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Group again protests Ky. Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast over insurer's policies

08/25/2016 04:10 PM

LOUISVILLE — A group of more than two dozen protesters organized by the Fairness Campaign stood outside the Kentucky Exposition Center before Thursday’s Kentucky Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast, hoping to pressure the insurance company into changing policies they view as discriminatory. Some examples include the Farm Bureau’s recognition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, opposition to state-supported benefits to same-sex couples and opposition to collective bargaining for public school employees. Chris Hartman, director of the Fairness Campaign,... Read more 

Vice chairman of KRS board will become interim executive director Sept. 1

08/24/2016 06:35 PM

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Retirement Systems’ Board of Directors on Wednesday named board member David Eager as the pension agency’s interim executive director once Bill Thielen retires Sept. 1. Thielen announced his retirement at the May 19 KRS meeting. One KRS board member who was not involved in Wednesday’s decision was Tommy Elliott, the former board chairman who was removed from the panel via executive order by Gov. Matt Bevin but restored in a temporary injunction issued by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip... Read more 

Bevin submits updated Medicaid plan to federal government

08/24/2016 02:14 PM

After some tweaking Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, has submitted his Medicaid waiver plan to the federal government, but not everyone is on board with the proposal. The waiver, known as Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health) was sent to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Sec. Sylvia Burwell on Wednesday — and reflects changes to the proposal after a public comment period. Among the changes to the proposal include allergy testing and... Read more 

Beshear hopes for "final, ultimate decision" by Supreme Court in board reorganization lawsuits

08/23/2016 05:41 PM

LOUISVILLE — Less than a week after he argued against Gov. Matt Bevin’s higher education cuts before the Kentucky Supreme Court, Attorney General Andy Beshear says he ultimately expects to be back in front of the high court as a pair of lawsuits challenging gubernatorial overhauls of boards move through the judicial process. On Monday, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd issued a temporary injunction that put ousted Kentucky Retirement Systems board chairman Tommy Elliott back on the panel while keeping other... Read more 

Grimes says voter registration portal and overseas military voting initiatives showing successful results

08/23/2016 04:24 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says that the web portal, launched in March 2016 has been a huge success in allowing Kentuckians to either register to vote, or update their registration online. Grimes told member of the Interim Joint Committee on State Government Subcommittee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Task Force that more and more citizens are being drawn to the site. “We had had over 100,000 Kentuckians access it,” Grimes said. “Over 37,000 applications... Read more 

Jim Gray addresses high school agriculture students in Lexington, says his sole campaign focus is on Kentucky

08/23/2016 01:01 PM

LEXINGTON – Lexington mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray took a break from the campaign trail on Tuesday morning to tour and visit with students at Locust Trace Agriscience Center in Lexington, where students learn about all aspects of agriculture, equine studies and veterinary science. Gray talked to the students about how important agriculture is to the state, and said that’s he’s inspired to see so many young people are looking to focus on agriculture. “You see the passion... Read more 

Judge allows Bevin to reorganize KRS board, blocks removal of Elliott

08/22/2016 06:57 PM

UPDATED FRANKFORT — In a ruling released Monday evening a Franklin Circuit Court judge has allowed Gov. Bevin to reorganize the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees, but he has blocked the governor’s removal of the board chair. In a ruling on Monday, Judge Phil Shepherd granted a temporary injunction keeping Board Chair Tommy Elliott in place, despite an executive order from Bevin removing Elliott from the post. Pending a final judgement, Shepherd ruled that Elliott could once again serve... Read more 


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