James Edmonds, a homeless and severely mentally ill man, has rolled his wheelchair into downtown Lexington traffic for years, trying to die and often going to jail. “Our institutions have failed him monstrously,” his lawyer said.
James Edmonds, a severely mentally ill homeless man, has been arrested dozens of times around downtown Lexington over the years. He is best known to local residents for rolling his wheelchair into busy streets.
Jessica and Tim Taylor of Martin County, Kentucky collect rainwater to get by when their city water is turned off. That happens too often, they said, and they hope some state or federal agency will come and help during times without water.
Reliable access to potable water for drinking and living is not available for many in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. Money and a plan could change that. Here are five suggestions to solve the water crisis.
Eastern KY water districts share similar struggles: lack of trust in water quality, broken or cracked service lines and failure to raise rates. The Martin County crisis made news, but what about the rest of Appalachia?
Central Appalachia residents say the water in their districts is unsafe, creates health issues and threatens children’s safety. The EPA lists some Eastern Kentucky districts as serious violators of the Safe Water Drinking Act.
Poor management in Eastern Kentucky and Appalachia mean residents are victims of a water crisis and lack reliable clean water service. One Martin County family collects rainwater in buckets to bathe and wash.
For many families in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia, the absence of clean, reliable drinking water has become part of daily life. Now, those residents are Stirring the Waters, demanding that officials fix their long-failing infrastructure.
Sherry Culp, executive director of the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass, describes about how to select a nursing home for a loved one. Brookdale Senior Living resident Becky Walters talks about life in her nursing home.
Nearly half of Kentucky’s nursing homes are rated as substandard by the federal government. A big problem is inadequate staffing that puts residents in harm’s way. The legislature’s response: Make it harder to sue nursing homes.
State Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, opposes bills that would set minimum staffing requirements for nursing homes because those jobs can be hard to fill. “It’s a job that a lot of folks don’t, frankly, want to do,” Alvarado says.
State Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, is a doctor who works at nearly a half-dozen substandard nursing homes in Kentucky while fighting in Frankfort to protect the nursing home industry from lawsuits.
Nobody discovered the violent death of Bobby Crail at Woodcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center until nine hours after he went down the stairs. Two years later, it’s still a dangerous place for vulnerable people to live.
Robert Crail Sr. and his wife, Dorothy, recount how their son, Bobby, was found pinned under his motorized wheelchair in a stairwell nine hours after going missing at Woodcrest Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Elsmere.
The 2009 murder of Amanda Ross in Lexington, Ky., by former state Rep. Steve Nunn led to a new law that allows electronic monitoring of some domestic violence perpetrators. Court records show that it is not being used.