Kentucky 20th in education study, but state “desperately needs” to improve in areas

by VALARIE HONEYCUTT SPEARS, vhoneycutt@herald-leader.com –  Kentucky was ranked 20th in the United States on a report named 2018’s States with the Best and Worst School Systems released Monday by the personal-finance website WalletHub. In order to determine the best school systems in America, WalletHub officials said they compared the 50 states and the District of…

Common Ground: Trade Wars

by Michon Windstorm – It’s a topic that has been on everyone’s mind recently. The possibility of a trade war—caused from the implementation of tariffs to foreign countries. When the Trump administration announced a tariff on steel and aluminum to several countries—-those countries like Canada, the European Union and China hit back with their own tariffs…

Kentucky official: Don’t feed the bears

by The Associated Press –  HARLAN, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky officials have increased patrols in the southeastern part of the state due to a prevalence of people feeding bears. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Bear Program Coordinator John Hast told the Lexington Herald-Leader that feeding bears desensitizes them to human contact and conditions them…

Major changes whipsaw Kentucky Medicaid in recent weeks

by Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal – Arrested ICE protestors yell from Louisville police van as one supporter yells with themMatt Stone, Louisville Courier Journal Kentucky’s Medicaid program has undergone several major changes in recent weeks, confusing health providers and some of the 1.4 million Kentuckians covered by the government health plan. Here’s a look at the…

Former House candidate defends Democratic socialism, explains why Democrats should not listen to James Comey

by Nick Storm – Former 35th Dist. Democratic state House candidate Richard Becker says he found many on the campaign trail open to policies trending towards Democratic socialism. Becker came in second in a three-way Democratic primary for the seat currently held by Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville. He penned a first person account of his experiences…