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PHOTO: Construction and hydraulic fracturing are industries where workers are exposed to silica dust. OSHA is proposing rules to minimize exposure, since the dust is linked to chronic respiratory illnesses and deaths. Photo credit: New Jersey Dept. of Health

FRANKFORT, Ky. - OSHA has wrapped up nearly three weeks of hearings on a proposed rule to limit workers' exposure to damaging silica dust. Hydraulic fracturing was one of the industries where silica-dust exposures were examined, along with general construction, masonry and foundries. Silica dust is ...Read More

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GRAPHIC: Married victims of domestic violence now have until the end of May to enroll for affordable health care coverage, which is known as Kynect in Kentucky.  Photo courtesy of: Kynect.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The deadline in Kentucky to enroll for affordable health care coverage through the state marketplace, known as Kynect, has been extended to Friday. But, if you are married and a victim of domestic violence, you have until the end of May. According to Andrea Miller, economic justic...Read More

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PHOTO: Attorney Allison Zieve with the watchdog group Public Citizen supports the FDA allowing manufacturers of generic drugs to update labels with newly-discovered information about risks or side effects, without a lengthy government approval process. Photo: Public Citizen.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - According to Allison Zieve, an attorney with the watchdog group Public Citizen, most people are not aware that when they take a generic drug, they may have unwittingly given up some of their legal rights. She explained that that's the result of a 2011 Supreme Court ruling. "If the ...Read More

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PHOTO: Grassroots groups say the U.S. Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC is a step backward in removing the influence of huge sums of money on politics. Photo courtesy United Wisconsin.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down aggregate limits on individual contributions to federal candidates, political parties and political action committees, saying existing limits are a violation of free speech. Lisa Subeck, executive director of the grassroots political gro...Read More

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PHOTO: An economic analyst says Kentucky's new $20 billion-plus budget will only allow the state to "tread water." Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - While a two-year, $20.3 billion spending plan won overwhelming passage in both chambers of the state Legislature, an economic analyst says it falls short of what it will take to make needed progress in Kentucky. Jason Bailey, director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, sai...Read More

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PHOTO: As Kentucky struggles to work within another tight state budget, a new report sheds light on tax cuts for big corporations. Photo courtesy Legislative Research Commission.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - As the deadline closes in on Kentucky lawmakers to pass another tight budget, a report from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy shows that profitable Fortune 500 companies around the country, including Kentucky-based Yum Brands and Humana, pay little in state corporate in...Read More

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PHOTO: Opponents of a bill to deregulate traditional phone service in the state claim it could reduce the reliability of life-safety alarm services.  Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFURT, Ky. – One of the leading providers of electronic security and alarm monitoring services in the U.S. – The ADT Corp. – wants Kentucky lawmakers to back off deregulating landline phone service in the state. Steve Shapiro, ADT’s vice president of industry relations,...Read More

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PHOTO: As many as 1 in 4 uninsured individuals eligible for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace nationwide are Latino. Photo credit: Eden Pictures

FRANKFORT, Ky. - With a major deadline looming for all Kentuckians to have health-care coverage or face possible penalties, the race is on to enroll the uninsured, with a special focus on the Latino population. According to the Associate Director of the U.S. Office of Minority Health, Mayra Alvarez...Read More

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