty of Engineering

How can you attend college, pay little to no tuition, and graduate four years later with a guaranteed job? With a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet scholarship, of course.

High school seniors, recent graduates or current college students should apply by Feb. 1, 2018, for one of about 20 scholarships to study civil engineering at accredited Kentucky colleges.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Looking at the total number of deer harvested by hunters in Kentucky during the 2017-18 season, it would appear nothing was out of the ordinary.

The season ended earlier this month. When it did, hunters had combined to take more than 136,000 deer across the state, making it the sixth consecutive season with a harvest total greater than 130,000 and the fifth highest total on record in Kentucky.

Moore to retire

Jan 19, 2018

After 49 years working for the school district, Rowan County’s Superintendent has announced his intent to retire later this year.

Marvin Moore was named 2016 Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Educational Development Corporation.  He was hired to run the district in 2005.

Moore told the Board of Education Thursday that his last day will be June 30th.

Moore said it was costing him money to come to work every day – and that was a big factor in his decision to retire. 

Childcare Network

It’s now easier for Kentucky families to apply for child care assistance funds. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has moved eligibility services for its Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) into benefind, the public assistance web portal used by customers to apply for other state assistance programs.

biography.com

January 18, 2018 -- French philosopher Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède and de Montesquieu, was a highly influential political thinker during the Age of Enlightenment.

Cincinnati Enquirer

Putting “safety first,” the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) today presented the 2018 Recommended Highway Plan for the next six years that includes a record $1 billion in funding to repair bridges and pavements in the FY 2018-FY 2020 biennium.

Health issues to be debated in the General Assembly

Jan 17, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

When lawmakers convene in Frankfort for the 2018 General Assembly session, their debates will be dominated by pension reform and a new state budget.

But the commonwealth also faces a range of important health issues that could come up during the 60-day legislative session that started Jan. 2.

How does the state continue to battle the epidemic of drug addiction? Should marijuana use be legalized and tobacco use be restricted? And can officials find the money to support children in foster care as well as those who depend on Medicaid?

$1 Cigarette Tax Increase: Killing Two Birds with One Stone?

Jan 17, 2018
Public News Service

Could increasing the cigarette tax by $1 save lives and improve Kentucky's budget woes? That's what the majority of Kentucky voters say in a new poll from Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

When learning about the specific revenue and health benefits of a $1 per-pack increase in the cigarette tax, 7-in-10 voters polled said they were in favor. Tonya Chang, senior director of government relations at the American Heart Association in Kentucky, said the increase will lower smoking rates, especially among pregnant woman and youth smokers who are most susceptible to tax increases.

Poll shows voters disagree with Medicaid work rules

Jan 17, 2018
Public News Service

Kentucky will be phasing in a rule saying people who get Medicaid have to work if they can - but a new national poll suggests voters could see that as part of a very unpopular pattern.

A new national poll finds three-quarters of voters agree - and half agree strongly - that Republicans are waging a "war on health care."

Fleming County Clerk

Fleming County Clerk Jarrod Fritz is celebrating 10 years as an elected official and bringing in $1 million in excess fees.

Fritz was elected to office in 2006 and officially began working in 2007.

“I was in banking before this,” said Fritz. ”I had a growing interest in the county government and I was already interested in the history of the area and the historical documents they had.”

The Director of the Kentucky Folk Arts Center in Morehead was not surprised to hear his facility was on Governor Matt Bevin’s chopping block.

The Governor announced cuts to 70 different programs and facilities across the state during his State of the Commonwealth speech Tuesday night in Frankfort. 

KFAC director Matt Collinsworth says being a separate line item in the Morehead State University Budget made the facility more vulnerable.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Below zero temperatures didn’t keep District 9 snow plow crews from their appointed rounds overnight.

Crews in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties pushed as much snow as they could off back roads, cleaned up Priority A route medians and shoulders, replaced plow blades and did other maintenance work.

