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Woman charged with manslaughter in overdose death

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – An Alabama woman has been charged with second-degree manslaughter for her role in the overdose death of a Laurel County woman earlier this month.

According to Laurel County Sheriff John Root, 42-year-old Bridgette Renea Merritt, of Trussville, Alabama, was charged by Detective Bryon Lawson Monday morning i, connection with an apparent overdose death Sept. 11, 2020.

In that case, deputies responded to a home on Nu Way Trail approximately four miles east of London. When deputies and detectives arrived along with EMS, narcan and CPR were used by emergency service personnel in an attempt to resuscitate the female victim, Root said.

Their efforts were unsuccessful and Doug Bowling, the Laurel County Coroner was notified and pronounced the 41-year-old woman at the scene.

Through investigation deputies learned Merritt allegedly had given heroin/fentanyl to the victim prior to her overdosing. Merritt was charged on Sept. 11 with heroin and fentanyl trafficking

Assisting on the investigation and arrest for the sheriff’s office were: Major Chuck Johnson, Detective James Sizemore, Deputy Allen Turner, Deputy Daniel Reed, Detective Robert Reed, Sgt. Brett Reeves, Deputy Dylan Messer, Detective Richard Dalrymple, and Detective Brad Mitchell.

Detective Bryon Lawson is the case officer.

UK investigating 9 reports of student parties on ‘Caturday’

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — The University of Kentucky is investigating after pictures and videos surfaced showing student parties during the UK v. Auburn football game Saturday where COVID safety precautions weren’t followed.

UK says it received nine complaints of large student gatherings where masks weren’t worn and social distancing wasn’t practiced during Kentucky’s opening season football game Saturday afternoon.

Lexington Police say they received 26 calls for loud parties and noise complaints but that’s for the entire city not just the campus-area.

“We reach out to people, start figuring out who was there, reaching out to those people, and then you decide if you need to move to the next step of a formal hearing and a formal review process where you bring folks in,” says UK spokesperson Jay Blanton.

Blanton says then a variety of things can happen then, first offense could be a verbal warning and could go all the way up to getting kicked out of school.

Viewers sent us video and pictures from Elizabeth Street and Waller Avenue where most the complaints came from.

This comes at a time when the university is getting some flack for increasing the county’s coronavirus numbers with students testing positive pushing it for a time into the “red” and currently the “orange” zone.

Blanton believes the county, as he understands it, would still be in the orange without UK’s numbers.

“The university is not contributing to some community spread which is an issue that people need to rightly be paying attention to and understanding,” says Blanton.

The university says most of its students are following the rules and for those who aren’t, UK plans to keep pressing the issue and keep informing students and disciplining.

Pictures like these are frustrating some Fayette County parents who want their children back in the classroom as the school board looks to county numbers to decide whether to return to in-person instruction.

One of the moderators of the Facebook group, ‘Let them Learn in Fayette County’ says people are wrongfully painting UK as the bad guys.

“I don’t blame students for responding the way they are or maybe not responding the way they are but that doesn’t make it right. Should they be more considerate? Certainly. Was I more considerate at that age? Definitely not,” says Todd Burus.

McGrath, McConnell spar over women moderators at debate

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – With absentee ballots starting to arrive in mailboxes and election day five weeks away, incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Amy McGrath, sparred Monday over upcoming debates.

McConnell started the exchange, sending a press release from “Team Mitch” accusing McGrath of potentially backing out of a debate in October.

“It has come to our attention that the McGrath campaign is reconsidering its acceptance of the UK/Gray TV debate scheduled for October 12. This would be an unfortunate development for Kentucky voters as it is the final opportunity to see the U.S. Senate candidates debate,” said McConnell campaign manager Kevin Golden regarding McGrath’s attendance at the ‘Kentucky Debate,’ hosted by Gray Television and the University of Kentucky. “Senator McConnell was pleased to accept the Farm Bureau forum in August and the UK/Gray debate in October and hoped sincerely Amy McGrath would join him. We urge the McGrath campaign to reconsider backing out of this debate and accept the invitation.”

But McGrath countered that McConnell’s refusal to take part in an event with a female moderator is the key issue.

“Sen. Mitch McConnell has not participated in a debate in Kentucky where the candidates took questions from a female moderator in nearly 25 years, and he continues to resist allowing women to host debates,” her campaign said in response.

“An initial debate proposal to the Amy McGrath for Senate campaign and McConnell’s campaign for the Oct. 12 Gray TV debate included a female moderator. However, after the station negotiated with the McConnell campaign, the female moderator was dropped from the proposal.

“Amy is ready and willing to debate Mitch, but Mitch is afraid to take the stage unless he dictates every detail,” said McGrath communications director Courtney Daniel. “We want to have a debate that includes representation that reflects our electorate, and we won’t let him railroad us on that. Amy is a mom, a trailblazer for women in the military and the future first woman senator from Kentucky. She will always fight to include concerns of women and families in the Senate,” McGrath’s campaign continued.

