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Biden promotes book, signals further ambitions in Louisville appearance

06/07/2018 09:54 PM

LOUISVILLE — Former Vice President Joe Biden stopped in Louisville on Thursday night for his American Promise Tour, promoting his book, and sharing stories of his life with those in attendance. Thursday’s event in Louisville, Joe Biden American Promise Tour, was moderated by Jerry Abramson, Louisville’s former Mayor, the former Lt. Gov. under Steve Beshear, as well as Obama Administration White House alum, where he served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Abramson now serves... Read more 

Quarles named 2018 Fancy Farm emcee

06/04/2018 11:47 AM

Kentucky’s most raucous political speaking event will be emceed by Republican Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles this year. Quarles will moderate the 138th annual Fancy Farm picnic political speaking event on the grounds of St. Jerome Catholic Church, event organizers announced on Monday. “Growing up a farm kid in Kentucky, you always hear about the Fancy Farm picnic,” said Commissioner Quarles. “It was the fulfillment of a dream when I got the opportunity to take the stage for the first time... Read more 

Edelen hopes for ideas based, 'raucous' Democratic gubernatorial primary; talks solar venture, platform

05/08/2018 04:57 PM

LEXINGTON — Potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates have been shadowboxing ahead of the 2019 primary election season, with former state Auditor Adam Edelen the latest to acknowledge his interest in a run, and the hopes for a raucous Democratic primary. Edelen allowed Pure Politics to come to his farm on the edge of Lexington on Monday, for a walk around the property and a conversation in his study on his life after leaving public office, and interest in a potential gubernatorial... Read more 

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 

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