Kentucky health officials aim to eliminate new HIV cases
FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — Health officials plan to announce a new, collaborative effort to eliminate new HIV infections in Kentucky.
A statement from the Northern Kentucky Health Department says...
LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say a newborn girl has been delivered following the fatal shooting of her pregnant mother.
Kentucky State Police said in a news release Sunday that...
Edelen debuts TV ad in run for Kentucky governor
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Adam Edelen rails against corporate money influencing politics and recalls the pain of seeing his father lose his job as the Democrat takes to the airwaves this weekend to...
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — University of Kentucky sophomore Lily Silverstein is too young to know much about the band Foreigner, except for the 1980s hits her mom would occasionally blast over the car...
University of Kentucky to assess student well-being services
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — University of Kentucky officials say a task force is being formed to assess mental health counseling and services related to student well-being on campus.
Bevin running mate mentioned in Medicare fraud lawsuit
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Kentucky was one of a dozen doctors federal authorities said received improper gifts from a home health agency.
Man charged with reckless homicide in crash that killed boy
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A University of Kentucky student accused of driving drunk in a crash that killed a 4-year-old boy now faces a reckless homicide charge.
News outlets report a grand jury included a misdemeanor DUI count in a new reckless homicide indictment of 18-year-old Jacob Heil that was filed this week. Through his attorney, Heil pleaded not guilty to DUI in September.
Kentucky company says its hemp plants have zero THC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky company says it has developed hemp plants that don't contain any THC, which is marijuana's main psychoactive component.
‘One of the guys’ at UK fraternity is 1st with Down Syndrome
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Friday is cleanup day at the University of Kentucky's FarmHouse Fraternity on Rose Lane, and the place hummed with vacuum cleaners overlaid on the dulcet tones of Lynyrd Skynryd and the occasional 'thwack' of a pool ball.
Developer to donate $10M to help UK students pay for college
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — University of Kentucky officials say a founder of one of the state's top development companies has promised to donate $10 million to help some of its students afford college.
The Herald-Leader reports school officials on Tuesday announced the donation of developer Mira Ball, who attended the school before starting Ball Homes with her late husband.
University, professor settle lawsuit alleging retaliation
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky has settled a lawsuit filed by a former public health dentist who said he was fired from the school for publicly criticizing Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program.
University of Kentucky named most bicycle-friendly college
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A cycling magazine has named the University of Kentucky as the most bicycle-friendly college in the country.
Bicycle Magazine picked the state's flagship school from 45 universities, ranging from small, liberal-arts colleges to large, public universities.
Amelia Neptune, program director at the League of American Bicyclists, says UK's creative incentives offered to students, staff and faculty and commitment to supporting cycling stood out from other schools.
Equine, poultry gains lead Kentucky agriculture in 2018
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Boosted by continued gains in its equine and poultry industries, Kentucky's farm cash receipts stayed relatively stable this year as higher yields for most crops helped offset lower prices hitting some sectors, agricultural economists said Thursday.
University of Kentucky student named Rhodes scholar
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A University of Kentucky student is among this year's Rhodes scholars.
The 32 recipients of the prestigious scholarship announced Sunday includes Hadeel Abdallah of Lexington. The senior was selected to begin studies next fall at Oxford University in England.
Abdallah plans to complete master's degrees in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies as well as Global Governance and Diplomacy.
UK expands program to treat new moms for addiction
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky is expanding a program to treat female addicts who have recently given birth.
University gets $15M grant to help end spread of hepatitis C
HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — A University of Kentucky project aimed at ridding Perry County of hepatitis C has received a $15 million federal grant, and $50 million in donated drug treatments that can cure the disease.
Firm breaks ground on Kentucky hemp manufacturing facility
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A company has broken ground on a facility to develop and manufacture hemp-based products in Kentucky.
State officials say the facility being built by AgTech Scientific in Paris, Kentucky, will start with about 50 employees but is projected to grow to 271 workers within three years. It's part of AgTech's plan to work with Kentucky farmers to grow hemp and to partner with the University of Kentucky on research.
New Kentucky medical school building opens with class of 30
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's newest medical school has opened its building in Bowling Green, a joint effort by Western Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky and Med Center Health.
Kentucky lawmaker’s son improving after fall
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky lawmaker's son who was put into a medically induced coma following a fall from an apartment balcony near the University of Kentucky campus is improving.