McGrath challenged McConnell to three debates in August, including the KET Kentucky Tonight Forum on Oct. 26. KET announced it would be extending invitations to the qualifying candidates: McGrath, McConnell and Barron. McConnell has not accepted the invitation to that debate, which is hosted by Renee Shaw.

“Amy looks forward to participating in the Gray TV debate when the gender balance of the moderators is restored,” her campaign said.

McConnell’s camp says that’s all a stretch.

“After spending two months attempting to add another man to the debate stage Amy McGrath absurdly suggests gender discrimination by UK and Gray TV as the primary reason she can’t appear,” McConnell campaign spokesperson Kate Cooksey said. “The reality is that Team Mitch received an invitation, accepted it, and stands ready to debate on October 12. We sincerely hope Amy McGrath finds a reason to accept the debate rather than an evolving grab bag of laughably ridiculous excuses why she cannot.”

Some Fayette County parents calling on Superintendent to resign, upset with COVID-19 plan

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Some Fayette County parents have voiced concern about the school board and superintendent’s plan for returning to in-person learning.

Now, those concerns have culminated into a call for Superintendent Manny Caulk to resign, including a petition started Monday afternoon.

The petition says “under [Manny Caulk’s] leadership our FCPS system is failing dramatically.”

The school board has been meeting regularly and adding on additional meetings to discuss COVID-19 data.

Friday night’s meeting included a presentation from Lexington-Fayette County Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh.

Superintendent Caulk sent a letter to parents later Friday night detailing some key notes from Humbaugh.

One key note, Dr. Humbaugh attributed Fayette County’s high case count to the return of University of Kentucky students.

“He showed that the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases reported in Fayette County had plateaued at between 10 and 15 cases since mid-August after a steady incline from mid-June through August 4,” Caulk said in the letter.

For more from the letter click here.

Monday night, the school board is meeting again at 6 p.m. to discuss if/when classes would return in person.

But again, Friday night’s letter from Caulk, suggested school might stay online.

“Given Dr. Humbaugh’s statement that Fayette County will unlikely receive a yellow rating as long as UK is in session, strict adherence to the state guidance would mean our schools would remain virtual for at least the remainder of the 2020-21 school year,” Caulk said.

However, according to Governor Andy Beshear’s COVID-19 Incidence Rate Map Fayette County fell in the yellow Monday.

Screenshot of Kentucky’s COVID-19 website: https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19

Kevin Hall with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says it’s likely a county like Fayette County could be on the cusp of red and orange causing possibly daily change in color designation.

As of this posting Monday at 5:45 p.m. there was no response for comment from FCPS on the call for Superintendent Caulk to resign.

Reminders: State pushes voting, food benefits

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky has provided literally hundreds of thousands of people with health care and valuable food benefits since the coronavirus outbreak, state officials said Monday.

Meanwhile, absentee ballots are starting to arrive i mailboxes as absentee voting is under way for the Nov. 3 general election. Other deadlines and start dates also are near.

Eric Friedlander, secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, offered an update on health care and the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program Monday during Gov. Andy Beshear’s daily briefing.

“As of today, more than 1.6 million Kentuckians have enrolled in Medicaid. That’s a little more than one in three (36 percent) Kentuckians. Especially during a pandemic, it is vitally important for people to have health care coverage,” said Friedlander. “We have also provided more than 100,000 households with access to food through SNAP benefits. We are the only state that I know of that has proactively reached out to those who have had to apply for unemployment insurance to see if they are also eligible for other benefits.”

He said eligibility for the program still is based on National School Lunch Program participation. For August and September, eligibility also is based on school start dates and instruction method.

Friedlander said the benefit amounts vary by student and that new cards will be automatically sent out to each child. The cards will be mailed beginning in October, but some children may not receive their cards until the end of November.

He said 541,844 Kentucky students were enrolled in the P-EBT program.

“We provided P-EBT benefits to more than 500,000 children in Kentucky in the first phase,” said Secretary Friedlander. “In the second phase, you don’t have to apply. Over 625,000 children are going to receive meals. We will be sending these benefits to you, sometime in the month of October. If you have questions, you can call 855-306-8959 and select the food benefits option for more information about the cards that will come to you in the mail.”

Meanwhile, Beshear has been encouraging all Kentuckians to make a plan to vote, either by mail, in person during early voting or in person on Election Day.

On Monday, he showed he was taking this advice himself, displaying his own mail-in ballot, which can be requested through the GoVoteKy.com website.

“We are now in the midst of this election. Absentee voting is underway. I have my ballot now,” said Beshear. “Make sure you follow the instructions carefully. Then mail it or drop it in a drop box. And remember, you can register to vote until Oct. 5. You can request an absentee ballot until Oct. 9. After that, early in-person voting begins Oct. 13. But there is no excuse, folks. Voting is a part of who we are as Americans. I want to see a record turnout here in Kentucky.”

