Kentucky Press News Service

Kentucky advocates on lookout for future threats to Medicaid

April 1, 2019 - 1:25pm
Kentucky advocates for affordable and easily accessible health care continue to celebrate a judge’s decision to reject the state’s planned Medicaid overhaul but are staying alert for more threats to the insurance of low-income Kentuckians. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg sided with more than a dozen Kentucky Medicaid recipients who challenged the Trump administration’s approval of the state’s plan to require some “able-bodied” adults to work 80 hours a month and to adhere to some other requirements, such as paying monthly premiums. He also rejected a similar plan based in Arkansas. 2019-04-01T12:17:58-04:00

Debate over chickenpox vaccine, religious exemptions heads to Kentucky court

April 1, 2019 - 1:25pm
In the past two school years, Boone County has been among the 10 Kentucky counties with the highest proportion of students with a religious exemption from vaccinations. The clash of those religious exemptions with public health officials during a disease outbreak comes to court Monday. Boone County Circuit Judge J.R. Schrand will hear arguments from a senior at Assumption Academy in Walton who objected to the demand of public health officials for vaccinations against chickenpox when 32 students at his small Catholic school came down with the illness this year. All 50 states require the chickenpox vaccine for schoolchildren. But 47 states, including Kentucky, permit students to obtain exemptions to required vaccinations against illness for religious reasons. 2019-04-01T12:14:01-04:00

Police are searching for 3 missing youths in Laurel County

April 1, 2019 - 1:25pm
Police are searching for three missing youths in south central Kentucky who were reported missing over the weekend. Mark Fields, 15, was last seen Saturday evening off Magee Road about five miles south of London, Kentucky. Dalton Robinson, 17, was last seen about 12:05 a.m. Sunday off Bill Karr Road approximately seven miles south of London. Lindsey Couch, 12, was last seen about 1 a.m. Sunday off KY-1223 about eight miles south of London. 2019-04-01T12:06:00-04:00

‘Would you want the mess?’ Some residents of two coal towns want ban on nearby surface mining.

April 1, 2019 - 1:25pm
Surface mining on steep slopes overlooking two historic coal towns in Eastern Kentucky could damage their water sources and hurt the potential to boost their economies though tourism, residents said at a hearing Friday. Residents from Benham and Lynch, in Harlan County, urged the state to bar surface mining around the towns. “It’s literally going to destroy the water coming off the mountain,” Carl Shoupe, a former underground miner from Benham, said of proposed mining near the town. No one representing the coal industry spoke at the hearing. 2019-04-01T12:03:35-04:00

Lawmakers remain wary of Bevin, but 2019 General Assembly was a ‘huge win’ for him

April 1, 2019 - 1:25pm
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has often made life difficult for his Republican counterparts in the legislature during the last two years. He urged them to tackle tax reform and pension reform, then criticized their efforts. They don’t have the “intestinal fortitude” to pass his pension agenda, he has repeatedly grumbled. That was then. This is now. When the legislature adjourned their 2019 law-making session at 11:50 p.m. Thursday, Bevin wasn’t around to field questions and he turned away reporters on Friday. But many of his top priorities were on display as lawmakers ran down the list of bills they passed in this year’s legislative session. 2019-04-01T11:59:19-04:00

First daughter hears success stories of Toyota training program

April 1, 2019 - 1:25pm
Ivanka Trump, adviser to her father President Donald Trump, toured Georgetown’s Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky plant Thursday morning to hear firsthand how its training program has changed and improved lives. “It was important for me to come here because I have heard for quite some time about the tremendous apprenticeship program that was under way across the nation but specifically at this amazing Kentucky facility,” she said. “It is incredible to be here and walk the floor and meet the students and of course the employees and hear from them.” She also joined with Toyota Motor officials to sign the Pledge to America’s Workers. 2019-04-01T11:41:17-04:00

Judge sides with inmate who gave birth in jail cell

April 1, 2019 - 1:25pm
An Indiana woman who gave birth alone inside a Franklin County Regional Jail cell has cleared an unprecedented hurdle in her federal lawsuit against jail staff, according to court records. The 19-page ruling by U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove was issued in U.S. District Court in Frankfort. In it, Van Tatenhoven ruled that 30-year-old Kelsey Love’s claim of “deliberate indifference” to her pregnancy should continue through the courts despite the defense’s argument that FCRJ staff members were acting within their official capacity at the time she gave birth. 2019-04-01T11:35:02-04:00

E’town woman indicted on rape charge

April 1, 2019 - 1:25pm
An Elizabethtown woman is facing two allegations of third-degree rape after she was indicted Thursday by a Hardin County grand jury. Mary Beth Marlman, 34, was indicted on sex offenses involving a minor. According to Marl­man’s indictment, she reportedly engaged in sexual intercourse twice between Jan. 25 and Feb. 8 this year with a person who was younger than 16 at the time. 2019-04-01T11:24:02-04:00

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