Comer says pension systems need 'more transparency,' funding and experienced board members

MURRAY — Kentucky will have to infuse more tax dollars into its main public employee retirement system but, at the same time, should require...

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Heroin deaths up 12 percent in 2013, Office of Drug Control Policy report says

The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy says that the death toll attributable to heroin continues to rise in the state.

While the 2013 deaths related...

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McConnell touting legislative victory for Kentucky fishermen in new ad

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is touting his influence in a new ad on a 2013 legislative victory allowing boaters to fish below the Barkley and...

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Hospitals struggle with increasing number of "non-emergency" ER visits due to Medicaid expansion

CYNTHIANA — The emergency rooms of Kentucky’s hospitals are facing a crisis of too many patients, but not because of an increase in illnesses,...

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Louisville lawmaker says state should keep doing business with Seven Counties Services

Rep. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, says the state needs to keep contracts with Seven Counties Services in place and provide a way for the mental...

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Grimes launches new ad aimed at hitting McConnell on Violence Against Women Act votes

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is focusing her latest question ad on U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2013 vote against reauthorizing the Violence Against...

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Comer says pension systems need 'more transparency,' funding and experienced board members

07/31/2014 04:18 PM

MURRAY — Kentucky will have to infuse more tax dollars into its main public employee retirement system but, at the same time, should require the fund to disclose much more than it currently does, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said Thursday. Comer, speaking to the Murray Rotary Club Thursday afternoon ahead of his appearance at this weekend’s Fancy Farm Picnic-related events, is expected to announce this weekend his intentions about running in next year’s Republican primary for governor. But the first... Read more 

Heroin deaths up 12 percent in 2013, Office of Drug Control Policy report says

07/31/2014 04:05 PM

The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy says that the death toll attributable to heroin continues to rise in the state. While the 2013 deaths related to overdoses stayed steady from 2012 to 2013, at just over 1,000 fatalities in both years, but more deaths are now being attributed to heroin. “Of the 722 deaths autopsied by the Kentucky Medical Examiner last year that were determined to be from a drug overdose, 230, or 31.9 percent, were attributed to heroin,... Read more 

McConnell touting legislative victory for Kentucky fishermen in new ad

07/31/2014 10:52 AM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is touting his influence in a new ad on a 2013 legislative victory allowing boaters to fish below the Barkley and Wolf Creek Dams along the Cumberland River. The 60 second television ad features Western Kentuckians who say that if it were not for McConnell interceding in the decision to block fishing below the dams their economy, which is reliant on tourism, would have been devastated. “It protected our economy around here, it protected our local... Read more 

Hospitals struggle with increasing number of "non-emergency" ER visits due to Medicaid expansion

07/30/2014 09:41 PM

CYNTHIANA — The emergency rooms of Kentucky’s hospitals are facing a crisis of too many patients, but not because of an increase in illnesses, like the rest of the nation Kentucky saw an increase in non-emergency visits because more individuals have health insurance coverage. In Kentucky, more than 330,000 people became Medicaid eligible when the state expanded the program on January 1. The expansion covers residents earning up to 138% of the federal poverty rate which is $15,856. The problem is... Read more 

Louisville lawmaker says state should keep doing business with Seven Counties Services

07/30/2014 09:17 PM

Rep. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, says the state needs to keep contracts with Seven Counties Services in place and provide a way for the mental health agency to pay their obligations to the retirement system. Adams said while there is active litigation between the pension system and Seven Counties Services the state should determine the actual cost the agency owes for retirees and figure out a way for them to pay the obligation and then continue working with the agency.... Read more 

Grimes launches new ad aimed at hitting McConnell on Violence Against Women Act votes

07/30/2014 10:20 AM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is focusing her latest question ad on U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2013 vote against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act — a familiar line in the campaign for Grimes. The latest television ad comes in a series of question posed by Kentuckians to McConnell which toes the line on attacking McConnell’s negatives while remaining folksy. The ad released Wednesday features Ilene Woods from Lynch, Kentucky asking McConnell, “Why did you vote two times... Read more 

Retiring Rep. Ben Waide indicted for alleged violations of campaign finance laws

07/29/2014 05:58 PM

Retiring Rep. Ben Waide, R-Madisonville, was indicted Tuesday by Attorney General Jack Conway for alleged violations of Kentucky campaign finance laws during his 2010 re-election campaign. Waide was indicted on two counts of “knowingly accepting contributions from a corporation,” and “causing funds in his campaign account to be expended for purposes that were not allowable campaign expenditures” which are Class D Felonies. Each count carries with it a penalty of one to five years in prison and up to a $10,000... Read more 

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