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A liberal leaning policy institute is suggesting the state focus more on raising revenue and less on cutting social programs.  A new report shows that over the past decade the state has had 19 rounds of budget cuts. The governor’s proposed budget includes across the board cuts, as well as reduced funding to some social programs and educational resources.

 

The report from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy says the state could raise revenue by limiting income tax breaks, taxing online purchases and repealing some tax exemptions. Executive director Jason Bailey said lawmakers seem more willing to look at taxes as an option for raising revenue than they have been in the past.

Kentucky Attorney General Sues Opioid Distributor

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Kentucky's attorney general has filed another lawsuit against a pharmaceutical distributor linked to a pipeline inundating the state with highly addictive opioid painkillers.

Ohio-based Cardinal Health on Monday became Attorney General Andy Beshear's latest target. Based on its market share, Beshear says Cardinal Health distributed tens of millions of doses of prescription opioids in Kentucky during a yearlong period ending Jan. 31.

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The Ohio Valley’s numbers on the opioid crisis are grim, especially so in West Virginia, which has the nation’s highest rate of overdose deaths.

But those numbers could give health workers the ability to identify people at risk of drug overdose and then reach them before they die.

That’s what researchers from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources were hoping for when they built a data profile from statistics on the 830 residents who fatally overdosed in 2016.


J. Tyler Franklin

Voters in a Louisville, Kentucky, suburb will soon choose a successor for a Republican state lawmaker who killed himself last year after a woman publicly accused him of sexually assaulting her in his basement when she was a teenager and he was her pastor.

The race offers the first test of whether there's a Trump backlash in Kentucky, a state the Republican president dominated in 2016. But the volatile circumstances complicate Democrats' efforts to reverse their fortunes in a state that has turned decisively against them in recent years.

After Virginia Harrod was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2014, she had a double mastectomy. Surgeons also removed 16 lymph nodes from under her armpit and the area around her breast, to see how far the cancer had spread and to determine what further treatment might be needed. Then she underwent radiation therapy.

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President Trump is facing calls to act in the wake of the latest mass shooting, which killed 17 people Wednesday at a high school in Florida, and the White House is not ignoring them. The president will participate in a pair of listening sessions on school safety this week, and on Monday morning the White House said he supports efforts to improve the federal background check system, something Congress has expressed broad support for without acting on after past shootings.

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Singer-songwriter Will Kimbrough and Louisville folk-duo The Other Years were musical guests on Lost River Sessions LIVE on Feb. 17 at the Capitol Arts Center in downtown Bowling Green.  Kimbrough is a veteran of the music industry who has recorded albums with Will & The Bushmen, Willie Sugarcapps, Bis-Quits and Daddy. 

The Other Years is made up of Heather Summers and Anna Krippenstapel.

For the more than 3,000 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday's mass shooting was terrifying and life-changing. But what of the tens of millions of other children, in schools across the country, who have since heard about what happened and now struggle with their own feelings of fear, confusion and uncertainty?

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This week in Frankfort, the debate over gun control flared up again after a mass shooting at a school in Florida. Lawmakers have proposed a handful of bills to deal with guns this legislative session, but most of them expand where guns can be carried. Listen to this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled in the player below.


A 15-year-old male student from Barren County is under arrest after threatening violence on social media. 

A student at Glasgow High School told administrators Friday morning about the online post which showed a fellow student holding a gun and knife.  The photo accompanied what police called troubling and disturbing threats.  Glasgow Police Lt. Jimmy Phelps says the threats, however, weren't specific.

"The threats that were made did not mention a person or a location where these treats would be carried out," Phelps told WKU Public Radio.  "It did not name a school and it did not name anyone."

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LRS LIVE Replay: 10 String Symphony & Leslie Weiler Meng

Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, also known as 10 String Symphony, previewed songs from their upcoming album and played some favorites at January's Lost River Sessions LIVE at the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green.

Leslie Weiler Meng, lead singer of the Pennyrilers, picked up several instruments and played an hour-long solo set. She also performed two songs on the piano.

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