Pharma services company headed to River Ridge, with plans for 850 jobs

By Grace Schneider, Louisville Courier Journal   A specialty pharmaceutical services company, started by two seasoned Louisville executives, will invest nearly $56.5 million to expand operations into Southern Indiana, with plans to eventually to grow to 850 workers. PharmaCord, led by commercial real estate developer Jim Karp and health care veteran Nitin Sahney, revealed plans Monday to lease…

How are Kentucky kids doing? Life is improving, but kids are better off in other states

By Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal Life for Kentucky kids has improved in some areas — including fewer children in poverty and more children with health coverage, according to “Kids Count,” the annual state-by-state ranking of child well-being released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. But both Kentucky and Indiana remained in the bottom half among…

Commonwealth Fund’s state scorecard finds deaths from suicide, alcohol, drugs, are regional epidemic

NKyTribune staff Deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drugs have reached an all-time high, but affect states in different ways, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s just released 2019 Scorecard on State Health System Performance. “What we’re seeing is a regional epidemic when it comes to premature deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drugs,” said Dr. David Blumenthal,…

Bevin: House Democrats’ offer to meet and discuss pension crisis is a ‘political stunt’

Tom Loftus, Louisville Courier Journal. Published 7:46 p.m. ET June 12, 2019 FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin told House Democratic leaders their approach to providing relief to quasi-governmental agencies from soaring pension costs would “kick the can of financial responsibility down the road … again.” In a sharply-worded two-page letter to the three leaders, Bevin…