Two Assistant US Attorneys have been appointed to serve as District Election Officers for the upcoming November 6th Election. The appointments are part of the Justice Department’s nationwide “Election Day Program.”
A national group that has pushed expanding broadband access in other southern states is now focusing on Kentucky. Citizens for a Digital Future is opening up a Kentucky chapter to help advocate for these issues with lawmakers and private businesses.
Struggling Medicaid operator Kentucky Spirit has followed through and is suing to end its contract with the state. Kentucky Spirit announced last week it was leaving the commonwealth, because it could not operate without massive losses. Now, it is suing in Frankfort courts to make it official.
Booze has been traded for votes in the Appalachian region in years past, but at least one election official is raising prescription pills as a new worry. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's chief election official, is expected to voice that concern at a Capitol press conference on Tuesday where she'll appear with federal and state investigators and prosecutors to put unscrupulous politicians on notice that they'll be closely watched on Nov. 6.
The first shipment in a huge deal to export coal to India hasn’t yet left Appalachia. The deal was announced in August: Kentucky-based Booth Energy agreed to send up to nine million tons of coal a year to India for 25 years, at an estimated value of $7 billion. The first shipment was supposed to be on its way by the end of September.