Kentucky's Projected Shortfall Deepens, Cuts Coming

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A panel of economists has revised downward its prediction of how much Kentucky will make in tax revenue by the end of the fiscal year in June and Gov. Matt Bevin is expected to make cuts to state spending soon

The Consensus Forecasting Group on Friday predicted that the state will be $156.1 million short of initial projections. 
State Budget Director John Chilton said he expects Gov. Matt Bevin will make cuts to state spending before the end of the calendar year to help avert a budget shortfall.

Battery Plant Coming to Eastern Kentucky

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West Coast Battery Company EnerBlu plans to invest $372 million in a manufacturing plant in Pikeville.  The formal announcement came this morning in eastern Kentucky. 

Long-time Congressman Hal Rogers says the expected 875 jobs eventually will be just the right medicine for a region hit hard by coal industry losses.  “You’ve been talking about evolving the economy of a whole region of the state.  This is a big step in that direction,” said Rogers.

 

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The Paducah Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance this week narrowing the focus of the city's Human Rights Commission to issues involving gender identity and sexual orientation.

Complaints involving race, color, religion, sex, age, familial status, handicap or national origin would be directed to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights.

Human Rights Commissioner Robert Shy is concerned the changes will make the local board less diverse and attentive. Mayor Brandi Harless says it might bring better results.

Mayfield Council Considers Prohibiting Bars

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A Mayfield city council member hopes to enact a law prohibiting bars in the far western Kentucky town. 

Johnny Jackson received the council’s initial backing earlier this week. Jackson says he’s heard from constituents on the matter.  “I decided we’d go ahead and move on this thing to disallow any bars per se rather than risk something coming in that our citizens of this community would not be proud of,” said Jackson.

 

Ash Urns Come to Lexington Area Parks

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New ash urns are now installed at Lexington’s Woodland, Jacobson, and Shillito parks.  It’s an expansion of a litter prevention program initiated by the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission.

Dan Johnson's Widow Vows Run For House Seat

Dec 14, 2017
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State Rep. Dan Johnson’s suicide in the wake of sexual assault allegations has sent Frankfort reeling. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton says Johnson’s widow plans to file to run for his seat representing Bullitt County in the legislature. 


Some Rare Good News Concerning Opioids

Dec 14, 2017
Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

A survey put out by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found a rare bit of good news about the opioid crisis. As Aaron Payne reports, fewer teenagers are using opioid drugs.

The Monitoring the Future Survey results shows a continued decrease of opioid misuse by teens.

National Institute of Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow says this is encouraging news as overdose and addiction rates continue to rise for adults.

Hopkinsville Plans for New Sports Complex

Dec 14, 2017

The Hopkinsville-Christian County community plans to break ground on an indoor sports complex  and expansion of the convention center.

The $5.5 million dollar sports compplex will feature a 54,000 square foot multipurpose facility to host recreational and tournament events. Amenities include an indoor turf field, volleyball and basketball courts, and flexibility to host ‘non-sport’ events.

A nearly $3.3 million dollar investment in the James E. Bruce Convention Center will add 14,800 square feet of space.

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State Rep. Dan Johnson committed suicide Wednesday evening, two days after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published accusations that he sexually assaulted a minor.

Johnson was a preacher from Mt. Washington in Bullitt County. He shot himself on a bridge over the Salt River, according to WDRB.

Johnson posted a suicide note on Facebook Wednesday evening calling the accusations false and telling conservatives to “take a stand.”


Kentucky's Health Ranking Shows Slight Uptick

Dec 13, 2017
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Kentucky has made some progress in improving the health of its citizens.  The proof is found in some recent national ratings.

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Some Rare Good News Concerning Opioids

Dec 14, 2017
Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

A survey put out by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found a rare bit of good news about the opioid crisis. As Aaron Payne reports, fewer teenagers are using opioid drugs.

The Monitoring the Future Survey results shows a continued decrease of opioid misuse by teens.

National Institute of Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow says this is encouraging news as overdose and addiction rates continue to rise for adults.

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The sound of power tools blends with teenage chatter as students clamber around, under, and over a trailer bed that they’re busy turning into a home. They’re part of a project called “Building It Forward,” which has vocational classes building tiny houses as a way of gaining practical skills and new confidence.

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Law professor Philip Alston is a United Nations expert on extreme poverty. In his position as a U.N. Special Rapporteur  he reports on places where pervasive poverty and human rights issues intersect, places such as Haiti, south Asia and central Africa. His latest work, however, is taking him to parts of the U.S., including the Ohio Valley.

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