- CDC Director Reports on Eastern Kentucky Health Forums
by John Gregory | 09/02/14 9:56 AM
When U.S. Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Tom Frieden looks at the link between poverty and poor health, he says he sees a vicious cycle: People with medical issues are less likely to be economically productive, while people who are poor are less likely to get good health care. Read more.
- Activists Empower Young Women with Life Skills
by John Gregory | 09/02/14 9:48 AM
Two activists who help girls and young women overcome challenges and gain important life skills appeared on this weekend's Connections to discuss their work. Tanya Torp is program director for Step by Step, a Lexington group that mentors young unwed mothers; and family court attorney Holly Houston is co-founder of Greater Louisville Outstanding Women (GLOW). Read more.
- Candidates Hit Bumps in Senate Campaign Road; the Political Specter of Coal
by John Gregory | 09/02/14 9:41 AM
As the U.S. Senate race headed into the long Labor Day weekend, Sen. Mitch McConnell faced two stories that may have ramifications for his reelection bid. The panel on this weekend’s Comment on Kentucky discussed those reports and how they may play out with voters. Read more.
- Washington Post Explores Coal's Impact on Appalachian Communities
by John Gregory | 08/28/14 4:07 PM
During Monday's Kentucky Tonight program about energy policy, the panel discussed some of the significant challenges eastern Kentuckians face from the dramatic decrease in coal mining jobs in the region. Now two stories in The Washington Post provide additional perspectives on those issues and the prospects for unemployed miners in central Appalachia. Read more.
As I have written before, our U.S. Senate race is getting attention from print and broadcast media as well as bloggers from all over the world. It’s not uncommon to see the contest between Sen. Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes mentioned in many state and national publications almost daily. Read more.
Senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes and her ambassadors want voters to know that the 35-year-old Kentucky Secretary of State is a Wendell Ford and Bill Clinton kind of Democrat, not a left-of-center Hollywood archetype ignorant to the Kentucky way of life. That message was a key takeaway from Kentucky's first and only female Gov. Martha Layne Collins, who's accompanying Grimes on the campaign trail. Read more.
- Coal, Energy Discussion Reveals Common Ground on Several Issues
by John Gregory | 08/27/14 9:36 AM
It's not often that all, or even most, of the guests on Kentucky Tonight agree on key points of an issue, much less topics as potentially divisive as coal and energy policy. Read more.
- Frontier Nursing School is U.S. Birthplace of Midwifery and Family Nursing
by John Gregory | 08/26/14 10:24 AM
This October, alumni and friends of Frontier Nursing University (FNU) will gather to mark the 75th anniversary of the Hyden, Kentucky-based school and its commitment to training nurses and midwives to serve in rural and impoverished areas. Read more.
- Coal Advocate Makes Case Against Greenhouse Gas Regulations
by John Gregory | 08/25/14 2:55 PM
With federal regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions providing additional threats to Kentucky coal, industry advocate Mike Duncan says Congress - not the Environmental Protection Agency - should be in charge of U.S. energy policy. Read more.
- Ethics Issues Seeping Into U.S. Senate Campaigns; State Auditor Critical of N. Ky. Airport Board
by John Gregory | 08/25/14 1:01 PM
The U.S. Senate candidates had their first joint appearance since Fancy Farm as Sen. Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes debated agriculture policy at the Kentucky Farm Bureau headquarters in Louisville last week. Read more.
- Minimum Wage Debate: Who Wins and Who Loses?
by John Gregory | 08/19/14 4:22 PM
Legislation to increase the minimum wage has been proposed in Frankfort and Washington, and the issue is part of the discussion in this year's U.S. Senate race between Alison Lundergan Grimes and Sen. Mitch McConnell. Read more.
- Lexington Mothers Push to End Gun Violence
by John Gregory | 08/19/14 11:55 AM
Struggling to make sense of her son's shooting death a year ago, Tonya Lindsey reached out to other Lexington parents who had lost children to gun violence. From those initial conversations, the group Sisters and Supporters Working Against Gun Violence - or SWAG - was born. Read more.