Monday April 21, 2014

Eastern Kentucky University's Board of Regents has approved a tobacco-free campus policy. effective June 1, the use of tobacco on all property that is owned, leased, occupied or controlled by the university will be prohibited. The tobacco-free policy, which replaces the smoke-free zone policy that had been in effect since 2006, covers all Eastern facilities and grounds. It also prohibits the use of tobacco in vehicles owned, leased or rented by EKU, as well as in personal vehicles while on university property.

funeral arrangements will take place for a man killed in a hunting accident last week. The funeral for Brian Griffin is set for today at 1 p.m. at the Horse Creek Baptist Church. A shotgun blast killed Brian Griffin, 28, and injured another hunter Thursday morning near the Fogertown community of Clay County. Griffin left behind a wife and two children.

Earlier this year, Kentucky's General Assembly unanimously approved a new name for a Floyd County bridge.  Now, the construction at mile point 13.6 on Highway 680 near Harold will memorialize Leo Roberts, a Korean War Veteran and former schoolteacher and minister.  State and county officials were on hand Saturday afternoon for the dedication ceremony.

Kentucky residents will get a chance to review state academic standards and suggest changes later this year. the initiative tentatively called the Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge  will begin in the fall. a group of higher education professionals, business leaders and teachers will use the public feedback to make proposed revisions, which would then need approval from the Kentucky Board of Education.

A dozen members of the National Guard stationed in Afghanistan found out they would be back in the Bluegrass for Easter. On Saturday, 15 members of the Kentucky National Guard were welcomed home by family and friends. For nine months the 103rd Brigade Support Battalion has been stationed over in Afghanistan. They have been running base closure operations in support of US Special Operations Command.