Gov. Steve Beshear has announced the secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has resigned her position, effective Feb. 29. Secretary Janie Miller was appointed by Beshear during his first term. The Cabinet is responsible for overseeing Medicaid and social services. Miller’s resignation comes at a time when the department’s transparency is being challenged in court. But Miller’s decision is to seek other opportunities, according to a news release sent from Beshear’s office.
The Delta Mariner cargo ship, hauling rocket parts to NASA, has been moved downstream to shallower waters to continue salvage operations and a safety zone has been lifted following a collision Jan. 26 that destroyed one section of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge near Aurora. Salvage workers finished cutting away debris attached to the underwater hull Monday morning.
Alpha Natural Resources Inc. has announced the closure of four mines in Kentucky and West Virginia and reduced coal production at others. “In Harlan County, two of the Still House Mining Companies are being closed, one being Mine Number One known as Perkins Branch and the other is Cave Spur,” said Alpha Natural Resources Corporate Communications Vice President Ted Pile. The closing will put 129 miners out of work in Harlan County, Pile said.
The Obama administration's controversial decision to require religiously affiliated institutions like universities and medical centers to provide workers with health insurance that covers prescription birth control without a co-pay appears to have support from a majority of voters, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling.
California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in a much-anticipated decision from the nation's most populous state. The judges upheld a lower court's ruling.
As you'd expect, the ruling has drawn praise from those who support same-sex marriage and condemnation from those who oppose it. Both sides acknowledge that the decision isn't the last word on the subject — an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is expected.
Winter across Kentucky returns to reality tonight. Gone will be the spring-like conditions of recent days as light snow showers will fall across much of the state. No significant accumulations are expected, according to the National Weather Service office in Louisville.