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Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Center for Accessible Living in Murray is launching an initiative recognizing businesses, public spaces and individuals who meet or exceed standards outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. The two-tier 'Accessible Murray' effort was presented to a forum Wednesday evening at the Murray Calloway County Hospital as part of an ongoing effort to address disability issues and awareness.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Issues ranging from accessibility to employment emerged as topics of concern Thursday evening in a disability forum in Murray. The Center for Accessible Living hosted an event to give voice to a topic event organizer and Independent Living Advocate John Eads says people just generally aren't aware about. 

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Update: Part Two of this conversation is now online. 

Dr. Peggy Pittman-Munke, and Dr. Cindy Clemson, are both members of the President's commission on Diversity and Inclusion at Murray State; serving on The Committee on Disabilities. In Part one of a two-part conversation celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, they talk with Tracy Ross about the history of the Act, and its effect on disabled college students.

There is a letter that school districts really don't like sending home to parents of special education students. Each state has a different version, but they all begin with something like this:

"Dear Parent, as of the date of this letter your child's teacher is not considered 'highly qualified.' " And then: "This doesn't mean your child's teacher is not capable or effective. It means they haven't met the state standards for teaching in their subject."

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We conclude a new series of reports called Racer Scholar Profiles, highlighting Murray State Faculty research, scholarly and creative activities across colleges and schools, with Assistant Professor in the Department of Adolescent, Career and Special Education: Dr. Ajay Das. His research centers on inclusive education for students with disabilities through post-secondary education. Dr. Das speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about his findings.

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An eastern Kentucky nurse is suing the state for not allowing her to take addiction medicine like Suboxone or Vivitrol while she’s out of jail on bond.

The terms set by Floyd County District Court, where Stephanie Watson’s court case is still pending, prevent her from using medically-assisted drug treatment.

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A bill that would permit monkeys to be used as service companions for paralyzed Kentuckians has been filed in the state Senate, and is drawing criticism from animal rights groups. 

At first blush, state Senator John Schikel’s (R-11) bill sounds like fodder for "The Daily Show." It allows primates to be service companions in private residences.