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Kentucky lobbyist says feds send nursing homes quick-test kits, but with rules that deter their use

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Testing is one of the few tools nursing homes have to keep the novel coronavirus out of their facilities, and the Trump administration has tried to help by sending them equipment to conduct tests that give quick results. But while they were sent with good intention and are appreciated, the head of the state nursing-home association told Kentucky Health News that...

Constance Alexander: ‘Joy is always imperiled’ the fictional doctor said, but Gov. Beshear delivers hope

On December 30, a Chinese physician, Dr. Li Wenliang, 34, tried to alert fellow medics about the coronavirus outbreak in China’s Wuhan Province. His message to fellow doctors in a chat group warned them about the disease and advised that they wear protective clothing to avoid infection. Three days later police paid him a visit and told him to stop, as if it were a crime to inform the public of impending...

Kentucky receives $11.3 million in funding to clean up, repurpose abandoned coal mines

The Federal government’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) will provide $11,314,447 to Kentucky in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation grants, to clean up and repurpose abandoned coal mines. More than $170 million in AML Reclamation funding will be available to states and tribes in FY 2020. “AML grants provide states, tribes and local partners...

Ag Commissioner Quarles applauds news that China has agreed to lift the ban on poultry exports

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles applauded the announcement from the Trump Administration that the People’s Republic of China has agreed to lift its ban on poultry imports from the United States. Commissioner Quarles “The announcement today from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that China is lifting its four-year ban on U.S. poultry exports is welcome news for poultry...

U.S. Department of Transportation announces $10.2 million for Build U.S. 460 project in Paris

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. This includes an award of $10.2 million to Paris, Kentucky for the BUILD US 460 project. Elaine Choa “The Administration is targeting BUILD...

Fairwarning: Battle Looms over Trump administration bid to ease safety rules for big rig trucks

By Marjie Lundstrom FairWarning In Washington, D.C., a new Trump administration plan to relax safety rules for truck drivers has rekindled old heartaches for families across the country. On a sunny Labor Day morning in Oklahoma, Linda Wilburn’s younger son, 19-year-old Orbie, hopped into his 1994 red Camaro and headed east from Weatherford on Interstate 40. The college freshman, excited about his...

Rural Blog: Justice Dept. shifts funds for proposed prison in E. Ky. to immigration enforcement

The Trump administration is dropping plans to build a federal prison in rural Letcher County, and said the $505 million allocated for it will be used instead to enforce immigration laws and improve national security. “Both budget proposals the Trump administration has sent to Congress have included provisions to take back the money approved during the final year of the Obama administration,”...

Mitch McConnell: America on right track as consumer confidence soars, unemployment shrinks

Not even two years into the Trump administration, our country is finally getting back on the right track. On the heels of a major regulatory rollback and historic tax reform, consumer confidence is soaring and unemployment is shrinking. I’m proud of the many promises this Republican Congress has worked closely with President Trump to fulfill for your family, and I would like to update you on our...

Pew Trusts: Trump administration’s historic move to retool Medicaid goes beyond work requirements

By Michael Ollove Special to KyForward Requiring able-bodied adults to work for their Medicaid is just part of the Trump administration’s drive to remake the decades-old health insurance program for the poor. The administration signaled late last year that it welcomes state-based ideas to retool Medicaid and “help individuals live up to their highest potential.” At least 10 states have requested...

Mitch McConnell: A year of extraordinary progress has Senate poised for productive 2018 session

In November 2016, the American people sent President Trump to the White House and Republican majorities back to Congress. We worked together to make 2017, by any objective standard, a year of extraordinary accomplishment. While the national media may overlook or downplay any of these successes, the fact remains that Congress has achieved a number of priorities this past year for the people we represent. One...

Mitch McConnell: Senate tax bill helps small business and families while promoting energy independence

For many Americans, the legacy of the Obama economy is sluggish growth, stagnant paychecks, and missed opportunities. A lost generation of workers still struggle with the consequences of the Great Recession and find it nearly impossible to get ahead. One of the biggest obstacles to their success has been our nation’s complex and outdated tax code. For too long it has dragged down our economy and...