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At a news conference Wednesday morning in Frankfort, Gov. Matt Bevin announced his much-anticipated plan to remake the state’s expanded Medicaid system.

Under the plan, which would require federal approval, Kentuckians who earn between 34 percent and 138 percent of the federal poverty line would be required to pay fixed premiums for the insurance. The premiums will range from $1 to $15 for “able-bodied adults,” according to Mark Birdwhistell, University of Kentucky HealthCare’s vice president for administration and external affairs who is heading up the state’s waiver process

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The Illinois House has again canceled plans to convene for a weekly session Wednesday.

House Speaker Michael Madigan released a statement saying that rank-and-file groups of lawmakers continue to make progress on negotiations toward a budget deal.  

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Gov. Matt Bevin said he wants Kentucky to “lead the way” on criminal justice reform and has appointed a council tasked with producing legislative ideas for next year’s General Assembly.

The 23-member committee includes state officials, legislators and advocates from around the state.

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Tennessee’s Alcoholic Beverage Commission says more than half of the state’s grocery stores have received a license to sell wine under a new state liquor law.

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In the first three months since its launch, more than 100,000 Kentucky voters have used the online registration portal GoVoteKY.com.  

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has toured each of Kentucky’s public universities promoting the feature to students and young voters.  

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Preparations to demolish the Old Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake are expected to kick off as early as this afternoon.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says contractors are looking to begin saw cutting on the concrete deck of the 85-year-old structure this week.  

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Only six months into his first term in office, Gov. Matt Bevin is involved in an array of lawsuits, some of which may have ramifications long beyond his administration.

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Paducah mayoral candidate Brandi Harless was in Washington, D.C. this week with members of the Mississippi Delta Leadership Academy to press western Kentucky issues on national officials.  

22 Kentucky counties are considered within jurisdiction of the Delta Regional Authority, which provides economic and infrastructure support for local projects.  

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Mental health advocates presented Kentucky lawmakers with hours of testimony Wednesday about why the commonwealth needs a law allowing judges to order some people to get treatment.

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Recently appointed co-chair of the National Substance Abuse Committee and Commonwealth Attorney General Andy Beshear is focused on providing Kentucky with funding and resources needed to treat opioid and other drug abuse.

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