Local legislators react to veto

Local legislators react to veto Rachel Adkins | The Daily Independent ASHLAND Local legislators have mixed opinions about a pension-relief bill that Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed on Tuesday. House Bill 358 passed on March 28 giving regional universities, local health departments and other quasi-governmental agencies relief from the rise in pension costs they will have…

Trump administration appeals denial of Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirements

Trump administration appeals denial of Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirements BY JOHN CHEVES The Trump administration on Wednesday appealed last month’s decisions by a federal judge that struck down work requirements and other tougher eligibility standards for Medicaid recipients in Kentucky and Arkansas. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and other federal health officials,…

Kentucky Officials Address Substance Abuse, Prevention and Recovery At Harm Reduction Summit

Kentucky Officials Address Substance Abuse, Prevention and Recovery At Harm Reduction Summit By CHERI LAWSON Kentucky officials held the state’s second annual harm reduction summit in northern Kentucky. CHERI LAWSON State officials, healthcare professionals, law enforcement and first responders were among 400 people gathering Tuesday for Kentucky’s second annual harm reduction summit.  The northern Kentucky…

Fisker: Kentucky among 11 states in running for potential auto factory

Fisker: Kentucky among 11 states in running for potential auto factory Grace Schneider, Louisville Courier Journal Kentucky is on a list of several states that once-troubled automaker Fisker Inc. is considering for a manufacturing facility to produce an all-electric SUV — with at least 1,000 full-time jobs. Henrik Fisker, an automotive designer and entrepreneur who founded the company, confirmed his team…

School districts get partial refund on insurance obligations

School districts get partial refund on insurance obligations By MIKE JAMES The Independent LEXINGTON Five area school districts are in line to receive refunds ranging from $11,317 to $50,583 from the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust (KSBIT) Workers’ Compensation Fund. The refunds softened the blow from a 2013 assessment from KSBIT that left districts saddled with the obligation…