WAVE 3 Editorial – March 5, 2013: Infant Mortality
By Ken Selvaggi WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
One in four pregnant women in Kentucky smoke – more than twice the national average.
Nearly 14 percent of Kentucky infants are born premature.
Prescription pill abuse continues to contribute to the skyrocketing numbers of babies in Kentucky suffering from drug withdrawal.
The Governor's Summit on Infant Mortality this past week highlighted a major problem in the Commonwealth: more babies born in Kentucky die before their first birthday than in most other states in the country.
Risk factors contributing to these numbers abound: poverty, drug abuse and lack of health care and education are the big ones.
It is painful to hear the cries of these babies, victims of abuse and neglect.
Different programs from many agencies try to attack this problem. They are important and necessary but clearly aren't working as well as needed.
Ultimately, making major inroads into improving the chances of babies being born closer to full term, surviving their first year of life, and being given a chance to lead a healthy life rests with us.
We must control our behaviors or we should forget about taking on the most important job in the world – being a parent.
Sunday, March 9 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-03-09 18:40:44 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The coroner released the identity of a woman who was hit and killed by someone driving a van. The accident occurred Sunday around 4:36 a.m. on Preston Highway at Pinecroft DriveMore >>
The accident occurred Sunday around 4:36 a.m. on Preston Highway at Pinecroft Drive near Blue Lick Road in the Okolona neighborhood of Louisville.More >>
Sunday, March 9 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-03-09 21:50:21 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A business was evacuated due to a gas leak as hazmat crews continue to work to secure the area, according to Louisville Metrosafe. Dispatchers confirmed the business is in theMore >>
Fire crews were able to set up a water line and fog curtain to approach the tank and shut off the valve. The leak was contained at 12:56 p.m.More >>
Sunday, March 9 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-03-09 18:38:57 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police have responded to a fatal car accident early Sunday morning. Around 4:45, the accident was reported in Okolona, at Preston Highway and Blue Lick Road. Police aren'tMore >>
Around 4:45 a.m., the accident was reported in Okolona at Preston Highway and Blue Lick Road.
Friday, March 7 2014 9:42 PM EST2014-03-08 02:42:29 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – One man is dead after an accident involving three vehicles in south Louisville. According to Jefferson County Deputy Coroner RD Jones, Ricky Duncan, 54, was driving a Ford escortMore >>
The Louisville Metro Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating the crash.More >>
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