uky.edu

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the number of hemp products sold last year were more than three and a half time shigher than in 2017. The amound farmers were paid more than doubled.

Quarles offered the industrial hemp economic report Monday at the University of Kentucky.  With the federal action to remove hemp from the controlled substances act, Quarles says other states will move more heavily into hemp, but he feels Kentucky can remain the leader.

  More than 80 Kentuckians who attended two for-profit schools that recently closed may be eligible to have their student loans forgiven. As Lisa Autry of member station WKYU reports, the state Attorney General’s Office is reaching out to affected students.

Argosy University and Art Institutes abruptly closed on March 8th after the federal government revoked Argosy’s eligibility for federal student aid.

U.S. National College of Medicine

  Much of the effort to confront the opioid crisis in America has focused on young adult and middle-aged populations. But  a new study finds that more older adults, including those in Kentucky, are showing up in emergency rooms because of opioid misuse.

Liam Niemeyer/Ohio Valley ReSource

As the Trump administration’s trade talks continue with China and other countries, farmers are feeling the pain from the president’s year-long trade war. Tariffs on agricultural goods are compounding problems caused by low crop prices and over-production, and small farmers are suffering the most.

Matt Markgraf

Prominent Kentucky Republicans are urging grassroots efforts to expand GOP influence in Frankfort by flipping the last two Democratic constitutional offices in the upcoming election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Governor Matt Bevin and Congressman James Comer joined incumbent officers and Republican office-seekers at the First District Lincoln Reagan Dinner Saturday night in Murray.

Stu Johnson

Majority Floor Leader  Damon Thayer holds out hope lawmakers can still address pension reforms for public universities and quasi-state agencies when lawmakers return to Frankfort the end of March.

Previous  efforts broke down the last legislative day before the veto period.

Bill Insures Freedom Of Speech On Campus

Mar 18, 2019
creditjolt.law.harvard.edu

Public postsecondary institutions in Kentucky would be required to adopt freedom of speech policies for students and faculty under legislation passed by the General Assembly.  

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kentucky.com

The fate for Kentucky’s pensions at public universities plus a number of quasi-state agencies like health departments and mental health entities is in limbo.

The state legislature adjourned last night without taking final action on the bill that had been months in the making.  Under the proposal, many university employees could be covered by a separate defined contribution plan. 

WUKY

Following a wave of “sick outs” across the state, Kentucky’s Education Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis held a press conference Friday that produced more questions than answers.

During the 20 minute press conference, that streamed live on Facebook, Lewis sounded a repeat refrain -  teachers can’t take sick days when they aren’t sick and taking those days to protest in Frankfort robs children of important instructional time.

Teachers, he said, have a constitutional right to protest.

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As the Trump administration’s trade talks continue with China and other countries, farmers are feeling the pain from the president’s year-long trade war. Tariffs on agricultural goods are compounding problems caused by low crop prices and over-production, and small farmers are suffering the most.

Mary Meehan

The automaker Toyota announced Thursday major new investments in facilities in Kentucky and West Virginia to increase production of hybrid vehicles. Toyota plans to invest about $750 million in facilities in five states with almost half of that going to its plants in Kentucky and West Virginia.

Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, already the largest Toyota facility in the world, will get a $238 million boost.

J. Tyler Franklin

Amazon employee Andre Woodson made his way among yellow bins traveling through a vast warehouse filled with boxes and envelopes to be packed, sorted and shipped. In Amazon-speak, this is a “fulfillment center.”

“Our Jeffersonville, Indiana, fulfillment center is about 1.2 million square feet, which is equivalent to about 28 football fields,” Woodson explained.

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