Critics blast Medicaid plan at Hazard hearing

by Deborah Yetter, @d_yetter – Gov. Matt Bevin said in a press conference he will seek permission from the federal government to reshape the federal-state health program that covers about 1.3 million Kentuckians. Michael Clevenger, CJ HAZARD, Ky. – A sweeping plan to overhaul Kentucky’s Medicaid program met its most forceful opposition yet in a region with some…

Kentucky’s more than 4,500 regulations up for review in Red Tape Reduction initiative

by Kevin Wheatley, @KWheatley_cn2 – Gov. Matt Bevin is asking businesses, cabinet secretaries and state employees to identify unnecessary state regulations as he looks to make the state more business-friendly. Bevin’s administration unveiled his Red Tape Reduction initiative on Wednesday, promising to cut the more than 4,500 regulations on Kentucky’s books. In a news release, Bevin’s office said…

8 Western Kentucky Schools Receive Funding for Kindergarten Readiness Programs

by ALLISON CRAWFORD – Eight western Kentucky elementary schools are among 63 schools across the state receiving funding for kindergarten readiness programs. United Way Born Learning Academies will be available at schools in McCracken, McLean, Christian, Daviess, Graves, Union, and Webster counties this fall. The program began in 2012 with a $1 million grant from Toyota and…

Bevin appoints new judge-executive for Webster County

by The Associated Press –  FRANKFORT, KY. — Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed a new judge-executive for Webster County in western Kentucky. Bevin selected Stephen Henry of Providence to replace the county’s longtime judge-executive, James Townsend, who resigned. Bevin’s office says Henry is a lifelong Webster County resident who became the county’s first 911 coordinator while…