Unemployment From the Coronavirus Varies Dramatically Between States, Analysis Finds

The percentage of each state's workforce filing for unemployment as a result of the pandemic ranges between 8% to 33%, largely depending on the industries that drive local economies.

Looking for Extra Cash? Check Your State’s Unclaimed Property Database

COMMENTARY | State treasurers are returning millions in unclaimed property to residents.

City Song Aims to 'Lift Up' Residents During Pandemic

"Lift Up Louisville," a song collaboration among 29 artists with ties to the Kentucky city, debuted Monday. Proceeds will benefit the city's relief fund for residents and nonprofits.

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Medicaid Work Requirements

An Arkansas program that required most Medicaid recipients to work, volunteer or attend school to receive health coverage was "arbitrary and capricious," a three-judge panel ruled unanimously.

They Were Promised Broadband and High-Tech Jobs. They’re Still Waiting.

Kentucky’s plan to bring broadband to remote parts of the state has sputtered and its future looks increasingly bleak. State leaders told rural residents it would create better business opportunities. But instead, they keep getting left behind.

Supreme Court Allows Kentucky Abortion Ultrasound Requirement to Stand

The law requires women who seek abortions to view a narrated ultrasound before the procedure, even if they don’t want one.

'In God We Trust' Now Mandatory Display in These Public Schools

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Gap Grows Between Well-Off and Troubled State Public Pension Plans

The findings from The Pew Charitable Trusts come as the U.S. enters a record phase of economic expansion.

America’s First Greenbelt May Be in Jeopardy

Adopted in the 1950s to protect the city’s iconic horse farms, the urban growth boundary of Lexington, Kentucky, no longer seems unassailable.

Kentucky’s $1.5 Billion Information Highway to Nowhere

Gov. Matt Bevin has offered no solution to the boondoggle he inherited, a plan to bring high-speed internet to Kentucky’s remote corners.

Federal Judge Rejects Medicaid Work Requirements in Two States

About 18,000 people lost coverage in Arkansas after the state began requiring some recipients to work 80 hours a month.

Opponents of Medicaid Work Requirements Urge Judge to Stop State Plans

But the Trump administration, along with state officials, argued that requiring some recipients to work will strengthen the overall health insurance program.

Former Coal Mining Towns Turn to Tourism

Coal mining built Kentucky’s Tri-Cities. Can tourism save them?

Farmers Hope for Hemp Riches Despite Risks

States looking to ramp up hemp production now that it is legal are looking at Kentucky, where a pilot program has allowed hemp farming for five years.

Republican Governors Want Trade War With China Over Quickly

An outcome to negotiations that lowers or ends Chinese tariffs could be critical to President Trump’s reelection hopes, Arkansas’ governor predicted.

Kentucky Governor: Cold Weather Closures Set Bad Example for Kids

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Kentucky Governor Gives Short Notice on Pension Special Session

Days after the state Supreme Court strikes down a controversial pension reform law, teachers and other public employees rush to Frankfort—again.

The Reason Why Kentucky’s Pension Reform Law Was Struck Down

Gov. Matt Bevin, who championed the legislation, called Thursday’s state Supreme Court ruling “an unprecedented power grab by activists judges.”

Kentucky’s Approach to Modernizing State Agency Apps

Service delivery is the focus of CIO Chuck Grindle’s second year at the IT helm.

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