Bevin names Medicaid commissioner

by Deborah Yetter – FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed accountant Stephen P. Miller as Medicaid commissioner. “As we work to redesign the Medicaid program and transition it to a more affordable, sustainable model tailored to Kentucky’s needs, it is important to have someone with a deep understanding of the healthcare industry leading the Department of Medicaid,” Bevin…

Bill Would Allow Concealed Firearms Into School, University Buildings

by Jacob Ryan – Kentuckians with concealed carry permits could bring firearms into schools, college halls and government offices where they may currently be banned under a bill proposed recently in the state House. Under the proposal, any Kentuckian with a valid concealed deadly weapons license or a temporary permit could bring a concealed gun onto public elementary and secondary school…

President of coal association: Best-case scenario for E. Ky. may be ‘maintaining what we have’

BY TOM MARTIN, Contributing columnist – Many Kentuckians have either directly or indirectly depended on the coal mining industry to make a decent living. Others argue that burning coal is harming our health and that the extraction method known as mountaintop removal has brought major destruction to the natural areas of Eastern Kentucky. Still others point out…

Kentucky education bill might surprise you

by Allison Ross, @allisonSross – C-J Education reporter Allison Ross talks to Kentucky Education Commissioner Dr. Stephen Pruitt.Jeff Faughender, CJ Much ado is being made over a sweeping education bill filed in the Kentucky Senate this session, with some saying the wide-ranging bill contains “fundamental changes” to education assessment and accountability in the Bluegrass State. Talk…