Shots - Health News
6:36 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Genetic Code Shows Bird Flu In China Spread Between People

A man who just recovered from the H7N9 bird flu leaves a hospital in Bozhou, China, in April. Since early May, the number of new H7N9 cases has dramatically declined.
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Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 6:33 pm

When a new strain of bird flu cropped up in China last winter, the billion-dollar question was whether the deadly virus could transmit between people.

Now, Chinese scientists offer the first clear evidence that the bird flu is indeed contagious, although only slightly.

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Environment
5:25 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Medical Testing on Black Leaf Residents Will Continue Into Next Week

A sign on the fence surrounding the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville's Park Hill neighborhood.
Erica Peterson WFPL

University of Louisville researchers say they're extending the window of opportunity for people living near the former Black Leaf Chemical plant to sign up for medical tests.

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Environment
4:26 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Harlan County Coal Miner Dies in Underground Accident

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Another Kentucky coal miner has died on the job.

Lenny D. Gilliam, 56, of Appalachia, Va., died Tuesday afternoon at the Huff Creek Mine in Harlan County. The mine is operated by Lone Mountain Processing, a subsidiary of Arch Coal.

The Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing says:

Preliminary reports indicate the side of a coal pillar burst as the continuous miner machine was operating, causing the miners to be trapped.

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Arts and Humanities
4:09 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Ongoing Programs, Ongoing Need: New Grants Fund Nonprofits' Existing Operations

In the nonprofit world, new programs are exciting. They get attention – from the public, from donors and from foundations. But what about the programs that already work? When the Community Foundation of Louisville met with local nonprofits, they heard over and over how challenging it can be to fund existing programs to keep them strong and thriving – and maybe even to help them grow. 

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Education
3:08 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

AmeriCorps Adds Service Members To JCPS Programs

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Despite facing national and state funding cuts this year, AmeriCorps will be adding new members to Jefferson County Public Schools' program targeting at-risk students.

Nearly $4 million in grants have been awarded to Kentucky social service programs led by AmeriCorps (To see a list of the programs click here).

This year, programs that submitted applications for national grants were asked to cut costs by 5 percent.

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Shots - Health News
3:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Falling Obesity Rates Among Preschoolers Mark Healthful Trend

This map from the CDC shows decreases (light blue) and increases (gray) in obesity prevalence among low-income, preschool-aged children from 2008-2011.
CDC

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 7:47 am

A fresh analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the tide may be turning on the childhood obesity front.

After decades of steady increases, 19 states and U.S. territories saw small decreases in their rates of obesity among low-income preschoolers. And another 20 states held steady at current rates.

A CDC map shows several Southern states — including Florida, Georgia and Mississippi — that are part of the downward trend.

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The Two-Way
1:11 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Pentagon Cuts Workers' Mandated Furloughs From 11 To 6 Days

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 2:30 pm

Civilian workers for the Department of Defense will have to take six mandatory unpaid furlough days instead of 11 days, according to an Associated Press report that the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Update at 2:20 p.m. ET: Pentagon Confirms Reduced Furloughs

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the Pentagon have issued a statement announcing the reduction in civilian furlough days, from 11 to six.

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Politics
12:57 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Jerry Abramson Won't Run for Kentucky Governor

Jerry Abramson
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Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson won't run for governor in 2015.

Abramson, 66, announced the decision Tuesday in Elizabethtown. Earlier this summer, he told Kentucky Public Radio that he was considering a run and may decide around Fancy Farm, which was this past Saturday.

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Local News
12:32 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Auditor: Kentucky Emergency Management Misused Funds, 'Caught Red-Handed' Altering Documents

The Kentucky Auditor says the state agency responsible for responding to weather disasters and other emergencies used taxpayer funds to pay for $100,000 in alcohol, entertainment and other disallowed expenditures—and officials altered documents to hide it.

The review also alleges intimidation of employees who cooperated in the investigation. State Auditor Adam Edelen today released the results of an examination of Kentucky Emergency Management that was launched in March. 

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Politics
12:26 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

The State Auditor's Findings on Spending Issues at Kentucky Emergency Management

Adam Edelen
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Kentucky Emergency Management officials spent more than $100,000 in state funds on parties and other "questioned expenses"—and also threatened employees and altered documents to hide it, according to a report released Tuesday by the state auditor's office.

The report will be referred to several agencies, including Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

WFPL's Rick Howlett is working on a story about state Auditor Adam Edelen's report.

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