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The budget provides about $3.3 billion over two years to fund Kentucky's public pension systems, which are now saddled with about $43 billion in unfunded liabilities. And it fully funds what the actuaries for the teachers' system say will be needed in the next two years. The Senate earlier had moved much ...
Rank-and-file teachers don't hesitate to use the term “strike” to describe their actions, but union leaders prefer the term “walkout.” They point out that teachers aren't striking against their managers — principals, administrators or local school boards — but are instead protesting state policies. In Kentucky ...

Since the 1980s, Kentucky has steadily improved its education system and became exemplary in many ways. It linked early childhood education to long-term achievement. It placed a high priority on closing the achievement gap. And, as a high-poverty state, it developed wrap-around services to support ...
Just hours after passing the tax reform bill, the House voted late Monday to strip out a provision that would reduce the amount of pension income that can be excluded from the Kentucky income tax. But the House's action must still be approved by the Senate when the session reconvenes on April 13 and 14 ...
Overall, the budget cuts base appropriations to public colleges by 6.25 percent over the next two years. The cut at the University of Kentucky is projected to be as high as $16 million, according to a statement from the institution. At the University of Louisville it will be about $8.3 million, a spokeswoman says.
As thousands of Kentucky teachers rallied in defense of public education on Monday, a similar unrest was unfolding roughly 800 miles away. In Oklahoma — where teachers staged a statewide walkout — thousands converged on the capital of Oklahoma City to demand higher wages. Meanwhile, Arizona ...

Public school teachers and elected officials from Eastern Kentucky marched and rallied in Pikeville Tuesday in a show of solidarity for teachers and other public employees affected by proposed changes to the state pension system. Public officials including Sen. Ray Jones, D-Pikeville, Rep. Chris Harris ...
As of Thursday morning, SB 151 was a bill about sewage services. But by the time both chambers of the Kentucky Legislature had passed it that night, the amendment process had turned the bill about sewage into a 291-page overhaul of public employees' retirement benefits. Now, it rests on Gov.
A measure signed into law in Kentucky this past week would prevent federally-certified radiologists from judging X-rays in state black lung compensation claims, leaving diagnoses of the disease mostly to physicians who typically work for coal companies. The new law requires that only pulmonologists ...
The past few years have been a roller coaster for Gillespie, who was fired from Kentucky in March 2009, a move which led directly to the current John Calipari era in Lexington. After leaving the Wildcats, Gillispie was out of coaching for nearly two years, when he signed a contract to be the next head coach ...
Angry teachers sparked a wave of school closures across the state Friday as hundreds called in sick to protest the controversial pension reform bill that zipped through the Kentucky legislature this week. From the eastern half of the state bordering West Virginia to the northern region near Ohio, 29 school ...
A Kentucky congressman says federal officials have given the green light to build a prison in an Appalachian county hard hit by the coal economy's downturn. U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers says the Federal Bureau of Prisons has signaled its intent to move forward with the prison project in Letcher County in ...
Multiple Northern Kentucky schools closed Monday amid tension over pension bill ... Several Northern Kentucky schools have decided to close on Monday, April 2, in an effort to let their teachers' voices be heard. Advertisement. The list of closed school districts includes Boone County, Kenton County, ...
Nestled in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, Martin County has had a long history tied to coal. Between 1918 and 2015, the county produced more than 436 million tons of coal. But as the coal industry died out, Martin County struggled. Nearly 40% of its population lives at or below the federal poverty level.
Meacham was taken to a hospital, but he died from his injuries, said Trooper Rob Austin with the Kentucky State Police. After an hours-long manhunt, law enforcement shot and killed suspect James K. DeCoursey early Friday outside a hotel in Clarksville, Tennessee, about 30 miles south of Hopkinsville, ...
The Kentucky State Senate passed a bill Thursday that would ban dilation and evacuation abortions after the 11th week of pregnancy, with the exception of a medical emergency. Were this bill to become law, it would be one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the US. The bill passed overwhelmingly in ...
When was the last time a UK player shot TWENTY free throws in one game ? PJ Washington got the Yante Maten treatment tonight..but only after it was apparent that he was a mess at the free throw line. Everybody in the building knew he was going to keep missing free throws. It was written all over him.

