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That UK Story Is Way Underreported In Kentucky

January 20th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Food stamp cut hits Owsley County harder than most. Rosanna Troyer is coping with the drop in her federal food assistance from $367 to $303 by cutting back on meat purchases and buying more canned goods and macaroni and cheese. [H-L]

This is the most important story you’re not hearing much about on television. Sure, it’s West Virginia, but the same issues plague Kentucky. [HuffPo]

It’s the building that launched more than thousands of jobs, has been home to 24 governors and has hosted six presidents. [C-J/AKN]

Since the first disclosures based on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Obama has offered his own defenses of the programs. But not all of the president’s claims have stood up to scrutiny. [ProPublica]

Let me say something good about a good man. Jeff Hoover did, so why shouldn’t I? This week, Rep. Jesse Crenshaw, D-Lexington, for the eighth time, shepherded through the state House of Representatives a measure to allow voters to change the state constitution to permit the automatic restoration of felons’ voting rights. [Ronnie Ellis]

Specialty chemicals maker Freedom Industries Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday, eight days after a leak from one of the company’s storage tanks contaminated drinking water for hundreds of thousands of West Virginia residents. [Reuters]

Seriously, KSU, what the heck are you doing? Kentucky State University officials are fighting back after local media reported the school booted hundreds of its students from classes this week. [WHAS11]

In Appalachia, poverty is in the eye of the beholder. Lee Mueller has lived in Martin County, Ky., for much of his life, and he covered President Johnson’s visit there as a young reporter. He says every few years since, more reporters have arrived. [NPR]

Hate to be Negative Nancies but $10 million won’t do much for getting high-speed internet to Eastern Kentucky. But it’s a nice start. [H-L]

Rand Paul’s move to sue the National Security Agency is his latest expression of outrage about government overreach and invasion of privacy. [Politico]

Authorities on Thursday found the body of a prematurely born infant at the Rowan County home from which nine children were removed in December because of what police termed “deplorable” living conditions. [Ashland Independent]

The president’s decision not to end bulk collection and retention of all Americans’ data remains highly troubling. [ACLU]

Police were kept busy running from shooting to shooting on Sunday night in Lexington. [WKYT]

Pediatric heart surgeries are resuming at Kentucky Children’s Hospital — without any reported investigation by the state health department and without oversight by anyone. There seems to be no medical governing body that needs to sign off on the decision to reopen the heart surgery unit. [CNN]

Tags: Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Education · Environment · Health Care · Poverty · Rand Paul · UK · Wiretapping

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  • 1 Ed Marksberry // Jan 20, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    The Rosanna Troyer story should wake us up on the plight of those less fortunate living in the richest nation in the world.
    The farm bill should include a discount-subsidy provision for those on food stamps to be able to afford healthy foods.
    Our area small farmers and farmers markets would benefit while those receiving SNAP assistance would seek better nutritional foods.