Kentucky News Now – May 16th 2016
Clinton campaigns in Kentucky before Tuesday's primary
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — Hillary Clinton has kicked off a campaign swing through Kentucky, where rival Bernie Sanders hopes to extend his winning streak and further delay her clinching the Democratic presidential nomination.
At St. Stephen's Church in Louisville, Clinton appealed to the congregation for support, saying she hoped to have "the opportunity to serve you as your president."
Clinton holds a large lead among delegates going into Tuesday's primaries in Kentucky and Oregon. But Sanders keeps winning primary contests and has pledged to stay in the race until the July convention.
Clinton is campaigning hard in Kentucky and spending money on television ads. She plans events around the state through Monday.
HILLARY CLINTON VISIT
Hillary Clinton plans Lexington stop
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is making another stop in Kentucky before the state's primary election.
Clinton's campaign website says the former secretary of state will come to Transylvania University in Lexington on Monday night. Doors to the rally will open at 4:45 p.m.
Clinton also appeared at stops in Louisville on Sunday.
Kentucky's primary election is Tuesday.
Officials hold forum to discuss drug epidemic
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State officials are hosting a community forum to educate people about the ongoing drug epidemic.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services says the forum on Tuesday in Corbin will explain the problem, highlight prevention and treatment resources and seek the community's help in fighting the public health crisis. The meeting will be held at the Corbin Technology Center.
Those participating in the event include Cabinet for Health and Family Services Deputy Secretary Timothy Feeley, Justice Cabinet Secretary John Tilley and experts from the Hazelden Betty Ford Clinic.
The nation is currently in the grip of a prescription drug and heroin epidemic. Kentucky was among five states with the highest death rates from drug overdoses in 2014.
DOWNTOWN LEXINGTON LOAN
Lexington Council approves $25K loan for management district
(Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com)
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A new management district that its backers hope will make downtown Lexington cleaner and safer is getting a jump start thanks to a $25,000 loan from the city of Lexington.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Lexington Urban City Council approved the loan for the downtown management district Thursday. The loan will be paid back over the next two years.
Downtown management district board chairman James Frazier III says the loan allows the group to hire a company to develop a website and pay for other start-up costs before a new tax on downtown properties is collected and returned to the districts in October.
The board will solicit ideas from property owners for the types of services the district should provide. In other cities, downtown management districts provide additional cleaning, signage, graffiti removal and act as ambassadors for downtown visitors.
University offers website with information on Zika virus
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — University of Kentucky entomologists have created a website to provide information on the Zika virus, with mosquitoes starting to show up in the state.
Extension entomologist Lee Townsend says mosquito populations will peak in mid- to late summer. He said in a news release the website will include information on Zika cases as they appear and on mosquitoes that are potential virus carriers in the state.
Zika can be transmitted sexually, but it is primarily spread through mosquito bites.
The website is at http://pest.ca.uky.edu/EXT/ZIKA/1kyzika.html .
All confirmed cases of Zika in the U.S. are from travelers bitten by mosquitoes while in another country, including six in Kentucky.
The virus causes mild, flu-like symptoms but can cause severe birth defects in babies whose mothers contract the virus during pregnancy.
MOREHEAD STATE PRESIDENT
Morehead State President Wayne Andrews to retire
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Morehead State University President Wayne D. Andrews has announced his retirement.
The university said in a statement Friday that Andrews plans to retire June 30.
Board of Regents chairman Paul Goodpaster says the university will embark on a national search for its next president.
Andrews was selected as Morehead's president in January 2005.