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…

Concerns about premiums, loss of dental and vision coverage for expansion population aired at Medicaid waiver hearing

by Kevin Wheatley, @KWheatley_cn2 – FRANKFORT — An overflow crowd gathered in the Capitol Annex Wednesday afternoon to voice either their support or concerns with Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration’s proposed Medicaid waiver program, Kentucky HEALTH, that will go before the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services on Aug. 1. The meeting also included the Advisory Council for Medical Assistance, which…

Danville approves resolution opposing pipeline proposal

The Associated Press – DANVILLE, KY. — The Danville City Commission has passed a resolution opposing the conversion of a natural gas pipeline to carry potentially hazardous natural gas solids through Boyle County. The Advocate-Messenger reports (http://bit.ly/297GU7s) the resolution, passed Monday, cites concerns over the volatility of Natural Gas Solids and the potential harm a leak…

Bevin names new U of L trustees

by Andrew Wolfson, @adwolfson – Gov. Matt Bevin on Wednesday announced his 10 appointments to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. Below is the list: J. David Grissom, of Louisville, Ky., for a term expiring June 29, 2022. John H. Schnatter, of Louisville, Ky., for a term expiring June 29, 2021. Sandra Frazier, of Louisville,…