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Kentucky Edition
Season 1 Episode 182 | 28m 1s  | Video has closed captioning.
Legislation is introduced that could help domestic violence victims, the KY FOP can't profit from so-called games of skill, one lawmaker is pushing for a bill he says will ensure KY won't run out of energy while another is looking to diversify Kentucky's energy sources, meet a KY lawmaker who has returned to Frankfort and see what researchers at a KY university are doing with a bourbon byproducts.
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February 13, 2023
Season 1 Episode 182
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>> This is the exact kind of bill that will help or protect her.
>> We need to really secure future ones who are perpetrators, kids out of jail.
>> A bill could allow victims of domestic violence to mask their address and public records.
Why Kentucky's Fraternal Order of Police will no longer bring in the green from gray machines.
>> This is an idea of basically taking something that's a liability and the cost to this huge industry of Kentuckyian it's turning into a valley.
>> And find out what a group of scientists is doing with the bourbon making byproduct.
>> Production of Kentucky Edition is made possible in part by the KET Endowment for Kentucky Productions.
Leonard Preston down that for public affairs and the KET Millennium Fund.
♪ ♪ >> Good evening and welcome to Kentucky EDITION on this Monday, February, the 13th, I'm Renee Shaw.
Thank you for spending some of your Monday night with us.
We begin with news out of Frankfort today.
Kentucky has the highest rate of domestic violence in the country.
According to a CDC study about 45% of women.
And 35% of men in the Commonwealth have experienced domestic violence.
The safe at home at hopes to make victim safer by hiding their addresses in some government records.
Our Casey Parker Bell was in Frankfort today where the bill sponsor and the secretary of state unveiled the legislation.
>> It comes of domestic violence should know our office.
with at their best Kentucky secretary of state Michael Adams wants to improve Kentucky's State address confidentiality program.
The current program is only available to people with protective order and only applies to voting records.
The existing address confidentiality program is extremely limited.
>> And has fewer than 50 participants statewide.
>> Secretary Adams says the proposed safe at home program.
What Bron who can participate?
>> It's written varied widely.
Of course, we'll look at the market process.
But if we have that right now, it's pretty broad, essentially any state or local issues.
>> The safe at Home Act is also known as Senate Bill.
79 state Senator Julie Rocky Adams is sponsoring the bill.
She says she personally knows the bill would help.
One is a victim of rape.
>> This is the exact kind of deal that will help her protect her.
>> Lead of really secure future.
Once your perpetrator kids out of jail.
>> Funding for the safe at home program comes from administrative fees paid by people committing the crimes Senate Bill, 79 seeks to protect victims from.
Those crimes include domestic violence, stalking sexual assault and human trafficking.
The measure would mask addresses for victims and public records and applies to individuals who reside.
But the victim, the secretary of state run the program.
The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence offered their support for the bill today.
>> Not all survivors need this to happen.
But for those who live in daily fear that their ex partner to somehow find them.
Senate Bill 79 and the safe at home program.
We'll provide a valuable tool to helping them stay safe.
>> Senator Rocky Adams says she believes the bill will pass and called it quote, a no-brainer for Kentucky edition.
I'm Casey Parker Bell.
>> Thank you, Casey.
Senator Julie Rock Adams said during the press conference that more bills to help victims of domestic violence are on the way.
She says fellow Senator Matt Dean and plans to file some bills on the topic before the end of the week.
The Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police is no longer profiting from so-called games of skill.
In a statement, the FOP said its board recently ended its fundraising agreement with pay.
at it, the company sells slot like game machines that are sometimes referred to as gray machines last week here on Kentucky Edition, we told you about the controversy surrounding these machines.
Some lawmakers have suggested regulating or even outlawing the machines And Kentucky.
Kentucky has seen its first infant anonymously dropped off at one of its baby box, safe surrender locations, Safe Haven, baby boxes, founder and CEO Monica Kelsey said the child was dropped off earlier this month at a fire department in Bowling Green.
