Government

Kentuckians encouraged to challenge accuracy of new broadband map

BY: - December 28, 2022

Gov. Andy Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to challenge the accuracy of a new federal broadband availability map that will help determine how billions of federal dollars for broadband deployment will be allocated among states.  The Federal Communications Commission in November released a proposed online interactive map that lists available internet providers and the maximum advertised […]

Teva and Allergan settle opioid lawsuit with Kentucky for $114 million

BY: - December 22, 2022

Two more pharmaceutical manufacturers, Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, Ltd., and Allergan PLC., have entered agreements with Kentucky to settle claims that they “fueled the opioid crisis by marketing, promoting, selling, and distributing opioids,” the Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office said Thursday. In a press release, the office said the agreements will bring more than $114 million […]

Kentucky moves to revoke license of psychiatric facility where 7-year-old foster child died

BY: - December 22, 2022

The Beshear administration moved Thursday to revoke the license of a residential psychiatric facility in Louisville where 7-year-old Ja’Ceon Terry, a foster child, died July 17 of positional asphyxia. The state immediately ceased placing children and youth at Uspiritus-Brooklawn Academy after the child’s death. On Thursday, state Inspector General Adam Mather ordered Uspiritus-Brooklawn Academy to […]

Walmart, Kentucky reach opioid settlement for more than $53 million

BY: - December 21, 2022

  Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Wednesday announced an opioid settlement between Walmart and Kentucky for more than $53 million.  “This agreement with Walmart provides the Commonwealth with over $53 million to help Kentuckians who have been harmed by the opioid epidemic,” Cameron said in a news release. “The Commonwealth is among the states […]

Beshear unveils plans for first ‘higher ground’ community near Knott-Perry line

BY: - December 20, 2022

HINDMAN — Surrounded by elected officials from around the region, Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday unveiled plans to build a new community on “higher, stable ground” at a former surface coal mine near the Knott-Perry county line in Talcum.  Speaking at the Knott County Courthouse, Beshear said the couple who are giving 75 acres for […]

Cameron expects another opioid settlement soon

BY: - December 19, 2022

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said he is optimistic that more opioid companies “are going to come to the table to help address some of the challenges that they help exacerbate.” In a year-end interview with the Kentucky Lantern on Monday, Cameron said that he expected an announcement regarding a settlement by the […]

Kentucky groups urge lawmakers to reject another income tax cut

BY: - December 16, 2022

A coalition of 28 Kentucky organizations is urging lawmakers to reject additional cuts in the state income tax when the legislature convenes Jan. 3. “Record surpluses used to justify the cut are largely a mirage,” says a letter sent Friday to members of the General Assembly and released by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.  […]

Robust revenue growth forecast, setting stage for GOP to cut Kentucky income tax next month

BY: - December 14, 2022

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky can expect a big revenue surplus of $1.4 billion when the state’s current fiscal year ends on June 30. That was the prediction Wednesday of a group of experts — called the Consensus Forecasting Group — which is charged with making official forecasts of revenue for budgeting purposes. If the forecast […]

Marriage equality bill heads to Biden’s desk following bipartisan U.S. House vote

BY: - December 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is expected to sign the marriage equality bill on Tuesday.  Last week the U.S. House overwhelmingly approved the measure which ensures same-sex and interracial couples would continue to hold many of the rights they have now, should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the cases that established those constitutional protections. The 258-169-1 vote […]

Beshear: Sites for rebuilding flooded Eastern Kentucky communities being considered

BY: - December 9, 2022

FRANKFORT — The state is considering land in Knott, Letcher and Perry counties as sites for new housing for victims of last summer’s flooding in developments that could include schools, senior housing and medical clinics, Gov. Andy Beshear told media on Thursday. Beshear declined to go into specifics, saying he did not want to compromise […]

Beshear looks to ‘higher ground’ for rebuilding after devastating floods in Eastern Kentucky

BY: - December 7, 2022

FRANKFORT — Gov. Andy Beshear says homes being built to replace those lost to devastating floods in Eastern Kentucky cannot go back into  flood plains. “Right now, we’re in active negotiations to acquire land on higher ground where we are going to rebuild towns that coal companies may have built a hundred years ago,” the […]

abortion

Awaiting Kentucky Supreme Court’s abortion ruling with ‘anxiousness’ and uncertainty

BY: - December 7, 2022

A Kentuckian seeking an abortion now must travel to another state for it, with Illinois being the nearest where the procedure is accessible with few or no restrictions.  Virginia has some access as well, though less than Illinois.  This is true despite the defeat of the anti-abortion Amendment 2, which would have specified there’s no […]