Ed Hastie grew up on a farm in Montgomery County and always wanted to live in the country. But he became a lawyer, not a farmer, so in 1978, he and his wife bought a 10-acre lot in southern Fayette County.
The state has settled a lawsuit by the Lexington Herald-Leader and The (Louisville) Courier-Journal over access to records on child deaths and injuries, agreeing to pay a $250,000 penalty and attorney fees to the papers.
Legislation aimed at limiting Kentucky’s agricultural preservation tax break to working farms died without a hearing in this year’s legislative session, but discussion of the issue will continue, officials said Thursday morning.
After much debate, a House panel on Thursday approved a bill to require greater transparency from the state’s pension systems — including the one for legislators, which would have to begin posting information online.
Almost a year after the president of Northern Kentucky’s state community college retired amid running tensions with its board of directors, the college’s foundation will begin paying him a $348,000 incentive in July.
After two hours of questions and comments from citizens Thursday night, Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator David O’Neill said he will consider tweaking new policies he’s proposed to regulate who receives a farmland preservation tax break.
An audit of the Kentucky workforce cabinet released this week recommends the state step up oversight of federal workforce training dollars and tighten its accounting practices after finding several problems with the agency’s administration of federal funds.
Gov. Matt Bevin’s 2015 campaign collected more than $115,000 after he was elected, allowing about 150 donors — including Frankfort lobbyists, state employees, coal executives and business owners with an interest in state government — to help him pay off his creditors. Many wrote $1,000 checks during Bevin’s first month as governor.
A months-long examination by WFPL’s Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting found that the Kentucky Department of Corrections rarely probes deeply when a jail inmate dies. And it apparently has not sanctioned a single jail in connection with the more than 140 inmate deaths that have occurred during the past five-and-a-half years.
Kentucky jails buy medical care they can afford. Companies like Southern Health Partners make a profit. But promised and required services are not always provided. Inmates suffer as a result. And virtually no one is doing anything about it.