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Sweeping changes aimed at Kentucky aid programs called 'war on poor'

February 25, 2019

Top House Republicans have filed a bill that would enact sweeping changes in Kentucky's system of public benefits — including Medicaid, food stamps and temporary cash aid for the poor — adding work requirements, drug tests and benefit cuts that opponents say would be disastrous.

Mitch McConnell is silent on coal while Kentucky miners suffer and die

February 22, 2019

McConnell has repeatedly failed to do right by our coal workers and communities.

At a crossroads, Ohio River agency weighs dueling proposals on role

February 4, 2019

An industry-backed effort aims to end ORSANCO’s role in setting and enforcing pollution standards.

Lawmakers or lawbreakers? General Assembly trampled open government rules. And that was just the first week.

January 14, 2019

Amidst the usual controversies that attend the opening days of a legislative session, the first week of the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly raised a singular question unrelated to the weighty business at hand: When did the legislature abandon any pretense of compliance with the open meetings laws and when did Kentuckians abandon any expectation of compliance?

Is Capitol the ‘people’s house’ or King Matt’s castle? Here’s why they want you out.

January 9, 2019

When the General Assembly began its 2019 session Tuesday, citizens in attendance were greeted with a “statement of emergency” — Gov. Matt Bevin’s latest attempt to silence critics and restrict public participation in the people’s business.

The Farm Bureau: Big Oil’s Unnoticed Ally Fighting Climate Science and Policy

December 21, 2018

For more than three decades, the Farm Bureau has aligned agriculture closely with the fossil fuel agenda.

Investigation blames regulatory failure for black lung 'epidemic'

December 18, 2018

An NPR/PBS "Frontline" investigation published on Tuesday found that the government has known for decades about warning signs that preceded a recent black lung "epidemic," which has sickened thousands of coal miners.

Appalachian water crisis demands new revenue streams, stronger oversight

December 15, 2018

Personal stories of families collecting rainwater, going without laundry or bathing, and keeping children out of school seem like the stuff of a hurricane aftermath or other weather emergency — not routine life in America.

Black lung disease is still killing miners. The coal industry doesn't want to hear it

December 13, 2018

Today’s black lung rates are higher than 50 years ago, affecting men as young as their 30s, and in Kentucky their right to decent health care is being curtailed.

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