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New data show that Kentucky’s incarceration rate is increasing, while the national rate continues to decline.

 

Figures from the Bureau of Justice Statistics show Kentucky has the ninth-highest incarceration rate in the nation. The commonwealth’s female incarceration rate is more than twice the national average, making it the second-highest in America.

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This week, Gov. Matt Bevin presented his proposal for how the state should spend its money over the next two years. In his budget address, Bevin called for cutting spending, putting more money into the pension systems and totally eliminating 70 programs across state government.

Bevin argues additional funding is necessary for the state’s unfunded pension liability, but critics say the reductions will cut some key services to the bone, or end them entirely.


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Donald Trump told supporters on the campaign trail his plan to combat the opioid crisis. It included stopping the flow of drugs into the country, increase the penalties for drug trafficking, and make treatment more accessible.

“We will give people struggling with addiction access to the help they need,” then-candidate Trump said.

In the first year of his presidency, that plan has developed partially due to the influence of people working on solutions to the epidemic in the Ohio Valley region. But as the one-year mark for the Trump administration approaches, public health officials in the region offer a mixed view of the president’s action.

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Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, also known as 10 String Symphony, previewed songs from their upcoming album and played some favorites at January's Lost River Sessions LIVE at the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green.

Leslie Weiler Meng, lead singer of the Pennyrilers, picked up several instruments and played an hour-long solo set. She also performed two songs on the piano.
 

Which Kentucky Counties Benefited Most Under Medicaid Expansion? Here’s A Map

Jan 19, 2018
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Starting this July, Kentucky will start making some Medicaid enrollees work, volunteer, take classes or train for jobs in order to keep health care coverage. Last week, the federal government approved the long-awaited Medicaid waiver that Governor Matt Bevin submitted in the summer of 2015.

The waiver includes several changes to Medicaid, and the bulk of these changes will affect people who received coverage under the expansion of the program made possible by the Affordable Care Act. Here’s how many people in each of Kentucky’s counties fall into that group:

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A south central Kentucky lawmaker at the center of a sexual harassment investigation involving three other House members has filed for re-election. 

The Secretary of State’s website shows that Representative Michael Meredith has filed for re-election to his 19th District House seat that covers Edmonson and a portion of Warren County. 

The Oakland Republican is one of four GOP House members who secretly settled sexual harassment claims with a female legislative staffer.  The Legislative Ethics Commission is currently investigating the allegations that included inappropriate text messaging. 

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The former Kentucky House speaker who stepped down after signing a secret sexual harassment settlement is running for re-election.

The Secretary of State's website shows that Jeff Hoover filed paperwork Thursday to seek re-election. Hoover resigned as speaker earlier this month after acknowledging he and three other GOP lawmakers signed a secret sexual harassment settlement involving a woman who once worked for the House Republican caucus. Hoover did not resign his seat in the legislature.

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A coalition of economic, education, health and advocacy groups is criticizing Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget cuts — and instead, is pushing for “revenue raising tax reform.”

Bevin unveiled a two-year plan earlier this week that would cut most state spending by 6.25 percent and eliminate 70 programs mostly involving education, outreach and arts initiatives.

In a news release, Kentucky Together said budget cuts are not a practical solution to the state’s money issues.

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An Owensboro city commissioner is launching a bid to replace State Senator Joe Bowen who is retiring at the end of the year. 

Democrat Bob Glenn has filed to run for the 8th District Senate seat that represents Daviess, Hancock, and McLean counties. 

Glenn, a communications professor at Owensboro Community and Technical College, says budget cuts to education is one of the reasons he’s running for the legislature.

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Superintendents across the state are reacting to governor Matt Bevin’s proposed cuts to transportation spending for school districts. The proposal would require local districts to cover 75 percent of those costs--much more than the 42 percent they pay now.

Pulaski County Superintendent Steve Butcher, is concerned that the proposed cuts would make it difficult to get kids to school.

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Devon Gilfillian and 8 Track Love were the featured musicians at Lost River Sessions LIVE on Oct. 19 at the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green. The show came just days before Gilfillian inked a deal with Capitol Records.

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