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More Kentuckians have health care coverage, but major hurdles loom to keep them covered

09/20/2017 06:43 PM

As the number of Kentuckians with access to health care continues to increase, moves in Congress and within the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin have advocates concerned. Data released recently shows 97 percent of Kentucky kids, and 95 percent of all Kentuckians now have health insurance. Dr. Terry Brooks, the executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, said the numbers are really powerful as health insurance rates continue to be on the rise. “We all have to hit the pause button... Read more 

Lawmakers examine Kentucky's problems with heroin and other opiates during lengthy hearing

09/20/2017 06:17 PM

FRANKFORT — Lawmakers on the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare and Family Services and the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee held a marathon hearing Wednesday on Kentucky’s struggles with opiate addiction. The panel heard from a variety of speakers during the lengthy meeting, such as doctors, law enforcement, nonprofit groups and business leaders. They touched on topics like treatment options for expecting mothers, precursors to drug abuse, how to better treat addiction and how to raise awareness about opiates. Rep. Kim... Read more 

Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl food drive hopes to address food insecurity in Kentucky

09/20/2017 05:02 PM

FLORENCE – Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes was on hand in Florence on Wednesday to announce the launch of a new initiative designed to raise resources for hunger relief throughout the commonwealth. The Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl is a partnership between the Secretary of State’s office, the Kentucky Association of Food Banks (KAFB) and the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts (KDADD), in which the various area development districts across the state will be in friendly competition with each... Read more 

Perennial candidate Geoff Young seeks Democratic nomination as he sues KDP, fellow Democratic candidates

09/20/2017 02:29 PM

Democratic 6th District Congressional candidate Geoff Young of Lexington is vying for the nomination of his party even as he brings a lawsuit against the Kentucky Democratic Party, and is trying to add fellow Democratic candidates for the post to his lawsuit. Young has twice run and lost for the Democratic nomination for the 6th Congressional District, but this year he thinks will be different — pointing to a lawsuit. The Lexington Democrat alleges his campaign rivals; former Marine Corps fighter... Read more 

GOP lawmaker agrees that legalized expanded gaming would help solve pension crisis

09/20/2017 01:28 PM

ERLANGER – Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, who was awarded the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce MVP Award on Tuesday for supporting their views in his voting record during the 2017 legislative session, believes that it’s not too late to bring gaming to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, and Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford have prefiled legislation that would expand gaming in Kentucky, in an effort to generate revenue to pay down billions in pension debt, something that Koenig is open... Read more 

Northern Ky. judge-execs say collaboration will be the key to the areas success

09/19/2017 02:40 PM

ERLANGER – All three northern Kentucky judge-executives say that the key to the region being able to continue to thrive is to save money collaborating on projects and finding creative ways to obtain money for infrastructure. Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, Campbell County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery and Kenton County Judge-Executive Kris Knochelmann were guest speakers at the annual Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs ‘N Issues State of Northern Kentucky breakfast in Erlanger on Tuesday. Moore used the example of the three... Read more 

Former Personnel Cabinet employee admits to soliciting campaign dollars, falsifying timesheets

09/19/2017 10:41 AM

A former official who worked in the state’s Personnel Cabinet under Tim Longmeyer settled charges with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission on Monday, admitting to soliciting campaign contributions on state time and submitting falsified timesheets. Bill Ryan, a former special assistant in the cabinet, was ordered to pay $4,000 as part of the settlement. The ethics commission, which open a preliminary inquiry in the matter on July 18, 2016, found that Ryan had thrice contacted non-merit Personnel Cabinet employees to donate to... Read more 


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