News outlets cited a Facebook post by state Rep. Chris Harris, who said his son, Corbin Harris, started responding to commands Tuesday at a Lexington hospital. The 19-year-old university student fell in late August.
Judge: Lawsuit over firing can go to trial next month
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by a former public health dentist at the University of Kentucky who said he was fired for publicly criticizing Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program can go to trial.
University partners with military to study optimal fitness
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky has been awarded a contract from the Defense Department to study physical and mental fitness.
The Latest: Frat revokes University of Kentucky chapter
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a University of Kentucky student charged with DUI and suspended from school after the death of a 4-year-old who was hit by the student's car (all times local):
A national fraternity has revoked the charter of its University of Kentucky chapter after the death of a 4-year-old boy who was hit by a student's car.
Student pleads not guilty to DUI in crash that killed boy, 4
KLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A University of Kentucky freshman charged with DUI in a crash that killed a child has pleaded not guilty.
News outlets report 18-year-old Jacob Heil wasn't required to appear in court Wednesday because his charge is a misdemeanor. Heil's attorney Chris Spedding entered the plea. Spedding declined to comment.
University of Kentucky student suspended after child’s death
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky has suspended a student and the fraternity he pledged after the death of a 4-year-old boy hit by the student's car.
News outlets report a letter to the campus from UK President Eli Capilouto said the suspension is pending investigations. Marco Lee Shemwell died Monday, two days after he was hit near the football stadium during Kentucky's game against Murray State.
Drop in black freshman enrollment raises concern at UK
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — University of Kentucky officials are expressing concern over a double-digit drop in the number of black freshmen enrolled at the school.
Despite a push for more diversity, UK enrolled 50 fewer black freshmen for the fall semester, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
University of Kentucky announces fundraising campaign
The University of Kentucky has launched the public phase of a $2 billion-plus fundraising campaign, laying out a set of goals that include expanding student scholarships and boosting medical research in a state struggling with high rates of cancer and other chronic illnesses.
Dealership replaces car flipped by celebrating Kentucky fans
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A man's car fell victim to celebrating University of Kentucky fans and has been replaced by a local dealership.
News outlets report Big M Superstore donated the 2005 Mazda 3 to 19-year-old Matt O'Hara, whose car was flipped Saturday. The Northern Kentucky University student was visiting friends in Lexington the night of the Wildcats' 27-16 victory over the Florida Gators.
University of Kentucky opens student philanthropy center
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky has opened a center for student philanthropy.
A statement from the school says the center will focus on education and engagement as it aims to teach students the value of philanthropy. The Center for Student Philanthropy officially opened last week in the Gatton Student Center, and officials say it is among the first of its kind in the nation.
Son of Kentucky lawmaker hospitalized after fall
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky lawmaker's son is in a medically induced coma following a fall from an apartment balcony last week near the University of Kentucky campus.
House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins said Corbin Harris, son of state Rep. Chris Harris, is still in the hospital. Adkins led the Legislative Research Commission in a moment of silence during its Wednesday meeting in Harris' honor.
Controversial Kentucky mural reimagined in a ‘divine space’
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — "There is not a man under the canopy of heaven, that does not know that slavery is wrong for him."
This line, from Frederick Douglass' 1852 speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" is now emblazoned around the domed ceiling of the University of Kentucky's Memorial Hall entryway.
The words were carefully painted there this week by artist Karyn Olivier as she attempts to contextualize and commemorate one of UK's most controversial spaces.
Kentucky mayor charged after hit-and-run injury accident
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say they've identified a hit-and-run driver who injured a child on a bicycle: They say it's the town's mayor.
Kentucky State Police say Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler has been ordered to appear in court on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident.
Markey Center earns renewal of national cancer designation
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky says its Markey Cancer Center has had its national cancer center designation renewed for the next five years.
The Markey Center is one of 70 centers nationally, and the only one in Kentucky, with the designation from the National Cancer Institute.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A white coat ceremony has launched the medical school experience for the inaugural class of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine's campus in Bowling Green.
News media outlets report the 30 students toured the work-in-progress school Friday and will start their studies Monday. At the outset, students will utilize The Medical Center at Bowling Green and Western Kentucky University facilities until the medical school is ready in mid-September.
UK welcoming first medical class at Bowling Green campus
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is welcoming its first class to its new Bowling Green campus.
