Common Ground: National Opioid Crisis

Everyday more than 115 people in the United States die from an opioid overdose. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the scourge of...

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Fmr. Secretary of State Trey Grayson weighs on McGrath chances, House elections and Democratic candidates for governor

FLORENCE – Former Secretary of State and Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Trey Grayson believes that Amy McGrath’s win over Lexington Mayor Jim Gray...

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Reasons for rising costs of higher education discussed by state legislators

FRANKFORT – A discussion on how to improve student retention rates at Kentucky’s community and technical colleges turned into a debate on factors contributing to...

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Cabinet officials look at ways to better serve the state's foster care needs

FRANKFORT – How to better serve the state’s foster care community was the main topic of discussion in Frankfort as the Program Review and Investigations...

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Bevin Administration files amended complaint on pension bill

FRANKFORT- In an effort to toss out one of Attorney General Andy Beshear’s, D-Kentucky, complaints against Senate Bill 151, the Bevin Administration has filed an...

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Wayne Lewis refuses to answer questions surrounding plan for state takeover of JCPS

LOUISVILLE — Citing legal concerns, Wayne Lewis, the interim Kentucky Education Commissioner refused to answer numerous questions at Wednesday’s Louisville Forum surrounding “a plan”...

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Common Ground: National Opioid Crisis

06/18/2018 05:16 PM

Everyday more than 115 people in the United States die from an opioid overdose. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the scourge of addiction in the country is costing $78.5 billion a year. This includes costs incurred for healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment and criminal justice involvement. Here in Kentucky—we know the devastation that this epidemic has caused. On a previous Common Ground we spoke about the efforts of Kentucky officials to try and combat the addiction... Read more 

Fmr. Secretary of State Trey Grayson weighs on McGrath chances, House elections and Democratic candidates for governor

06/18/2018 05:10 PM

FLORENCE – Former Secretary of State and Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Trey Grayson believes that Amy McGrath’s win over Lexington Mayor Jim Gray in the 6th Congressional District Democratic primary was the result of effective campaign ads as well as having the voters embrace her political outsider role. McGrath will take on Republican incumbent Congressman Andy Barr in November and Grayson believes the race will be one looked at by many around the country for possible early... Read more 

Reasons for rising costs of higher education discussed by state legislators

06/15/2018 11:57 AM

FRANKFORT – A discussion on how to improve student retention rates at Kentucky’s community and technical colleges turned into a debate on factors contributing to the high cost of education at Kentucky’s 4-year universities during Thursday’s meeting of the Program Review and Investigations Committee. While exploring ideas for future discussion, Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington, suggested a look at how to improve the low student retention rates at Kentucky’s 16 community and technical colleges. That suggestion led to a response by Sen. Dan... Read more 

Cabinet officials look at ways to better serve the state's foster care needs

06/14/2018 02:28 PM

FRANKFORT – How to better serve the state’s foster care community was the main topic of discussion in Frankfort as the Program Review and Investigations Committee heard from the new Department of Community Based Services, or DCBS, acting commissioner Elizabeth Caywood. Caywood has 19 years of DCBS experience, with twelve of those years having been spent in the Commissioner’s Office as an Internal Policy Analyst IV and Executive Advisor. Most recently, Caywood served as Chief of Staff for Commissioner Adria Johnson,... Read more 

Bevin Administration files amended complaint on pension bill

06/14/2018 01:54 PM

FRANKFORT- In an effort to toss out one of Attorney General Andy Beshear’s, D-Kentucky, complaints against Senate Bill 151, the Bevin Administration has filed an amended complaint against the three readings argument. The amended complaint seeks further deceleration on Beshear’s argument that SB 151, the pension reform bill, is invalid because it was not fully read aloud three separate times. The administration argues that if this claim is upheld, then thousands of bills would be invalidated because they have not... Read more 

Wayne Lewis refuses to answer questions surrounding plan for state takeover of JCPS

06/13/2018 03:31 PM

LOUISVILLE — Citing legal concerns, Wayne Lewis, the interim Kentucky Education Commissioner refused to answer numerous questions at Wednesday’s Louisville Forum surrounding “a plan” if a state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools takes place. Lewis addressed how he says a state takeover would work, if approved, and why he called for the action. The 38-year old also laid out why he would not be addressing his plan for action to clean up the district if the state is... Read more 

Poor People's Campaign denied entry into Capitol for third time

06/13/2018 02:31 PM

FRANKFORT- For the third time, the Kentucky Poor People’s Campaign was denied entry into the state Capitol building. The Kentucky State Police blocked entry of the protesters, only allowing two in—two out. In response to the lock out, the group led by Rev. William Barber held a rally on the steps of the Capitol. The group says Kentucky is the only state in which they have been denied entry into the statehouse. After the rally, the group of a... Read more 

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