Indiana health officials have confirmed 10 cases of hepatitis A, including one restaurant worker. In Louisville, KY, officials say two more food handlers there have been diagnosed with the liver infection. The food handlers could have exposed the public to the highly contagious virus. There is a narrow ...
(WKYT) - Snow has caused some major problems on Kentucky roadways on Saturday. In Scott County, there were several accidents on Interstate 75 as roads became covered in snow and slush. "I came south of Lexington, right around (Scott County) it really started getting icy," Pittsburgh resident Brian ...
Louisville's search to replace Rick Pitino as basketball coach could come at the expense of Kentucky's recruiting prowess. According to a report from WDRB.com, the Cardinals have asked for permission to speak with Wildcats assistant Kenny Payne about the vacancy. Payne is a Louisville graduate and ...
A musician and hunting guide running for Congress as a Democrat, arguing for gun regulation. A gun-owning doctor who treated victims of a school shooting, and never wants to do it again. Student shooting survivors who support the Second Amendment and have joined the "Never Again" movement.
HORSE CAVE, Ky. (AP) — State and federal authorities have searched a Kentucky police department that is under investigation. FBI Louisville Office Chief Counsel David Habich says search warrants were executed Monday at the Horse Cave Police Department as part of an ongoing federal investigation.
The Kentucky Employees' Health Plan is administered by the Personnel Cabinet and insures about 146,000 teachers and public employees plus their family members. It gets roughly 80 percent of its money in contributions from the state and about 20 percent in premiums from the employees, said McKim, ...
Vice President Mike Pence is returning to Kentucky to promote the Republican tax overhaul, which is shaping up as a key issue in this year's midterm ... Pence is scheduled to visit a bakery in the central Kentucky town of Versailles on Wednesday to tout President Donald Trump's biggest legislative ...
After five days of national uproar on social media, the Senate Judiciary Committee of the Kentucky General Assembly unanimously voted on Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 48, which raises the legal age to marry in Kentucky. On Thursday, Insider Louisville first reported on the scheduled committee vote for ...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky health officials say a possible hepatitis A-related death has been reported in Louisville, where there has been an outbreak of the disease. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness said ...
(AP) — Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana in Kentucky made their case to a legislative panel Monday, touting it as a safe alternative to highly ... It's 4:20 & I'm at the Capitol annex in Frankfort waiting to see whether or not the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee votes on HB 166, the medical ...
VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — The chancellor of Kentucky's community and technical college system is stepping down. A release from KCTCS says Chancellor Rhonda Tracy announced Wednesday she was leaving due to family obligations. She joined the community college system three years ago.
President Robert Stivers and Speaker Pro-Tem David Osborne will be available to members of the press corps, for a question and answer session on details contained in the pension bill filed in the Kentucky Senate. More: New pension bill pulls back most of Bevin's controversial proposals. Here are 6 to ...
Advocates for teachers and government retirees say the new pension reform bill the Legislature's Republican leaders finally unveiled this week is a step in the right direction but still needs improvement. Stephanie Winkler, president of the Kentucky Education Association, said Senate Bill 1 doesn't go far ...
It is technically legal in Kentucky to shackle pregnant, incarcerated women while they are giving birth, but a state senator from Louisville wants to change that this year. "In Kentucky and in most places in this country, women are entering prisons programmed for men," Republican state Sen. Julie Raque ...
Kentucky House Votes to Revamp Workers' Compensation System. The Kentucky House has voted to make the biggest changes to workers' compensation in decades. Feb. ... Several GOP members, mostly from eastern Kentucky, voted against the measure, while a couple of Democrats supported it.
According to The Hill, "The Kentucky district is the 18th formerly Republican-held district to fall into Democratic hands in a special election since Trump won election, a growing trend Democrats see as proof of their party's momentum heading into the midterm elections. In 2018 alone, Democrats have won ...
Harrison County Jailer Steve Slade tells WKYT-TV that Gary Courtney became disruptive during court proceedings on Monday, and then escaped from the holding room in which he was isolated. Slade says Courtney was handcuffed and shackled at the time. The jailer says Courtney may have changed ...
