Hilltoppers clinch bowl eligibility for seventh straight year

11/18/2017 02:34 AM

By Ryan Dearbone Senior night is generally memorable on the Hill, but WKU and Middle Tennessee State University made the 2018 version unforgettable. After 3 low scoring quarters, in which neither team found its groove, both teams couldn’t stop scoring. WKU’s senior quarterback Mike White led the charge with 5 total touchdowns and 485 yards on 39-54 attempts. White spread the wealth as three Toppers (Lucky Jackson, Kyle Towner, and Nacarius Fant) had over 100 yards for the game. MTSU had a... Read more 

Upset-minded Buccaneers fall to Kentucky

11/18/2017 02:26 AM

By Tim Meredith East Tennessee State University coach Steve Forbes thought he might be able to catch University of Kentucky players in a lull after their game in the spotlight Tuesday against Kansas in the Champions Classic. And for a while, it looked like he might be right. In the end, it was not to be, and the upset-minded Buccaneers fell to Kentucky 78-61. ETSU jumped out to an 18-8 lead before the under-12-minute timeout in the first half and it... Read more 

Analysis of proposed pension reform at KTRS shouldn't "be surprising to anybody that understands how these proposals work," head of KCEP says

11/17/2017 03:06 PM

As the calendar draws closer to the end of the year, policymakers are still cobbling together a pension reform proposal ahead of a possible special session before lawmakers return to Frankfort in 2018 to write a two-year spending plan. Last week, the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System released an actuarial report that showed the state would need to funnel an additional $4.4 billion into the pension system if the reform proposal is passed as written and that the system would be 71... Read more 

After toddler finds guns and shoots self in Louisville, advocate hopes lawmakers take action on gun safety legislation

11/16/2017 05:06 PM

On Monday, a 3-year-old toddler accidently shot himself in the head after he found a loaded gun in his family’s car as his dad shopped for a used car in Louisville. He’s not the only child who has accidentally shot himself after finding a firearm, and Luther Brown, executive officer of Board 4 Change and founder of the Little Hands Little Feet gun safety program, says he hopes such regrettable incidents will be a thing of the past. Brown supports legislation pre-filed... Read more 

No tax dollars used in sexual harassment settlement, LRC director says

11/16/2017 03:24 PM

UPDATED The sexual harassment settlement reached by former House Speaker Jeff Hoover and others with a legislative staffer was not paid with tax dollars, Legislative Research Commission Director David Byerman said Thursday. “No taxpayer dollars have been used to pay any settlement claim in this matter, or in any such matter in my two years as Director of the Legislative Research Commission,” Byerman said in a statement. “Controls are in place that require proper authorization before any disbursements are made from any... Read more 

Rep. Jim Wayne files complaint, asks Legislative Ethics Commission to investigate sexual harassment settlement

11/15/2017 05:39 PM

A Democratic lawmaker filed a complaint with the Legislative Ethics Commission Wednesday, asking the panel to investigate a confidential sexual harassment settlement that prompted former House Speaker Jeff Hoover to resign from his leadership post. Hoover, R-Jamestown, admitted to reaching a settlement with a former legislative staffer as he resigned, but he said their communications via text message were consensual and that he and others named admitted no wrongdoing as part of the agreement. GOP Reps. Jim DeCesare, Brian Linder and... Read more 

Kentucky's Medicaid waiver application "real closer" to approval, state Medicaid commissioner says

11/15/2017 04:06 PM

The head of Kentucky’s Department for Medicaid Services told lawmakers Wednesday that the state is “real closer” to getting federal approval for its 1115 Medicaid waiver program dubbed Kentucky HEALTH. It’s been more than a year since officials submitted the waiver application, but Steve Miller, commissioner of the Department for Medicaid Services, said he’s optimistic that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will give Kentucky the OK to proceed with their proposal ahead of the anticipated July 1 rollout. “We’ve gone... Read more 

Congress is reviewing its sexual harassment policies

11/15/2017 01:06 PM

Members of Congress are reviewing their policies on sexual harassment in the wake of a cascade of allegations involving celebrities and some politicians. “There are two members of Congress, Republican and Democrat that have engaged in sexual harassment,” said U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D- California, during a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Lawmakers detailed accounts of pervasive inappropriate conduct happening in the halls of Congress during the U.S. House of Representatives hearing. “The young staffer was a young woman, went there... Read more 

Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover released from hospital and recovering

11/14/2017 04:06 PM

Rep. Jeff Hoover, the former speaker of Kentucky’s House of Representatives who resigned the post after revealing that he signed a confidential sexual harassment settlement with a staffer, is home recovering after suffering a heart-related issue last week. House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne said in a statement Tuesday that Hoover, R-Jamestown, “has been released from the hospital and is doing well,” according to his family. “At this time, his family still requests privacy as he recovers at home.” Osborne, R-Prospect, announced Hoover’s... Read more 

Updating various vehicular fees could be part of House work group's funding proposal, co-chairmen of panel say

11/14/2017 03:54 PM

FRANKFORT – The working group tasked with examining funding woes within the state’s road fund will likely request raising various registration and licensing fees that haven’t been touched in decades, the co-chairmen of the panel said Tuesday after a presentation by the Transportation Cabinet. Those and changes to the gas tax could be proposed by the group ahead of next year’s budget-writing session, in which lawmakers will also cobble together a two-year road plan for highway construction throughout the state. “It looks... Read more 

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