Massie: Government could hire Apple engineers

by Scott Wartman, swartman@nky.com – U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie said there are ways that wouldn’t jeopardize privacy rights for the government to access the iPhone of the shooters in the December San Bernardino attack. Apple has refused to create a backdoor for the government to access the iPhone. Massie, a Republican who represents Northern Kentucky, told constituents Monday that if…

Dispute involving senator handled ‘by the book’

by Mike Scogin, Georgetown News-Graphic – GEORGETOWN — The Georgetown Police Department followed its policies and procedures “by the book” while investigating a domestic dispute involving state Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, Mayor Tom Prather and police Chief Michael Bosse said in separate interviews. Georgetown News-Graphic Police were alerted to an argument between Thayer and his former…

Study: Medicaid Expansion Led To Dramatic Drop In Kentucky Uninsured

by Ja’Nel Johnson – A new study says the number of low-income Kentuckians without health insurance declined by 68 percent in the first year of the state’s Medicaid expansion. The research was conducted by the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences by faculty members Joseph Benitez, Liza…

Ky. Supreme Court rules in judicial campaign case

by The Associated Press – FRANKFORT, KY. — Kentucky’s Supreme Court has set some conditions on what types of political comments judicial candidates can make when running for judgeships. The state’s high court ruled Thursday that it’s permissible for judicial candidates to identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans. Candidates also can refer to themselves as the only…

Kentucky’s top climate official sent packing

by James Bruggers, @jbruggers – Two veteran public servants in the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet have lost their jobs, including a former air division chief who had been guiding the state’s response to President Barack Obama’s new climate pollution regulations. John Lyons was named assistant secretary for climate policy in 2013 by former Gov. Steve…

Kynect was not sustainable, Kentucky officials say

by John Cheves, jcheves@herald-leader.com –  FRANKFORT — The state’s Kynect health insurance exchange is a financially unsustainable boondoggle that has cost $330 million, Gov. Matt Bevin’s top health officials told lawmakers at the Capitol Tuesday. Additionally, state spending on Medicaid will jump by 20 percent in the next two-year budget, to $3.7 billion, as federal support declines, they said.…