Drug overdose fatalities hit new high with 1,404 deaths in 2016, report says

Fatal overdoses in Kentucky have hit a new high with 1,404 deaths reported in 2016, a 7.4 percent increase from the prior year, according to...

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Bevin: GOP opposition to Senate health care plan should be wake up call to voters

Gov. Matt Bevin offered his support for the Senate plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, but voiced his frustration with Republican members...

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State employees organizations tell Public Pension Oversight to live up to their obligation to retired state workers

FRANKFORT – Members of the Pension Oversight Board heard from many interest groups on Monday who have state pensions about pension reform and the message...

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President Trump calls Paul to negotiate health care bill

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is one of five Senate Republicans in opposition to the Senate health care bill meant to replace the Affordable...

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Bevin administration looks to have right-to-work lawsuit tossed

Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration is asking Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate to throw out a union lawsuit challenging the state’s new right-to-work law. Bevin’s general counsel,...

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California bans state-funded travel to Kentucky

The Attorney General of California, Xavier Becerra, is blocking California tax dollars from funding trips to four states including Kentucky. Last year, California lawmakers passed...

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Mayors of Louisville and Lexington ask to be exempt from California's state-funded travel ban

06/27/2017 02:50 PM

Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington is joining Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer in asking the attorney general of California to exempt their cities from California’s ban on state-funded trips to Kentucky. Last week California Attorney General Xavier Becerra added Kentucky to a list of states where employee travel is restricted. Gray sent a letter Tuesday asking Becerra to exempt Lexington form that ban. “Eighteen years ago, Lexington become one of the first cities in the South to pass a Fairness Ordinance,”... Read more 

Drug overdose fatalities hit new high with 1,404 deaths in 2016, report says

06/27/2017 01:42 PM

Fatal overdoses in Kentucky have hit a new high with 1,404 deaths reported in 2016, a 7.4 percent increase from the prior year, according to a report by the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy released Tuesday. Nearly half of overdoses deaths last year involved fentanyl, an opioid medication that’s 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, the report says. That’s up from 34 percent in 2015. Heroin was also a factor in more overdoses compared to 2015. The drug... Read more 

Bevin: GOP opposition to Senate health care plan should be wake up call to voters

06/27/2017 01:03 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin offered his support for the Senate plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, but voiced his frustration with Republican members of the caucus imperiling a vote on the bill. In an interview on “West Virginia talk radio”: http://800wvhu.iheart.com/onair/the-tom-roten-morning-show-675/gov-bevin-senate-health-plan-is-15943315/ with WVHU host Tom Roten on Tuesday, Bevin said he understood why conservative members are opposing the bill which he said wasn’t very good, still he turned his ire on “mushy moderates.” “Why are we continuing... Read more 

State employees organizations tell Public Pension Oversight to live up to their obligation to retired state workers

06/26/2017 07:32 PM

FRANKFORT – Members of the Pension Oversight Board heard from many interest groups on Monday who have state pensions about pension reform and the message was clear: take the necessary steps to give what was promised to the states employees. Larry Totten, State President of the Kentucky Public Retirees had a suggestion which would require legislative intervention in changing the funding mechanism from the current level-percent-of-payroll amortization to a level dollar amortization plan. “Whatever reform plan is adopted, it must... Read more 

President Trump calls Paul to negotiate health care bill

06/26/2017 03:02 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is one of five Senate Republicans in opposition to the Senate health care bill meant to replace the Affordable Care Act, and now President Trump wants to know how to bring the Kentucky Republican on board. Paul along with several other Republicans say the bill does not do enough to lower health costs. The Bowling Green Republican told reporters in Louisville that the Senate bill would have the taxpayers propping up insurance companies. Appearing... Read more 

Bevin administration looks to have right-to-work lawsuit tossed

06/24/2017 03:45 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration is asking Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate to throw out a union lawsuit challenging the state’s new right-to-work law. Bevin’s general counsel, Stephen Pitt, filed the motion in Franklin Circuit Court Friday. In it, he argues that the state’s right-to-work law is completely legal and that the AFL-CIO’s and Teamsters Local 89’s claims in the lawsuit, filed in May, are unfounded. The new law bars unions from collecting dues from non-members, and labor organizations say in the lawsuit that... Read more 

California bans state-funded travel to Kentucky

06/23/2017 01:24 PM

The Attorney General of California, Xavier Becerra, is blocking California tax dollars from funding trips to four states including Kentucky. Last year, California lawmakers passed legislation banning non-essential travel to states with laws that discriminate against the LGBT community. State-funded travel to North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee was already banned, and on Thursday four more states were added to the list. Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky were all added to the list of places where California state employee travel... Read more 

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