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Addiction specialist says the sooner opiate addiction is treated as a disease, the sooner the state can gain ground in the battle against heroin

06/23/2016 03:27 PM

FLORENCE – As heroin and opiate overdoses and deaths continue to increase, especially in northern Kentucky, Dr. Mike Kalfas, who treats over 300 addicts in his family practice, says the sooner everyone understands that addiction needs to be treated as a disease, the sooner communities will make progress in battling the problem. one of things that frustrates doctors and keeps many of them from treating addicts is the fact that there is no easy fix and the sometimes painstaking process takes... Read more 

Attorney General Beshear challenges Gov. Bevin's decision to revamp pension, UofL boards

06/22/2016 07:58 PM

FRANKFORT — Attorney General Andy Beshear and Gov. Matt Bevin will square off again in Franklin Circuit Court after the governor’s moves on Friday to reconstitute the Kentucky Retirement Systems and University of Louisville board of trustees. Beshear announced on Wednesday that he planned to intervene in a lawsuit filed against Bevin by ex-KRS board chairman Thomas Elliott, challenging his removal from the pension board via executive order. Bevin later reorganized the KRS board, and he said his decision to... Read more 

Gov. Bevin and officials unveil proposed Medicaid waiver program

06/22/2016 06:43 PM

FRANKFORT — Billed as a transformational approach to Medicaid, Gov. Matt Bevin and members of his cabinet unveiled on Wednesday the state’s application for a section 1115 waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. If approved, the waiver would model health coverage for those on Medicaid after the state’s insurance plan for public employees, minus dental and vision coverage, Bevin and others said. The proposal, called Kentucky Health, would also include pilot projects for addiction services and rewards accounts for... Read more 

Yarmuth among key group of House Democrats staging sit-in on gun control legislation

06/22/2016 06:34 PM

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are doing something rarely seen in modern politics — staging a sit-in and posing a threat to Republicans who control the chamber that they’ll hold up legislative business until they’re promised a vote on gun control legislation. Kentucky’s lone federal Democrat, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville, is one of a group of 20 who first began talking about the non-violent protest on Monday. When Pure Politics spoke to Yarmuth by phone on Wednesday,... Read more 

Former U.S. Senate candidate Sellus Wilder now acting as campaign manager for Nancy Jo Kemper

06/22/2016 05:10 PM

Sellus Wilder, who ran in a crowded Democratic primary campaign for U.S. Senate this year, has joined forces with 6th Congressional District candidate Nancy Jo Kemper. Wilder will transition from candidate to campaign manager in an attempt to defeat incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, who has held the seat since 2013. Describing the conversations to help Kemper take on Barr, Wilder called it an “easy decision” that came about “organically.” Wilder said the two candidates talked during the primary... Read more 

Ag commissioner kicks off first regional meeting to address food insecurity in Kentucky

06/22/2016 02:04 PM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – The first of 10 Kentucky Hunger Regional Task Force meetings took place on Tuesday in northern Kentucky as community leaders discussed what is working as well as the challenges they face in feeding Kentucky’s food-insecure population. The Hunger Task Force is part of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Hunger Initiative, a first-of-its-kind effort to alleviate food insecurity in Kentucky. The objectives of the task force is to study the sources of hunger, identify the unique issues that... Read more 

Grant County needle exchange program aims to prevent spread of disease related to drug use

06/22/2016 09:46 AM

WILLIAMSTOWN – It’s been three months since the inception of a needle exchange program operated by the Northern Kentucky Independent Health District in Williamstown was launched, and department officials are already proclaiming the operation a 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, as well as other days and times by appointment, and receive clean ones in an attempt to eliminate the sharing of needles... Read more 

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