KY GOP, Dems Split Over Proposal to Revamp Public Assistance Programs

A politically divisive proposal to revamp Kentucky’s public assistance programs and tighten enforcement to prevent fraud won passage in the state House on Friday.

The sweeping measure aims to shift more people off public assistance and into the workforce. But Democratic lawmakers objected to portions of the bill they described as punitive against the working poor.

The measure cleared the House on a nearly party-line 58-32 vote after a long debate. It now heads to the GOP-dominated Senate. The bill’s lead sponsors are the House’s top two Republican leaders – House Speaker David Osborne and House Speaker Pro Tem David Meade.

Ousted Braidy Industries CEO Misued Company Funds, Docs Show

A legal filing this week by Braidy Industries says its former chairman and CEO was misusing company funds.
Craig Bouchard’s social media posts showing his travels allegedly provided the proof to back up the concerns raised by the company’s CFO. Bouchard was replaced earlier this month.

He rejected the ouster by filing an injunction to remove the people on the board who let him go.

He allegedly spent more than a third of a million dollars on charges to company credit cards, chartered private planes, and paid for meals and travel.

Bouchard said he was ‘concerned’ about investing $60M to build an aluminum alloy mill in Boyd and Greenup Counties.

500 Inmates Displaced After Fire at Eastern Kentucky Corr. Complex

A fire broke out Friday at an eastern Kentucky prison, forcing authorities to relocate about 500 inmates.

No injuries had been reported from the fire at the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex in Morgan County.
Authorities believe the cause was “mechanical in nature.” The inmates were moved to a gymnasium on the prison grounds. Authorities were at the site late yesterday to assess the extent of damage and determine whether the inmates could be returned.

Speeding Up Unemployment Insurance Claims

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is pledging to speed up unemployment insurance claims by improving staffing at career centers around the state.Beshear announced Wednesday that current staff have been retrained in 12 local centers to help people seeking unemployment insurance.Beshear said that has led to decreased wait times. Beshear said the previous administration removed customer service staff from the career centers and asked citizens to email or call Frankfort to request benefits.

Abortion Discussion In KY

A proposed ballot measure aimed at amending Kentucky’s Constitution to ensure it doesn’t offer protections for those favoring abortion rights was advanced by a House committee on Thursday.Kentucky lawmakers have moved aggressively to put pro-life conditions in place since Republicans assumed total control of the legislature in the 2017 session. Some of those laws are being challenged in courts, including one that would ban abortion once a heartbeat is detected, usually around the sixth week of pregnancy.

Controlling Insulin Expenses In KY

In a state consumed by high diabetes rates, the Kentucky House passed legislation Wednesday to limit out-of-pocket costs paid by many Kentuckians relying on life-saving insulin supplies.The bill cleared the House on a 92-0 vote and now goes to the Senate.The bipartisan measure would limit out-of-pocket costs at $100 per prescription for a 30-day insulin supply. That cap would apply to people with commercial health insurance plans.About 500,000 Kentuckians are diagnosed with diabetes. Gov. Andy Beshear has referred to diabetes as a health epidemic in urging lawmakers to send him the measure.

Perry County Memorial

A project is underway to remember some of Perry County’s greatest heroes and their service.Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen says after a long time in the making, a fallen officer memorial is almost a reality.”This is been something on my mind for probably 10 or 15 years, to try to get a memorial for fallen officers in Perry County,” said Allen. “There is a lot of people that laid down the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Hazard and Perry County.”Throughout Allen’s researching, organizing and planning, he found 23 officers died in the line of duty in the last 120 years in Perry County.He hopes to have the memorial completed by this summer.

Challenge To Real-ID’s

Kentucky lawmakers have been advancing legislation that would require voters to show a government-issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot, but a civil liberties group says it’s likely to mount a court challenge if the bill becomes law.The Republican-backed measure cleared a House committee on a party-line vote Thursday. Some supporters said they’re open to considering more changes when the bill reaches the full House.

Building A Blessing Box

The First Presbyterian Church in Hazard built a blessing box to help those in the community.A church elder and his wife were inspired to build a blessing box after hearing a sermon during Advent season.”They [church members] suggested that we bless people by simply putting a box on the corner of the church,” said Reverend Tammy Schmidt.Lawrence Monroe built the blessing box with supplies already around his house. “I like to build and looked online for some plans and I had the materials and built it,” said Monroe.The church wanted to build the blessing box to help those who are in need throughout the community.

KY Basketball Star Tony Delk Being Inducted

Former University of Kentucky basketball star and NBA player Tony Delk will be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.Delk is a Covington, Tennessee, native and played at Haywood High in Brownsville. He was a Parade All-American, McDonalds All-American and 3A Mr. Basketball for Tennessee in 1992, the Hall of Fame said in a news release .At Kentucky, he was Final Four Most Outstanding player, SEC Player of the Year, All-SEC and All-American.