Gov. Matt Bevin and Republican state lawmakers lashed out at the Kentucky Supreme Court after it struck down the controversial pension bill that passed into law earlier this year.

The seven justices on Kentucky’s high court unanimously ruled that Republican leaders of the legislature violated the state constitution by rushing the pension bill to passage without following proper procedures intended give lawmakers and the public time to understand the legislation.

Lexington Herald-Leader

A Fayette County Health Department representative says hepatitis A cases in Lexington won’t level off until community immunity is built up through additional vaccinations.  

Census Data Show Some KY Counties Among Nation’s Poorest

Dec 14, 2018
Alexandria Kanik/Ohio Valley ReSource

New data from the Census Bureau show eastern Kentucky is still struggling with poverty and lagging far behind national and state averages in terms of income.

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Former Kentucky State Treasurer Jonathan Miller has been working for the legalization of hemp for more than six years.  President  Donald Trump is expected to sign the farm bill, which includes the hemp provision, into law next week.

Police Force Numbers In Lexington Remain Constant

Dec 13, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

A national public radio report this week focused on a shortage of full-time sworn police officer in some communities across the country.  Lexington Police Commander Brian Maynard says that’s not the case in Fayette County.

HealthCare.Gov

The time for procrastination is over. Federal officials will be closing the enrollment for health insurance on Saturday.

Emily Beauregard is Executive Director of Kentucky Voices for Health. She said there is an indication  the federal website is pushing people to consider some short-term plans that may not be a good choice.

“They are actually directing people in some subtle ways to short-term plans which are really nothing more than junk coverage,” she said.

Kentucky Supreme Court Strikes Down Pension Bill

Dec 13, 2018
Ryland Barton

  In a major blow to Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration and the Republican-led legislature, the Supreme Court of Kentucky has upheld a ruling that struck down changes to the state’s pension system that passed into law earlier this year.

The pension law was challenged by Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear, who argued that the changes violated state workers’ contract rights and that lawmakers had illegally rushed the bill to passage.

 

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Stu Johnson

The disposal of chemical weapons stored at Madison County’s Blue Grass Army Depot is slated to begin next summer.  Wednesday’s quarterly meeting of two advisory boards included questions about the overall schedule of demolition.

herald-leader

Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Jay Box has appointed Dr. Koffi Akakpo to head Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

Akakpo currently serves as vice president for business, administrative, and student services at North Central State College in Ohio.  He believes there are more opportunities than challenges in taking on the presidency at the Lexington school.“Workforce development is a big one for me.  As I went around and I looked at all the sites and all the potential that we have.  I think we have a lot to offer,” said Akakpo.

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Census Data Show Some KY Counties Among Nation’s Poorest

Dec 14, 2018
Alexandria Kanik/Ohio Valley ReSource

New data from the Census Bureau show eastern Kentucky is still struggling with poverty and lagging far behind national and state averages in terms of income.

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Jason Walker spends $50 per month on bottled water. He spends three hours each week standing by the small stream that runs near his house, pumping creek water into a thousand-gallon tank.

“You have to catch the creek at the right time when it’s clear,” Walker said. “Whatever you pump, whatever the creek looks like, is what you’re going to pump, and that’s going to pump right into your house.”

 

EPA Rule Rollback Aimed at Boosting Coal Plant Development

Dec 5, 2018
OVR

  The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce it is rolling back Obama-era regulations that required newly-built coal plants to strictly limit carbon emissions.

Industry advocates argued the rule made it nearly impossible to build new coal plants because it required the installation of expensive carbon capture technology.

But experts say it’s unlikely that the EPA’s rollback will reverse the trend.

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