KY Dental Patients Seek Urgent Care

by NICOLE ERWIN –  Long lines at social service centers are being reported across the state due to transitions in the public benefits system. Individuals desperate for dental relief have resorted to emergency room care. Angel’s Community Clinic in Murray hasn’t experienced significant increases in health care  demands, yet. Executive Director Sherry Crittendon says it is still…

38th Dist. Democratic primary candidates debate why they’re best to take on Denny Butler in General Election

by Nick Storm, @NickStorm_cn2 – LOUISVILLE — Two very different Democratic candidates in South Louisville made their pitch to primary voters in the 38th District to earn the right to challenge former Democratic lawmaker Denny Butler in the General Election. The candidates squared off on Monday night for the one and only debate of the campaign between McKenzie Cantrell…

Blame Game Continues In Frankfort Over Benefind Rollout

by Ryland Barton – As Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration and a private consulting firm work to fix Benefind, the troubled one-stop portal for health and social services in Kentucky, the blame game over who’s responsible for its problematic rollout continues. At a hearing of the state Senate’s Health and Welfare Committee on Monday, a top Bevin administration official blamed the federal government and previous…

Bevin signs toll ban for new bridge

by Scott Wartman, swartman@nky.com – The ban on tolls  on the Brent Spence Bridge is now signed into law. Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday signed the bill to allow for private money to pay for public projects, known as P3, with one notable exception. The law  prohibits any tolls on any highway connecting Ohio and Kentucky…

Bevin hopeful budget talks can be revived

by The Associated Press –  FRANKFORT, KY.  Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is encouraging state lawmakers to pass a budget before the legislature adjourns for the year. Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said the Republican governor still hopes lawmakers can pass a budget without an expensive special session. House and Senate lawmakers ended budget negotiations late Sunday…

Budget negotiations hit a wall as lawmakers leave table without a deal

by Kevin Wheatley, @KWheatley_cn2 – FRANKFORT — About an hour after telling reporters that he expected talks to continue for several hours late Sunday, Senate President Robert Stivers and other members of the budget conference committee abruptly left the negotiating table. Stivers, R-Manchester, did not answer questions as he exited the Capitol Annex meeting around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. House…

Stivers, Stumbo resume budget talks

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – Ky. Senate Pres. Robert Stivers said “I will not budge,” in regard to April 12 date scheduled for budget adjournment. Stivers cited high job loss in his native eastern Kentucky and House of Reps previous spending, as contention points. Alton Strupp/The Courier-Journal FRANKFORT, Ky. – House and Senate leaders resumed face-to-face talks…