The deadline to register online to vote in the 2020 General Election is 4 p.m. local time on Oct. 5. Kentucky residents can register by visiting the state’s Online Voter Registration webpage.

In addition, more than 170,000 Kentuckians have had their voting rights restored because of the executive order Beshear signed days after taking office.

These Kentuckians, convicted of non-violent and non-sexual felonies, who have repaid their debts to society through completed sentences, can participate fully in our democracy. Visit CivilRightsRestoration.ky.gov to check eligibility.

Beshear: State in escalation, not plateau; highest monthly death total, worst week

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – On the verge of its deadliest month on record and having just seen its highest single week of new coronavirus cases, Kentucky likely is at the beginning of a third escalation rather than a hoped-for plateau.

“We can’t be casual,” Gov. Andy Beshear warned during his daily briefing Monday. “We must have a sense of urgency…we are not settling in a plateau but are seeing our third escalation. We have to have urgency.

“We don’t want to look back when we get through this and wonder if we could have done better,” the governor stated. “As we come toward a fall season and winter, where more people are going to be inside and we know the virus spreads faster, we’ve got to do better than this. We can’t be casual right now.”

The state recorded 4,949 cases last week, the highest seven-day total since the outbreak began. The state also already has had 229 deaths in September with two days remaining, meaning it will be the highest month.

Kentucky’s case counts are mirroring an increase occurring across the country, one that has health officials worrying the fall may be as bad as some of the other national surges.

And Beshear called Florida’s decision to open up bars and restaurants at 100 percent and fill arenas after experiencing its worst crush of cases “dumb” and “reckless.”

“We’re not pretending this virus doesn’t exist,” he said of the approach Kentucky is taking, noting he doesn’t plan to change the current limits on bars and restaurants in the state.

“I am going to do what it takes to protect people,” he continued, noting if people want a lesser approach, “they’ve got the wrong governor.”

“Politically I’m not trying to please anyone.”

When asked if he was showing enough urgency by not cracking back down with regulations, Beshear said the regulations currently in place, work, especially wearing masks and social distancing. The issue is the number of people following them.

“It’s the issue of the level and effectiveness versus the number of people following them. Wearing masks works, it’s just we’re not seeing enough people doing it,” he said. “If we can can,

Beshear announced 456 new cases Monday, bringing the state’s total to 66,939. The positivity rate is 4.41 percent, about where it has hovered for the last five days.

Five more people died from coronavirus-related causes, raising the state’s total since March 6 to 1,162.

The deaths include a 56-year-old woman from Fayette County; a 91-year-old woman and two men, ages 93 and 97, from Jefferson County; and an 84-year-old woman from Johnson County.

“Let’s call and check on the families who have lost someone,” said Beshear. “I lost my friend Alice Sparks at the end of last week. She lived a wonderful life and lived life to its fullest, but she should still be with us.”

For information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

Information about COVID-19 and schools is also being made available. To view the reports, click here for K-12 and here for colleges and universities.

With Monday the day he had recommended schools wait to start in-person classes, Beshear was asked whether he was confident schools could do so safely.

“If they follow the state guidelines, then yes. If they are in the red and continue with in-person classes, then no. If they do that, we can’t manage the virus…Safely is a relative term right now in some places,” he responded, noting two school districts in counties that have a red incidence rate are continuing with in-person classes.

“They are putting people at risk…at some point you have got to have people doing the right thing, showing the leadership,” he added.

Man riding dirt bike seriously injured when hit by van

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LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (WTVQ) Kentucky State Police Post 4 responded to a collision involving a mini-van and a motorcycle dirt bike in Grayson County Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 2 p.m. central time, KSP Post 4 received a call from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance with a collision on Pleasant View Road in the Millwood community.

The preliminary investigation revealed Matthew D. Wilson, 38, of Millwood, was operating a dirt bike when he crossed Pleasant View Road into the path of a 2012 Dodge Caravan operated by Beth S. Meredith, 36, of Millwood.

Wilson was transported to University of Louisville Hospital with life threating injuries.

Meredith was not injured.

The affected portion of Pleasant View Road was closed in order to allow troopers to investigate the collision.

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Leitchfield Fire Department and Grayson County EMS assisted KSP at the scene. The collision remains under investigation by Trooper Tyler Lynch.

Police seek help finding campaign sign snatcher

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Georgetown Police are trying to track down someone who was snatching campaign sigs in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood.

According to police, at about 1 a.m. Monday, the vehicle caught on this security camera went through the neighborhood stealing campaign signs.

Anyone else in the neighborhood has video or pictures, they are asked to contact the police department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Rodney Johnson at 502-863-7820 or submit tips anonymously via the RELAY App.

Some single-game UK football tickets available

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Public Affairs) – After all UK Football season ticket holders were contacted and offered the chance to buy tickets for the 2020 season, a limited number of single-game tickets for each of UK’s five home football games are now on sale to the general public.

