As a result of  2015 legislation , Kentucky communities of 15,000 or less were exempted from the deregulation of phone services. A new bill seeks to make it statewide.

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Legislation that would change how Kentucky’s public universities are funded is moving to the full Senate. The Appropriations and Revenue Committee easily approved a performance-based funding measure Tuesday.


House Education Chair Files New Charter School Bill

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A new bill that would create a system for charter schools to open up across Kentucky has been filed in the state House of Representatives. If approved, charters would be able to begin enrolling students in the 2018-19 academic year.

Unlike another bill that would allow school boards, universities, the state or the mayors of Lexington and Louisville to authorize charters, this legislation would allow only local school boards to review and approve charter school applications.

If denied, the requests could be appealed to the state board of education.

With hundreds of protesters assembled outside, Sen. Mitch McConnell held a contentious town hall-type event in Lawrenceburg on Tuesday.

The Senate Majority Leader refused to answer two questions from opponents in the audience, asking instead for inquiries from those “who maybe actually were interested in what I had to say.”

During a speech, McConnell said that opponents needed to get over the results of the election.

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Kentucky’s Supreme Court struck down Lexington’s panhandling ordinance last week, saying the ban violated free speech. While the homeless in Lexington can now panhandle without fear of prosecution, there are other issues of concern related to basic subsistence.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, homelessness in the Commonwealth.

 

Kentucky State Fair Board

Officials with the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center hope to see major facility improvements in the next few years. 

For more than a half century the Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville has been home to the National Farm Machinery Show.


Cheri Lawson

A giddy group of people meeting in Lexington may have observers wondering what’s so funny.  As WEKU’s Cheri Lawson reports, a unique form of yoga taught since the 1990’s has made its way to Central Kentucky.


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Kentucky’s genetic counselors could be licensed under senate legislation now before house members. 


Forestry.Ky.Gov

Kentucky lawmakers are considering ways to reduce timber thefts. 

Much of the committee testimony on the senate bill involved loggers who cross property boundaries during their harvesting. 


With refugee immigration to the United States much in the news, Tom Martin talks with Dana Lea, community engagement coordinator for the Lexington Division of the Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

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Ohio Valley ReSource

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The Ohio Valley region once helped give rise to the labor movement. Now it’s shifting toward what’s known as right-to-work law. West Virginia and Kentucky have passed right-to-work laws and Ohio is considering a similar bill.

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Dona Wells walked through what’s left of the EMW Women’s Clinic in Lexington, Kentucky. Boxes fill what use to be offices. Sterilized medical supplies are in disarray. A light flickers on and off in the back hallway. She doesn’t see a point in fixing it. At 75, she still runs 25 miles a week, but Wells is tired.

“I was going to retire anyway, probably this year,” she said. But I wanted to do it on my terms, not Gov. Bevin’s terms.”

 

Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

She asked to not be identified. And it’s understandable given the stigma attached to addiction. For this story, we’ll call her “Mary.”

 

Mary lives in eastern Kentucky and has struggled with an addiction that began with painkillers and progressed to heroin.

“As soon as I opened my eyes, I had to get it,” Mary said. “And even when I did get it, then I had to think of the next way that I was going to get.”

Mary was using when she learned she was pregnant with her first child. She sought treatment but the disease had a tight grip on her.

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