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McConnell: Replacement to Health Law to Take Time
Saturday, December 03, 2016 11:22 AM
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Congress will act early next year to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law but delay the changes as Republicans try to come up with an alternative. The Kentucky Republican insisted Saturday that some 20 million Americans who have health care through the six-year-old law will not lose coverage, though the likely upheaval in the insurance ...
KY Farm Income Could Drop to 2010 Levels
Friday, December 02, 2016 5:46 AM
University of Kentucky agricultural economists say the state's net farm income could drop to its lowest level since 2010. They're pointing to sharply lower cattle prices along with large grain stockpiles and the lowest tobacco receipts of the post-tobacco buyout era as factors behind the decline in farm income. On the positive side, they say poultry receipts are back on track. UK ag ...
Crew Cleaning, Restoring Kentucky Capitol
Thursday, December 01, 2016 11:25 AM
A major restoration project is underway at the State Capitol in Frankfort. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Thursday that a crew of about 16 people is working on cleaning and restoring the historic limestone and granite building. Kentucky Finance and Administrative Cabinet spokeswoman Pamela Trautner says it has been more than 50 years since any sort of thorough cleaning of the facade ...
House Republicans Announce Leadership Team
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 3:23 PM
Republicans preparing to take control of the Kentucky House have selected the rest of their leadership team for the next two years, and it includes some newcomers to leadership. Rep. David Osborne was chosen by his colleagues on Wednesday as speaker pro tem, while Rep. Jonathan Shell was selected majority floor leader. Shell played a key role in recruiting House ...
Jobless Rates Down in 82 Kentucky Counties
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 7:29 AM
State officials say unemployment rates fell in 82 Kentucky counties between October 2015 and October 2016. The unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was at 4.6 percent, compared to 4.7 percent nationally. The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says jobless rates rose in 33 counties during that span. The agency says Woodford County had the state's October lowest jobless rate ...
Kentucky Leaders Sued for Teachers' Pension Woes
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 1:55 AM
A group of current and retired public school teachers has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to order Kentucky's leaders to "perform their constitutional and statutory duties" by adequately funding the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System. The suit was filed Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court in Frankfort. Defendants are Gov. Matt Bevin, Kentucky Senate ...
University Funds Could be Based in Part on Degree
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 3:15 PM
Kentucky's university presidents are finalizing a plan that would create a way to tie some of their schools' state funding to performance outcomes such as higher graduation rates and more degrees in science and technology. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the university presidents held their final meeting at the Council on Postsecondary Education on Monday. They hope to present a new ...
Bevin Consolidates Building Industry Boards
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 5:32 PM
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has consolidated eight boards into one committee overseeing regulations for the state's construction sector. The Republican governor said Tuesday the consolidation saves the state money and makes it easier for the construction industry to do business. His executive order creates the Housing, Buildings and Construction Advisory Committee. Its membership will include a ...
Bevin: Trump Improves Chances for Medicaid Waiver
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 12:28 PM
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says the odds of winning federal approval for his plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program have improved with Donald Trump's election as president. The Republican governor spoke with reporters on a range of issues Tuesday in Louisville. Regarding his proposal for a federal waiver to revise Kentucky's Medicaid program, Bevin said his administration has had ...
Carcasses Not Allowed Into KY From Infected States
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 10:13 AM
Kentucky state officials are reminding hunters not to bring whole deer or elk carcasses into the state from states infected with chronic wasting disease. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources said in a news release that chronic wasting disease is a contagious and fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk and similar animals native to North America. There's currently no ...
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