Tickets are only available through the UK Athletics Tickets website, at ukathletics.com/2020football. All tickets must be purchased in advance of game day.

Tickets are priced between $60 and $110 each, with that price also including parking. Upon checking out online, fans will have the opportunity to add one Orange Lot parking pass per order.

There is a limit of six (6) tickets per game per customer, with most seating blocks arranged in groups of two (2) or four (4). Partial blocks of tickets will not be sold and fans must sit in their assigned seat. Both of these regulations will help to ensure physical distancing between parties.

All tickets will be delivered via mobile delivery. After purchasing tickets, fans will need to access their tickets by using the UK Athletics app, which is available for a free download on iTunes and via the Google Play store. Fans are strongly encouraged to save their mobile tickets and parking passes in their smartphone’s digital wallet prior to arriving at Kroger Field. More information about mobile ticketing can be found at ukathletics.com/mobiletickets.

For information about health protocols, spectator requirements and other gameday information, visit ukathletics.com/gameday.

The 2020 UK football season will consist of a 10-game, SEC-only schedule with Kentucky hosting Ole Miss (Oct. 3), Mississippi State (Oct. 10), Georgia (Oct. 24), Vanderbilt (Nov. 14) and South Carolina (Dec. 5) at Kroger Field this year.

Two men remain jailed without bond after being accused of shooting woman

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GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Two me remain in jail without bonds more than a week after they are accused of shooting a women during an argument than spanned two counties.
According to the Garrard County Police Department, 33-year-old Nicholas Floyd, of Stanford, is charged with attempted murder, second-degree terroristic threats, wanton endangerment, and other offenses stemming from a Sept. 15 incident that began in Lincoln County and continued into Garrard County.
An accomplice, 26-year-old Anthony Brown is charged with complicity to murder and other offenses, according to Garrard County.
Both remain in the Lincoln County Regional Detention Center, according to jail records.
On Sept. 15, Garrard Dispatch received a call of a woman who had apparently been shot while traveling in a vehicle. Garrard Police met the victim, her boyfriend and another individual at the Garrard County High School and found she had been shot through her abdomen.
The victim and witnesses advised that they had been in an argument with Anthony Brown and Nicholas Floyd in Lincoln County, and that Floyd and Brown had followed them in a car driven by Brown, and that Floyd had begun shooting at their car, Garrard County Police Department said.
They provided a description of the car and Garrard Officer Blake Smithson located it at the Five Star in Lancaster and was able to safely detain them.
The woman was taken to a local hospital after being shot.
Garrard Officer Zach Leigh is handling the case against Floyd and Smithson will carry the case against Brown.

Lane closures set this week on I-64, I-75 in Fayette County

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists of a scheduled ramp closure for Interstate 64 Eastbound in Lexington. The temporary closure is necessary for bridge deck repair operations.

Wednesday, Sept. 30 – 6:30 p.m. until 12 a.m. (midnight)

Interstate 64 – Eastbound

  • Exit 75:  the Northbound Interstate 75 Ramp will be closed

o   this location is milepoint 74.5 on Eastbound Interstate 64

o   this is bridge B00084N

Detour

  • motorists can utilize Exit 115:

o   turn left on Newtown Pike/KY-922

o   turn left on Iron Works Pike/KY 1873

o   take the Northbound Interstate 75 On Ramp

Rescheduled lane closure for Clays Ferry Bridge on Interstate 75

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists of a rescheduled lane closure for Interstate 75 Southbound. The temporary closure is necessary for bridge deck repairs. The Clays Ferry Bridge (B00153) is located on the Fayette-Madison County line.

The rescheduled date/times are below (work will be in effect Thursday, instead of Wednesday):

Thursday, Oct. 1 – 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Interstate 75 – Southbound

  • the right/slow lane will be closed at milepoint 97.7

Alternate Route

  • motorists can utilize Old Richmond Road/US 25

Motorists should expect and prepare for delays.

Lane closure scheduled for I-75 NB in Fayette County

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists of a scheduled lane closure for Interstate 75 Northbound in Fayette County. The temporary closure is necessary for bridge deck repairs.

Thursday, Oct. 1 – 6:30 p.m. until 12 a.m. (midnight)

Interstate 75 – Northbound

  • the right/slow lane will be closed at milepoint 117.7

o   this location is the Northern Split

o   this is bridge B00078N

Motorists are advised to be aware, and utilize extra caution in the work zone.

All work, and closures are scheduled on a tentative basis, and subject to change depending on weather conditions, emergencies, and other factors beyond the control of the Department of Highways.

Seven Keeneland Yearling Sale alums in Saturday’s Preakness

LEXINGTON, KY (Keeneland) – Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Woodford Reserve and TVG.com Haskell (G1) winner Authentic leads the seven Keeneland September Yearling Sale alumni among the 11 horses entered Monday in the 145th running of the $1 million Preakness (G1) to be held Saturday at Pimlico.

Authentic was made the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the Preakness.

