Agent defrauded taxpayers of $169,000 through crop-insurance scheme, indictment alleges

by GREG KOCHER, gkocher1@herald-leader.com –  A crop insurance agent defrauded taxpayers of $169,000 by helping farmers inflate tobacco crop losses and collect insurance money and then helping them sell their burley at market, according to a federal indictment. Debra Muse of Wallingford in Fleming County was indicted Friday on one felony count of conspiracy to defraud…

There are not enough veteran nurses. So Kentucky hospitals are offering big cash bonuses

by Darla Carter and Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal – To combat a nursing shortage, Kentucky hospitals are finding creative ways to woo workers. Rachel Aretakis/Courier-Journal/USA TODAY Network Kentucky hospitals are using cash bonuses and other incentives to fill nursing jobs in an effort to counter a nursing shortage that could grow even worse in the near future. “For a long time…

Improving soft skills in young workers, which are essential to successful employment, is goal of House Floor Leader Jonathan Shell

by Don Weber – GEORGETOWN – Improving the so-called essential work skills of the state’s future workforce was the focus of Monday’s Interim Joint Committee on Education meeting held at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing North American Production Support Center in Georgetown. House Majority Floor Leader, Rep. Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster, is currently working on legislation similar to House Bill…