Beshear files motion to intervene in WKU’s lawsuit against College Heights Herald, Kentucky Kernel

Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a motion in Warren Circuit Court seeking to intervene in Western Kentucky University’s lawsuit against two student newspapers. The university denied requested documents by its college newspaper, the College Heights Herald, and the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper. The university also refused to allow Beshear’s office to confidentially...

Federal judge delays ruling in legal challenge to Kentucky’s new abortion education law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A federal judge didn’t immediately rule Thursday after hearing arguments in a suit challenging the constitutionality of Kentucky’s new law requiring women seeking abortions to have a chance to see ultrasound images and to hear a description of the images. U.S. District Judge David Hale is considering whether to grant a request from the American Civil Liberties Union...

Urban Institute analysis shows House repeal of health act would shift $16 billion in cuts to Kentucky

By Jason Bailey Special to KyForward The House Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), would cut federal funding for Medicaid in Kentucky by $16 billion over 10 years, according to an analysis by the Urban Institute. Making up that shortfall would require an increase in state Medicaid spending in Kentucky that would be bigger...

UK’s Gatton College, Schnatter Institute combine to host panel discussion on impact of charter schools

By Carl Nathe Special to KyForward The topic of charter schools has been in the news a lot lately and the John H. Schnatter Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise and the BB&T Program for the Study of Capitalism, units housed within the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, will host a panel discussion on charter schools on Thursday afternoon, March 30. The...

WalletHub report shows Kentucky is state most dependent on federal aid for 2017

With the tax deadline drawing near, the personal-finance website WalletHub followed up on its 2017 Tax Rates by State report with an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Most & Least Federally Dependent States to determine how much those with the lowest tax rates lean on Uncle Sam compared with those paying the highest. In order to identify which states most and least depend on federal support, WalletHub’s...

Bevin signs Planned Parenthood, Blue Lives Matter and Charter Schools bills into law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Planned Parenthood stands to lose any shot it had at government funding for family planning under a bill signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday. The law will puts Planned Parenthood at the back of the line among organizations seeking family planning funding in Kentucky. Bevin has signed more than 50 bills into law since the start of this year’s legislative session,...

Baptist Health announces Hanson leaving after four years as company’s chief executive officer

Baptist Health announced that system Chief Executive Officer Steve Hanson will be leaving the organization, effective immediately. Hanson has served as CEO since March 2013. “We appreciate Steve Hanson’s contributions to Baptist Health over the past four years,” said Baptist Health Board of Directors Chairman Allen Rudd. Steve Hanson (Photo Provided) Prior to joining Baptist Health, Hanson served...

Rural Blog: McConnell says proposed elimination of Appalachian Regional Commission won’t happen

President Trump’s proposed budget may be dead on arrival in Congress, but its proposed cuts to programs that have helped the most vulnerable Americans have raised eyebrows because many of them people in rural areas he won by large margins. And the political pushback from Republicans is increasing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, says Trump’s proposed...

Trump visits Kentucky, touts GOP replacement to Obamacare to a receptive Louisville crowd

By Robin Cornetet and Tom Latek Special to KyForward President Donald Trump continued his push to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” speaking Monday at a rally in Kentucky, the home state of one of the most enthusiastic cheerleaders for the White House-backed health care plan and also one of its chief critics. “This is our long-awaited chance to finally get rid of Obamacare,” Trump told a friendly...

Report predicts Fayette population will exceed 350,000 in 2025, creating demand for new housing

A recent report on Fayette County Housing Demand cites forecasts of household growth yield an overall demand for 22,780 new housing units by 2025. The report, sponsored by a consortium of Lexington stakeholders and governmental officials, cited statistics from the Kentucky State Data Center that suggest Lexington will continue to grow at a rate of 1.2 percent annually thru 2025, yielding a projected...

UK student develops program to to help encourage communication between police, autism community

By Amanda Nelson and Beth Goins Special to KyForward A University of Kentucky student is teaming with local police to provide education about interacting with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Abbey Love is an educational psychology doctoral student in the UK College of Education. With a research focus on teaching and ASD, Love is involved with Central Kentucky autism groups such as...

Report: While more Kentuckians have insurance, health outcomes show little progress so far

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The percentage of Kentuckians without health insurance has dropped by more than half since the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act three years ago, and few of the insured are having trouble finding a doctor when they need one, according to a report for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. However, the report also said little progress...

Rural Blog: Trump’s federal budget proposal cuts many programs that benefit rural areas, like ARC

Many federal programs that help rural areas would be eliminated or reduced under President Trump’s proposed budget, released on Thursday. Some of the losers “may be some of the very constituencies that have been most supportive of the new president during his improbable rise to power,” writes Peter Baker of The New York Times. Proposed changes; click on image to enlarge (Washington...

Legislative Briefs: Charter schools measure gets final approval; felon employment act advances

The Kentucky Senate and House each voted Wednesday in favor of legislation to allow publicly funded charter schools to operate in Kentucky. The bill now goes to Gov. Matt Bevin, a supporter of charter schools, to be signed into law. House Bill 520, sponsored by House Education Committee Chairman and public school teacher John Carney, R-Campbellsville, HB 520 would allow local school boards to authorize...

Beshear, Child Victims Trust Fund Board announce availability of grants — deadline is April 10

Attorney General Andy Beshear and the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board announced the availability of grant funding for child sexual abuse prevention programs across the state. The board, which is administered by the Office of the Attorney General, is responsible for allocating funding from the Child Victims’ Trust Fund. It is statutorily created under Kentucky law as a 170(c)(1)...

Legislative Briefs: Postsecondary education funding bill approved; toxicology measure okayed

State funding for Kentucky public colleges and universities would be allocated based on the schools’ performance under a bill now on its way to becoming law. Funding would be based on student success, course completion, and school operational needs under the comprehensive funding model created by Senate Bill 153, sponsored by President Pro Tem David Givens, R-Greensburg, with initial distributions...

Marcello Cormio appointed newest musical director for Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras

The Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras (CKYO) have appointed Marcello Cormio as the new Music Director. After an almost year-long search and vetting process, Cormio was chosen from three final candidates for the position. A search committee formed in July 2016 to interview and select the candidates for the next conductor, who, in addition to conducting CKYO’s Symphony and Concert Orchestras, will...

Bluegrass region real estate sales topped $129 million in February, up three percent

Real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR) totaled $129,628,737 on 794 sales, as of Feb. 28, 2017. According to LBAR President Ty Brown, “With an increase in February sales by three percent, market challenges remain, but the housing market is off to a prosperous start as homebuyers hold off inventory levels. February had 4.6 months of inventory, a decline...

Paul says conservatives won’t support Republican health plan, hope to negotiate one more to their liking

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul laid out his objections to House GOP leaders’ bill to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Paul called for an end to federal mandates for what insurance policies must cover, which the 2010 law called “essential benefits.” He said that change would enable consumers to buy the sort...

Pence touts Republican health plan, seeking Paul’s support; Dems say remarks about state are off base

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky again became the epicenter of the health-care debate on Saturday, as Vice President Mike Pence claimed in Louisville that “Kentucky is a textbook example of Obamacare’s failures,” while Democrats said Pence didn’t know what he was talking about. “Obamacare has failed the people of Kentucky, Obamacare has failed the people of America...