Keeneland sales have produced 25 Preakness winners, including 10 of the past 13 with War of Will taking the race in 2019.

Other winning sales graduates during that span are Curlin (2007), Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown (2008), Lookin At Lucky (2010), Shackleford (2011), Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another (2012), Oxbow (2013), Exaggerator (2016), Cloud Computing (2017) and undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify (2018).

Because a number of 2020 race meets and races were rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Preakness is the final leg of this year’s Triple Crown. The series began with the Belmont (G1) on June 20 followed by the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5.

The 3-year-olds who are graduates of the 2018 September Sale and were entered in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness are:

Authentic (Into Mischief-Flawless) – Spendthrift Farm, MyRacehorse Stable, Madaket Stables and Starlight Racing own the colt. Bridie Harrison, agent for breeder Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds, consigned Authentic to the 2018 September Sale, where he sold for $350,000 to SF Bloodstock/Starlight West. John Velazquez will ride Authentic for trainer Bob Baffert.

Excession (Union Rags-Draw It) – Owner Calumet Farm paid $150,000 for the Rebel (G2) runner-up at the 2018 September Sale. Bred by Randal Family Trust, R. David and Marilyn A. Randal Trustees, he was consigned by Paramount Sales, agent. Sheldon Russell will ride the colt for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Jesus’ Team (Tapiture-Golden Memories) – Pamela P. Gartin bred the colt, a Grade 2-placed winner who was consigned by Darby Dan Farm, agent, to the 2018 September Sale. Alfamaq paid $30,000 for Jesus’ Team, who races for Grupo Seven C Stable. Trained by Jose D’Angelo, the colt will be ridden by Jevian Toledo.

Liveyourbeastlife (Ghostzapper-Ellie’s Moment) – Phillips Racing Partnership bred the Jim Dandy (G2) runner-up, who was offered by Darby Dan Farm, agent, at the 2018 September Sale. William H. Lawrence owns Liveyourbeastlife, who will be ridden by Trevor McCarthy for trainer Jorge Abreu. 

Max Player (Honor Code-Fools in Love) – George E. Hall and SportBLX Thoroughbreds own the Withers (G3) winner, who is multiple Grade 1-placed. Bred by K & G Stables, the colt was offered by Lane’s End, agent, at the 2018 September Sale. Paco Lopez will ride Max Player for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Swiss Skydiver (Daredevil-Expo Gold) – Peter J. Callahan’s filly, who won the Alabama (G1), Santa Anita Oaks (G2), Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) and Fantasy (G3), is coming off a runner-up finish in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) after being second against males in Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass (G2). At the 2018 September Sale, trainer Kenny McPeek, agent, purchased Swiss Skydiver for $35,000 from the consignment of Select Sales, agent. WinStar Farm bred the filly, who will be ridden by Robby Albarado.

Thousand Words (Pioneerof the Nile-Pomeroys Pistol) – Another Baffert trainee, the colt won the Robert B. Lewis (G3) and Los Alamitos Futurity (G2). Owners Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift Farm paid $1 million for Thousand Words at the 2018 September Sale from the consignment of Brookdale Sales, agent for breeder Hardacre Farm. Florent Geroux will ride.

State to get $918,000 from surgical mesh settlement

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Kentucky has joined 48 states and the District of Columbia in a settlement with C.R. Bard, Inc. and its parent company Becton, Dickinson and Company, requiring payment of $60 million for the deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices.

Kentucky will receive $918,583.00.

C.R. Bard violated Kentucky’s consumer protection laws by failing to disclose severe side effects associated with its permanently implanted surgical mesh product, said Attorney General Daniel Cameron. This settlement provides more than $900,000.00 to the Commonwealth and prevents the company from irresponsibly marketing mesh devices to future consumers, he added.

Surgical mesh is a synthetic knitted or woven fabric permanently implanted in the pelvic floor through the vagina to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

Thousands of women implanted with surgical mesh have claimed that they suffered serious complications resulting from these devices. Although use of surgical mesh involves the risk of these serious complications and is not proven to be more effective than traditional tissue repair, millions of women were implanted with these devices.

The attorneys general allege C.R. Bard misrepresented or failed to adequately disclose serious and life-altering risks of surgical mesh devices, such as chronic pain, scarring and shrinking of bodily tissue, painful sexual intercourse, and recurring infections, among other complications.

Although C.R. Bard stopped selling transvaginal mesh, the settlement provides injunctive relief, requiring both C.R. Bard and BD to adhere to certain injunctive terms if they reenter the transvaginal mesh market.