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The long-awaited pension reform bill was finally filed in the Kentucky State Senate — a bill that pulls back significantly from the sweeping proposal offered last October by Gov. Matt Bevin. Senate Bill 1 was filed by Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, who told senators it was a "huge ...
With the Ohio River spilling over its banks, communities are deciding whether to close floodgates to protect residents from rising water. In Cincinnati and directly across the river in Kentucky, 24 gates can be deployed. As of Tuesday, five had been closed. Cincinnati maintains a 1.5-mile floodwall, ...
FAYETTEVILLE - If these current Razorbacks are ever to beat the Kentucky team always beating them, tonight's time seems ripe. Arkansas hasn't beaten John Calipari's Wildcats since achieving a home-and-home SEC sweep in 2014, the season before Razorbacks four-year seniors Anton Beard and Trey ...
Kentucky's attorney general filed a lawsuit against Cardinal Health, accusing it of contributing to the opioid epidemic. The suit claims the drug distributor failed to halt or report suspiciously large or frequent orders by pharmacies of prescription painkillers. The lawsuit alleged Cardinal Health ignored red flags ...
There, a 15-year-old is accused of killing two classmates and wounding 18 others. Kentucky's Republican governor and legislature say they won't consider any new gun control measures. In fact, one bill on the table would let teachers and staff carry guns on campus. Kentucky Public Radio's Ryland Barton ...
Linda Belcher, left, the Democratic candidate for the Kentucky House of Representatives representing the 49th District speaks with a supporter during a rally, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Shepherdsville, Ky. Belcher, a former representative for the district is running in a special election being held Tuesday, ...
In the wake of the tragedy at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky's Republican governor and legislature say they won't consider gun any control proposals. Rather, a measure allowing teachers or staff to carry guns on campus has gained traction. Republican state Sen. Steve West admits his ...
... Couple Charged in 2-Year-Old Boy's Death. A mother and her boyfriend have been charged in the death of a 2-year-old boy in Kentucky. Feb. ... Kentucky State Police believe Tristan Clements was injured while in the care of his mother, Seara Clements, and Butler. Police were contacted Monday about a ...
Lesme Romero was anxious nine years ago to start a pasta business in Lexington but needed help on how to devise a financial plan and get a business loan. Through Commerce Lexington, he was put in contact with the Kentucky Small Business Development Center administered by the University of ...
Marshall County Commonwealth's Attorney Mark Blankenship told The West Kentucky Star that the arraignment could be postponed if attorneys for the teen want to have his mental competency evaluated. If the hearing is delayed, state police spokesman Jody Cash says no information on the case will be ...
What a great way to start 2018! In just 15 short days, the Kentucky General Assembly worked together in a bipartisan manner to make Marsy's Law – a constitutional bill of rights for crime victims – the very first bill to pass through the Legislature during this session. The message that sends to Kentuckians is ...
As Southern chefs and cuisine gain increasing national recognition, it's no surprise that Bravo's Top Chef will film its upcoming season 16 in Kentucky. The news was just announced Thursday, and production will start sometime this spring, with a premiere date for later this year. (Four episodes remain of the ...
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, left, speaks with democratic supporters during a get out the vote rally, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Shepherdsville, Ky. Democrats are competing in 93 of 100 Ky. House districts, and hope to replicate recent successes in other places that backed and elected ...
Gabriel R. Parker was indicted on two counts of murder and 14 counts of first-degree assault by a grand jury in connection with the January 23 shooting at Marshall County High School in western Kentucky, police said in a statement. He was arraigned Friday at the Marshall County Circuit Court. His bond ...
A federal judge is set to sentence former Kentucky high school principal Goodlett in U.S. District Court in Louisville Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, on child pornography charges stemming from uploaded nude images of a student whose cellphone he confiscated. (Hardin County Detention Center via AP, File) The ...
Kentucky police officer Lyndi Trischler was forced to go on unpaid leave when her request to go on light duty was denied while she was pregnant. Feb. 8, 2018 ... Trischler spoke out Thursday in favor of a bill that would amend Kentucky's civil-rights laws to provide on-the-job protections for pregnant women.


 

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