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Latest KIDS COUNT data book shows continued poverty, but progress in other areas

11/20/2017 05:48 PM

The state of kids in Kentucky continues to be a mixed bag, as Kentuckians get a county-to-county view of child well-being in the commonwealth. Kentucky Youth Advocates’ 2017 KIDS COUNT data book shows some progress in key areas, but also persistent challenges facing youth, their parents and care givers. “What we hope happens is this Fall book, where we really get down to very targeted items would allow that county judge executive, that mayor, that local superintendent to say that... Read more 

Dealing with the effects of sexual harassment: A survivor speaks out and urges others to come forward

11/09/2017 04:00 PM

For many who survive sexual harassment the effects are long lasting. For Michelle Kelty who was sexually harassed in the workplace three-years ago, the trauma continues to this day. Kelty said she suffers from flashbacks, nightmares and continues with therapy. “I reported, it wasn’t just me, it involved more than just myself in the workplace, so we reported and we just kept hitting roadblocks and obstacles,” she said. Kelty is a member of the Survivors Council which advises and assists... Read more 

Training to work in the film industry is part of unique university partnership

10/09/2017 02:48 PM

WILMORE – Kentucky’s growing film industry needs more skilled workers, and a new workforce development partnership between the Kentucky Film Office and Asbury University is aimed at that need. The goal of the Kentucky Film Initiative is to provide additional local workers to work on film crews throughout the state. So far this year the Kentucky Film Office has approved 136 movies for production, and there’s a need for Kentuckians to help on set. Dr. Jim Owens, Dean of the Asbury... Read more 

With state health numbers trending in the wrong direction the Foundation for a Healthy KY focuses on smoking

10/03/2017 03:05 PM

From cancer rates to obesity and heart disease Kentucky is almost always a top contender for one of the unhealthiest states in the nation. The Commonwealth has the highest rate of adult and teen smoking, and one group has joined the fight against the trend. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and their CEO Ben Chandler is pushing hard to curb smoking in an effort to reverse poor health outcomes. “The most important thing for us is trying to move the... Read more 

More Kentuckians have health care coverage, but major hurdles loom to keep them covered

09/20/2017 06:43 PM

As the number of Kentuckians with access to health care continues to increase, moves in Congress and within the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin have advocates concerned. Data released recently shows 97 percent of Kentucky kids, and 95 percent of all Kentuckians now have health insurance. Dr. Terry Brooks, the executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, said the numbers are really powerful as health insurance rates continue to be on the rise. “We all have to hit the pause button... Read more 

YouthAlert! teaching middle- and high-school students how to resolve conflicts without violence

08/29/2017 10:51 AM

YouthAlert! Founder Douglas Wain wrote a 2010 book titled “The War Against Violence Everywhere,” and a year later wanted to put his words into action. That marked the genesis of YouthAlert!, a school program designed to curb bullying and give teenagers the tools they need to resolve issues without resorting to violence. “We started this nonprofit basically as a bunch of peace activists,” Wain said during an interview with Pure Politics. “Our total goal, of course, is world peace, but we’re trying... Read more 

2017 SOAR summit will focus on moving its blueprint forward

08/03/2017 01:38 PM

On Friday more than 1,000 people are expected to pour into Pikeville for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region 2017 summit. Over the past 12 months SOAR has finalized its regional blueprint for a 21st Century Appalachia. That blueprint will be the focus of this year’s summit. “We’re showcasing progress — we’re going to cast a vision for where we’re headed,” SOAR executive director Jared Arnett said in a phone interview. SOAR is seeking to add partners and propel the... Read more 

How the new Kentucky Lottery CEO plans to grow the lotto beyond $1 billion

07/04/2017 10:00 AM

A mere three-weeks as the CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Tom Delacenserie has lofty goals which include growing the lotto past $1 billion and sending more money to fund education. Delacenserie comes to Kentucky by way of the Florida Lottery. He beat out some 800 other candidates for the role, and replaces Arch Gleason, who died last year shortly after announcing his retirement. “A lot of it is attention to detail, taking care of the little things” Delacenserie said of... Read more 

Jennings inks deal with CNN becoming latest commentator

06/23/2017 11:01 AM

Kentucky political operative and founding partner of RunSwitch PR Scott Jennings has inked a deal with CNN to become a political commentator. Jennings will officially continuing offering commentary for the cable news network from Louisville and New York as needed. The Kentucky Republican will continue in his role with Run Switch. “It is an honor to sign with CNN and appear alongside some of the best known and most trusted names in the media industry. CNN has an amazing roster... Read more 

Non-partisan group seeks to train college women to be leaders of the future

06/23/2017 08:58 AM

Women make up more than half of all Kentuckians, yet there are but a handful in the Kentucky General Assembly and even fewer running major corporations across the nation. LEAD Kentucky formed by college professor, high school history teacher and basketball coach Jacqueline Coleman is a program that recruits and trains college women in an effort to build the next generation of leaders. Coleman, the daughter of former state Rep. Jack Coleman, said the organization which will soon enter its... Read more 

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