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Northern Kentucky legislator hopes to make impact by serving on national mental health and substance abuse task force

09/27/2016 05:35 PM

FRANKFORT — State Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, has been named to a nationwide task force to work on policies related to mental health and substance abuse. Wuchner, along with Rep. Joni Jenkins, D- Louisville, were appointed to the Women In Government’s National Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use, which is comprised of women legislators across the U.S. who have been leaders on issues pertaining to mental health and substance abuse policies. Wuchner, who just returned from the task force meeting... Read more 

Bevin calls athlete protests during national anthem "disgusting"

09/27/2016 12:18 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin called recent protests by professional athletes during the national anthem to bring attention to what they say are racial inequalities and injustices taking place in America, including police-related violence, “disgusting.” The protests began last month in a preseason NFL game when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee while the national anthem was played. Kapernick has been joined by other NFL players in the weeks that followed as well as professional athletes from other... Read more 

Bevin still weighing options over Supreme Court ruling on university budget cuts

09/26/2016 06:32 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin is looking at his options after the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled 5-2 last week that Bevin overstepped his authority in making 4.5 percent unilateral cuts to most public universities. Bevin says that, by law, he and his staff have some time before deciding whether to try to get the Supreme Court revisit the case one more time. “We’re in the process of looking at our options, and that is the nature of these things whenever there is... Read more 

Chief Justice Minton says judges need higher wages, will present judicial redistricting plan next legislative session

09/23/2016 05:12 PM

FRANKFORT – A plan to redistrict the state’s court system will be presented to the General Assembly next session in hopes of bringing more parity to judicial caseloads, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton told the interim joint Judiciary Committee on Friday. Minton, who complimented lawmakers and Gov. Matt Bevin for the two-year budget passed this year, has been a vocal advocate for judicial pay raises in recent budget-writing sessions. His request to increase the jurists’ salaries as lawmakers... Read more 

UPDATED: Ky. Supreme Court rules Gov. Bevin overstepped his authority with college and university funding cuts

09/22/2016 11:06 AM

UPDATED The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-2 decision that Gov. Matt Bevin exceeded his authority in ordering the state’s public colleges’ and universities’ fourth-quarter funding allotments cut last fiscal year. The high court ruling, released Thursday, reverses Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate’s earlier ruling in the case that Bevin acted within his authority in ordering the reductions, which total $18 million. “The Governor’s reduction of the allotments of the Universities in this case exceeded his statutory authority to... Read more 

Labor Sec. Ramsey says the time is now for state to bolster apprenticeship program

09/21/2016 09:50 PM

FRANKFORT — Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey is pushing hard to match more potential employees utilizing a long developed but often forgotten program of apprenticeships. To pair more work-ready employees with employers, Ramsey and his team are traveling the state and challenging the culture against vocational programs. As the former UK quarterback looks across the hills and hollers of the Bluegrass, he sees a commonwealth ready to receive the apprenticeship initiative, and he is calling the play. “As you look... Read more 

Radiation oncologist tells panel that former cancer patient's trials changed his perspective on medical cannabis

09/21/2016 06:02 PM

FRANKFORT — A radiation oncologist says his experiences watching a cancer patient ultimately lose her battle with the illness while also defending herself against charges of growing marijuana caused his perspective on medical cannabis to change completely. Dr. Don Stacy, who practices in the Louisville area, told the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare on Wednesday that the woman, a 25-year-old female, had developed head and neck cancer. And after various prescriptions did nothing to help her cope with complications of... Read more 

Gov. Bevin directs Kentucky to join with 20 other states in challenging overtime rule

09/21/2016 04:21 PM

Twenty-one states, including Kentucky, have joined together to challenge a federal rule change which would effectively mandate more salaried workers get paid for overtime. First-year Republican Gov. Matt Bevin released a statement on Wednesday decrying the federal rule as unconstitutional and potentially costly to the state and businesses. “This new Obama Administration rule is another example of the federal government’s never-ending attempt to encroach upon the rights of individual states. This is a direct violation the Tenth Amendment to the... Read more 

Schools need to do better in emergency preparedness, OEA review finds

09/20/2016 02:42 PM

FRANKFORT — Most teachers in Kentucky consider the schools in which they work safe, but more can be done to ensure that schools have the proper policies in place to stay that way, according to testimony Tuesday by officials at the Office of Education Accountability. OEA analysts gave the Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee an overview of their findings after looking into the state’s Safe Schools Program. One item mentioned for possible attention by the General Assembly and the Kentucky... Read more 

Cabinet official apologizes to northern Kentucky mother for Benefind glitches

09/19/2016 03:05 PM

FRANKFORT – Cabinet officials with the Office of Administrative Technology and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services admit that there have been a number of issues affecting Medicaid recipients since the roll out of Benefind, but have been working hard to correct them. Angie Maddox, of Florence, testified before members of the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue about the many frustrations that she faced with her adopted daughter, Cora, who suffers from Periventricular leukomalacia, a type of brain... Read more 

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