Politics

Beshear announces new safe drug disposal programs

03/27/2018 04:29 PM

LEXINGTON- In an effort to combat the state’s growing opioid epidemic, Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, is teaming up with CVS Health to add new safe medication disposal programs throughout the state of Kentucky. Nine 24-hour CVS Health locations throughout the state will now have in-store disposal units, which allows Kentuckians to properly dispose of their opioids and helps to reduce the nearly 80 percent of heroin users who begin their addiction with prescription drugs. “That’s pretty profound. What that... Read more 

Thousands Gather Across Kentucky for March for Our Lives Rally Against Gun Violence

03/25/2018 08:03 AM

Hundreds of rallies took place in many cities across the United States on Saturday to ask lawmakers to raise awareness about student safety through gun legislation. Hundreds braved winter weather conditions to attend a student-led for ‘March for Our Lives’ rally in downtown Lexington, carrying signs naming each shooting victim under 21 in Kentucky in the last two years. The day of action is part of the larger March for Our Lives rallies organized by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas... Read more 

Common Ground: School Funding

03/12/2018 06:04 PM

School funding is often one of the most debated parts of a budget—drawing criticism from lawmakers, school districts and parents. When money gets low—school districts are usually hit pretty hard. Many in the education community were worried the 2018-2020 biennium budget was going to hurt schools after Gov. Matt Bevin proposed major cuts to programs and funding. Those same people were pleasantly surprised when the House budget revealed increases in funding for K-12 education, garnering support from a wide... Read more 

Common Ground: Opioid Epidemic

03/05/2018 05:59 PM

It’s an epidemic that knows no socio-economic bounds – opiates affects mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, grandparents, touching everyone in this state. Opioid addiction has skyrocketed in Kentucky over the past few years, taking thousands of lives. From 2012-2016, 5,800 people have died from opioid overdoses statewide. Each year, the number of overdose deaths continues to grow. And as the death toll climbs, Democrats and Republicans are putting aside their political differences to try and find a solution to combat this... Read more 

Common Ground: Incarceration Rates

02/26/2018 06:14 PM

Incarceration rates in Kentucky are hitting an all-time high. Jails in the commonwealth are filled with low-level non-violent offenders, mostly due to drug addiction, officials say. Currently, Kentucky has the second highest female per-capita incarceration rates in the country, and more than 33,000 children have parents in jail. Officials on both sides of the aisle have been calling for reforms—from Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, to Justice and Public Safety Director John Tilley to the Kentucky ACLU, all agree that the... Read more 

Kentucky State Police Identify Marshall County High School Shooter

02/16/2018 05:35 PM

BENTON- The Kentucky State Police have released the name of the 15-year-old charged with killing two and injuring more than a dozen others at Marshall County High School. Gabriel R. Parker, 15, was arraigned in Marshall County Court on Friday. Kentucky State Police say a Marshall County Grand Jury returned an indictment on Tuesday, charging Parker with two counts of Murder and fourteen counts of First Degree Assault. Parker is being charged as an adult. The Shooting at Marshall... Read more 

U of L Professor breaks down President Trump's first State of the Union Address

01/31/2018 01:21 PM

LOUISVILLE- President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address Tuesday night, staying mostly on script and delivering a bipartisan message. Nick Paliewicz, an University of Louisville Associate Professor in the Office of Communications wasn’t surprised by his tone throughout the speech. “I think in some ways Trump was trying to be conciliatory and his tone was a little more softer than some of his more bombastic rhetorical styles of the past. But I think overall his rhetorical... Read more 

Attorney General Sessions speaks on efforts to reduce crime and fight opioid crisis

01/30/2018 11:44 AM

LOUISVILLE- Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a stop at the U.S. Attorney General’s Office in Louisville on Tuesday to discuss ongoing efforts by the Department of Justice to reduce violent crime and fight the opioid crisis. Sessions said violent crime increased by nearly seven percent from 2014-2016 as the country is in the midst of the worst drug crisis in history. He said in 2016, an estimated 64,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. “Sadly, Louisville knows this all to... Read more 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours transitional housing programs in Lexington

01/25/2018 04:55 PM

LEXINGTON- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was in Lexington Thursday with Governor Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, and U.S. Representative Andy Barr, R-Lexington for a round table discussion on transitional housing and homelessness prevention. “We have made great progress towards ending homelessness in Lexington and across Kentucky. To end homelessness, we must continue to work together. Since 2010, there has been a 14 percent reduction in homelessness nationwide. We have cut veteran homelessness nearly in half. This progress is due... Read more 

Rand Paul attacker charged with assaulting a member of congress

01/19/2018 05:41 PM

INDIANAPOLIS- Rene A. Boucher, the man who attacked Rand Paul while mowing his lawn has been charged with assaulting a member of congress resulting in a personal injury, a felony under federal law. Josh J. Minkler, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, charged Boucher Friday. “Assaulting a member of Congress is an offense we take very seriously,” said Minkler. “Those who choose to commit such an act will be held accountable.” U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was allegedly... Read more 

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