The Bottom Line: Business courts could make Kentucky system more efficient and competitive, judge says

By Jacqueline Pitts, The Bottom Line FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky is seeking to improve the efficiency of the court system with the implementation of business courts. Deputy Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court Lisabeth T. Hughes told The Bottom Line she hopes the initiative will have a positive impact on all aspects of the court system. The goal…

Tentative $12 billion Purdue Pharma settlement puts spotlight back on Andy Beshear

by Phillip M. Bailey, Louisville Courier Journal Reports of Purdue Pharma — manufacturer of the popular painkiller OxyContin — reaching a major settlement with multiple states and cities on Wednesday is being injected into Kentucky’s race for governor. The company’s tentative $12 billion agreement with 23 states and attorneys representing roughly 2,000 local governments would require the firm’s ownership, the Sackler…

Kentucky Education Department Pushing for Full-Day Kindergarten

BY MICHON LINDSTROM KENTUCKY FRANKFORT, Ky. – The state’s education department wants state-funded full-day kindergarten. Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis told lawmakers Tuesday that he’ll be pushing for the funding during the next budget year. Currently, Kentucky only provides funding for half-day Kindergarten, while most schools throughout the state pick up the tab for the rest of the…

Transitions is among eight facilities to receive KY Opioid Response Effort grant to help in recovery

Eight facilities around the state — including Transitions in NKY — will receive federal grants from the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE) to help create or modernize affordable, quality, recovery housing units, Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) officials announced. The awarded projects will serve men and women in recovery, including pregnant and parenting…

CDC urges ‘no vaping’ as investigation is ongoing on four deaths, more illnesses now linked to e-cigarettes

Kentucky Health News Four deaths have been linked to use of electronic cigarettes and federal officials are investigating more than 450 cases of possible illnesses related to “vaping” in 33 states, CBS News reports. “While the investigation is ongoing, people should consider not using e-cigarette products,” the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in…

Kentucky Campaign Finance Trial Testimony Includes Cash, FBI Fingerprints

BY EILEEN STREET FRANKFORT, Ky. – Jerry Lundergan’s trial is now a month old. Tuesday, the defense continued cross-examining Jonathan Hurst, the prosecution’s key witness. Last week, Hurst testified Lundergan gave him a check for $25,000 and $20,000 in cash with the intent of sending out additional campaign mailers for Alison Lundergan-Grimes’ Secretary of State campaign.…