More than 200 violations found in tests given by Kentucky schools

by VALARIE HONEYCUTT SPEARS, vhoneycutt@herald-leader.com – Kentucky education officials changed the test scores of at least 44 students to zero and lowered the scores of 48 others after violations of the testing code were found in 2014-15 required statewide tests. About 216 educators or school staff statewide were required to have extra training when violations occurred, according to…

Is a hate crimes bill to protect police needed?

by Phillip M. Bailey and Morgan Watkins, @morganwatkins26 – Ky Rep. Kevin Bratcher sits down with The Courier-Journal’s Phillip M. Bailey and Morgan Watkins to discuss his bill to make any crime against a law enforcement a hate crime. Scott Utterback/The CJ It was a low-key shift on a warm July night until Louisville Metro Police Officer DeAris Hoard got…

Clinton committee transfers $793K to Ky Dems

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – Hillary Clinton visits the Union of Carpenters and Millwrights Training Center in Louisville ahead of Tuesday’s presidential primary. Sam Upshaw Jr./The CJ FRANKFORT, Ky. – A Hillary Clinton political committee transferred $793,000 to the Kentucky Democratic Party in July – a huge and apparently sorely needed infusion of cash for Kentucky Democrats, who…

Bevin’s proposed Medicaid changes could give nonprofits unwanted ‘volunteers’

BY JOHN CHEVES, jcheves@herald-leader.com – FRANKFORT  Gov. Matt Bevin wants able-bodied adults to volunteer in their communities in exchange for their Medicaid benefits. But an organization representing nearly 600 of the state’s nonprofit groups says its members aren’t ready to welcome an influx of tens of thousands of people who would need training, supervision and — in…

KY ranked among states with least freedom

by Justin Sayers, @_JustinSayers – Is Kentucky among the least free states in the nation? One website seems to thinks so. Freedom in the 50 States, which is owned by Washington D.C.-based libertarian think tank the Cato Institute, ranked Kentucky 41st on its overall list of states with the most freedom. New Hampshire was first, Indiana was…

Ky pays $625K over road project delay

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently paid $625,000 in damages to a highway contractor because the cabinet had not secured the land for a road project before a deadline to start construction that was set in a contract awarded by the Beshear administration. Moreover, the state has agreed to pay…

Kentucky Ag Commish Joins Trump Advisory Board

by JOHN NULL – Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles CREDIT RYAN QUARLES / FACEBOOK Kentucky agriculture commissioner Ryan Quarles has joined Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s agricultural advisory committee. Quarles, elected last year, is one of several state agriculture commissioners on the advisory board, which has more than 60 members. The board also includes members varying from…