Former Legislative Director for Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, joins lobbying firm

BY Nick Storm @NStorm_politics Matt Niehaus, who served in Governor Matt Bevin’s administration as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Insurance and Executive Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Services in the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, has joined McCarthy Strategic Solutions. As Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Insurance, Niehaus oversaw the day-to-day operation…

Physician leader: Docs must do more to educate patients on opioids

By BORIS LADWIG –  Solving Kentucky’s opioid crisis will require doctors to better educate their patients about the dangers of some prescription drugs, the Kentucky Medical Association’s director said. Dr. Nancy Swikert Dr. Nancy Swikert, the director, said the organization “will continue to emphasize physicians’ role in solving the crisis”  at its annual meeting next month. More…

KentuckyOne ousts Jewish Hospital president, chief nursing officer ahead of expected sale

BY Grace Schneider – KentuckyOne Health delivered pink slips to two executives at Jewish Hospital – current president Joseph Gilene and the chief nursing officer – in what the top local executive says is a push to maintain quality while they prepare to sell the downtown Louisville hospital and area facilities. The move comes after the financially ailing KentuckyOne…

Truck plant release kills fish in Kentucky creek

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A sewer district spokesman says hundreds of fish have been found dead in a Kentucky creek. Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District spokesman Steve Tedder tells The Courier-Journal that a few hundred fish died in Hite Creek this month. Ford Motor Co. spokeswoman Kelli Felker says a urea pumping system leaked at the…

Agriculture Commissioner Quarles says that ag community needs to do a better job of educating consumers about their industry

by Don Weber – LEXINGTON – Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles told members of the American Association of Meat Processors that they need to educate legislators and the public better about their business so people have a clearer understanding of their business and what possible legislation will help their businesses run smoother. Quarles was the keynote speaker for…