Under the terms of the settlement, the companies are required to:

  • Provide patients with understandable descriptions of complications in marketing materials.
  • Include a list of certain complications in all marketing materials that address complications.
  • Disclose complications related to the use of mesh in any training provided, including risk information.
  • Disclose sponsorship in clinical studies, clinical data, or preclinical data for publication.
  • Refrain from citing any clinical study, clinical data, or preclinical data regarding mesh, for which the company has not complied with the disclosure requirements.
  • Require consultants to agree to disclose Bards sponsorship of the contracted for activity in any public presentation or submission for publication.
  • Register all Bard-sponsored clinical studies regarding mesh with ClinicalTrials.gov.
  • Train independent contractors, agents, and employees who sell, market, or promote mesh, regarding their obligations to report all patient complaints and adverse events to the company.
  • Ensure that its practices regarding the reporting of patient complaints are consistent with FDA requirements.

Attorney General Cameron was joined by attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin in the settlement.

Fayette teachers receive foreign language awards

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – The Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA) has awarded its 2020 Outstanding Rising Star Teacher Award to Sydney Meaux, a French teacher at Frederick Douglass High School.

The honor recognizes a teacher with no more than five years of experience who has made an impact on their students. Meaux received the award Sept. 19 during the KWLA Virtual Conference.

A Lexington native and graduate of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Tates Creek High School, Meaux discovered a love for the French language and culture during her first French class at Lexington Traditional Magnet School.

Through years of studying French and learning abroad at the Université de Caen Basse Normandie in 2014, she began to understand the power of language to connect individuals throughout the world.

After graduating from Western Kentucky University in 2017, Meaux became determined to help foster that same passion with a new generation of Lexington students.

“I believe in using my classroom to cultivate global citizens. I want my students to leave my room knowing that the understanding of the language and cultures they have gained will open doors for a multitude of unique, potentially life-changing experiences in their futures. I want my students to see that because of what they have learned, they will have the opportunity to connect with our global community on a deeper, more impactful level,” said Meaux, who is in her fourth year at Douglass.

In other FCPS honors, the seven finalists for KWLA’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award included Yanyan Zou of Tates Creek Middle School, the state’s Outstanding Chinese Teacher; and Mariko Barnes of Lafayette High School, the Outstanding Japanese Teacher.

Lane closures rescheduled Tuesday, Wednesday on New Circle

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists of a rescheduled lane closure for New Circle Road/KY 4 in Lexington. The temporary closure is necessary for bridge deck repairs.

The rescheduled dates/times are below:

Tuesday, Sept. 29 – 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 30 – 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

New Circle Road/KY 4 – Inner Loop

  • the right/slow lane will be closed at milepoint 8.06

o   the location is between Leestown Road/US 421 and Georgetown Road/US 25

o   this is bridge B00038L

Motorists are advised to be aware, and utilize extra caution in the work zone.

All work, and closures are scheduled on a tentative basis, and subject to change depending on weather conditions, emergencies, and other factors beyond the control of the Department of Highways.

State urges caution as wildfire hazard season begins October 1

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – State officials are urging caution as the fall wildfire hazard season in Kentucky begins October 1, bringing outdoor burning restrictions to the state.

“We have predictions of a worse than average fire season this year and I’m especially concerned with Kentuckians health during this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “I urge every Kentuckian to be vigilant when outdoors and abide by burning restrictions. My heart goes out to our brothers and sisters on the West Coast who are already facing these deadly fires, and I’m grateful to the courageous Kentuckians who have travelled across the country to aid the disaster response.”

The Commonwealths outdoor burning law (KRS149.400) prohibits burning between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time if the fire is within 150 feet of any woodland, brushland, or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

These restrictions are in effect every fall (October 1- December 15) and spring (February 15 – April 30) to help prevent wildfires.

“Many parts of the country are experiencing a devastating fire season,” said Brandon Howard, director of the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Forestry, which has provided labor and equipment to support wildfire suppression efforts in other states this summer. “We are monitoring our wildfire situation at home and will bring our crews home at the appropriate time

Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman said while it has been several years since the state had an active season, it’s not surprising based on historical patterns.

“We will be ready for whatever this season brings, but we need everyone to be mindful,” Goodman said.

So far this year, 278 wildland fires have burned more than 3,700 acres in Kentucky. Though not as active as 2019, conditions can easily turn dry, making wildfires more likely.

The 2020 wildfire season could be negatively impacted by the current pandemic. COVID-19 has encouraged more outdoor activity, said Howard.

“Hunting season will be in full swing, fall camping is always popular and people are visiting our state and national parks more now than ever. We just encourage vigilance and care while you’re enjoying Kentucky’s natural areas,” she said.

Statistics show 99% of all wildfires in Kentucky are human-caused. Second only to arson, uncontrolled debris burning is a leading cause of wildfires. If a fire escapes from the burning of debris, immediately contact the nearest Division of Forestry field office, or the local fire department.

Contact the local fire department or county judge-executive’s office for questions regarding local burn bans.

Residents should call the Division for Air Quality at 1-888-BURN-LAW to learn about other specific regulations before burning anything.

Fayette students’ project going it space…literally

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – This week, two sophomores in Fayette County Public Schools will see the culmination of nearly a year’s efforts as their science experiment launches to the International Space Station (ISS).

