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May is Motorcycle and Bike Safety Awareness Month

By Editor | May 3, 2022

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet joins NHTSA in promoting shared safety practices by all highway users FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 3, 2022) – In recognition of May as Motorcycle and Bike Safety Awareness Month, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding all road users…

We Are All In This Together

By Editor | May 3, 2022

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month By: Winn Stephens, Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass As we reach the end of Child Abuse Prevention Month, I have been reflecting on Kentucky’s ranking near the bottom of child abuse cases nationwide. In 2020, Kentucky ranked 5th in total reported cases of child abuse.…

Beshear says he is looking at ways to bring medical marijuana to Ky. by executive action, while seeking public’s opinion on topic

By Editor | April 25, 2022

  Business Insider map provided by Beshear’s office, adapted by Ky. Health News By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News  After a bill to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky failed again in the legislature, Gov. Andy Beshear announced a plan to ask Kentuckians how he might address the issue through executive action. “This session, like the…

Coronavirus cases and positive-test rate in Kentucky are rising, but deaths and hospital numbers are declining more

By Editor | April 25, 2022

  Kentucky Health News chart from state data By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News  Daily cases and the share of Kentuckians testing positive for the coronavirus are rising again, apparently reflecting a national trend. The state’s report for the last Monday-Sunday period showed 3,257 new cases of the virus, an average of 465 per day,…

Tick season nears. 10% of ticks carry debilitating diseases; quick action can prevent them. And UK wants you to send in your ticks!

By Editor | April 25, 2022

Kentucky Health News   Ticks are a threat in Kentucky year-round, but especially in the summer months. The next time one bites you, stop and think before flushing it down the toilet. You could help other people by mailing it to the University of Kentucky entomology department to see if it carries disease or not.…

Unwinding the Medicaid Continuous Health Coverage Benefit

By Editor | April 20, 2022

Big changes are coming to Kentuckians who qualified for uninterrupted health coverage during the pandemic. Here’s what thousands of us, and members of our communities, need to know.   Provided by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Tens of thousands of Kentuckians who have benefitted from continuous health coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic…

HEAL Update: Study Making Impact in WAVE 1 Communities

By Editor | April 20, 2022

    By Elizabeth Chapin LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2022) — More than two years into the University of Kentucky’s $87 million HEALing Communities Study (HCS) to address the opioid epidemic in Kentucky, it is possible to see the life-changing impacts it has already made in the eight counties of the study’s first wave. Launched in 2019, the ambitious…

Storytelling Festival 2022 features amazing artists, May 13 – 15, 2022

By Editor | April 17, 2022

The annual Paris Storytelling Festival is held in the beautiful and architecturally significant towns of Paris and Carlisle, Kentucky, surrounded by charming Bluegrass horse farms and historical culture. The festival is geared to the old and the new, bringing together counties steeped in tradition yet open to the youth of tomorrow. Stories, music, history and…

Kentucky’s two clinics suspend abortions as lawsuits challenge new law that is called ‘one of the most restrictive in the nation’

By Editor | April 17, 2022

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   Kentucky’s Republican-majority legislature overrode Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of legislation with strict requirements that advocates say have forced the state’s only two abortion clinics to stop providing abortions — and lawsuits by the clinics to nullify the new law. The law, passed as House Bill 3, bans mailing…

Kentucky American Water to Start Annual Spring Cleaning

By Editor | April 12, 2022

Water main flushing and temporary water treatment change to begin later this month LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 11, 2022) – Kentucky American Water will soon perform the annual flushing of its water distribution system to support the continued provision of high-quality, reliable water service to customers. “Flushing the water lines in our system assists in helping…