How wealthy donors legally gave even more to Democratic Party during Beshear’s campaign

London Mayor Randall Weddle contributed $550,000 to Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund BY: TOM LOFTUS FRANKFORT — Ahead of  last month’s governor’s race, London Mayor Randall Weddle and other Kentuckians gave big to a type of political committee that allows wealthy donors to make massive legal contributions. Weddle, whose earlier excess contributions to Gov. Andy Beshear’s reelection effort…

Advocates lobby for medical debt relief as one in three Kentuckians report struggling to pay

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service It’s estimated that one in three Kentuckians struggles to pay medical bills, and the issue continues to be a driving factor in personal bankruptcy cases. Local organizations are working to address the issue by partnering with debt-buying agencies to relieve residents’ medical debt. Reverend Kent Gilbert, pastor of Union…

Mayor Greenberg lets anti-displacement ordinance become law without his signature

Louisville Public Media | By Jacob Munoz,  Divya Karthikeyan Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg allowed a measure aimed at reducing displacement to become law without signing it. Metro Council unanimously passed the ordinance last month after it spent years in progress. In a statement released on social media Thursday, Greenberg said he would not sign the law as…

Governor explains rollout of new KY Automated Vehicle Information System to go online early ’24

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear said the rollout of the new Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System (KAVIS), which will be go online in early January to replace the current outdated system known as AVIS, for car and boat licensing services. “The change of systems means many common vehicle services will be temporarily…

Kentucky Power lowers proposed rate hike after pushback. Some ratepayers say it’s still too much.

‘ … the most expensive to the population that can least afford it’ BY: LIAM NIEMEYER  Letcher County Judge-Executive Terry Adams walked up to a microphone inside a hearing room in Frankfort Tuesday morning, one of numerous people who had given public comments over the past few weeks to the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC).  …

Markey research highlights need for education to combat cancer in Appalachia

LEXINGTON, Ky. — University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center research underscores the need for interventions to increase educational attainment and knowledge of cancer in Appalachian Kentucky. Kentucky has the highest rate of cancer incidence and mortality in the country, with the Eastern Appalachian region bearing the highest burden due to health, socioeconomic and education disparities, including decreased education attainment…

Kentucky Hospital Association’s Workforce Survey reports ‘acute shortage’ of health care workers

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The Kentucky Hospital Association‘s annual Workforce Survey Report says Kentucky suffers from an “acute shortage” of health care workers, with nearly 13,000 job vacancies in hospitals across the state at the end of 2022. “While the shortage of health-care workers is nationwide, it has hit the Commonwealth especially hard, and KHA is…

Ky. county clerk offices to pause some services in early Jan. for system changes

By Amber Ruch KENTUCKY (KFVS) – All county clerk offices in Kentucky will temporarily pause some services in early January as transportation officials migrate to a new system. The offices will pause in-person and online motor and vessel-related services starting January 1. It will last between four to 10 business days and may cause longer wait…

Kentucky lawmakers eye street camping ban in crime plan as advocates push for homelessness solutions

Marcus Green LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A group of Kentucky lawmakers wants to crack down on people sleeping in public and other places, charging them with criminal offenses if they refuse to leave. The street camping ban is just one part of a wide-ranging proposal called the Safer Kentucky Act that Republican legislators from Louisville unveiled…