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John Inman: Ky’s rural healthcare facilities are in crisis — and Senate Bill 50 will further reduce access

Kentucky’s rural healthcare facilities are in crisis. Our Commonwealth is ranked as having one of the highest percentage of hospitals at risk of closure in the nation with nearly one-fourth of rural hospitals in Kentucky at risk of closure. The most at-risk of closure are the small, nonprofit or public safety-net hospitals. These hospitals, along with nonprofit primary care clinics known as Federally...

Nearly $1 million in grants awarded to 21 Kentucky counties to clean up illegal open dumps

Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman announced approximately $955,000 in grant funding has been awarded for the cleanup of 121 illegal dumps in 21 counties across the Commonwealth. “Illegal dump sites are a blight on this beautiful state of ours,” Beshear said. “Cleaning these will not only restore properties but will provide a healthier environment for...

LRC’s Capitol Notes: Despite 107 bills passed, several big issues remain in legislative limbo

By Scott Payton Special to KyForward   A civics textbook on Kentucky government would tell you this: The Legislature then goes into veto recess, 10 days excluding Sundays, when lawmakers go home to await gubernatorial vetoes, before coming back to Frankfort for the session’s last working day or two to consider veto overrides.   Real life 2013 translation: The Legislature is now in veto...

Comer, Hornback remain hopeful industrial hemp bill will get vote in Kentucky House

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said during a press conference today that he’s hopeful the industrial hemp bill will get a vote in the Kentucky House of Representatives after the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Paul Hornback, reported that a House leader had assured him Senate Bill 50 would get another hearing.   Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. (File photo) The measure, which would set...