Hack-a-thon looks to curtail health issues affecting the Appalachian region of the state

An event focusing on creating effective solutions to the health challenges faced by Kentuckians living in Appalachia is coming to southeast Kentucky.

The first ever Appalachia...

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The Chatter: House GOP candidate unapologetic over "outrageous" Facebook posts, mystery website hitting Gov. Bevin

A Republican candidate for the state’s House of Representatives isn’t backing down from offensive imagery posted to his Facebook page.

WDRB-TV reported Thursday that...

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Tim Longmeyer sentenced to 70 months imprisonment in federal bribery case

UPDATED LEXINGTON — Former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for his role in a...

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Audit reveals questionable practices related to KLEFPF funds

FRANKFORT — State Auditor Mike Harmon says that his audit of the Department of Criminal Justice Training and the Kentucky Law Enforcement...

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Different portraits of Tim Longmeyer emerge in letters of support from family and friends, Personnel Cabinet statement ahead of sentencing

Dozens of friends and family members have implored U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell for leniency in letters of support for former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim...

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$4.6M shortfall in SEEK funding will get filled months after request

FRANKFORT — A $4.6 million shortfall in public school funding will be filled once the Kentucky Department of Education requests the funds, Gov. Matt...

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Hack-a-thon looks to curtail health issues affecting the Appalachian region of the state

09/30/2016 05:58 PM

An event focusing on creating effective solutions to the health challenges faced by Kentuckians living in Appalachia is coming to southeast Kentucky. The first ever Appalachia Health Hack-a-thon, sponsored by Shaping Our Appalachian Region will take place Oct. 6-8 at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset. The three-day event, modeled after MIT’s Hacking Medicine program that has helped develop solutions to some of the toughest problems in medicine, will bring together people with different backgrounds and expertise to form teams, collaborate... Read more 

The Chatter: House GOP candidate unapologetic over "outrageous" Facebook posts, mystery website hitting Gov. Bevin

09/30/2016 02:06 PM

A Republican candidate for the state’s House of Representatives isn’t backing down from offensive imagery posted to his Facebook page. WDRB-TV reported Thursday that Dan Johnson, who’s looking to unseat Democratic Rep. Linda Belcher in the 49th House District, had numerous photos on his social media page with racial and anti-Islamic undertones, such as one featuring President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama with ape-like features and another calling for states to ban the practice of Islam. Johnson denied being a... Read more 

Tim Longmeyer sentenced to 70 months imprisonment in federal bribery case

09/29/2016 06:30 PM

UPDATED LEXINGTON — Former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme involving a Lexington-based consulting firm and the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan. Longmeyer, wearing a gray suit with a white shirt and blue tie, showed little emotion as U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell read his 70-month sentence. Caldwell said she considered not only the severity of Longmeyer’s crimes, but also the message that a lengthy prison stint... Read more 

Audit reveals questionable practices related to KLEFPF funds

09/29/2016 06:11 PM

FRANKFORT — State Auditor Mike Harmon says that his audit of the Department of Criminal Justice Training and the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund released Thursday shows excessive and unnecessary spending of funds as well as questionable contracts with Eastern Kentucky University that circumvented state law. KLEFPF was established by law in 1972 to strengthen law enforcement across Kentucky by attracting and retaining competent, highly qualified people to the field for the purpose of providing maximum protection and safety... Read more 

Different portraits of Tim Longmeyer emerge in letters of support from family and friends, Personnel Cabinet statement ahead of sentencing

09/29/2016 10:18 AM

Dozens of friends and family members have implored U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell for leniency in letters of support for former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer ahead of his sentencing on federal bribery charges Thursday. The letters were unsealed Wednesday and include his wife, Lyn Longmeyer; parents, John and Janice Longmeyer; siblings and extended family; fellow parishioners at St. Agnes Church in Louisville; and friends, mostly in and around Louisville. On Wednesday, the court also released a victim impact statement from... Read more 

$4.6M shortfall in SEEK funding will get filled months after request

09/29/2016 07:54 AM

FRANKFORT — A $4.6 million shortfall in public school funding will be filled once the Kentucky Department of Education requests the funds, Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration said Wednesday. The announcement came after House Democrats called on Bevin to plug the Supporting Education Excellence in Kentucky program’s financial gap during a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda, steps away from the governor’s first-floor office suite. Thirty minutes before the news conference, Bevin’s office released a video of the governor shot earlier in... Read more 

School safety data report shows student assaults against school personnel up significantly

09/28/2016 07:22 PM

RICHMOND — Third-degree assaults by students against school teachers, administrators and staff in Kentucky’s K-12 public schools have risen 51.3 percent, according to the recently released Kentucky Center for School Safety 2014-15 School Safety Data Report on Law Violations. Third-degree assaults rose from a total of 150 during the 2013-14 school year to 227 for 2014-15. KCSS Executive Director Jon Akers said his updated research shows that the problem has grown significantly and is showing no signs of slowing down. Akers talked... Read more 

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