Volunteers are being sought in nearly half of Kentucky’s counties to review cases of children in the foster care system, officials said.Citizen Foster Care Review Boards want people who can review cases to ensure that foster children are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible, a statement from the Administrative Office of the Courts said.
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The Kentucky House passed a measure that’s aimed at adding language to the state constitution to ensure it doesn’t offer protections for abortion.The proposed constitutional amendment cleared the Republican-led House on a 76-20 vote after a long and impassioned debate. The measure now goes to the Senate.The proposal, if approved by voters, would amend Kentucky’s constitution to maintain being pro-life..
The Appalachian Center for the Arts is preparing to open its newest exhibit.“Crossroads: Change in Rural America” is an exhibit from the Smithsonian that takes a look at rural America, diving into the ways rural areas have changed and grown across the nation over the years. There’s rural New York, there’s rural Massachusetts, there’s rural California, there’s rural Oklahoma. And it really talks about the similarities as well as the differences,” said Director of Education and Outreach Erick Buckley.Buckley said the exhibit opens Saturday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m.
Nearly a year after a young black woman was killed in a deadly police shooting, the state legislature is advancing a bill dealing with No Knock warrants.Senate Bill Four would not entirely ban the use of No Knocks, but it would limit them.Many support the bill, but some in Louisville claim it’s too watered down. The bill has received bi-partisan support.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released the preliminary numbers for highway fatalities in Kentucky last year.According to the report KYTC’s Office of Highway Safety, the initial data indicates there were 778 fatalities in 2020, compared to 732 in 2019, a five percent increase.“2020 was a year of devastating loss for Kentuckians, but what makes deaths even harder to accept is when they could have been prevented,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “ Data indicates more than 50% weren’t wearing a seatbelt.
Pikeville Medical Center is fast tracking who’s up next to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.PMC is moving to phase 1C, five days before the state does with regional vaccine sites. The group now eligible to receive the vaccine includes: those over the age of 60 and anyone 16 and older with high risk health conditions. It also adds dozens of jobs to the list of essential workers including Postal service workers, food and agriculture, grocery store employees, IT & Communication, the media and clergy members.Those who fall in 1C category and live in PMC’s service area preferably in Pike, Floyd, Lawrence, Martin or Johnson counties are eligible to register.
Bankrupt coal company Blackjewel has been ordered by a federal judge to clean up a Kentucky mine site.In a bankruptcy court ruling issued Wednesday, Judge Benjamin Kahn said the Bell County site presented a potential threat and ordered Blackjewel to excavate and treat coal mining ponds until the company is allowed to abandon them, the Courier Journal reported.
The Big Sandy Regional Call center is now in operation. Nursing students are waiting by the phone to help in a five-county effort to connect more people with access to COVID-19 vaccines.“Right now, you know, this is a pandemic that we’ve not experienced before at our age,” said Brandon Tackett, Galen College of Nursing faculty member.“That’s where a lot of people may feel cut off- is not having access to the Internet or not knowing exactly which website to go to, or how to register or to gather all the information they need to register,” said Tackett.
The Kentucky House has passed a bill allowing felony offenders to tap into scholarship money they earned to pursue post-secondary education degrees.The measure would remove barriers preventing felons from receiving scholarship money under the popular Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship program.The state lottery-supported program allows students to earn money, based on academic performance, to help offset college expenses.The House passed the bill 96-2 Wednesday, sending it to the Senate.
Two homes in Johnson County caught fire Wednesday afternoon.W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue posted on Facebook about the fire.Firefighters responded to two mobile homes on fire at 55 Daniels Road in Nippa.The firefighters were able to save and keep the fire from spreading to two other mobile homes.