Finally Some Progress In Martin County

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The newly-filed Senate Bill 1 eventually would eliminate Kentucky’s unfunded public pension liabilities — estimated at $40 billion to $60 billion, depending on whom you ask — while saving the state $4.8 billion, legislative leaders said Wednesday at a Capitol news conference. Most of the savings would come at the expense of Kentucky’s teachers. [H-L]

So painfully dumb – as are his followers who’ll swallow this hook, line and sinker. Donald Trump’s personal pilot is reportedly one of several people under consideration to lead the Federal Aviation Administrations. [HuffPo]

The circuit judge assigned to try 15-year-old Gabe Parker in the Marshall County High School shootings improperly intervened to help the suspect, Western Kentucky news organizations allege in court filings. [C-J/AKN]

The Trump administration is quietly dismantling the Affordable Care Act, taking a series of regulatory steps that will make it easier for insurance companies to sell plans that exclude patients with preexisting conditions or don’t cover basic services like maternity care, mental health treatment, and prescription drugs. Short-term coverage is allowed to skirt several of the health care law’s core provisions: Plans can deny people insurance based on their medical history, charge them higher premiums because of their preexisting medical conditions, and craft skimpy benefits packages that will appeal mostly to young and healthy people. [Vox]

Through the first half of the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly, all eyes have been locked on pension reform. Last week, Republican legislative leaders finally filed a bill which backs off some of the harsher changes to the public pension system contained in a draft proposal last October. [Ronnie Ellis]

Among dozens of stories is the case of Gordon Wheeler, a Texan whom US Marshals arrested at his home for failure to appear at a judgment debtor exam in 2015. He was recovering from open-heart surgery and couldn’t physically get to the hearing. The judgment concerned a $2,500 student loan debt from 1983, and with interest and fees was now $12,000. Wheeler didn’t have the money, so he went to jail. [The Nation]

Carter and Boyd County officials were inspecting what damage was caused by flooding in the Rush area after heavy rains through the weekend. [Ashland Independent]

Documents and bank records obtained in discovery during the federal investigation into the underbelly of college basketball detail in meticulous fashion the expenditures of prominent former NBA agent Andy Miller, his former associate Christian Dawkins and his agency, ASM Sports. They include expense reports and balance sheets that list cash advances, as well as entertainment and travel expenses for high school and college prospects and their families. [Yahoo Sports]

Nearly 50 people filled the Rowan County Fiscal Court room on Tuesday morning for a heated debate on the legalization of medical marijuana. [The Morehead News]

Richard Gates, Donald Trump’s one-time campaign aide, plead(sic) guilty Friday to two felony counts: conspiracy against the U.S. and lying to federal authorities. [ABC News]

It’s insane that this has to be a discussion. In the wake of active school shootings in Marshall County, in Parkland, Florida, and others around the country, area school administrators are reviewing their districts’ procedures and policies for keeping students and staff members safe in schools. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A former senior official in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators, and is cooperating with a federal probe into Russia’s role in the election. [Reuters]

Nearly $5 million in grants and donations will be used to make repairs and provide clean water in Martin County. Martin County residents in Eastern Kentucky have complained about lack of access to running water this winter; discolored water that comes out the tap looking like beer or milk; rashes and sores caused by bathing in the water; and illnesses like cancer they attribute to chemical contaminants. The Martin County Water District runs the system that has about 3,500 customers. [H-L]

John Oliver began his show on Sunday night with a brief moment of celebration. Last week, a West Virginia judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Oliver that was filed by coal baron Robert E Murray, the target of a biting “Last Week Tonight” segment last year. [HuffPo]

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