Kentucky Press News Service

Immunization rate for students below Kentucky’s goal

April 3, 2019 - 1:27pm
The latest statewide immunization survey of Kentucky students showed that the percentage of kindergarteners who received required immunizations against diseases ranging from chickenpox to hepatitis B was below the state’s goal of 95 percent. University of Kentucky pediatric infectious diseases associate professor Sean McTigue is concerned about that data, including that the 2018 state immunization survey showed that only 91.6 percent of kindergarteners were immunized against chicken pox. 2019-04-03T11:50:00-04:00

Chickenpox vaccine fight: Judge won't let NKY students back in school

April 3, 2019 - 1:27pm
A Boone Count high school student lost his lawsuit challenging an order that barred him from school because he refuses to obtain the chickenpox vaccine. The Assumption Academy senior sued the Northern Kentucky Independent District Board of Health after it banned students without chickenpox immunity from attending school and extracurricular activities during an outbreak. Jerome Kunkel, 18, was "devastated" by the ruling, said his lawyer, Christopher Wiest of Covington. 2019-04-03T11:26:52-04:00

Evidence turned over in Cave City murder case

April 3, 2019 - 1:27pm
Prosecutors in a Cave City homicide case have begun turning over evidence to the attorneys representing three people accused of involvement in the shooting of a Cave City man. KeShawn Sarver, 22, was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds Dec. 28 in his Cave City apartment. 2019-04-03T11:23:01-04:00

Report: Black, Hispanic kids left behind in state foster care system

April 3, 2019 - 1:27pm
Kentucky’s black and Hispanic children are being left behind by the state’s foster care system when it comes to placement with families, according to a new report. It's one finding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which released Tuesday its “Keeping Kids in Families: Trends in U.S. Foster Care Placement" report. The report offers a 10-year snapshot of national trends in U.S. foster care placement between 2007 and 2017. 2019-04-03T11:19:33-04:00