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Ron Daley: Beshear is a listening governor who can revitalize Eastern Kentucky, rural areas

Gov. Andy Beshear’s ability and willingness to listen is just what Eastern Kentucky and the rural areas of the Commonwealth need to in order to advance economically. Not all political leaders have the inclination to listen to the people, but instead desire to speak and pontificate on their own agenda. Over the past four years I have had the opportunity to observe Beshear interact as a listener with...

Beshear joins advocates, survivors to raise awareness of human trafficking

In an effort to prevent human trafficking, Gov. Andy Beshear invited state leaders, advocates and survivors to the Capitol rotunda on Tuesday to recognize Human Trafficking Awareness Month. “In Kentucky, everyone should be safe and our communities should be free of the hideous crime of human trafficking,” said Beshear. “As attorney general, I was honored to work with so many passionate advocates...

Dollar General plans 1,000 new stores in 2020; some worry they contribute to poor nutrition in rural areas

Dollar General Corp., one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country, has announced it will open 1,000 new stores in 2020, just as it did last year. That’s on top of the more than 16,000 stores it already has (dozens of which are in Kentucky). “Dollar General’s growth is nearly unrivaled in the industry at a time in which many brick-and-mortar retailers are closing stores or...

KentuckyWired activates first site in Owenton; all rings expected to be operational by October

KentuckyWired, the Commonwealth’s high-speed fiber optic cable network, activated its first site on Dec. 5 when the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) office in Owenton transitioned their services to the KentuckyWired network. Deck Decker, Interim Director of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA), which oversees the KentuckyWired project, said the transition went smoothly....

Bevin announces $37.9 million in federal grant funding for 135 Kentucky victim advocacy programs

Gov. Matt Bevin joined with the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and victim advocates from across the state to announce a record $37.9 million in federal grants to support crisis intervention services for victims of crime. In total, 135 Kentucky programs have received funding this year through the federal Victims of Crime Act grant program, known as VOCA. The awards mark a 50 percent increase...

Database shows Kentucky ranked second for most legal pain pills per person between 2006 and 2012

Between 2006 and 2012, drug companies distributed 76 billion doses of prescription pain medicine, “enough pills to supply every adult and child in the country with 36 each year,” Scott Higham, Sari Horwitz and Steven Rich reported in The Washington Post. And rural counties, especially in Appalachia, received some of the highest shares of pain pills per person. That’s according to...

Project grants available to help lower instances of hunger for rural children

The Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at the University of Kentucky is accepting grant applications to help lower instances of childhood hunger in some of the nation’s most persistently poor areas.   About 85 percent of all persistently poor counties in the United States are in rural areas, and children are one of the most vulnerable groups within rural America.   The center will award...