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Remaining abortion clinics face more challenges if abortion pill limited by Texas judge

BY: - March 2, 2023

JACKSON, Miss. — The Pink House — otherwise known as Jackson Women’s Health Organization — was the center of the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned the federal right to abortion in June. Today, the clinic, the only abortion clinic to serve Mississippi and the greater area for years, is shuttered. On a hot day […]

Senate Republicans take aim at Beshear in passing bill to ‘blow up’ KET board

BY: - March 1, 2023

Republicans in the Kentucky Senate, in passing a bill Wednesday to reorganize the board for Kentucky’s public television broadcaster, also used the opportunity to tee up criticism against the state’s Democratic governor.  Senate Bill 104, sponsored by Sen. Stephen Meredith, R-Leitchfield, would disband the current board for Kentucky Educational Television (KET) and require future gubernatorial […]

CROWN Act stalls in legislature

BY: - March 1, 2023

FRANKFORT — Supporters gathered on the Capitol steps Wednesday to cheer on a bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of braids, locks and twist hairstyles in Kentucky. Hours later the Senate passed over the bill for the fourth time.  Senate Bill 63, also known as the CROWN Act, appears to have stalled in […]

Two juvenile justice bills advance in Kentucky Senate. Here’s what they say. 

BY: - March 1, 2023

Two Senate bills aimed at addressing Kentucky’s juvenile justice issues cleared the Senate Appropriations and Revenue committee unanimously on Wednesday.  The first, SB162, would allot millions of dollars to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)  for salaries, retention, new workers, security upgrades and more – among other things.  Those price tags are: $3.2 million for […]

Torture a dog or cat? You could be charged with a felony under proposed Kentucky law  

BY: - March 1, 2023

Under a bipartisan bill that passed a House committee on Wednesday, Kentuckians who torture a dog or cat could be charged with a felony. House Bill 103 would make it a Class D felony to torture a domestic dog or cat. Two members of the House Standing Committee on Judiciary passed and 15 voted in […]

Bipartisan bill would clear way for distribution of fentanyl test strips in Kentucky

BY: - March 1, 2023

FRANKFORT — Fentanyl test strips could no longer be considered drug paraphernalia in Kentucky under a bipartisan bill that passed a House committee Wednesday.  The House Standing Committee on Judiciary approved the measure 17-0, with three members passing  House Bill 353, sponsored by Reps. Kimberly Poore Moser, R-Taylor Mill and Rachel Roberts, D-Newport, states:  “Testing […]

Cameron wants increased teacher pay, ‘far-left’ out of classroom

BY: - March 1, 2023

Kentucky Republican candidate for governor Daniel Cameron released his plans for Kentucky’s education system if elected in November. They include raising starting pay for teachers and keeping “far-left” policies at bay.  In a Wednesday press release, his campaign said his framework aims to “keep the far-left from indoctrinating our students” and that the attorney general […]

After compromise, small farm wineries self-distribution advances, awaits only a House vote

BY: - March 1, 2023

FRANKFORT — After the Kentucky Senate last week approved allowing Kentucky small farm wineries to self-distribute their products, a House of Representatives committee followed suit Wednesday.  The bill underwent some changes since it was filed after the wineries and the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky reached a compromise on the amount of wine the […]

Biden student debt relief plan met with skepticism from U.S. Supreme Court conservatives

BY: - February 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — The majority conservative wing of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared skeptical Tuesday that the Biden administration had the authority to implement a federal student debt relief program that was estimated to potentially aid millions of borrowers. The conservative justices, who hold a 6-3 majority on the court, questioned whether the Department of Education […]

Bill to ensure proper reporting of child abuse in Kentucky advances

BY: - February 28, 2023

FRANKFORT – A state Senate bill aimed at closing gaps in Kentucky’s child abuse reporting unanimously passed out of committee Tuesday morning.  Senate Bill 229 “ensures the reporting of child abuse or neglect is properly communicated to the appropriate external agencies,” the primary sponsor, Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, told her colleagues in the Senate Families […]

Biden pick for U.S. archivist caught up in controversy over missing presidential documents

BY: - February 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — The nominee for archivist of the United States made her second appearance before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee Tuesday, after the panel blocked her last Congress following a high-profile probe into records at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Colleen Shogan, an executive for the nonprofit White House Historical Association […]

New study finds coal miners in Central Appalachia at highest risk of dying from lung diseases

BY: - February 28, 2023

Central Appalachian coal miners in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia are more than eight times more likely than men in the general population to die from respiratory diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and black lung, according to recent research. “This higher mortality has also worsened over time with modern miners facing greater risk than […]