Kentucky http://wkms.org en Where Do Kentucky’s Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on Coal and Climate Change? http://wkms.org/post/where-do-kentucky-s-gubernatorial-candidates-stand-coal-and-climate-change <p>As candidates to become Kentucky’s next governor scramble to pledge allegiance to the coal industry, there’s one question they’re not addressing: Does burning coal contribute to climate change?</p><p>None of the three announced candidates for governor—former Louisville Metro Councilman&nbsp;<a href="http://wkms.org/term/hal-heiner">Hal&nbsp;Heiner</a>&nbsp;and Agriculture Commissioner <a href="http://wkms.org/post/fancy-farm-ag-commissioner-james-comer-officially-enters-2015-governors-race">James Comer</a>, both Republicans; nor Democratic Attorney General <a href="http://wkms.org/post/jack-conway-officially-running-kentucky-governor-and-sannie-overly-his-running-mate-0">Jack Conway</a>—have offered a statement one way or another about whether they agree with the scientific consensus that burning fossil fuels like coal makes the planet warmer and destabilizing the climate.</p><p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:22:20 +0000 Jonathan Meador 43121 at http://wkms.org Where Do Kentucky’s Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on Coal and Climate Change? State Government Audit Under Review http://wkms.org/post/state-government-audit-under-review <p>An audit of state government by the National Conference of State Legislatures is currently under “review” by Kentucky political leaders but the report hasn’t been made public.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A spokesman for the </span>NCSL<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says on&nbsp;April 25&nbsp;a preliminary draft of their report was delivered to Marcia </span>Seiler<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the acting director of the Legislative Research Commission, and to members of state House and Senate leadership.</span></p><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:27:14 +0000 Jonathan Meador 42771 at http://wkms.org State Government Audit Under Review DUI Arrests Down Slightly with Help from Phone Aps http://wkms.org/post/dui-arrests-down-slightly-help-phone-aps <p><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Messages technology addressing&nbsp;designated driving are working to lower drunken driving crashes in Kentucky according to Director of the state's office of highway safety, Bill Bell, who admits the drop in recent years has been slim.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:06:06 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 42711 at http://wkms.org DUI Arrests Down Slightly with Help from Phone Aps Fiscal Courts in Coal Counties Get Refunds http://wkms.org/post/fiscal-courts-coal-counties-get-refunds <p>Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that 34 fiscal courts in the Commonwealth will receive refunds from mining permit and acreage fees.&nbsp; Eight counties in our region will receive refunds totaling&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">$58,377</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:15:31 +0000 Troy Taylor 42671 at http://wkms.org Fiscal Courts in Coal Counties Get Refunds Kentucky Overdose Deaths Level, but Heroin Deaths Increase http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-overdose-deaths-level-heroin-deaths-increase <p>A new report indicates the number of overdose deaths in Kentucky is leveling off. In 2013, there were one-thousand-and-seven drug overdoses statewide, just three more than the year before. The leader of Kentucky’s Office of Drug Control Policy, Van Ingram said while he’s disappointed the numbers haven’t decreased, there are still bits of good news that can be found in the report.</p><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:54:27 +0000 Kevin Willis 42536 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Overdose Deaths Level, but Heroin Deaths Increase Kentucky Tourism Board OKs $18 Million In Tax Incentives for Ark Encounter http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-tourism-board-oks-18-million-tax-incentives-ark-encounter <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Board has approved $18 million in tax breaks for a controversial Christian theme park in Northern Kentucky.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">The board unanimously voted on Tuesday to approve sales tax incentives for the Ark Encounter, a religious theme park to be built in Williamstown. The theme park is&nbsp;controlled by Answers in Genesis, a conservative Christian non-profit that also operates the Creation Museum.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:55:33 +0000 Jonathan Meador 42473 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Tourism Board OKs $18 Million In Tax Incentives for Ark Encounter Lawmakers Get Medicaid Update http://wkms.org/post/lawmakers-get-medicaid-update <p>State lawmakers got an update Thursday on Kentucky’s expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in Frankfort from Lawrence Kissner, Commissioner for Kentucky’s Department of Medicaid Services.</p><p>Kissner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says his department is on track to fully implement the expansion, and enrollee health outcomes are improving under the new federal health care law.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:20:09 +0000 Jonathan Meador 42364 at http://wkms.org Lawmakers Get Medicaid Update Owensboro Airport Expanding http://wkms.org/post/owensboro-airport-expanding <p>The Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport has seen marked growth over the last few years and shows no sign of stopping.&nbsp; The airport has expanded its runway to 8,000 feet,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">making it the third airport in Kentucky with a runway 8,000 feet or longer (CORRECTED: WKMS originally reported the Owensboro runway was the third longest in Kentucky).</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:28:24 +0000 Allison Crawford 41904 at http://wkms.org Owensboro Airport Expanding Immigration Reform Could Help Kentucky Economy http://wkms.org/post/immigration-reform-could-help-kentucky-economy <p>The study, “New Americans in Kentucky,” was published this week by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. It found that immigrants make up 3 percent of the state’s population, with one-in-five immigrants to Kentucky originating from Mexico. Kentucky’s immigrant population grew faster than all but six states from 2000 to 2012.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:52:17 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41820 at http://wkms.org Immigration Reform Could Help Kentucky Economy Lawmakers Skewer EPA, Obama Over Coal Regulations http://wkms.org/post/lawmakers-skewer-epa-obama-over-coal-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A panel of Kentucky lawmakers is criticizing an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment targeted the regulations&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;which will require a nationwide 30 percent reduction in the gas that climate scientist say contribute to climate change.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:18:40 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41815 at http://wkms.org Lawmakers Skewer EPA, Obama Over Coal Regulations