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Coming home: The educational ally raising scores, and keeping kids in eastern Ky.

10/25/2016 12:19 PM

Editor’s Note: This is part two in a series of two overview articles on education in Kentucky, and unlikely ally in eastern Kentucky’s push for a path towards more positive outcomes. Part 1 focused on how the program was filling the gaps in eastern Kentucky schools. Test scores are up in school districts across eastern Kentucky. And while some districts are still classified as “needs improvement,” others, such as Floyd County, are setting the standard for the state ranking... Read more 

Filling the gaps: How a national education group is seeking to help eastern Kentucky schools

10/24/2016 03:22 PM

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of two overview articles on education in Kentucky, and unlikely ally in eastern Kentucky’s push for a path towards more positive outcomes. A controversial education program has been operating in eastern Kentucky for five years in an effort to change the narrative in the historically impoverished area. Teach for America has been around for nearly three decades, but when the program, aimed at creating education equality, came to eastern Kentucky... Read more 

Madison Co. science teacher wins national award as she looks to make learning fun through exploration

09/22/2016 05:23 PM

RICHMOND – Vivian Bowles, a 4th-grade science teacher at Kit Carson Elementary in Richmond was one of 213 science and math teachers around the country to receive the honor of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching on September 8 in Washington, D.C. Bowles initially was a social worker in Eastern Kentucky working with Head Start when she noticed many of the mothers of the children that she worked with were drop outs, because of bad experiences in... Read more 

Students at rural medical school campus want to establish careers in small town communities

09/09/2016 02:08 PM

MADISONVILLE – Students interested in becoming family doctors in rural communities are getting their training in a rural setting, away from the University of Louisville’s main campus. The University of Louisville School of Medicine Trover Medical Campus was established in 1998 in Madisonville to provide a first-class medical education in a small town in an effort to place more graduating medical students in Kentucky’s small communities. Students go to the main campus in Louisville for their first two years before completing... Read more 

UofL Medical School campus in Madisonville hopes to send more physicians to rural parts of the state

09/08/2016 04:46 PM

MADISONVILLE – In an effort to attract more doctors to the less populated areas of the commonwealth, the University of Louisville Medical School has a rural track for some of its students who spend the last two years of their studies in Madisonville in the hope that those graduates go on to practice in rural Kentucky. Almost 60 percent of Kentucky’s counties are considered to be health professional shortage areas, having far too few primary care physicians. The U of L... Read more 

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has concerns over Bevin's Medicaid waiver

09/04/2016 10:19 AM

As Gov. Matt Bevin’s transition of Medicaid known as Kentucky HEALTH goes under federal review, one foundation that seeks to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians has major concerns about the transition. Susan Zepeda, the former President and CEO for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, who stepped down at the end of August, said the group is concerned over multiple points within the plan which could affect the health of those currently receiving care under Medicaid. After three... Read more 

Test 400K launches 'Track It' at NCSL with help from Kentucky rape survivor

08/12/2016 02:46 PM

After successfully championing rape kit reforms in Kentucky, Michelle Kuiper helped kickoff the call for nationwide reforms for timely testing and tracking notifications of sexual assault kits. Test 400K, a national rape kit reform advocacy group, launched their “Track It” campaign from Chicago at the National Conference of State Legislatures this week. The group sent governor’s across the nation a rape kit along with tracking codes in an effort to garner attention to the fact that most kits don’t include... Read more 

Sen. Alvarado tapped for primetime speaking role at RNC

07/14/2016 08:41 PM

State Sen. Ralph Alvarado has been added to the primetime line up of speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Alvarado, R-Winchester, will speak on Wednesday night around 9 p.m., according to the Republican Party of Kentucky. “It is an honor to be asked to speak at the convention and to represent Kentucky on the national stage,” Alvarado said in a statement. “I strongly believe that the Republican Party is the party of opportunity for voters of all backgrounds,... Read more 

Dr. Eddie Woods with Neighborhood House talks gun violence and ways his group hopes to help

06/05/2016 03:18 PM

LOUISVILLE — It takes a village to raise a child, but what if the village doesn’t know how? In low-income areas like the West End of Louisville, kids and teens are likely to stay in a cycle of poverty and fall into cycles of violence. According to Dr. Eddie Woods, the director of youth development at Neighborhood House, teaching peace, particularly during the summer months, is crucial to breaking those cycles. That is where Neighborhood House steps in, not... Read more 

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer: "The eyes of the whole world are on Louisville today"

05/07/2016 06:17 PM

LOUISVILLE — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has been meeting with potential businesses and filmmakers interested in the commonwealth as a backdrop to their projects The Democratic mayor was busy meeting with foreign filmmakers when Pure Politics approached him for an interview in Millionaires Row, and he says those business leaders are impressed with the commonwealth’s biggest city. “This is a tremendous way for us to grow jobs in the city and the commonwealth as well,” Fischer said of the Derby. “We’ve... Read more 


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