Champion motorcycle racer and Owensboro native Nicky Hayden has died following injuries from a bicycle accident in Italy.

Thirty-five-year-old  Hayden died May 22, five days after he was hit by a car while training on his bicycle.

Hayden, who was known as ‘The Kentucky Kid,’ won the MotoGP championship, a motorcycle road racing competition, in 2006.

He was in Italy competing in the Superbike World Championship in just days before the fatal accident.  

Hayden was 13th in this season's Superbike standings, riding for the Red Bull Honda team. Several family members had reportedly flown to Italy, including Hayden's mother and brother.

A federal science committee studying the health risks for people living near surface coal mines has scheduled a public meeting this week in southern West Virginia.

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Competitors from as far away as Washington state, Minnesota, and Massachusetts faced steamy Bluegrass conditions over the weekend as they battled in the Ultimate National Championships. College division three ultimate disc title winners were decided at the Kentucky Horse Park.

 


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  As Congress considers repealing the Affordable Care Act, health professionals in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia grapple with what that might mean for a region where many depend on the law for access to care. This occasional series from the ReSource explores what’s ahead for the Ohio Valley after Obamacare. See more stories here >>

 

Lexington House Fire Claims Fourth Victim

May 20, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com

UPDATE Sunday 5/21/17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a boy has died after a house fire in Kentucky that also killed his parents and sister.

The Fayette County coroner's office says in a news release that 8-year-old Wiley Brown was pronounced dead Sunday of smoke inhalation.

The coroner's office said 54-year-old Jeffrey K. Brown, 59-year-old Nancy Brown and 8-year-old Cassie Brown were pronounced dead Saturday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital as a result of smoke inhalation and burns.

Judge Opposed to Gay Adoptions Has Rule Change Blocked

May 20, 2017
Lisa Autry - WKYU

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge who declared his conscientious objection to handling adoption cases involving gay adults has been blocked from changing how he reviews adoption cases.

Judge W. Mitchell Nance submitted the proposed rule to the state's chief justice, John D. Minton Jr.

Administrative Office of the Courts spokeswoman Leigh Anne Hiatt said Friday that Minton had denied the request on procedural and substantive grounds.

Nance declined comment through a court official.

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Gov. Matt Bevin said the man he has appointed to oversee the state’s adoption and foster care system is being unfairly criticized.

Bevin tapped Dan Dumas, a senior vice president with Louisville Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, to be Kentucky’s adoption “czar” earlier this month.

Democrats have criticized the appointment for its high pay and Dumas’ lack of experience working in the adoption system.


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Mayor Jim Gray has appointed longtime realtor and lifelong Lexington resident Joe Smith to the Urban County Council representing the Second District.  

Smith’s appointment comes following the April resignation of Sasha Love Higgins.  

Love Higgins stepped down following felony theft indictments against her.


Bluegrass Ultimate

Flying discs will fill the air in high numbers this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park’s polo fields. 

Some 750 players from across the country will gather for the national Division three College Ultimate Championships.


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  As Congress considers repealing the Affordable Care Act, health professionals in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia grapple with what that might mean for a region where many depend on the law for access to care. This occasional series from the ReSource explores what’s ahead for the Ohio Valley after Obamacare. See more stories here >>

 

Trump administration officials have been visiting parts of the country affected by the opioid addiction crisis, including the Ohio Valley region. The administration called it a “listening tour,” and they got an earful in events marked by protests and controversies.


Mending Mining Country: Three Ways Trump Could Help Miners And Coal Communities

May 16, 2017
From White House video

At a March ceremony to sign an executive order reversing Obama-era environmental regulations, coal miners were arranged on stage around President Donald Trump as he took up his pen.

“You know what it says, right?” Trump asked the miners. “You’re going back to work.”

From his campaign rallies to White House events, President Donald Trump has surrounded himself with coal miners and promised to restore their collapsed industry.


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