Governor Gives Flooding Update

Governor Gives Flooding Update Governor Andy Beshear held a news conference at the London Airport about the recent flooding in Southeastern Kentucky.He was joined by Senate President Robert Stivers of Manchester, Senator Johnny Ray Turner of Prestonsburg, Rep. Adam Bowling of Middlesboro and Michael Dossett, the director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.”There’s…

Changing Transportation Policy

Changing Transportation Policy A bill to rein in the governor’s power to appoint Kentucky’s transportation secretary won initial committee approval from Republican lawmakers Wednesday, but the Democratic chief executive quickly pushed back, saying it would lead to less accountability.GOP lawmakers insisted the measure wasn’t aimed at Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, but instead is meant…

Train Derailment In Eastern KY

Train Derailment In Eastern KY A fiery train derailment Thursday morning in eastern Kentucky trapped two crew members and caused a chemical leak into a river, authorities said.Two crew members of the CSX train were initially trapped before getting out and a flammable liquid was leaking into a river, said Charles Maynard with Pike…

Medicaid Changes

Medicaid Changes Urged to reduce Medicaid bureaucracy, the Kentucky Senate passed a bill Wednesday to limit the number of managed care organizations hired by the state to run its massive Medicaid program.The bill cleared the Senate on a 29-7 vote and now heads to the House. It would allow the state to contract with…

Earthquake Rattles KY

Earthquake Rattles KY The United States Geological Survey reported a 2.8 magnitude earthquake near the Kentucky-Tennessee border Wednesday.The epicenter was about two miles away from Fincastle, Tennessee. It hit at 12:33 p.m.The quake was about 21 miles away from Middlesboro, Kentucky. Source: MG News Return to News

Supporting A Health Care Acquisition

Supporting A Health Care Acquisition Lawmakers in the Kentucky House approved a bill to loan $35 million to the University of Louisville to support its acquisition of a health care system which includes a hospital.The statehouse voted 86-7 on Wednesday to pass House Bill 99, news outlets reported. The university recently acquired Jewish Hospital…

Questions About Aluminum Company In Appalachia

Questions About Aluminum Company In Appalachia A company that promised a $1.7 billion aluminum plant in Appalachia still needs a $500 million cash infusion to do the job, the new CEO told Kentucky lawmakers Tuesday, following a corporate management shakeup.Braidy Industries officials appeared before the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee following the recent ouster…

State Budget Proposal A Judicial Headache

State Budget Proposal A Judicial Headache Kentucky’s chief justice is warning that the governor’s scaled back budget proposal for the judiciary would jeopardize nearly 400 jobs in the judicial branch.Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. told lawmakers that Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s budget proposal fell nearly $49 million short of fully funding court operations…

Red Cross Shelters Are Ready

Red Cross Shelters Are Ready Red Cross shelters in Harlan and Whitley Counties are on standby as more flooding is likely Wednesday night into Thursday.Harlan Baptist Church at 120 W. Mound Street in Harlan and the National Guard at 215 Hurricane Hollow Road in Williamsburg were previously opened due to flooding.Those two shelters are…