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Rural-health lobby asks McConnell to make critical-access status easier for nine Kentucky hospitals

Rural hospitals will be on the mind of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he works on the next coronavirus relief bill, he said this week. McConnell didn’t commit to supporting a specific proposal of the National Rural Health Association, making it easier for struggling rural hospitals to qualify as critical-access hospitals, a designation that gets them extra reimbursements from Medicare...

VOA receives $2.6M federal grant to help pregnant and postpartum women in Southeastern Kentucky

Volunteers of America Mid-States received a $2.6 million federal grant, one of three in the nation, for treatment and recovery services for pregnant and postpartum women and their children in Southeastern Kentucky. VOA says it and the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute will use the money “to serve an estimated 1,250 individuals and their families over a five-year period,”...

Kentucky cities, counties receive more than $5 million in grants to fund water, sewer projects

In collaboration with the Department for Local Government, Gov. Andy Beshear has announced more than $5 million in grants to six local governments for water and sewer projects across Kentucky. “I wish we could physically celebrate these awards together, but as we continue to keep Kentuckians safe from COVID-19, I am glad these projects will improve the quality of life for our families in these areas,”...

Former University of Kentucky golfer Chip McDaniel making a name for himself on PGA Tour

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Chip McDaniel is making a name for himself on the PGA Tour. In his first full summer as a professional, the former University of Kentucky golfer already has nabbed a Top 10 finish and competed in nine events. His winnings have already totaled more than $110,000 and he has made the cut in his past two tournaments, including the Barbasol Championship earlier this month...

CPE President Aaron Thompson to launch state listening tour in hometown of Manchester on Feb. 1

Council on Postsecondary Education President Aaron Thompson begins the first phase of a statewide listening tour next week in his hometown of Manchester in Clay County. Thompson will engage students, community and business representatives and educators in conversations about issues impacting college access, student success, workforce quality and transitions to career. Aaron ThompsonThe public is...

Bill to exempt private electronic devices from open records requests on life support, but not dead yet

By Mark Hansel Northern Kentucky Tribune An amendment to House Bill 302 that would exempt private electronic devices from public records requests may have been slowed down, but it still has life. Sen. Damon Thayer The Kentucky Legislative Research Commission confirmed Monday that HB 302 was pulled from the Consent Calendar last week but remains in the Senate Orders of the Day Tuesday. Click here to...

Billy Reed: Manchester tragedy proves no place is safe anymore, but we must not be afraid

It’s always the same. Horror and shock followed by revulsion and anger. And then hopelessness and confusion. And, finally, the unthinkable: Could it happen here? At the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, a suicide bomber killed 22 people, at least one as young as eight, and injured scores more. There is no making sense of it. There never is. And that’s what is scariest...

Manchester recognized as state leader in ending tobacco use, is two years smoke-free

The city of Manchester stands as a leader in the state in a battle against Kentucky’s smoking epidemic. (Photo from City of Manchester)   The city of Manchester has kicked the habit citywide as it celebrates the second anniversary of its smoke-free workplace ordinance. The Southern Kentucky city’s smoke-free anniversary coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s...