Ethics commission has a copy of Hoover’s secret sexual harassment settlement

by DANIEL DESROCHERS, ddesrochers@herald-leader.com –  FRANKFORT — A prosecutor for the Legislative Ethics Commission has a copy of a secret settlement that four Republican House members made with a legislative employee who accused them of sexual harassment. Garry Adams, an attorney representing the former legislative employee, said the prosecutor had already obtained the settlement when Adams met…

Kentucky ‘adoption czar’ leaves post midway through 1st year

by The Associated Press – FRANKFORT, KY — Kentucky’s “adoption czar” has left Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration seven months into his appointment, without explanation. The Courier-Journal reported Monday that a Cabinet for Health and Family Services spokesman said the state contract with Daniel Dumas had been terminated. He didn’t provide more details, and Dumas didn’t respond…

Anti-Hunger Efforts Underway In Kentucky

By ASSOCIATED PRESS –  The McConnell Center at the University of Louisville is starting its latest lecture series with a discussion about hunger in Kentucky. The center says state Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles will give a free, public talk on the subject on Jan. 24 at the Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium on the UofL campus.…

Saving money or stacking the deck? Kentucky weighs getting rid of separate election for governor, top officials

by DANIEL DESROCHERS, ddesrochers@herald-leader.com –  FRANKFORT — Since 1895, Kentucky has elected its constitutional officers in odd number years. The legislature is hoping voters will change that in 2018. Legislators have proposed two bills, SB 4 and HB 2, that would change the constitution so Kentuckians would vote on the constitutional offices, like governor and attorney…

Amazon purchased an additional 210 acres of private land next to CVG for Prime Air operations

NKyTribune staff –  Dave Clark, senior VP of Worldwide Operations for Amazon Prime Air announced Friday on Twitter the purchase of an additional 210 acres of private land next to CVG along Aero Parkway. This is, says Clark, “additional land for the original Prime Air CVG project.” Amazon Corporate Communications said there was no further information…

Centers help kids with shoes, glasses, lunch, homework. They’re bracing for big cuts.

by VALARIE HONEYCUTT SPEARS, vhoneycutt@herald-leader.com – Six years ago, Monica Hall had $12,500 in state funding allocated for her operating budget for Booker T. Washington Elementary Family Resource Center where she is the coordinator. This year, she said that amount was $244. And more cuts could be coming. The mission of Kentucky’s 811 school-based Family Resource and…