Kiera Fehr of Henry Clay High School and Rosalie Huff of Frederick Douglass High School, along with three Chicago-area students, are studying the effects of microgravity on methane-producing termites.

Team V Atlas won a fall 2019 STEM challenge conducted by the nonprofit Higher Orbits.

They subsequently paired with another Illinois group studying how microgravity affects moth chrysalis formation, and both experiments are housed in one 4-inch cube laboratory called BUG-01.

The mini lab will travel from Virginia’s Wallops Flight Facility to the ISS aboard the Cygnus spacecraft atop the Northrop Grumman Antares launch vehicle.

Weather permitting, the NG-14 resupply mission will launch at 9:38 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1; watch it live on NASA TV.

Kiera and Rosalie’s team hypothesizes the southeastern drywood termites will experience stress transitioning to microgravity, but within an adjustment time, normal behavior such as eating and tunneling habits will resume. Team V Atlas will evaluate their experiment results in the coming months. Understanding microgravity’s effects could improve knowledge of complex biological systems for future space missions.

Higher Orbits is an educational nonprofit 501c3 that uses space to promote STEM, leadership, teamwork, and communication at Go For Launch! events nationwide.

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Two FCPS freshmen, teamed with three other students, have designed a science experiment deemed worthy of sending to the International Space Station (ISS). Kiera Fehr of Henry Clay High School and Rosalie Huff of Frederick Douglass High School are awaiting word on the timing for their project build and the rocket launch, which they are invited to observe at Cape Canaveral.

“I have been deeply passionate about space and science for my whole life in hopes of working for NASA or SpaceX someday. This would be one of if not the biggest accomplishment for me so far – especially because it’s on such a high level,” Kiera said of the ISS experiment. “It’s amazing that something we did could go that far,” Rosalie added. “It will certainly be exciting to find out the results of the experiment.”

Just before winter break, the girls’ team learned that their proposal was the overall winner in a national competition called “Go For Launch!” coordinated by Higher Orbits, a Virginia-based nonprofit that inspires high school students through project-based STEAM learning experiences. Their work had begun in early October, when they attended a Higher Orbits session here at the Living Arts & Science Center, which drew students from several states. Kiera, Rosalie, and their teammates had only a few hours to brainstorm topics.

“We were looking for methane contributors because global warming was a big inspiration. After noticing that termites produce approximately 11 percent of the world’s methane annually (20 million tons), we developed a project which will gather information on termites’ methane production, neurological development of termites in microgravity, and effects of radiation exposure,” Kiera explained.

Via Space Tango, the students will monitor the Southeastern drywood termites throughout the roughly 30-day experiment. “Termites, when they digest, produce methane sort of like cows,” Rosalie said. “We’re looking at whether being in space impacts that, and along the way we’re looking at ways to tie it back to the greenhouse effect and try to help the environment.”

Space Tango, whose lab is near downtown Lexington, designs and builds integrated systems that facilitate microgravity research and manufacturing. Through a general research platform on the International Space Station, the company offers a web-based portal by which users like Kiera and Rosalie can interact with and retrieve their data.

“Everything has to fit within a four-inch cube. We’ve come up with some ideas about the containers and sensors to pick up how much methane there is,” Rosalie said. “We have to get everything OK’ed by NASA before we send it up,” Kiera added. “We can’t just build something and put it on a rocket.”

Danielle Rosales, a marketing and sales associate at Space Tango, said the payload will be built off the students’ criteria.

“They have defined the standards and the goals based on their hypotheses. We provide feedback and recommendations. From there, our team will begin to design the official payload. The CubeLab is typically the size of a tissue box. The termites will be in there along with camera, lighting, and anything else the students deem necessary,” Rosales said. “We typically check in with them as lead scientists, and we consider them co-investigators on benchmark dates to make sure things are on track.”

Rosales noted the ISS launch is a tremendous experience for students like Kiera and Rosalie. “Space itself is very far-fetched and not something you get to interact with day to day. It’s important to show how accessible this is to anyone despite their background,” she said. “Sometimes they just need that first opportunity to remind them how possible it is.”

Passenger dies when car goes through stop sign, crashes

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BURKESVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 60-year-old Albany, Ky. ma died Saturday night when the car in which he was riding went through a stop sign and crashed into a embankment.

According to the Kentucky State Police, Thomas Dyer was not wearing a seat belt when a 2003 Hyundai driven by 37-year-old Jonathan Dyer, of Albany, wrecked.

The KSP said the wreck happened at about 7:40 p.m. Saturday in Cumberland County at the intersection of KY 1880 and Albany Road. Troopers said the Hyundai was eastbound on KY 1880 when the younger Dyer failed to stop at the intersection of Albany Road. The car crossed Albany Road and struck an earth embankment, the KSP said.

Dyer was transported to the Cumberland County hospital and later flown UK hospital. Thomas Dyer was pronounced dead at the scene by the Cumberland County coroner.

Both Dyers were not wearing seat belts.

