Kentucky teachers, parents, and other interested citizens now have a chance to weigh in on the state's core academic standards. It's the first time public comment has been sought since the standards were implemented in 2011.
In an effort to help drug addicts kick their habit, an Ohio municipal judge is offering medicated assisted treatment in his drug court.
Judge Fred Moses presented his case Thursday before a panel of Kentucky lawmakers.
In southeast Ohio, Judge Fred Moses overseas one of the few Vivitrol drug courts in the country. Vivitrol is an opioid receptor antagonist. Injected monthly, it blocks brain receptors from feeling opiate effects. If recovering addicts attempt to get high while on Vivitrol, they can not.
Kentucky's ACT scores are improving at a higher rate than students nationally. Kentucky's composite ACT average has improved almost a full percentage point over the last four years. State Department of Education Associate Commissioner Ken Draut says that's promising.
Messages technology addressing designated driving are working to lower drunken driving crashes in Kentucky according to Director of the state's office of highway safety, Bill Bell, who admits the drop in recent years has been slim.
University of Kentucky officials participated in the "Day of Action," saying the school is interested in immigration reforms to impact both teachers and students from other countries. UK Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Mark Kornbluh says professors are required to return home as a way to continue their teaching profession here in the U.S. "We need a way for these employees to be able to revalidate their visas to stay here, not always have to leave the country to do this and to transition to being here a longer period of time," said Kornbluh.
An economics researcher says a groundbreaking for an aluminum plant in western Kentucky sends a bigger message about economic recovery. Governor Steve Beshear, who was joined by other public and private sector officials, broke ground last week on a $150 million dollar aluminum production plant in Bowling Green.