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Judge Rules State Must Disclose Records, Pay Legal Fees

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky judge has overruled a decision by the state to release only documents with blacked-out details of allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination made by a former top social services official. The Courier Journal reports that Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Wednesday that the state must disclose the… Read More

Federal Opioid Strikeforce Indicts More Than A Dozen Ohio Valley Doctors

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday more than a dozen indictments against doctors in the Ohio Valley on charges relating to the illegal distribution of opioids. These are the first major indictments from the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force, which started work in December. “The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in… Read More

This Aug. 22, 2018, file photo shows a sign declaring the future home of Braidy Industries' aluminum mill in Ashland, Ky.

Kentucky Aluminum Plant Investor Is Russian Company Formerly Under U.S. Sanctions

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Russian aluminum company Rusal announced Monday it plans to invest in a new Kentucky aluminum mill to be built near Ashland in eastern Kentucky. The $200 million investment in Braidy Industries is Rusal’s first U.S. project since the Trump administration lifted U.S. sanctions placed against the company. Rusal had been sanctioned by the U.S. government because its major controller, Russian… Read More

Colten Polyniak with hemp

CBD Uncertainty: Sales Soar But Science Lags On Hemp Health Effects

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Inside the Bluegrass Hemp Oil store in Lexington, Kentucky, the CBD oils and lotions lining the walls have an origin story — a story of a family’s struggle. “We took a huge risk, to be perfectly honest, because we didn’t know. We weren’t trying other people’s CBD products that were out there,” Bluegrass Hemp Oil… Read More

Kentucky to Use Rapid DNA Tests For Sex Assault Cases

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky authorities say the state will start using rapid DNA testing for sexual assault investigations. Authorities said Wednesday that the rapid DNA system has proven successful at identifying suspects within hours. For the last several months, Kentucky State Police forensics’ laboratories have piloted use of the system. Gov. Matt Bevin and… Read More

Andy Beshear

ACLU and Top Kentucky Lawyer Differ on Tackling Abortion Law

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – An abortion-rights group is disagreeing with Kentucky’s Democratic attorney general over the validity of a state law that could determine if the state’s only abortion clinic stays open. The disagreement stems from a legal brief filed by Attorney General Andy Beshear supporting EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville. Beshear urged a… Read More

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Medicaid Expansion Boosted Cancer Screenings, Study Says

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A new study says colon cancer screenings for Medicaid patients in Kentucky have increased 230% since the state expanded its Medicaid program under former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. A study by the University of Kentucky published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons found while the… Read More