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Hospital, union continue negotiations ahead of deadline

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PAINTSVILLE — Highlands Regional Medical Center and Service Employees International Union 1199 are continuing to hold last-minute negotiations in an attempt to reach an agreement on a new contract for 207 hospital employees.The two sides have been negotiating for the past month and are in the second and final day of talks this week. If no agreement is reached before the end of the day, the union could issue a 10-day strike notice.Wednesday afteroon, SEIU director Joyce Gibson said the hospital’s latest offer closed some distance between the two sides, but they remained far apart on the subject of health insurance for employee spouses.

 

Look forward, not backward, federal official urges leaders of Appalachian economic effort

PINEVILLE – Those who would reshape the economy of Appalachian Kentucky shouldn’t be held back by the past, a key federal official told leaders of the effort this week.“Don’t be afraid to reinvent the identity of this region,” Jay Williams, assistant secretary of commerce for economic development, told the executive committee and working-group chairs of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative in their meeting Monday at Pine Mountain State Resort ...

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UPike welcomes Chinese delegation from Beijing University of Agriculture

PIKEVILLE – Developing students into global citizens is among the benefits of a new partnership between the University of Pikeville and Beijing University of Agriculture (BUA) in Beijing, China. The universities have agreed to exchange students and faculty and cooperate on academic programs together.Last summer BUA sent seven students to the University of Pikeville for a summer camp while five UPike students, along with Stephen Budney, Ph.D., professor of history, traveled to...

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Make tummy time fun for infants

LEXINGTON — Many parents and parents-to-be are aware of the “back to sleep” recommendation made by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which advises that infants sleep on their backs. Making sure your baby sleeps on his or her back significantly reduces the chance of sudden infant death (SIDS). However, when infants are awake and being watched, they should spend time on their bellies, starting from the first few days of life.

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Grants available for districts that raised attendence age

FRANKFORT – The check will be in the mail soon for 53 Kentucky school districts that have raised the compulsory school age from 16 to 18 in the past year.The Kentucky Department of Education is making $10,000 grants available to the school districts to create programs to identify, intervene and prevent students from dropping out of school and plan for implementation of the new policy in the 2015-16 school year, which is the first year that the policy can be fully implemented....

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UK receives $3.75 million for community-based rural cancer prevention

LEXINGTON — At 44, Sherry Payne was uncommonly young to be diagnosed with colon cancer. She was also too young to have started regular colon cancer screenings, so by the time she developed symptoms and went to the doctor, the disease had already progressed to Stage 3. It was 1998, and she was given two years to live.“As you can see, I did not take that seriously and I am still here,” Payne says today.

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Health poll highlights differences across state’s regions

LOUISVILLE — Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) regional findings are now available. The data are broken down into five regions: Eastern Kentucky, Greater Lexington, Greater Louisville, Northern Kentucky, and Western Kentucky. Each regional report outlines respondents’ answers to various KHIP questions and then compares regional responses to statewide findings.“These reports offer regional snapshots of Kentuckians’ views on a number of health issues that are...

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Suit filed over flea market gassing

PRESTONSBURG — A Martin man who was hospitalized for four days after work crews vented a gas line near the camper where he was sleeping has filed a lawsuit against the gas company and a construction company contracted to perform the work.Frank Slone is suing EQT Production Company and Millstone Construction Company, claiming that he suffered permanent injuries, pain and suffering as a result of the Oct. 2 incident. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

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