Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

Governor Bevin says gun control won’t solve gun violence

01/26/2018 09:49 AM

Governor Bevin released a video saying more restrictions on guns won’t prevent mass shootings. In the more than ten minute video, Bevin attributed an increase in shootings to change in culture, saying even with more gun restrictions, shootings would still happen. “The gun is not the problem. Do we need to be thoughtful and intentional about who has access to what and what that ultimately means. Of course, but there is no responsible gun owner who doesn’t believe that,” he said.... Read more 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours transitional housing programs in Lexington

01/25/2018 04:55 PM

LEXINGTON- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was in Lexington Thursday with Governor Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, and U.S. Representative Andy Barr, R-Lexington for a round table discussion on transitional housing and homelessness prevention. “We have made great progress towards ending homelessness in Lexington and across Kentucky. To end homelessness, we must continue to work together. Since 2010, there has been a 14 percent reduction in homelessness nationwide. We have cut veteran homelessness nearly in half. This progress is due... Read more 

Kentucky in midst of a flu epidemic

01/24/2018 05:22 PM

FRANKFORT- The Department for Public Health is now describing the flu activity in Kentucky as an epidemic. This season’s strain of the flu virus can be extremely serious, even deadly, for even generally healthy Kentuckians. Kentucky is in its sixth consecutive week of widespread flu activity which is the highest level of flu activity and indicates increased flu-like activity outbreaks in at least half of the other regions in the state. “Widespread influenza activity means that Kentuckians are likely to... Read more 

DOJ demands documents from 'Sanctuary Cities'; Mayor Fischer responds

01/24/2018 03:18 PM

WASHINGTON- The Department of Justice sent out letters to 23 jurisdictions with welcoming city ordinances demanding documents that prove they are not unlawfully restricting information sharing by its law enforcement officers with federal immigration authorities. Louisville Metro, who adopted a welcoming city ordinance in October, was included in the list. The letter also stated that recipients that fail to respond, fail to respond completely or fail to respond in a timely manner will be subject to a subpoena by the... Read more 

Court upholds Right to Work law

01/24/2018 10:46 AM

FRANKFORT- The Franklin County Court has sided with the Bevin administration and dismissed a lawsuit brought by labor unions against the right to work law, however the AFL-CIO says they will be appealing the ruling. “We believe our higher courts will recognize the harmful effect that this unjust and discriminatory law has on our workers and their unions which are required union federal law to represent all workers in a bargaining unit including those who choose to withhold dues... Read more 

Rand Paul attacker charged with assaulting a member of congress

01/19/2018 05:41 PM

INDIANAPOLIS- Rene A. Boucher, the man who attacked Rand Paul while mowing his lawn has been charged with assaulting a member of congress resulting in a personal injury, a felony under federal law. Josh J. Minkler, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, charged Boucher Friday. “Assaulting a member of Congress is an offense we take very seriously,” said Minkler. “Those who choose to commit such an act will be held accountable.” U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was allegedly... Read more 

Bill increasing consent age passes House

01/19/2018 10:42 AM

FRANKFORT- The Kentucky House passed a bill increasing the age of consent for teenagers when having sex with adults. House Bill 101, dubbed “Jenna’s Law”, says that a 16 or 17 year old is unable to give consent to have sexual intercourse with anyone 28 years or older. Adults found in violation of this could be charged with third-degree rape which carries a one to five year prison sentence. The Kentucky Association for Sexual Assault Programs is pleased to... Read more 

Kentucky out of running for Amazon HQ2

01/18/2018 12:34 PM

SEATTLE- Despite efforts from city and state leaders, Kentucky will not be home to the new Amazon second headquarters. Amazon announced the 20 metropolitan areas chosen as finalists for HQ2. The company plans to invest over $5 billion in construction costs and estimates the new headquarters will bring in 50,000 jobs. The metropolitan areas chosen are: - Atlanta, GA - Austin, TX - Boston, MA - Chicago, IL - Columbus, OH - Dallas, TX - Denver, CO - Indianapolis, IN -... Read more 

Beshear introduces Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit

01/16/2018 01:54 PM

FRANKFORT- Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, announced Tuesday the creation of a Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit to investigate cold sexual assault cases and implement a statewide plan of action to improve justice for victims of sexual assault. The unit is funded through a $3 million U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant that was awarded to the Attorney General’s office. “These funds are allowing us to create a dedicated cold case... Read more 

Bevin announces approval of 1115 waiver, threatens termination of Medicaid expansion

01/12/2018 02:02 PM

FRANKFORT- Highlighting the health challenges facing Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, announced the approval of the new 1115 Medicaid waiver program, Kentucky HEALTH. The approval of the Medicaid work requirement makes Kentucky the first in the nation to apply work requirements to Medicaid recipients. Nine other states have applied for similar waivers. “Kentucky will lead the way and show other states how Medicaid can be changed, other states will follow our example.” Bevin said. Bevin administration officials highlighted the changes to... Read more 

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