Bevin Medicaid plan debated at forum

by Deborah Yetter, @d_yetter – STORY HIGHLIGHTS HHS will take public comments through Oct. 8 on Kentucky’s Medicaid plan. People may comment at Medicaid.gov. Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to reshape the state’s Medicaid program was debated in Louisville on Wednesday, with top officials from his administration defending it and health advocates arguing against his proposal submitted last week…

Democrats strike back after Bevin’s bloodshed remark

by DANIEL DESROCHERS, ddesrochers@herald-leader.com – Democratic candidates for federal office in Kentucky criticized Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday for suggesting last weekend that blood might someday need to be shed if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election, going so far as to suggest impeachment. In his off-the-cuff speech Saturday at the Values Voters forum in Washington, D.C., Bevin referenced a famous…

Documentary about Eastern Kentucky preschoolers shows hope for distressed regions

by VALARIE HONEYCUTT SPEARS, vhoneycutt@herald-leader.com – A documentary that premieres Tuesday on PBS and Sept. 19 on KET focuses on efforts to improve the lives of preschoolers in Owsley County, which has one of the lowest median household income levels in the country. “Class of ’27” from filmmaker James Rutenbeck shows that the children have “caring and competent…

Amid Controversies, U of L Foundation Paying PR Firms To Push Message

by Kate Howard – Facing growing scrutiny from donors and its own university, the University of Louisville Foundation is paying $11,500 a month in retainers alone for external public relations firms. In contract proposals submitted in July, the firms shed light on strategies they intended to employ to combat rampant criticism of the Foundation. The documents, obtained by WFPL’s…

Bevin hasn’t named new jobs chief after 9 months in office

by JACK BRAMMER, jbrammer@herald-leader.com – FRANKFORT — Sixteen months after Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes announced his retirement and nine months into the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin, Kentucky still does not have a full-time secretary to oversee the cabinet that attempts to create jobs in Kentucky. The $250,000-a-year job to attract new industries and help existing companies expand…

Can Republicans win the Kentucky House? 7 races to watch in November

by DANIEL DESROCHERS, ddesrochers@herald-leader.com – Just like Chicago Cubs fans, Republicans in Frankfort are saying this will be the year. For more than 90 years, Democrats have controlled the Kentucky House of Representatives, but Republicans are on the offensive in several House races this fall as Kentucky’s electorate continues its slow march to the political right. Democrats have…