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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 

Member of Bevin administration joins Top Shelf Lobby as partner

03/22/2017 03:23 PM

Justin Clark, who recently served in the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin as general counsel for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is joining Top Shelf Lobby as a partner, effective April 1, 2017. “Top Shelf Lobby is excited to have Justin join our firm as partner,” said Top Shelf partner, Marc Wilson. “His skill sets, his legal experience and knowledge of the process in state government is a tremendous asset that will help grow our firm to the... Read more 

Federal judge in Eastern District of Kentucky confirmed to U.S. Sentencing Commission

03/21/2017 04:29 PM

The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed federal Judge Danny Reeves to the U.S. Sentencing Commission with a 98-0 vote on Tuesday. Reeves, a graduate of Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law, has been on the bench in Eastern District of Kentucky since 2001, serving the federal court “with distinction,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a speech on the Senate floor. “Judge Reeves has been lauded for his steady devotion to the rule of law, for his commitment to... Read more 

Previously untested sexual assault kit links with serial rapist; As kits come back work continues to inform victims

03/21/2017 03:15 PM

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on Kentucky’s attempts to clear the backlog of untested sexual assault cases. The first batches of previously backlogged sexual assault kits have been returning to Kentucky, rechecked by Kentucky State Police analysts and entered into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Combined DNA Index System database. Victims are beginning to be notified by law enforcement in an effort to reopen cases and potentially prosecute offenders. In Louisville, the metro police department’s special... Read more 

Senate budget chair believes that special session on tax reform is still a long way off

03/21/2017 02:29 PM

ERLANGER – Senate Appropriations and Revenue Chair Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, believes that a lot of work is going to have to be done before a special session on tax reform can be called by the Gov. Matt Bevin in 2017. McDaniel acknowledges when and if a special session is going to happen it’s totally up to Gov. Matt Bevin, but doesn’t see it happening for quite some time. “I just don’t think that any plans that could be out there... Read more 

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