Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing San Francisco-based drug distributor McKesson Corporation for allegedly “flooding” the commonwealth with opioids.    

“McKesson had a duty to report when it ships large or suspicious amounts of opioids to a state or region. They knew that their shipments to Kentucky were excessive, even grossly excessive. But they simply sent them any ways and didn’t notify the authorities," Beshear said.

Stu Johnson

CORRECTION: This post initially indicated the earthquake near Wilmore occurred Sunday night.  It actually took place late Saturday night. 

Citizens in central and southeast Kentucky started the week with two separate earthquakes.  One occurred near Wilmore Saturday evening and the other north of Pineville Monday morning.  Both quakes registered 2.7 on the Richter scale, but both caused little stirring above ground. 

Opioid Emergency Extended

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Mary Meehan

Acting Health And Human Services Secretary Eric Hargan signed an order Friday to extend the public health emergency for 90 days. A post on the agency’s website, cited the continued consequences of the opioid crisis.


Kentucky Incarceration Rates On The Rise

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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.

Budget Review Begins in Kentucky House

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Stu Johnson

Now that Governor Bevin has offered his two year budget for review, the state’s 138 lawmakers will begin their work, culminating with floor votes in each chamber.  The House gets the first shot at the budget as outlined in statute. 

Keeneland

A leader in the Kentucky senate believes electronic gambling machines focusing on previously run horse races are partly responsible for record purses at Lexington’s historic track.  Keeneland announced its plans for the spring meet last week.

Keeneland officials says this spring’s April meet will feature a season record $4.4 million in purse money.  Lawmakers like Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer keep up with one of Kentucky’s signature industries. 

 

Stu Johnson

With just under three weeks of Kentucky legislative activity on the books, leaders of the General Assembly remain unsure when action on pension reforms will occur. No pension bill has been filed thus far in the House or Senate.

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The director of the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation says it’s a fact of life that most students attending college take on some debt.

 

Eugene Hutchins appeared before members of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education Thursday. Hutchins says families going “over their head” with debt is not the best plan for the family or student. “I think what we encourage for families as far as their planning process to factor in what the cost of debt is going to be in where they are choosing to go to school,” said Hutchins. 

 

Children's Advocates Converge on the State Capitol

Jan 18, 2018
Stu Johnson

Kentuckians working to help at risk and abused children came to the state capitol today.  Children’s Advocacy Day began with a rotunda rally.

The message was clear, ‘vote for kids.’  Those votes could cover everything from school funding to foster care to adoption. Jane Herms is director of the Family Nurturing Center in Northern Kentucky, which is a child abuse prevention and treatment facility.  Herms says lobbying state lawmakers is a key part of the effort to help kids.

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Opioid Emergency Extended

8 hours ago
Mary Meehan

Acting Health And Human Services Secretary Eric Hargan signed an order Friday to extend the public health emergency for 90 days. A post on the agency’s website, cited the continued consequences of the opioid crisis.


Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

Donald Trump loves coal.

He campaigned on a promise to put miners back to work and his first year in office included numerous Ohio Valley visits to highlight coal’s importance.

“I love our coal miners and they’re coming back strong!” Trump said to a roaring crowd at an Augustrally in Huntington, West Virginia.

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