Louisville news: Kentucky values = pollution, sticking it to African kids, inferior eyecare edition [News]

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  • "CVS, which attempted to get the Twig and Leaf property for a new drugstore, has reignited its interest in putting down roots in the Douglass Loop area. According to Terra Long, legislative assistant to Councilman Tom Owen (8th District), the Woonsocket, R.I.-based chain is still trying to acquire property in the Douglass Loop area." [Louisville.com]
  • "Kentucky ranks fourth-highest on the list of states with the most air pollution from coal and oil-fired power plants, an environmental group said Wednesday.
    The three highest states were Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, according to an analysis of federal data by the Natural Resources Defense Council." [Lexington Herald-Leader]
  • "Saying Kentuckians are 'so disgusted with the status quo' in Frankfort, Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith turned in 7,396 signatures with the secretary of state’s office Thursday morning to become an independent candidate in this year’s race for governor." [Bluegrass Politics]
  • "Catholic hospitals, like most religious healthcare institutions, follow a set of medical ethics based in religion. It’s probably unnoticeable for a patient with a broken leg, but for others, the difference is clear. There’s a gap between what the Catholic church deems acceptable and what the law allows in reproductive services. That gap includes abortion, stem cell research, vasectomies, treatments for infertility, emergency contraception for rape victims and birth control counseling. It’s a gap that many are concerned will be created when University of Louisville Hospital merges with Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare and a division of Catholic Health Initiatives." [WFPL]
  • "Out of respect for life, Ben Chandler sticks it to poor starving children in Africa." [LEO Weekly]
  • "Ophthalmologists on Thursday asked the Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners to re-evaluate draft regulations that would allow optometrists to perform more complex procedures that critics say will endanger patients. If approved, the regulations would govern training and certification for optometrists who want to expand into new areas of care, including laser treatments, injections of medicine and removal of benign lesions from eyelids." [Courier-Journal]

Photo: Courtesy Kentucky.gov

About Zach Everson
I'm the travel news/travel buzz editor at MapQuest. Previously, I was a freelance writer, contributing to The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, USA Today, Condé Nast Traveller, BlackBook, Curbed, Gridskipper, Deadspin, and Fox News. I also was the founding editor of Eater Louisville and the director of content and editorial strategy for Louisville.com.
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