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Public health officials, wary of HIV outbreak in Indiana, hope to launch needle exchanges here soon

04/15/2015 07:38 PM

As Kentucky lawmakers debated a wide-ranging bill to address the state’s growing heroin epidemic, HIV cases linked to intravenous drug use exploded in the small city of Austin, Ind. Public health officials say that outbreak helped galvanize support in the General Assembly for needle-exchange programs, which have been enacted through a 30-day emergency order by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in response to the soaring HIV cases in the southeastern Indiana community. “I think it sent enough of a shockwave through the General... Read more 

Kenton County looks to provide heroin addicts with treatment while being incarcerated

04/14/2015 04:09 PM

COVINGTON — Perhaps no place in the state was there more interest in the passing of heroin legislation than in Northern Kentucky which has become the epicenter of heroin addiction and arrests in the state. Sixty percent of the total number of heroin arrests in the commonwealth come from the three northern Kentucky counties of Kenton, Boone and Campbell. In Kenton County, prosecutors and corrections officials are working together to help incarcerated addicts have a chance at beating their... Read more 

The list: Adam Edelen leads Democratic chatter for 2016 U.S. Senate candidates

04/11/2015 04:33 PM

With U.S. Sen. Rand Paul officially running for president and planning on running for re-election in 2016, state Democrats are looking at their roster ahead of another U.S. Senate race in the state. As political observers look to the governor’s race as the premiere battle in Kentucky in 2015, behind the scenes state Democrats are laying plans for what could amount to their best chance to recapture the seat since Wendell Ford retired in January of 1999. Nearly everyone Pure Politics... Read more 

Seminar helps law enforcement and prosecutors focus on 'drug driving'

04/01/2015 02:39 PM

COVINGTON – The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General is hosting a regional seminar this week in Covington to train police officers and prosecutors about the effective prosecution of a growing problem in the Commonwealth of Kentucky – DUI cases involving drugs. Results of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2013/2014 survey showed an increase in drug-positive drivers using medications (from 3.9% in 2007 to 4.9% in 2013–2014), and a larger increase in the prevalence of illegal drugs (from 12.4%... Read more 

McConnell and Obama agree on one thing: UK will be the national champs

03/19/2015 09:03 AM

It seems that bluegrass basketball is one of the few things Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Barack Obama agree on. McConnell, the six term Kentucky U.S. Senator, sent his picks to Pure Politics ahead of the NCAA tournament pitting the University of Kentucky against his alma mater the University of Louisville in the final game. McConnell chose the unbeaten Wildcats to win it all this year, as did Obama in his bracket. McConnell has Kentucky beating Arizona... Read more 

Saturday marks 70th anniversary of the death of Kentucky's Iwo Jima war hero

03/17/2015 01:54 PM

FLEMINGSBURG — This Saturday marks the 70th anniversary of the death of World War II veteran and Fleming County native Franklin Sousley, who was one of six men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima, a moment captured in the famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal. Dewayne Price is a nephew of Sousley and is the keeper of artifacts from Sousley’s life including letters that he wrote to his mother. The letters give a first-hand account of what life was like for the... Read more 

Obama seeks war powers against ISIS; historian and author offers dire predictions of terrorism at home

02/11/2015 11:42 AM

President Barack Obama is seeking a formal authorization of war to fight Islamic terrorists in a limited three year engagement that prohibits the use of “enduring offensive ground forces.” The request was delivered to Congressional leaders Wednesday morning, and Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, said there are already plans to talk with his caucus on the proposal. “It was clear from the outset that a successful military campaign to defeat ISIL would require a multi-year effort,”... Read more 

Ashley Judd for governor? The actress tells Larry King it's a possibility

02/02/2015 03:21 PM

She’ll have to wait at least one election cycle if she decides to run, but Hollywood actress Ashley Judd is still flirting with Kentucky politics, telling Larry King a governorship sounds “interesting.” Judd, who came within a breath of challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in last year’s election, told talk show host Larry King that she is intrigued by the position of governor in Kentucky — laying out a potential platform. “Governor seems like an interesting position too, particularly in... Read more 

Public-Private Partnership has redefined residential life at UK

02/02/2015 01:47 PM

LEXINGTON — With a nod from Gov. Steve Beshear in his state of the commonwealth address Public Private Partnerships, also known as P3, will likely be one of the main issues during the legislative session — especially related to transportation projects like the Brent Spence Bridge. However, public-private partnerships are currently being used by the University of Kentucky to transfer its campus of aging dorms into new attractive state of the art residential halls which are keeping many of students... Read more 

Eastern High School works to pave road to careers in technology

01/30/2015 04:16 PM

LOUISVILLE — Learning 21st century skills in the area of technology is a reality for a number of students at Eastern High School. Eastern High School’s technology program is rated as one of the best in the state of Kentucky, as well as in the country. Eastern is the only school in Jefferson County that requires students to take a minimum of two years in technology courses to graduate. Senate President Pro Tem David Givens, R-Greensburg, visited the Louisville high school on... Read more 

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