She said fire department staff was able to tend to the child in less than 90 seconds.
The Bowling Green box had been operational for less than 2 months.
The child is the 24th in the country to be surrendered in this way.
Governor Andy Beshear signed a law in 2021.
That allows the use of baby boxes.
Republican state Representative Nancy Tate who sponsored that legislation said, quote, It is crucial.
We support women at all stages of their pregnancy.
And these boxes are just one option for mother.
We are one step closer to ending in front of adamant across the Commonwealth.
And I'm hopeful that with the availability of these boxes, women will use them if needed and quote, Kentucky now has 16 baby box locations across the state.
A state lawmaker is pushing for a bill he says will help ensure Kentuckians don't run out of energy.
A winter storm in December, as you remember, led to widespread power outages in the Commonwealth.
Major utility companies are in this in the state resorted to rolling blackouts to try and KET pace with demand.
The troubles came on the hills of algae any and KU announcing a plan to retire for coal-fired units and to replace them with a pair of natural gas facilities.
The plan requires approval from the Public Service commission.
Senator Robby Mills, a Republican from Henderson, wants to prohibit the commission from approving such request.
If the plan would have a negative impact on the reliability of the electric grid.
>> Mister President, we do not want to see our constituents run out of electricity.
We don't want to see rolling blackouts become something that is common and that we planned for not here in Kentucky.
We have over 200 years of fuel right under our feet in Kentucky.
There is no reason why our citizenship.
>> Ever run out of power and endure rolling blackouts.
>> Senator Mills legislation is Senate Bill 4.
It's currently waiting to be discussed in committee.
Another Republican lawmaker is looking to diversify Kentucky's energy sources speaking on the Senate floor last week, Senator Danny Carroll of Benton said he's convinced that nuclear energy is the way of the future.
He recently sat down with Senator Carroll who said he's planning to introduce legislation that would establish a nuclear commission here in Kentucky.
>> We've got and of fossil fuel to power.
You know, not was in trees, but a few.
And we were really do need to start moving away.
And and you know what?
I'm not, you know, the sower and water.
That's all going to be part of it.
But but we all realize that none of those are ever going to be a base load supply of energy.
So we have to start with, you know, the ways and no, it does need to be good for our environment.
Whether you agree or not where we are as world as far as global warming and all that, we we should all agree that there's something we can do.
That's going to be We need to do that.
It's just life.
in the commonwealth.
there have been some assessments done of our cold power players in many of you will eligible for conversion to declare.
So not think that's a good Sports industry about the state and hopefully some of these coal areas it could bring so that's where I'm coming from.
And I just think it's very exciting.
And throughout the world, it's getting so much more tension the science is advancing so fast and it's, you know, the old state news about the nuclear in 3 mall and all that.
That's going to be a thing of the past.
The safety is is do they could be an issue anymore with some of these newer technologies present Kentucky.
We just got to make sure we don't give and we can't, you know as much as want to support cold, we would move coal forward.
There's a reality with added We need to move forward.
So we don't get it doesn't affect their ability to do developed but industry that state track businesses to the state.
We've got to have a it is an expensive sources of energy available.
>> And 2017, Dan Governor Matt Bevin signed a bill into law that effectively lifted a moratorium on nuclear power plants in Kentucky.
Senator Carroll was the leading sponsor of that Bill.
>> More voters are being removed from Kentucky's voter rolls.
Kentucky secretary of state Michael Adams announced 127,000 and active voters were removed on Friday.
He said that brings the total number during this time in his office to more than 300,000 from this latest purge.
Roughly 60,000 are registered Democrats about 51,000 are registered Republicans about 16,000 are independent or 3rd party voters, federal and state law requires inactive voters be removed from voter rolls.
Our profiles of new state lawmakers continues today.
And although this Sen he's not exactly new, he's returned or Frankfort after serving in the House and the Senate in the 1990's.
♪ ♪ >> I'm a Senator Jay Williams.
