President’s brother promoted the failed hospital chain that ran Pineville’s community hospital into the ground, Politico reports
In May 2017, three men came to Pineville, Ky., the Bell County seat of 1,700 people, looking for business from Pineville Community Hospital, which had just been bought by a company that was buying financially distressed hospitals. One of them was James Biden, a brother of Joe Biden, who five months earlier was the vice president of the United States and is now president.
Week in review: State lawmakers tackle bus safety, governor pardons, vaping
FRANKFORT — Lawmakers are picking up the pace after the midpoint of the 2024 legislative session. Last week’s grab bag of policy priorities included bills addressing school bus safety, U.S. Senate vacancies, juror payment, governor pardons, vaping and privacy rights. School bus safety. Last November, 143 Jefferson County...
‘Let our kids be kids:’ Child labor law mirroring less restrictive federal law passes House
Eighteen Republicans joined House Democrats in opposition to a bill loosening child labor restrictions Thursday, but it wasn’t enough to stop it from passing. The 60-36 vote came after nearly two hours of debate. Rep. Phillip Pratt, R-Georgetown, said that House Bill 255 will give kids the chance to “work, learn and grow.”
Shock probation denied for man serving 10-year sentence in Burch jewelry heist
A jewelry store operator who admitted to helping engineer a plot to steal a jewelry-filled safe during a home invasion that left one person injured will remain in prison after a judge denied his bid for early release. Marshall Belew II, 54, of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, is serving a 10-year...
A healthy heart, right amount of exercise can improve quality of life
LEXINGTON, Ky. — February is Heart Month, a time to focus on our cardiovascular well-being and creating a healthy lifestyle. It’s also important to recognize the warning signs of heart disease and understand the exercise paradox. Regular exercise has many benefits for your body but doing too much...
‘Can’t take away our humanity:’ Fairness Rally follows religious freedom bill vote
FRANKFORT — Less than an hour after a legislative committee voted 14-6 to expand the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, dozens of Kentuckians gathered for the annual Fairness Rally at the Capitol. Rally attendees protested 13 bills they’ve labeled as anti-LGBTQ, including Burlington Republican Rep. Steve Rawlings’ religious...
Half of rural hospitals lose money; firm says 418 could close; Ky. not a standout except in Medicare Advantage, which is a threat
Rural hospitals are in more trouble than ever, and 418 of them are “vulnerable to closure,” according to a study of their finances by Chartis, a Chicago-based health-care consultancy that specializes in tracking the business of rural health. The Chartis Center for Rural Health says rural hospitals are...
Bill barring source of income discrimination bans makes ground in Senate
A bill supporters are calling a property rights bill and opponents are criticizing as discriminatory has progressed after a 25-11 Senate vote. House Bill 18, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Dotson, R-Winchester, is one of two bills filed this year to end source of income bans. Sen. Stephen West, R-Paris, filed...
Alabama Supreme Court rules frozen embryos are ‘children’ under state law
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a decision critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatments. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases brought by three couples who had frozen...
Richmond Circle K sees first NEVI-funded EV charging station in southeast U.S.
Gov. Andy Beshear’s gas station stops wouldn’t normally be news. But Monday, he appeared in a suit and tie to make a big announcement at a Richmond Circle K. The gas station is the first in the southeastern U.S. to be awarded money for electric vehicle charging stations through the federal National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program, part of the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Man arrested, dog killed after standoff with Middlesboro police
A Middlesboro man is in jail after a three-hour standoff with police on Thursday night. Cody Gaines, 35, was charged with four counts of wanton endangerment – first degree, terroristic threatening, menacing, disorderly conduct, fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, harboring a vicious animal, and obstructing governmental operations. Gaines...
Walking Tour highlights Shake Rag’s history, future
BOWLING GREEN — Several dozen people braved cold temperatures Saturday to take a step back in time and a leap forward, embarking on a walking tour of the historic Shake Rag neighborhood. Community organizer Chasity Rodgers coordinated with the George Washington Carver Center to create the tour of Shake...
School choice, felon voting rights and governor pardons: A breakdown of proposed constitutional amendments
This November, Kentucky voters will flock to the polls to elect the next U.S. President, as well as a host of state and local representatives. There will also be a few other questions on the ballot, asking voters if they would like to change Kentucky’s constitution in one way or another.
Respiratory illness in Ky. resurged in the week ended Feb. 10, with 5-to-17-year-olds having an 84% jump in ED visits for the flu
After weeks of overall decline, three major respiratory illnesses increased in Kentucky during the week ended Feb. 10, with children between the ages of 5 and 17 getting hit hard by influenza. The Kentucky Department for Public Health‘s weekly report says flu and Covid-19 activity is elevated and increasing and...
Donald Trump fraud verdict: $364 million penalty in New York civil fraud case
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge ruled Friday against Donald Trump, imposing a $364 million penalty over what the judge ruled was a yearslong scheme to dupe banks and others with financial statements that inflated the former president’s wealth. Trump also was barred from serving as...
Auto workers threaten to strike again at Ford’s huge Kentucky truck plant in local contract dispute
DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is threatening to go on strike next week at Ford Motor Co.’s largest and most profitable factory in a dispute over local contract language. The union said Friday that nearly 9,000 workers at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville will...
Daniel Cameron talks new role fighting “woke corporations,” political future
Former Attorney General and Republican governor candidate Daniel Cameron is reluctant to put all of Kentucky’s hypothetical eggs in the renewable energy basket. In an interview with the Daily News, Cameron talked about his new position as CEO of the 1792 Exchange, a nonprofit focused on fighting “woke corporations” and ESG, an investment strategy often associated with progressive priorities like cleaner energy and racial and gender equity.
French research indicates that smoking has an effect on immunity to diseases, through molecules that attach to DNA
Like other factors such as age, sex and genetics, smoking has a major impact on immune responses, say a team of French scientists in a research paper that they say reveals for the a long-term memory of the effects of smoking on immunity, through molecules that attach to a smoker’s DNA.
House committee approves bill loosening child labor standards
A bill weakening Kentucky’s child labor laws got committee approval Thursday morning. House Bill 255, sponsored by Rep. Phillip Pratt, R-Georgetown, would remove many current work restrictions for 16 and 17 year olds. Current Kentucky child labor laws are more restrictive than federal law. “All this bill does is...
Amid substitute teacher shortage, House passes bill lowering requirements
A few weeks ago, Rep. Timmy Truett, a McKee Republican and elementary school principal, called his assistant principal to see how things were going. She told him that nine teachers were out, and that they had zero substitute teachers to cover their classrooms. When Truett called his school district to ask why, they said that they didn’t have any more substitute teachers in the system.
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