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Aron Jones, the KSP said.

Barber, Farish received top Thoroughbred owners, breeders honors

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PARIS, Ky. (WTVQ/TOBA) – Gary Barber was named National Owner of the Year, William S.

William Farish//Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

Farish was named National Breeder of the Year, Larry Karp of Barlar LLC was named National Small Breeder of the Year and Beyond the Waves was honored with the Broodmare of the Year during the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s 35th annual National Awards presentation held virtually Saturday at Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa in Paris.

According to the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, the National Awards, hosted by Gabby Gaudet, also honored the achievements of Thoroughbred owners and breeders in 22 states and Canada.

Royal Squeeze, who won the 2019 Claiming Crown Rapid Transit Stakes, was honored with the National HBPA Claiming Crown Horse of the Year.

Chaplain Humberto Chavez was honored with the Industry Service Award, awarded to a person or entity who has made exceptional contributions to the industry.

Madaket Stables and Partners received the Cot Campbell Racing Partnership of the Year award.

The Rood & Riddle Sport Horse of the Year went to Jet, owned by Lila Sessums. This award was presented to the owner of the ex-Thoroughbred that has accumulated the most points in competition, as tracked by the United States Equestrian Federation.

In addition, Horse Farms Forever received the Robert N. Clay Award. In partnership with the Equine Land Conservation Resource, this award recognizes a member of the Thoroughbred community who has made an outstanding contribution to preserving land for equine use.

A complete list of winners is as follows:

Finalists for Owner of the Year:

Gary Barber
Peter Brant
Hronis Racing
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence
Madaket Stables and Partners

Owner of the Year:

Gary Barber

State Breeders of the Year:

Arkansas: Bill and Mary McDowell
California: Paul and Zillah Reddam, Reddam Racing LLC
Canada: Tall Oaks Farm
Florida: Charlotte Weber, Live Oak Stud
Indiana: Michael E. and Penny S. Lauer
Iowa: H. Allen Poindexter
Kansas: Jerry Johnson
Kentucky: William S. Farish
Louisiana: Evelyn Benoit
Maryland: Sagamore Farm
Massachusetts: Joe DiRico
Minnesota: Robert Lothenbach
New Jersey: John and Joan Bowers
New Mexico: J. Kirk and Judy Robison
New York: Chester and Mary Broman
North Carolina: Dr. E. Clinton Lowry and Carol Lowry
Ohio: Mapleton Thoroughbred Farm
Oregon: Dr. Jack Root Jr. and Margaret “Cookie” Root
Pennsylvania: Larry Karp, Barlar LLC
South Carolina: Franklin Smith Sr.
Texas: Roy W. Cobb
Virginia: Ann Mudge Backer
Washington: Jody Peetzational

Breeder of the Year:

William S. Farish

National Small Breeder of the Year:

Larry Karp, Barlar LLC

Broodmare of the Year:

Beyond the Waves

Industry Service Award:

Humberto Chavez

Cot Campbell Racing Partnership of the Year:

Madaket Stables and Partners

Claiming Crown Horse of the Year:

Royal Squeeze

Rood & Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse of the Year:

Jet

Robert N. Clay Award:

Horse Farms Forever

TOBA National Awards sponsors include Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa, Stonestreet Farms, LuminUltra, Limestone Bank, National HBPA, 1/ST, NTRA Advantage and John Deere, Big Ass Fans, Stoll Keenon Ogden and The Jockey Club Information Systems.

Forum to look at COVID and future of Education, registration ends Monday

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Curious about how the coronavirus outbreak and related shutdowns have had on education and what it might mean for the future of everything from elementary classrooms to graduate schools? The a conference discussion Wednesday might offer some insight.

But to take part, registration ends at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28.

This event will examine several key focus areas and topics/issues of discussion:

  • What does the future of Kentucky education look line, from P-12 through higher education considering the pandemic and post-pandemic considerations?
  • Issues in on-line education, the digital divide in Kentucky. How do we create a level playing field? How do we engage students on-line, as if they were in the classroom? How do we keep students motivated and deal with barriers such as procrastination, feelings of isolation, and absence of support? – as well as disengaged teachers and professors.
  • Race & Class-socioeconomic issues in education. From Black Lives Matter and minority challenges to socioeconomic class, poverty, household level of education, clothes, food insecurity and more.
  • The goal of this Conversation is to envision significant takeaways and strategies that will begin to change the narrative on the importance of all forms of education in Kentucky, and create a better synergy and collaboration between K-12 and higher education — university presidents, superintendents, principals and the business community.

The virtual webinar is free ad open to the public but registration in advance is required.  A link to access the broadcast will be emailed to all registrants 24-48 hours prior to the event.

To get more information, click here.

To register, click here.

The speakers include Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman; Aaron Thompson, President of the Council on Postsecondary Education; Kevin Hub, superintendent of Scott County Public Schools; Jason Glass, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education; and David McFaddin, president of Eastern Kentucky University.