Society

A Daviess County man is getting an up close view of how Brussels is coping following this week’s terrorist attacks on the city’s airport and subway. 

Owensboro resident Walter Horne is in Brussels for job training.  He says he was in a meeting about 15 miles away when the explosions occurred.

"The people there with us were speaking Flemish or Dutch.  We didn't really understand what was being said," Horne told WKU Public Radio by phone.  "We could hear 'explosion.'  We understood that word, and then they told us what had happened."

Even though it was 2:00 a.m. in Kentucky, Horne said he immediately called family members to let them know he was safe. 

He describes the mood in Brussels as somber.  Police are out in greater numbers and there’s less night life on the streets.

Paducah Parks Services, via paducahky.gov

The city of Paducah has accepted a $68,095 grant toward building a walking trail at the future Fountain Avenue Health Park.

KSP/Wikipedia

A Kentucky State Police trooper has been placed on leave after a shooting death in western Kentucky. State police said on Tuesday that Trooper Curtis Crick, a five-year veteran of the agency, was placed on paid administrative leave. 

Dr. Therese Saint Paul, via Facebook

Therese Saint Paul, French professor at Murray State University woke up to a phone call from a friend asking her if she had heard the bad news. She immediately went online to find out her home country, Belgium had been attacked.

Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, via hccpl.org

The Kentucky League of Women Voters’ Hopkinsville chapter is exploring the logistics of a new tax to support the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library.

Jan Fidler, 123rf Stock Photo

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell visited a Louisville organization Tuesday to talk about federal legislation that would help boost substance abuse treatment programs across the country.

123rf Stock Photo

A common story in pop culture is that of the celebrity’s rehab troubles; either they’re checking in or going back.

MSU professor of psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri talks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about addiction and the difficulty in finding effective treatments.

Whitney Jones / WKMS

Half of Tennessee farmers who participated in the state’s return to industrial hemp farming have yet to apply for a permit to grow the highly regulated seed again. 

In 2015, approximately 50 farmers signed up to grow the crop. With two weeks left to apply, WBIR-TV reports that only 25 farmers have applied.  

Cocke County farmer Chuck Mason says he thought the crop would be a "gold mine," but when seeds arrived more than a month late due to customs delays, the crop turned into a bust. Mason says he will return to growing hay this year.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, via WFPL

Oldham County has the state’s best health outcomes, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The findings were released in the foundation’s annual Health County Rankings report.

KSP/Wikipedia

Jeffersontown Police Chief Richard Sanders is the new Commissioner for Kentucky State Police.  

Pages