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Clinicians suspected Kentucky’s first case of coronavirus, but patient didn’t qualify for testing

Crystal Miller, head of the health department serving Harrison County, at a press conference Saturday. Others, L to R: Gov. Andy Beshear; Health Commissioner Steven Stack; Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett; Cynthiana Mayor James Smith; and Mark Newman, head of UK HealthCare. (Photo from KHN) By Melissa Patrick and Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky found its first case of the new coronavirus,...

Matt Bevin coming under harsh, bipartisan condemnation for long list of ‘extreme’ pardons

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, joined a bipartisan lineup of other lawmakers who have spoken up in condemnation of Gov. Matt Bevin’s long list of pardons. In fact, Stivers may have had some of the strongest language of all officials.   
“From what we know of former Governor Bevin’s extreme pardons and commutations, the Senate Republican...

Eastern Kentucky University banking students place second nationally in Bank Case Study Competition

A team of Eastern Kentucky University students has placed second in the nation in the Bank Case Study Competition, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors has announced. Fifty-eight undergraduate student teams from 44 colleges and universities partnered with community banks to conduct original case studies on how the economic growth, regulatory relief and the Consumer Protection Act helped community...

Al Cross: AG’s race shapes up as most interesting; Republican side rests on McConnell’s involvement

The filing deadline has passed, so let’s make up the scorecard for this year’s statewide elections, starting with the party labels and the top job on the ballots. Republicans are at real risk of losing the governorship, mainly due to Gov. Matt Bevin’s self-inflicted wounds. Al Cross But the Kentucky Democratic Party, after decades of decline, risks being shut out of statewide office. Its best...

Pair of Senate bills introduced to fund health care benefits for retired miners, dependents

A pair of Senate bills have been introduced to fund health-care benefits for retired coal miners and their widows, Curtis Tate reports for McClatchy Newspapers. Ten senators from Indiana, Missouri North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia “reintroduced the Miners Protection Act, which the Senate Finance Committee approved last year but which did not make it to the Senate floor.”...

Homegrown by Heroes goes national; Kentucky brand will help vets across U.S.

A Kentucky initiative to identify farm products produced by veterans will become a national brand.   The Farmer Veteran Coalition will administer the Homegrown by Heroes program on the national level. At the same time Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer announced the program yesterday – Veteran’s Day – the Farm Credit System announced a $250,000 commitment to fund...