Lawmakers debate re-entry for felons as part of a sweeping criminal justice reform bill. Also debated are a bill to crack down on gang violence, and a measure on the attorney general's rules for securing outside counsel on high-stakes class action lawsuits.
Comment on Kentucky
Bill Bryant and a panel of journalists discuss the week's news from the commonwealth, including the latest activity in the General Assembly. Scheduled guests: Linda Blackford from the Lexington Herald-Leader; Nick Storm from Spectrum News; and Tom Loftus from the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Why have middle aged, white Americans experienced a stunning rise in premature deaths due to alcoholism, suicide and drug abuse? An obvious place to look is the loss of work and economic status for the working class. But PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman, reporting from Maysville, Kentucky, finds that’s not the whole story.
The Kentucky House of Representatives debates a neighborhood schools bill and Bible literacy in public schools. The Kentucky Senate approves a bill giving the governor authority to remove and replace members of public educational boards and councils.
Under consideration on Day 16 of the General Assembly are funding for higher education, the governor's authority over educational boards, improving foster care, and recognizing successes and causes of those with disabilities. Renee Shaw interviews House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell (R-Lancaster).
Gov. Matt Bevin gives a full-throated endorsement of a bill that would allow public charter schools. And Senate President Pro Tem David Givens (R-Greensburg) unveils his performance-based funding plan for higher education, on Day 15 of the 2017 regular session.
Two reports on the past, present and future of the Guantanamo Bay prison. "Out of Gitmo" tells the story of a Gitmo detainee released from Guantanamo Bay prison after more than a decade. “Forever Prison,” a collaboration with Retro Report, explores the untold history of the the controversial U.S. prison.
Renee Shaw and her guests discuss criminal justice legislation currently being considered in the General Assembly. Scheduled guests: State Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee; State Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville; State Rep. Joseph Fischer, R-Fort Thomas, chair of the House Judiciary Committee; and State Rep. Chris Harris, D-Forest Hills.
This documentary explores the conversations taking place between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police.