What happened on the 57th day of this year's 60-day legislative session is exactly what the drafters of Kentucky's constitution were trying to prevent: A sewer bill was transformed into a 291-page pension reform and approved in a matter of hours.
Inspector General says Interior Department could not explain why it axed a study of surface coal mining's effects on human health, cancellation wasted $455,110. Interior official who pushed to end study had met at least six times with coal industry players.
Kentucky's Republican-controlled legislature fails public health, but makes Philip Morris International happy, with a cigarette tax too small to reduce the nation's highest cancer death rate and by leaving e-cigs untaxed.
Thanks to two transgender students (class of '18) who graduated from Lexington high schools and shared their experiences. They remind us that differences need not divide but can make a school, a city, a nation stronger.
Kentuckians can be glad the Bevin administration is not fighting at least one decision by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd. The decision not to appeal restored critical protections against toxic waste from coal-fired power plants.
Chief Justice Minton shot down a Bevin argument that would have disqualified the Supreme Court from judging the constitutionality of Kentucky's new pension law. The governor should quit playing cynical games and argue the case on its merits
Citizens have a constitutional right to peaceably assemble to seek redress from their government, yet 400 members of the Kentucky Poor People's Campaign were barred from the seat of state government. Kentuckians deserve an explanation.
Investment in old neighborhoods and idle commercial districts is good, but not if it victimizes longtime residents and businesses. A new task force will search for ways Lexington can grow without destroying neighborhoods or farmland.
Voters are supposed to be able to see who gave money to candidates before the election. But delays before the May 22 primary made that impossible in some races, including Lexington mayor, because candidates did not file electronically.