My name's a little bit different and spell GE acts pronounced J some of the district has lived with that name since the early 18.
100's and some of it.
It's a new name.
They don't think it's an old Kentucky name.
But the only place TX is pronounced J is in Kentucky.
Everybody Something else in the French don't even think it's a French name.
And but my district is the 20th is a brand new 20 of Senate district.
I like to say goes from the Kentucky Capitol to the Cincinnati airport doesn't quite get up to since the airport, but it's and Carroll Gallatin southern Boone and Southwest can and 1991.
I got out.
I won by 41 votes and actually is interesting because there are 6 Jay Williams is in the district.
2, our Edwin Jay Williams oil related to and I'm pretty sure in that first race there were at least 41 people voting for the other.
Jay Williams K now this race.
I won by 5,000 side thinking maybe I won't actually did win on my own.
But that was a time where Boone and Gallatin where one House seat got redistricted out that how sea and then won a special election.
93 for Senate C so that's why I moved over to the Senate.
And I was the 13th Republican out of 38, which most number Republican senators ever in the state.
This time on the 31st.
So her out of 30, which is the most number of Republican senators we've ever had.
I started back doing software development way back in the day back when we thought that of a 52 was a really high speed motor race or when I said okay, but it was high speed.
So I got in today to come and and I sold or for come to call.
Saw for clean house.
We sold software over all over the world when twice a year to Europe and so that and summit was start out my software.
But I look just offering development.
But in the interim, I'm still been in technology, but more delivering Internet to people a lot out in the rural areas that can I took it as a challenge.
They say we can't get high speed Internet and said, well, let's see what we know about it when they created this new district.
People want somebody that could come back in.
Get right into it.
I was is a very broad district, very diverse.
I know I live in the world part of a northern Kentucky just about the Allen County but had contacts down here.
I KET the state.
So it was sort of a logical decision.
Lot of people kept come calling me say she get back in to run.
And I finally said I'm leaning toward and then everybody just assume I was in so that.
So I had a good time.
Get to know everybody in the district in the history and and so I think even though a lot of things have change, there's enough the same that I start sort ahead of the curve.
I asked for Transportation committee.
Okay, because my wife said you go back.
You got 3 prairie's roads, roads and roads.
As my prayer is that I told him if I don't get transportation, she might pull my ticket to serve.
Cupcake is so I need to be on transportation.
Getting the quarters up.
I grew up.
And so when Jerry family, I grew up the 14 walking the streets of transportation just comes naturally.
I'm really looking to dive into that.
But that's a longer term thing.
And and we're really doing some adjustments.
And that's really for them by 08:00AM on that.
The other thing that I was very involved with before.
And and it always need, you know, some things never change.
And that is education.
vice chair of Education Committee.
But my first bill is not about any of that.
My the first bill is Senate Bill 13 and really has to do a local control.
We're the certificate of need process.
Okay or eliminating the certificate of need process where we regulate more.
Health services in Kentucky, then all but 4 states.
This the bill in coming out with will have an emergency clause on it.
It will give the local governments the authority to eliminate or to suspend the certificate of need process because we get hit by another one of these variants come along here.
It may affect One-c County are another area.
The state and they may need to do things to get around that Killer Co in that has restricted services.
So I'm putting back the locals.
Let them decide on whether they have a need for additional doctors, offices services that were right now.
But we we don't permit them to have because it's such a big in an idealist.
I think we can make things better.
I believe in Kentucky.
I want to do my part, making it better.
Not just for us, but for the rest of us in the world.
>> Well, have more profiles of freshman lawmakers in the days and weeks to common.
In the meantime, you can also view clips of other lawmakers right now online streaming on demand, KET DOT org slash Kentucky edition.
♪ ♪ >> The latest national child Maltreatment report is out and the results for Kentucky are a mixed bag.
While there's been a 33% reduction in victims from 2017 2021, Kentucky is still nearly double the national rate of child maltreatment.