Courier-Journal

On Tues., Jan. 16, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin delivered his 2018 State of the Commonwealth and Budget Address to the General Assembly and fellow Kentuckians, outlining his plan to continue getting the state’s financial house in order.

WHAS-11

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said a newly created unit in his office focused solely on investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cold cases will be instrumental in maintaining his ongoing commitment to seek justice for victims of crime.

KET

Morehead State Public Radio will provide KET’s live coverage of Gov. Matt Bevin’s 2018 State of the Commonwealth and Budget Address.

The coverage begins tonight (January 16) at 7:00 p.m.

KET’s Renee Shaw and Casey Parker-Bell will co-anchor live coverage of Governor Matt Bevin's address to a joint session of the Kentucky House and Senate.

Al Cross, director of the University of Kentucky Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, will provide analysis.

More information at: http://www.ket.org

The New Yorker

January 16, 2018 -- Susan Sontag was an American writer, filmmaker, teacher, and political activist. She mostly wrote essays, but also published novels; she published her first major work, the essay "Notes on 'Camp'", in 1964.

Morehead State University

Times may change, but one thing stays consistent. The Morehead State Cheerleading program remains at the top of its sport.

The MSU all-girl and coed cheer squads claimed national championships this weekend at the Universal Cheerleading Association College Nationals in Orlando, Fla.

After winning three titles from 2014-16, the all-girl team took second place last year. But this season they claimed their 12th overall first-place trophy. The coed squad won its 26th national title since 1988 and third straight.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

State snow-fighters are preparing for more snow tonight even as they finish plow operations after a round of light snow blanketed northeast Kentucky early this morning.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Dr. Brian S. Mason, professor of music and coordinator of the percussion studies program, has been named the 2018 Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) College/University Teacher of the Year.

The Lane Report

Kentucky’s 529 college savings plan kicked off the annual Dream Out Loud Challenge today, inviting families of students in grades Pre-K through 6 to participate for a chance to win a $1,000 college savings plan account and $500 for their school.

Students may enter Dream Out Loud by submitting an original drawing, poem, essay or video answering the question: “How will I change the world after I go to college?” Parents can learn more by visiting http://www.kysaves.com/DreamOutLoud

Morehead State University

Morehead State University will host a number of Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) programs in preparation for the 2018 fall semester.

First-year and transfer students will register for their classes during these events.

Students also will have their photographs taken for the University’s identification card, the EagleCard, and meet with representatives from financial aid, student housing, food services, and accounting and financial services.

Campus tours will be available.

Genuine Kentucky

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at a Kentucky State Park this year with your special someone! Many parks are offering events and weekend packages in February to help celebrate Valentine’s Day.

The packages include overnight stays, meals and entertainment. Kentucky State Resort Parks have lodges, restaurants and recreational opportunities.

Old Time Radio Downloads

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CNN

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Rep. John Sims, and members of their medical marijuana task force on Thursday unveiled the legislative proposal that is the result of their discussions. Sims filed House Bill 166 Wednesday.

CNBC

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the Commonwealth’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH.

The word HEALTH stands for “Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health.” Kentucky’s new program will improve the health of its participants, strengthen Medicaid’s long-term fiscal sustainability, and promote personal responsibility for health and well-being.

CNN

The Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), reports the state’s first pediatric deaths for the 2017-18 flu season.

Daily Courier

Preliminary figures indicate highway fatalities in Kentucky declined in 2017 to 770, down from 834 in 2016.

According to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and the Kentucky State Police (KSP), this is Kentucky’s first roadway fatality decrease since 2013, when 638 fatalities were recorded.

KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle Hunter commends Kentuckians for taking responsibility behind the wheel.

Morehead State University

In observance of the Dr. Martin L. King Jr. holiday, Morehead State University will be closed Monday, Jan. 15.

A civil rights activist, King was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. His most famous address was the "I Have A Dream" speech. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in 1968.

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