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On the last day that Kentucky lawmakers could file bills, a freshman Republican filed a bill to move future Kentucky teachers into a new pension system.

The legislation is the latest attempt to address the low funding levels of Kentucky’s retirement systems for public workers by altering benefits.

Rep. Scott Lewis, a Republican from Hartford and sponsor of the bill, says the new proposal would still provide teachers with “defined benefit” pensions that guarantee monthly payments upon retirement, but it wouldn’t be as generous as what current teachers get.

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A bill to legalize selected sports gambling in Kentucky is now before the Kentucky House.  The sports wagering bill easily emerged from committee Wednesday.

Stu Johnson

The Kentucky Senate has voted, primarily along political party lines, to strip the Secretary of State of any authority with the State Board of Elections.  A three-part series by the Lexington Herald-Leader and ProPublica reported accusations that Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and her staff had improperly accessed voter registration rolls.

Stu Johnson

A bill to expand the current highway messaging program to include missing individuals with certain disabilities is moving in Kentucky’s legislature.

The House Transportation Committee approved the measure sponsored by Richmond Representative Deanna Frazier Tuesday.

Richmond resident Fred Warner, who suffered from dementia, went missing in mid-December.  His body was found in a Madison County creek about a month later.  His son Randy Warner says distributing flyers doesn’t carry the same impact as messages along interstates.

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 There are approximately 14,000 “orphaned” oil and gas wells across the state of Kentucky, according to state officials.

Abandoned by the original operators, these wells litter forests and fields, limiting where farmers can grow crops and presenting environmental and human health hazards. Many have been left uncapped to bubble gas and leak oil for decades.

Courtsy of EnerBlu

When battery manufacturer EnerBlu announced it would suspend plans for a new factory in Pikeville, Kentucky, the company used an intriguing phrase. “Unexpected geopolitical factors,” the company said, had soured the deal.  

  According to a former executive at the company, those factors tied the rural eastern Kentucky development project to one of the world’s largest companies, the Saudi Arabian royal family, and the international uproar resulting from the murder of a prominent journalist.

Since it announced in 2017 its plan to build a $372 million

 

Students Voice Concerns To Higher Education Panel

Feb 19, 2019
Prichard Committee

Kentucky high school students offered suggestions to improve higher education last week in Frankfort.  Members of the Prichard Committee’s Student Voice group testified before a House Budget Review Committee.

Record High Breeder Incentive Awards Announced

Feb 19, 2019
Paulick Report

The $14.2 million going to breeders as part of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund represents a ten year high.  The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission made the announcement Monday. 

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Sue Meeks has worked with children for years as a registered nurse.

Meeks manages the family navigator program at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio.

Several years ago, she started noticing three and four-year-olds coming into the program with certain distinctive behaviors.

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Courtsy of EnerBlu

When battery manufacturer EnerBlu announced it would suspend plans for a new factory in Pikeville, Kentucky, the company used an intriguing phrase. “Unexpected geopolitical factors,” the company said, had soured the deal.  

  According to a former executive at the company, those factors tied the rural eastern Kentucky development project to one of the world’s largest companies, the Saudi Arabian royal family, and the international uproar resulting from the murder of a prominent journalist.

Since it announced in 2017 its plan to build a $372 million

 

Aaron Payne/Ohio Valley ReSource

Sue Meeks has worked with children for years as a registered nurse.

Meeks manages the family navigator program at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio.

Several years ago, she started noticing three and four-year-olds coming into the program with certain distinctive behaviors.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it will move forward with a series of actions to regulate toxic fluorinated chemicals, including proposing drinking water limits by the end of this year. But environment and public health advocates say that timeline is unacceptably slow given the health risks and extent of contamination.

In its long-awaited “PFAS Action Plan,” EPA laid out a series of actions to address the widespread contamination of fluorinated PFAS chemicals.

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