Given the state a 6th place ranking overall Terry Brooks, executive director of the Kentucky Youth Advocates offers his perspective on the report and how the Commonwealth can better protect.
It's youngest citizens from abuse and neglect.
>> This is one of those reports that makes you applaud him cry at the same time, for instance, we have to be glad that unlike for 5 years we don't lead the nation in maltreatment, but we're still 6 the good news is that Kentucky's right?
His touchline about 33% in just 4 years.
Which is amazing.
The bad news is we still have 15,000.
>> Little boys and little girls were being neglected.
>> In abuse.
So your phrase is right on gets a mixed bag.
There is reason to slight progress and there is reason to your heart.
A break.
When you read the numbers and think about the kids being affected.
>> You very well know that a week ago we had someone from the K your doctor, Shannon Moody, who joined us to talk about this very issue.
And one of the things we learned from her and doctor Melissa Currie who's on that child fatality and near fatality, external review panel is that sometimes reporting has a lot to do with the decline in numbers.
Do you read that into that?
That perhaps is just less reporting because of the pandemic.
And that's still a residual or do you think this is a true depiction of how many children in Kentucky are being abused and neglected.
>> Yeah, I think it's probably see both.
>> Remembering that these results of come from 2021.
So we definitely had an underreporting phenomenon during the I believe you all talk about that.
>> Child care centers and schools were closed, limited access to pediatric primary reporters.
certainly there was numerical to climb.
That's also true in those other states.
Not just Kentucky.
By the same token, I do believe that there is an important and couldn't work done emanating from both policies in Frankfort as well is hitting number of local community efforts.
So like the rest of this report, Renee, in terms of the credibility of numbers, certainly it's under reported from the norm.
Can virtually I do believe that the overall trend line of decline is probably an accurate to object to it.
>> So where do we go from here?
Doctor Brooks, what does do these numbers tell us about what we should be doing next.
And now.
>> Well, you know, the really good news is that opportunities up down to tablets.
And, you know, as well as I do that this is one area that the General Assembly is shown a bipartisan backing him rule approach.
We actually are approaching 2023 with lots of optimism.
There are a number of bills coming out of both the House and Senate that address everything from chain of command.
2 more transparency reporting.
So that's a positive.
I believe an initiative in the commonwealth of holes in the word and potential is the opioid settlement coming out of the attorney general's office.
We have heard nothing from the attorney general but a commitment to go upstream.
So while certainly treatment needs to be a primary focus, we have hope all of those settlement dollars will not just go to the media issues, but we can look ahead for prevention.
And the other thing, Renee, that that is really important for your viewers to know.
Is that issues like domestic violence?
Drug abuse of our president in more than half of the cases of maltreatment.
So we can talk about child abuse without talking about domestic violence.
We can't talk about real treatment without talking about the opioid crisis.
So this is not and is she it's not an arena.
That is simple.
It is complicated and complex.
That means our solutions are going to be complex.
But we do carry a real hole in terms of both the 23 session the direction of the Open week, 7.
>> Last Monday night on KET tucking.
Tonight we discuss child abuse and neglect in Kentuckyian if and how current public policy and community efforts are making a difference.
Doctor Melissa Currie is chief of Norton Children's Pediatric Protection Specialist.
I ask her what Kentucky needs to do to better prevent child abuse and neglect.
>> When you're looking at you're looking at education about early warning signs you're looking at therapy services for a mother who has postpartum depression.
You're looking at substance abuse treatment for a caregiver in the home that struggling with substance use disorder you're looking at, you rehabilitation programs for prisoners as they're being released from prison so that they actually have job opportunities in and can provide for their families.
You know, that's what prevention looks like early childhood investment is is probably one of the most prevention tools that we have.
And and educational program, you know, on early recognition for for all stakeholders that come into contact with children as part of their professional lives >> you can see more of that discussion on Kentucky tonight by going online at KET Dot Org.
Slash K why tonight?
