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.
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:15 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A standoff lasting nearly 12 hours came to an end early Saturday morning in the Shively neighborhood. The man police were after, Jerry Ross, is dead. Police have not determinedMore >>
The man police were after, Jerry Ross, is dead.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:10 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:10:15 GMT
LAUREL COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – A woman allegedly went to extreme lengths to let out her neighbor's dogs. According to Laurel Sheriff's Senior Sgt Greg Poynter, at 4:50 p.m. Friday deputies received a callMore >>
According to Laurel Sheriff's Senior Sgt Greg Poynter, at 4:50 p.m. Friday deputies received a call a woman had broken into a home on Chaney Ridge Road.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 10:19 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:19:19 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Several roads off Dixie Highway are shut down due to a police situation. According to MetroSafe, around 4:30 p.m. Friday Shively police were dispatched to a home in the 2900 blockMore >>
According to MetroSafe, around 4:30 p.m. Friday Shively police were dispatched to a home in the 2900 block of Dixie Highway.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:21:45 GMT
NEW ALBANY, IN – New Albany police said Friday that a mother found dead along with her two young children in a creek in Binford Park in March drowned her two young children and then herself. New AlbanyMore >>
Investigators said Jaime Clutter, 35, suffered from mental illness -- possibly psychosis and postpartum depression -- when she walked her children to Binford Park March 13 and drowned them. More >>