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Kentucky Health officials urge caution regarding vaping as reported cases of severe lung injury rise

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) continues to monitor and investigate a growing number of cases of severe pulmonary disease related to e-cigarette use or vaping. DPH is working closely with healthcare providers, local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Food & Drug Administration and other states to gather information about this outbreak. “As...

Investigations underway on reported lost wages for KY miners employed by bankrupt Blackjewel LLC

Both the Governor’s office and the office of the Attorney General are looking into the actions of the bankrupted Blackjewel, LLC mining company in Harlan County. Gov. Matt Bevin announced that the Labor Cabinet will open an investigation into Blackjewel LLC, an affiliate of Revelation Energy LLC, a coal company operating in the Commonwealth, regarding reports of unpaid wages for coal miners in...

Diocese of Covington, CovCath issue statement; 3rd-party investigation into D.C. issue begins this week

The Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School issued the following statement this afternoon: “On Monday afternoon the Covington Police alerted us that they had intelligence concerning a planned protest, Jan. 22, at Covington Catholic High School and a vigil at the Diocesan Curia. Due to threats of violence and the possibility of large crowds the Diocese was advised to close Covington...

Secretary of State Alison Grimes fires back against allegations as ‘political,’ focusing on becoming mom

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes fired back on Wednesday against allegations of wrongdoing, including on Attorney General Andy Beshear, a fellow Democrat, naming an independent counsel to investigate her. 
“People are fearful of what might come their way come 2019 and are seeking to do harm this year,” she said while also referring to Beshear in her response. Alison...

Six lawmakers appointed to panel to investigate Jeff Hoover and sexual harrassment settlement

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Six lawmakers – three Democrats and three Republicans – have been appointed to a special committee assigned to investigate the possible expulsion of House Speaker Jeff Hoover for signing a sexual harassment settlement. House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, told reporters his choices for the committee are Sannie Overly of Paris, Joni Jenkins of Louisville...