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Bevin talks ideas more than he politics
Matt Bevin knows he’s going to have to convince a lot of Republicans it’s time for a change if he’s to unseat powerful five-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Republican primary.
Pastor charged in triple murder attended two victims’ funeral
A small-town pastor charged in a triple slaying at a central Kentucky pawn shop had attended the funeral of two of the victims, offering his condolences to relatives who thought he was a sympathetic mourner but now are sickened that he’s accused in the shootings.
1 dead, 44 injured in Greyhound bus crash in Pennsylvania
A Greyhoud bus plowed into the rear of a tractor-trailer early Wednesday on Interstate 80 in central Pennsylvania, killing a woman passenger and injuring 44 others, state police reported.
Kynect passes another challenge
Kynect, Kentucky’s health benefit exchange under the Affordable Care Act, established by Gov. Steve Beshear’s executive order, survived another challenge Tuesday.
LRC employees file suit over alleged sexual harassment
The burgeoning sexual harassment controversy enveloping the General Assembly and its staffing arm, the Legislative Research Commission, took another turn Tuesday when three female LRC employees filed suit in Franklin Circuit Court.
‘Leadership vacuum’ concerns legislative leaders
Legislative leaders want to address the “leadership vacuum” created by the resignation of their staff director at a meeting of the Legislative Research Commission next week.
The LRC is governed by a group of 16 legislators representing both parties and both chambers of the General Assembly. The body is co-chaired by the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate. The commission’s staff was headed by Robert “Bobby” Sherman for 14 years before he resigned last Friday.
$400M needed for teacher retirement system
Back in the spring as Democrats and Republicans worked on a pension reform bill, the Republican Senate initially insisted the increased costs could be met through normal growth in state revenues.
Last month, the group of independent economists who forecast state revenues on which lawmakers base their two-year budgets made a preliminary forecast of about $259 million in new state revenue next year.
Rates on Kentucky exchange please some lawmakers
Likely all anyone has heard in recent days about the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” has been the effort by some Washington Republicans to defund the law before it’s implemented.
But the executive director of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, an online shopping site where Kentucky residents and some small companies can compare insurance costs and buy coverage, said the new law will begin to take effect in Kentucky on Tuesday.
State fines Humana over Obamacare letter
Officials with the state Department of Insurance have fined Humana Inc. after investigating complaints about letters sent by the company to policyholders about their options under the Affordable Care Act.
Conway, Comer spar over hemp
Growing industrial hemp in Kentucky is still illegal and farmers who do might subject themselves to potential criminal liability.
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