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    Posted January 22, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Officials, consumers debate affordability of affordable care
     If there's one thing certain about the future of expanded Medicaid and qualified health plans in Kentucky, it's that nothing is certain. The line between who's for and who's against repealing former President Barack Obama's landmark health care overhaul is more divisive than just politics; it drives to the heart of a question over what role government will play, or even can play, in insuring health and wellness.

Posted January 22, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Special session predicted
     The short session of the Kentucky General Assembly still has 25 days left to pass bills, but that's not enough time to tackle the overarching issues of pension and tax reform, according to local and regional legislators who attended a pair of forums Saturday morning in Owensboro. Those complicated, difficult matters will have to wait for a special session likely to be called sometime this fall, legislators said.

Posted January 22, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Tesla supercharger goes live in Kuttawa
     Tesla Motors' fifth supercharging station in Kentucky is operational in Lyon County and may give a small boost to county tourism. The eight-stall supercharger, which delivers up to 120 kW of power directly into Tesla vehicles, opened Dec. 31 in Kuttawa, off Interstate 24's Exit 40, near Days Inn and Oasis Southwest Grill. Matt Daniel, whose family owns the land where the supercharger sits, said he believes the station is getting used by about 10 Tesla owners per day, and the number should go up as more learn about the location.

Posted January 22, 2017 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Doctor asks that failed Conn client redeterminations not be used against him
     A motion filed last week by one of the doctors accused of colluding with Eric C. Conn to fraudulently win Social Security disability benefits will attempt to convince the court that those clients’ failures in redetermination hearings with the Social Security Administration should not be used as evidence against him. In a separate motion, former administrative law judge David Daugherty, accused of improperly directing Conn’s cases to his office and giving rubber stamp approval to nearly all of them, has joined previous motions by Conn and Adkins to dismiss their cases because prosecutors waited too long to obtain indictments.

Posted January 22, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Women march for equality in downtown Lexington
     Landon Forester sat in his stroller Saturday afternoon grinning as he clutched a pink sign that read: “Equality is a Family Value.” The 1-year-old, his 3-year-old brother Levi and their mother, LaToya Lee, waited in front of the Fayette Circuit Court for the Lexington Women’s March to begin. Lee said she couldn’t make to Washington, D.C., for the women’s march there on Saturday. As a working mother of two toddlers, it wasn’t an option. But she said she was thankful that Lexington had its own march so her voice could be heard.

Posted January 22, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
‘Get some jobs in here.’ Inauguration Day in ‘blue’ Ky. county that flipped for Trump
     As the lunch crowd began trickling into Sandy Hook's Frosty Freeze restaurant Friday, owner Judy Pennington stood in front of a television and eagerly awaited the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. “Even though he’s a billionaire — and that don’t cut no ice with me — he’s for the little people,” she said. “The veterans. The coal miners. The forgotten people.”

Posted January 22, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Dr. Greg Postel named interim U of L president
     Dr. Greg Postel was appointed interim president of the University of Louisville during the first meeting of the board of trustees meeting Saturday. Postel, who has been with U of L for 23 years, is the Vice President for Health Affairs. He came to the university from the Mayo Clinic and was later named chair of the department of radiology.

    Posted January 22, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky looks north for charter school inspiration
     In anticipation of passing the state’s first-ever charter school legislation, Kentucky lawmakers and other key players have begun to discuss what exactly a charter school system should look like in the commonwealth, and some are looking toward the Hoosier State for inspiration. In recent years Indiana has been recognized as having some of the nation's strongest policies on charter schools.

Posted January 22, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky women say D.C. march just the start
     Amina Mahamud and four fellow female refugees from Louisville traveled to Washington D.C. Saturday to speak up. Mahamud joined women from the Louisville Justice League, 1,000 people from Kentucky — and over a half million nationwide — who made their way to the nation’s capital Saturday for the Wom­en’s March on Washington. While many marched for women’s rights, others took on causes of diversity, climate change and politics.

Posted January 20, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Kentuckians, including one equine, participate in inaugural festivities
     A look at Kentucky's representatives in Friday's inaugural events

Posted January 20, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Tweet about assassinating Trump causes pain for Louisville woman, station reports
     An ill-advised tweet about assassinating then President-Elect Donald Trump cost her her job and brought her an interview with the Secret Service, a Louisville TV station reported.

Posted January 20, 2017 [ Sentinel-News ]
Blanketing the community
     The 60 students of the Corpus Christi school collected and made more than 300 new and gently used blankets for homeless people.

Posted January 20, 2017 [ Sentinel-News ]
Hemp permits in full bloom
     With the number of acres allotted to grow industrial hemp nearly tripling in 2017, this could be the year the crop challenges Kentucky’s reputation as the Bluegrass State. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has approved 209 applications from growers who have been approved to cultivate up to 12,800 acres of industrial hemp for research purposes in 2017, nearly three times the number of acres that were approved for the previous year. More than 525,000 square feet of greenhouse space were approved for indoor growers in 2017.

Posted January 20, 2017 [ Sentinel-News ]
Bourbon goes green
     Diageo's Bulleit Distilling Co., set to open with the year, is already working to reduce its carbon imprint by installing a solar array, the first photovoltaic array of its size for any of the company's North American distilleries.

Posted January 20, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Local group asks Republican Congressman Andy Barr to join them for Women’s March On Washington in D.C.
     "Together Frankfort" has organized a trip to Washington, D.C., for this weekend's Women's March and has asked U.S. Rep. Andy Barr to to appoint a staff member who would focus on women’s issues and continuing dialogue on parental maternity leave pay, tax policies with child care deductions and legislation supporting full enforcement against workplace sexual harassment. They also asked him to attend the march with them, but he declined.

Posted January 20, 2017 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
No alcohol licenses sought yet in Perryville
     Despite the alcohol sales becoming legal in Perryville in October, no businesses have yet applied for a license in the city, according to Alcoholic Beverage Control Administrator Anthony Young.

Posted January 20, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Feds, Covington schools revise policy on restraints
COVINGTON – The Covington Independent School District has new rules on how it will subdue unruly students, based on a settlement the district reached with the U.S. Department of Justice. The Children's Law Center in Covington announced the settlement Thursday in a statement the organization said will address some of the concerns raised when two students were shackled by a school resource officer two years ago.

Posted January 20, 2017 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Date set for Roby lawsuit against mayor, city
     Tom Roby’s wrongful termination and defamation lawsuit received Wednesday a trial date of Aug. 28, with a pre-trial conference Aug. 18. Roby was the second in command of the city police until a surprise restructuring of the department in late March by Mayor John Royalty. Roby and another officer were demoted, and the mayor promoted two other officers without conferring with the police chief at the time, Rick McCubbin. Roby is seeking $2.7 million in damages.

Posted January 20, 2017 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Whistleblower law gets first reading, could be in effect next week
     The Bardstown City Council held a special meeting Thursday to hear the first reading of the ordinance, which Councilman John Kelley said will be on the agenda Tuesday for a vote. The ordinance would mirror a state statute to protect public employees from reprisal if they report an act of official misconduct or other violation of the law.

Posted January 20, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
30 U of L names sent to Bevin for U of L board awfully familiar
     Much like the 10 new University of Louisville trustees Gov. Matt Bevin announced this week, the list of 30 nominees a committee sent to the governor for consideration mostly mirrored the names Bevin received last summer. Nine of the 10 people Bevin just appointed as trustees were the same people he appointed when he unilaterally reorganized the U of L board in 2016.


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