The school says in a statement that it will welcome 30 first-year medical students on Aug. 3 with a white coat ceremony at Western Kentucky University's Van Meter Hall.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky says a student studying abroad went missing while swimming with friends in the Mediterranean Sea.
A statement from the school says 19-year-old TeNiya Elnora Jones of Fort Myers, Florida, was swimming with two other Kentucky students when they got caught in a strong current and were pulled out to sea. Officials said the other students were able to make it back to the shoreline.
Lexington Center to break ground on expansion
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The city of Lexington is breaking ground this week on the expansion of the Lexington Convention Center, home to Rupp Arena.
The $241 million project will begin in August and finish in late 2021.
On Thursday, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and leaders from the state and the University of Kentucky will gather for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction. The ceremony will be in front of Heritage Hall on West Main Street.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A lawsuit is seeking to stop the University of Kentucky and state Department of Revenue from garnishing people's wages for unpaid medical bills.
LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say two people have been arrested on criminal abuse charges after their young daughter was found with infected cigarette burns on her body.
News outlets report 26-year-old Thomas Lee Tallon and 26-year-old Jessica Mae Sams, both of Corbin, were arrested Friday night.
UK updates policy dealing with sexual assault claims
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto says changes have been finalized to campus regulations dealing with the disciplinary process for allegations that include sexual assault.
In an email sent Monday to the campus community, Capilouto said changes are the result of "concerns and suggestions" from people on campus. He said the goal in implementing the policy is to be fair, as well as "clear and consistent" in applying it.
LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Officials say a 12-year-old Kentucky boy who was hit by a train on Friday has died from his injuries.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the boy died Monday evening at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. The child's name was not released.
Authorities said the boy was hit by a southbound train Friday night about 8 miles south of London. Police say they are still investigating why the boy was on the tracks.
MOUNT STERLING, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say a woman has been charged in the fatal shooting of a neighbor and the wounding of the neighbor's wife.
Montgomery County Sheriff Fred Shortridge tells WKYT-TV that Frances Zaayer was charged with murder, attempted murder and first-degree burglary after Saturday's shooting near Mount Sterling.
UK says moves to fire professor over book sales
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky is trying to fire a journalism professor they say required students to buy his book without permission.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Thursday that a statement by Provost David Blackwell says tenured professor Buck Ryan "stole from students. And he used university resources to do it."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky has received a multimillion-dollar grant to expand and improve a program to help pregnant women with opioid dependence problems before, during and after delivery.
The Perinatal Assistance and Treatment Home (PATHways) program is helping women with medication, peer support and health services to reduce the number of babies born with an opioid addiction.
State Sen. Ricardo Lara
AGE, BIRTH DATE, BIRTHPLACE - 43; Nov. 5, 1974; East Los Angeles
PARTY - Democrat
EDUCATION - Bachelor's degree in journalism and Spanish from San Diego State University, 1999
EXPERIENCE - Elected to state Assembly in 2010; Elected state senator in 2012
FAMILY - Single
Dr. Asif Mahmood
AGE, BIRTH DATE, BIRTHPLACE - 57; April 20, 1961; Kharian, Pakistan
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville have announced their spring commencement ceremonies.
UK said in a statement that this year's spring class in the largest in the school's history. The statement says four separate spring commencements will be held, two on Friday and two on Sunday. More than 3,500 students are expected to participate. Each ceremony will include a student speaker and remarks from UK President Eli Capilouto.
Kentucky seeks relief as autopsy requests surge
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — As the opioid epidemic rages across Appalachia, one grim consequence has played out in Kentucky's medical examiner's office: A staggering increase in autopsy requests.
Autopsy requests for overdose deaths have jumped more than 26 percent since 2013.
The increase has overwhelmed the State Medical Examiner's Office, which consists of nine doctors for the entire state. And it comes amid a national shortage of forensic pathologists.
$200m University of Kentucky student center opens Monday
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky is set to open a massive, $200 million student center Monday with rooftop gardens, fire pits and high-tech meeting rooms.
According to the Lexington Herald-Leader , the 378,000 square-foot facility features a three-story atrium that resembles Raven Run Nature Sanctuary in Lexington. Its new cafeteria even serves waffles featuring UK logos and wildcat paw prints.
Eight University of Kentucky sustainable agriculture students were in Skagit County earlier this month as part of a tour of farms that lead the way in sustainable practices.
Their tour led them to Bow Hill Blueberries, where they learned abut the creative practices powering the 5-acre farm.