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Report shows 59 percent gain in degrees, credentials

FRANKFORT (AP) — A new report shows the total number of postsecondary education degrees and credentials awarded in Kentucky grew by 59 percent over a 10-year period.

The report was released Tuesday by the state Council on Postsecondary Education. It shows that the total number of degrees and credentials rose from 39,203 awards in 2003-04 to 62,339 awards in 2012-13.

The council says that growth at Kentucky’s public two-year, four-year and independent sectors ranked eighth nationally.

The report shows that Kentucky’s largest 10-year growth, at 159 percent, was in undergraduate workforce certificates. The number of certificates grew by more than 12,000 awards between 2004-05 and 2013-14, according to the report.

Associate degrees also made significant gains with a 52 percent increase, while bachelor’s degrees grew steadily at 24 percent.


UK black student group issues ‘call to action’ to officials

LEXINGTON (AP) — A group of black students at the University of Kentucky and a local NAACP have issued a call to action aimed at improving diversity at the school.

The UK Black Graduate and Professional Student Association and Lexington NAACP have issued an open letter to university administrators that the groups hope hundreds of people will sign.

The letter calls for the university to work with minorities in an open and transparent way to “create an environment that truly promotes equality, equity, inclusion, and diversity at the University of Kentucky.”

Last November, the university ordered a Great Depression-era mural that features black workers toiling in a tobacco field to be covered up. The action came after the student group made its opposition to the mural known, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.


Arrest warrant issued for missing Murray woman

MURRAY (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a missing Calloway County woman.

Kentucky State Police say they have obtained an arrest warrant for 31-year-old Jennifer Hicks alleging theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $10,000. Hicks has been the subject of a missing person investigation by the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office since Feb. 9.

The Sheriff’s Office says Hicks left her work around noon on Feb. 9 to check on her daughter. At about 12:45 p.m., her vehicle was seen on Kentucky Route 94, heading east.

Investigators say Hicks may be driving a white, 2010 Pontiac G6. She is 5 feet, 8 inches tall with brown hair and green eyes. Anyone with information on Hicks’ whereabouts is asked to contact police.


Staff to ride school bus routes with behavior problems

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Officials with Jefferson County Public Schools say monitors will ride on bus routes that are determined to have behavior problems.

JCPS Chief Operations Officer Michael Raisor told The Courier-Journal ( that the district will require schools to provide a staff person to ride along in an effort to reduce student misbehaviors.

The move comes after John Stovall, president of the Teamsters Local 783, which represents about 1,000 bus drivers, told the newspaper that more than 60 percent of school bus drivers said they have felt unsafe on the job.

District records show that drivers submitted 2,763 official complaints during the first 70 days of the school year.

JCPS officials said the percentage of complaints is small compared to the 70,000 students who are transported to and from school each day.

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