Kentucky Democrats take victory lap as GOP replacement plan for ACA pulled in Congress

After years of campaigning on the promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives pulled...

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The Chatter: Judge hears arguments on motion to temporarily halt pre-abortion ultrasound law, Medicaid waiver approval expected soon

A federal judge will soon rule on the ACLU of Kentucky’s motion to temporarily suspend the state’s new pre-abortion ultrasound law after hearing arguments from...

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Grant County needle exchange program showing success after first year of operation

DRY RIDGE – The Grant County Syringe Access Exchange Program has been in existence for one year and health officials say that so far, the...

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Spring Clean Northern Kentucky initiative encourages safe disposal of unused prescription drugs

BURLINGTON – An initiative in northern Kentucky is going to make it easier for residents to safely dispose of any expired or unneeded medications, especially...

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Kentucky State Police Lab becoming training ground for other state labs because of low pay, lab director says

Editor’s note: This is part two in a two-part series on Kentucky’s attempts to clear the backlog of untested sexual assault cases. Part one can...

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Student buy-in a key element in Dayton Independent Schools improvement

DAYTON – Six years ago, the Dayton Independent School district was failing after previous superintendent Gary Rye was sentenced to two years in federal prison...

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Kentucky Democrats take victory lap as GOP replacement plan for ACA pulled in Congress

03/24/2017 06:33 PM

After years of campaigning on the promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives pulled their replacement bill from a vote as the legislation seemed doomed in Congress. Even after President Trump issued an ultimatum to Congress to either vote on a repeal and replacement bill to the Affordable Care Act on Friday, or the existing bill would stay in place — Republicans still couldn’t pick up the votes needed to... Read more 

The Chatter: Judge hears arguments on motion to temporarily halt pre-abortion ultrasound law, Medicaid waiver approval expected soon

03/24/2017 03:00 PM

A federal judge will soon rule on the ACLU of Kentucky’s motion to temporarily suspend the state’s new pre-abortion ultrasound law after hearing arguments from both sides on Thursday. The ACLU of Kentucky and EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville sued after House Bill 2 became law in the opening week of this year’s 30-day legislative session. They say the new law violates the First Amendment by compelling physicians to perform and report the results of ultrasounds on women seeking abortions. But... Read more 

Grant County needle exchange program showing success after first year of operation

03/23/2017 04:36 PM

DRY RIDGE – The Grant County Syringe Access Exchange Program has been in existence for one year and health officials say that so far, the program has been a resounding success. Under the program, addicts bring in their dirty needles to the Grant County office on Wednesday’s between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00 pm, as well as other days and times by appointment. Addicts receive clean needles at that time in an attempt to eliminate the sharing of needles, which... Read more 

Spring Clean Northern Kentucky initiative encourages safe disposal of unused prescription drugs

03/23/2017 03:06 PM

BURLINGTON – An initiative in northern Kentucky is going to make it easier for residents to safely dispose of any expired or unneeded medications, especially opioid pain medication and other narcotics, to help prevent misuse, abuse or addiction. Spring Clean Northern Kentucky was introduced on Thursday by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, and Rep. Kim Moser, R-Independence, in an effort to encourage residents to go through their medicine cabinets and throw-away medications no longer need. In addition, lawmaker and advocates called on individuals... Read more 

Kentucky State Police Lab becoming training ground for other state labs because of low pay, lab director says

03/23/2017 11:11 AM

Editor’s note: This is part two in a two-part series on Kentucky’s attempts to clear the backlog of untested sexual assault cases. Part one can be viewed here. As Kentucky State Police Lab analysts recheck thousands of previously untested sexual assault kits there exists a frightening possibility that despite best efforts a new backlog will be created because of incredibly low pay, and high turnover rates. While earning more than others in state government, analysts, who undergo between six months and two... Read more 

Student buy-in a key element in Dayton Independent Schools improvement

03/22/2017 09:34 PM

DAYTON – Six years ago, the Dayton Independent School district was failing after previous superintendent Gary Rye was sentenced to two years in federal prison for embezzling nearly $200,000 from the school district he led for more than a decade which prompted an audit of school system finances by former auditor Adam Edelen. To make matters worse, the district was ranked 171 of the 174 school districts in the state and morale was at an all time low for students and... Read more 

Insure Kentucky celebrates 7th anniversary of Obamacare with U.S. House poised to vote on replacement

03/22/2017 05:39 PM

LOUISVILLE – With a crucial health-care vote looming in the U.S. House of Representatives, a coalition of Kentucky nonprofits held a celebration Wednesday of the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act’s passage. Members of Insure Kentucky also expressed their desire to see health coverage for all Americans, mirroring President Donald Trump’s stated goal in January of “insurance for everybody” in reform efforts. Rev. Mark Baridon, pastor of Louisville’s Central Presbyterian Church, said he hopes Trump and Congress make that goal... Read more 

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