Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald Leader http://weku.fm en Heavy Workload Set for Session's Last Day http://weku.fm/post/heavy-workload-set-sessions-last-day <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/02/2136745/heavy-workload-awaits-lawmakers.html">State lawmakers will face</a> a heavy workload when they return to Frankfort April 12 to end Kentucky&#39;s 2012 General Assembly. Their biggest jobs will be to consider any vetoes issued by Gov. Beshear and to decide what to do with legislation that was left hanging when they left Frankfort Friday night. High on that list are two measures pushed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo: an anti-drug bill to regulate pain-management clinics in hopes of curbing prescription drug abuse, and a bill to set up a scholarship program for students in coal-producing counties.</p><p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 14:37:04 +0000 Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader & Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald Leader 24319 at http://weku.fm Child Abuse Panel Would Meet in Secret http://weku.fm/post/child-abuse-panel-would-meet-secret <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/01/2090844/house-committee-approves-panel.html">An independent panel of experts</a> would examine the deaths of abused and neglected children in Kentucky under a proposal approved unanimously Thursday by a House committee. The independent child-fatality review panel would make recommendations to the state about how to improve its child-protection system, but the group&#39;s meetings would be closed to the public, and its documents would remain secret. Jon Fleischaker, a lawyer for the Kentucky Press Association, objected to the secrecy of the panel, saying there was no accountability to the public.</p><p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 15:40:53 +0000 Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald Leader 22481 at http://weku.fm Wife of Injured Lawmaker Sworn into Office http://weku.fm/post/wife-injured-lawmaker-sworn-office <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/01/04/2014609/wife-of-injured-former-state-lawmaker.html#wgt=rcntnews">Regina Bunch spent much of her</a> first afternoon as the newest member of the Kentucky House of Representatives receiving congratulations and words of encouragement from the chamber&#39;s other 99 members. &quot;Their generosity is just humbling,&quot; Bunch said of the warm reception she received Tuesday from Republicans and Democrats. The seventh-grade teacher at Whitley County Middle School never wanted to seek public office. Her husband, Dewayne Bunch, resigned his seat last year after being injured during a fight at Whitley County High School. Dewayne Bunch, a math and science teacher at the school, had stepped in to stop a fight between two students in April and suffered serious head injuries.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 15:45:40 +0000 Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald Leader 19139 at http://weku.fm Wife of Injured Lawmaker Sworn into Office Casinos, Redistricting Dominate Day One http://weku.fm/post/casinos-redistricting-dominate-day-one <p>Kentucky House and Senate leaders said Tuesday, the opening day of the 2012 General Assembly, that they hope to approve changes to the boundaries of state legislative and congressional districts early in the session. House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said he would like the Democratic-controlled House to pass its redistricting plan by early next week.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 15:41:38 +0000 Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald Leader & Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader 19138 at http://weku.fm Casinos, Redistricting Dominate Day One Senator Calls for Cabinet Chief's Resignation http://weku.fm/post/senator-calls-cabinet-chiefs-resignation <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/20/2000131/senator-calls-for-beshear-aide.html">A key lawmaker called for</a> the resignation of Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller on Monday, saying the agency has misled legislators regarding child abuse records and other key issues.&nbsp;Republican Sen. Julie Denton of Louisville, chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, said Miller&#39;s cabinet has not provided lawmakers with accurate information about children who die or nearly die from neglect and abuse.</p><p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:25:47 +0000 Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald Leader 18332 at http://weku.fm Judge Orders State to Release Child-Death Records http://weku.fm/post/judge-orders-state-release-child-death-records <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/11/30/1978285/judge-orders-state-to-release.html">State officials have 10 days t</a>o produce 90 internal reviews of social workers&#39; files on children who have been killed or nearly killed as a result of abuse and neglect, a judge ordered Wednesday. Attorneys for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services told Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Wednesday that they were hiring temporary staff to redact more than 180 case files involving children who died or nearly died of abuse and neglect. Once redacted, those records will be made available, said Christina Heavrin, general counsel for the cabinet, which oversees child protection.</p><p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:01:49 +0000 Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald Leader 17158 at http://weku.fm Hearing Possible On Child Death Records http://weku.fm/post/hearing-possible-child-death-records <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/11/17/1962216/lawmakers-hope-to-hold-hearing.html "><strong>Two key lawmakers say</strong></a> they hope to hold a hearing in December about the state&#39;s handling of records regarding deaths and near deaths of kids in Kentucky&#39;s child-welfare system. State Rep. Tom Burch and Sen. Julie Denton on Wednesday said they want to hold hearings on whether the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which oversees child welfare, is being transparent in the way it reports deaths and near deaths of children under its supervision. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:35:21 +0000 Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald Leader 16416 at http://weku.fm Needed: Owner for Perry County Bridge http://weku.fm/post/needed-owner-perry-county-bridge <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/10/25/1933589/needed-new-owner-for-perry-county.html">Want to own a piece of</a> transportation history? The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is looking for a new owner for an 82-year-old, 456-foot, three-span steel bridge. The bridge, over the north folk of the Kentucky River in Perry County on Ky. 80, is set to be replaced next year. Through a new program, the cabinet is willing to give the 1929 bridge, which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, to a new owner rather than demolish it.</p><p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 15:29:53 +0000 Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald Leader 14964 at http://weku.fm Needed: Owner for Perry County Bridge ATT Improving Kentucky Cell Service http://weku.fm/post/att-improving-kentucky-cell-service <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com"><strong>AT&amp;T announced Wednesday it will</strong></a> add 200 new jobs to a call center in Carter County and also addressed concerns about its wireless network in the state by announcing new investment in cell sites.The call center, which first opened in 2001, currently has about 1,000 employees. AT&amp;T will not ask for any state tax incentives for the call center expansion. The average pay for the new jobs will be between $10 and $14 hourly.<br /><br /><span style="display: none">&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:04:58 +0000 Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald Leader 7247 at http://weku.fm Over 300 Kentuckians Tell Stories to NPR's StoryCorps http://weku.fm/post/over-300-kentuckians-tell-stories-nprs-storycorps <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/06/20/1781157/more-than-300-in-lexington-have.html">Rania Omar Burke and Lara Omar Swan</a> have long been fans of StoryCorps. So when Burke heard that the national non-profit that records stories across the country was going to be in Lexington, she thought it would be the perfect birthday present for her sister. The two Chicago transplants spent their 40-minute StoryCorps session on Sunday, Father&#39;s Day, talking about a very timely subject: Their father. More than 300 people have climbed into the recording booth of the StoryCorps mobile trailer since the project came to Lexington on May 21. Among them was <a href="http://fatherbeiting.org/?p=582">Fr. Ralph Beiting, founder of the Christian Appalachian Project.</a> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 14:34:41 +0000 Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald Leader 6924 at http://weku.fm Over 300 Kentuckians Tell Stories to NPR's StoryCorps Bar Recommends Disbarment http://weku.fm/post/bar-recommends-disbarment <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/06/15/1775045/kentucky-bar-association-votes.html">The Kentucky Bar Association board </a>of governors Tuesday recommended the disbarment of famed Cincinnati trial attorney Stanley Chesley. The board also voted to follow the recommendation of a hearing officer who said Chesley should return more than $7 million in fees he received from a 2001 fen-phen settlement to his former clients. The vote came after a more than hour-and-a-half oral argument before the board at its meeting at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington. The board&#39;s recommendation will be sent to the Kentucky Supreme Court, which has final say on attorney discipline cases.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 14:33:28 +0000 Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald Leader 6501 at http://weku.fm Bar Recommends Disbarment