And you want to join us tonight at 8 Eastern 7 central for Kentucky tonight.
When our panel's going discuss, local government issues including revenue options and partisan local elections.
You do want to miss that tonight at 8 Eastern 7 Central.
♪ Researchers at the University of Kentucky are using a bourbon byproduct in a very interesting way.
>> They're collecting different mixtures of spent grains like corn, wheat barley and rye that are discarded as part of the bourbon making process and repurposing them into soil for mushrooms all as they call them.
Bourbon Shrooms.
>> So this is something the distillery's probably can do.
They already have a lot of expertise in microbiology cultivating organisms.
Let's remember the east is fungi just like mushrooms are fungi.
They already, you know, are built to harness the power of this, you know, yeast they can probably do it with mushrooms, too.
Currently in Kentucky is about a billion gallons of still is produced every year.
So still age is this product that is them leftovers after the mash been fermented by yeast that is this watery.
It almost looks like oatmeal a right out of the still.
That's where a lot of nutrients are still bound up in that material.
And we're trying to look at many different ways of repurposing the still image.
So this one is Bourbon Shrooms and so using that still, it's basically as a food for mushrooms.
They love it.
And grow that cultivate them into edible gourmet, delicious mushrooms.
And some of the ones that we're working with here are actually quite valuable, too.
And so this is an idea of basically taking something that's a liability in a cost to this huge industry of Kentucky.
And it's turning into So we >> a few samples from and we will bring back to lab.
We will process it by removing a lot of that liquid and will formulate a certain media that are mushrooms like him are primarily growing oyster lines mean it's a talking mushrooms.
And these mushrooms are able to cultivate our are still in samples.
And we've done this in Mason's Ares, either pints or court mason jars.
And then we've recently started scaling up that process.
2 mushroom grow backs.
They will sit and they will do what's called a spawning run.
For a period of time.
It typically anywhere from 14 days to about 21 days for the different types of mushrooms.
And once that happens, we will.
Them up and started initiating the fruit.
>> Making mushrooms on still for Kentucky bourbon.
I think it's going to be good for the economy and the people of a Kentucky.
>> Interesting, although the mushrooms don't have any noticeable bourbon flavor.
The researchers say that cultivating a bourbon flavored mushroom might be a worthy project for a later date.
♪ Nothing says Kentucky like politics, basketball and fried chicken.
Joe Gibbs has all 3 and more in our look at this week in Kentucky history.
♪ >> We explore and Revolutionary War.
General George Rogers Clark died in Louisville on February.
13th 18, 18 Clark County's name for him.
He was the brother of William Clark, one of the leaders of the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Pacific Ocean.
And back.
Kentucky, born Jefferson Davis became president of the Confederate States of America on February 18th 18 61 as he was inaugurated in Montgomery, Alabama.
>> The Confederacy would later move its capital city to Richmond, Virginia.
February 15 to 18.
The University of Kentucky would finish building its administration building the first of 3 buildings built on the present campus site.
At the time, UK was called the Kentucky agricultural and Mechanical College.
Colonel Harland Sanders sold his Kentucky Fried Chicken business to John.
Why Brown Junior and Jack Massey for 2 million dollars on February 18.
Senator Robert Kennedy landed in Lexington on 2/13/1968, on his way to a tour of eastern Kentucky.
Kennedy would visit Hazard Fleming, Neon and other places as part of his check on poverty and Appalachia.
University of Kentucky men's basketball team beat Mississippi State.
One of 3 to 74 on February 18, 1967.
And with that wind coach Adolph Rupp became college basketball's all-time winningest coach.
And that's a look back at this week in Kentucky history.
>> I'm tell begins.
>> Thank you, Joe Gibbs and do it for us tonight on Kentucky EDITION.
We'll see you right back here tomorrow night at 6.30, Eastern 5.30, central where we inform connect and inspire.
I'm Renee Shaw.
Take really good care.
Not see tomorrow night.
♪ ♪
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