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KDE Issues Precautions to Stop Spread of Coronavirus

KDE Issues Precautions to Stop Spread of Coronavirus

March 11, 2020

Since eight Kentuckians have been identified as carriers of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Kentucky Department of Education has issued guidelines for schools. In addition, the Kentucky Department for Public Health released a document that indicated their response to the COVID-19 situation. On its web site, KDPH stated "Our State Health Operations Center is operating at Level 1, its hig...

Kentucky’s Anti-Conversion Therapy Bill Still Pending

Kentucky’s Anti-Conversion Therapy Bill Still Pending

March 11, 2020

A Dunbar freshman who asked not to be named shared her fears about revealing herself to her parents. “I am not out to my family yet, and I don’t really plan on coming out any time soon because I'm scared they will send me to something like conversion therapy," she said. "I’m just really afraid they won’t accept me for who I am." This is a valid concern of many youths in Kentucky and t...

Super Tuesday Shake-up

Super Tuesday Shake-up

March 5, 2020

Super Tuesday is the most important day of any Presidential election, it can make or break a campaign. Historically speaking the candidate who wins the most delegates on Super Tuesday is able to keep their delegate lead wide enough to eventually become the nominee. Super Tuesday is the first real test for candidates as every demographic participates, unlike Iowa and New Hampshire which are nota...

PLD Teachers Run to the Rescue

PLD Teachers Run to the Rescue

March 5, 2020

At an intersection near Harrodsburg and Old Higbee Mill roads, approximately 2.5 miles from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, band director Mr. Brian Morgan, physical education teacher Mr. Lee Jonas, and English teacher Mr. Gary Egan witnessed a three-car wreck on their way home from school. At approximately 3:45 p.m., cars were waiting at the stoplight at the intersection when a truck came barr...

Kentucky’s Search for the Next Commissioner of Education

Kentucky’s Search for the Next Commissioner of Education

February 18, 2020

When newly elected Governor Andy Beshear replaced all board members of the Kentucky Board of Education, Commissioner Wayne Lewis resigned. Governor Beshear’s campaign to have an education first outlook included a promise to "clean house" and remove appointees by former Governor Matt Bevin. In an interview with the Herald-Leader Governor Beshear said “... my commitment is that we are going...

Student Voices, New Voices

Student Voices, New Voices

February 14, 2020

New Voices legislation aims to give greater protection against the censorship of school-sponsored publications and news sites. Currently, 14 states have enacted these laws: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. Student journalists can find themselves at the whim of administrators who ask...

Shelter Animals are Kentucky’s New State Pets

Shelter Animals are Kentucky’s New State Pets

February 7, 2020

In late January, Kentucky legislators passed House Bill 27, an act relating to state symbols with an aim to designate cats and dogs that "reside in or have been adopted from Kentucky animal shelters or rescue organizations" as the official pet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. State symbols are representations of a state's culture, history, and treasures. Adopted pets becoming the new official sta...

Trump Acquitted

Trump Acquitted

February 5, 2020

On Feb. 5 President Donald Trump became the third President in American history to be acquitted by the Senate. After three bitter weeks, the impeachment trial has come to an end. Trump was accused of withholding millions of dollars of military aid in order to gain dirt on Joe Biden. This was the final straw for House Democrats who then decided to pursue impeachment. Then, having been impeached b...

UK Student Applauded for Response to Campus Visit from “Gun Girl”

UK Student Applauded for Response to Campus Visit from “Gun Girl”

January 27, 2020

The new semester can be full of surprises with difficult classes and unpredictable weather. But University of Kentucky students returning to campus after winter break found one more surprise: they’d gone viral. Conservative personality and host of the YouTube channel Liberty Hangout, Kaitlin Bennett interviewed UK students late last year. In a video published in November 2019 entitled “College Students Have No Morals,” ...

Tensions Rise at the Democratic Debate

Tensions Rise at the Democratic Debate

January 16, 2020

In the seventh debate, only six candidates qualified for the debate: former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Notably absent from the stage was Andrew Yang and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Both failed to meet the DNC requirements to qualify.  Just days before the debate Sen. Cory Booker suspended h...

Unpaid Coal Miners Protest in Front of Railroads for Second Time

Unpaid Coal Miners Protest in Front of Railroads for Second Time

January 15, 2020

For the second time in six weeks, Coalminers from eastern Kentucky blocked a coal train outside of Quest Energy mine on Jan. 13, claiming to have not been paid for several weeks. After three days of striking, Pike County miners finally received paychecks from American Resources Corporation.  According to CNN, the miners claimed that around 50 miners had not been paid since Dec. 16. American Resources Co...

Bevin Calls for a Recanvass of Votes

Bevin Calls for a Recanvass of Votes

November 7, 2019

The whole nation watched as the Kentucky Gubernatorial Election was happening on Nov. 5. Exceeding the Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' prediction, 42 percent of registered voters cast a ballot--the state’s largest voter turnout since the election in 1995. This is a large increase from the 2014 election which elected Matt Bevin with only a 30 percent voter turnout.  The race between Republican Matt B...