JCPS critic Hal Heiner voted chairman of state education board

by Darcy Costello, Louisville Courier Journal – JCPS critic Hal Heiner resigns cabinet post as Kentucky Education and Workforce Development to join Kentucky Board of Education. April 17, 2018 Michael Clevenger, Louisville Courier Journal FRANKFORT, Ky. — In a move that could have ramifications for Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky’s education board selected Hal Heiner as its chairman. Heiner,…

Democrats ask Bevin to reverse order ending worker-safety board. Here’s his response.

by JACK BRAMMER, jbrammer@herald-leader.com –  FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration rejected a request Tuesday from Democrats in the Kentucky Senate to rescind an executive order that abolishes the board responsible for safety regulations in workplaces and transfers its powers to the state labor secretary. Abolishing the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board harms the health and…

Kentucky 20th in education study, but state “desperately needs” to improve in areas

by VALARIE HONEYCUTT SPEARS, vhoneycutt@herald-leader.com –  Kentucky was ranked 20th in the United States on a report named 2018’s States with the Best and Worst School Systems released Monday by the personal-finance website WalletHub. In order to determine the best school systems in America, WalletHub officials said they compared the 50 states and the District of…

Common Ground: Trade Wars

by Michon Windstorm – It’s a topic that has been on everyone’s mind recently. The possibility of a trade war—caused from the implementation of tariffs to foreign countries. When the Trump administration announced a tariff on steel and aluminum to several countries—-those countries like Canada, the European Union and China hit back with their own tariffs…

Kentucky official: Don’t feed the bears

by The Associated Press –  HARLAN, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky officials have increased patrols in the southeastern part of the state due to a prevalence of people feeding bears. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Bear Program Coordinator John Hast told the Lexington Herald-Leader that feeding bears desensitizes them to human contact and conditions them…