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WKYT Investigates: Kentucky has hundreds of dangerous guardrails
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet estimates that there are hundreds of ET Plus guardrail heads, alleged to be defective, lining the edges of state roadways. But transportation officials say they don’t know where the ET Plus guardrail heads are located.
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WKYT Investigates: Embryo Donation, A Somerset woman donates embryos
- Donating embryos is a growing trend. Dr. James Akin with Bluegrass Fertility Center said much of the reason is because women are choosing careers before kids. "As women have become more career oriented, they delay child bearing," Akin has found. "And infertility increases as you get older."
WKYT Investigates: 5 schools with less than 'good' football helmets
- A month-long WKYT investigation discovered five high schools in central, southern and eastern Kentucky with football helmets deemed less than “good” by a rating system to denote their ability to reduce the risk of concussions.
WKYT Investigates: Small town addiction, Cynthiana hospital sees drastic increase in heroin overdoses
- "They don't realize how close they were to being dead," explained Christina Buckler. Recently Harrison Memorial Hospital, which sits in the small town of Cynthiana, has seen a dramatic increase in the number of patients being brought in by ambulance, or dropped off at the back door suffering from a heroin overdose.
WKYT Investigates: Political ads, local analyst says negativity works
- Sam Youngman, political reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader, said the US Senate race between incumbent Mitch Mcconnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes is up to about $70 million in spending. And he said the majority of that money is going straight to the TV.
WKYT Investigates: The road less traveled, Powell County parent wants bus route reviewed
- "It's a bigger issue than just my family." Grover Barnett has had issue with the bus stop since he bought his home down Forge Mill Road in Powell County in 2012. He's talked to state legislators, local elected officials, the school system, but the bus continues to turn.
WKYT Investigates: The cost of learning, Ky teachers turn to crowdfunding site
- When the cost for teachers is more than they can justify paying on their own, they ask for donations on sites like www.donorschoose.org. "Something like this affords them the opportunity to do something just for their classroom," said Clark County Superintendent Paul Christy.
WKYT Health Alert: Migraine Relief
- It's estimated 500,000 Kentuckians suffer from migraines. One Lexington woman had severe migraines every day for years. She finally found relief at U.K. Healthcare's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute.
WKYT Investigates: born addicted, KY babies born withdrawing from drugs
- The baby has been at Kentucky Children's Hospital for a couple of weeks, under the care of Dr. Henrietta Bada. Bada said in 2000, there were 30 cases of Neonatal Abstinence in Kentucky. In 2013, there were more than 950. "So your incidence has increased almost 20-fold from 1.3 per thousand hospital births to as high as almost 20 per thousand hospital births," Bada said.
WKYT Investigates: The waiting game, backlog at State Crime Lab
- "Now instead of being four to six months to get that turned around on time, it's six to nine months," explained State Crime Lab Director Laura Sudkamp. "I want to say we're sitting at about 600 backlogged for DNA, 600 to 800."
WKYT Investigates: the overcrowding issue
- "It's almost uncomfortable crowded in the cafeteria," Owens said. And Superintendent Dr. Tom Shelton agrees that the common areas in the over-capacity schools are the biggest issue.
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