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January 18, 2018



HIGHWAY DISTRICT 12 (January 18, 2018) – People in Martin and Lawrence counties will see a long, unfamiliar truck on some roads during the next week. Traffic will be delayed a few minutes as the machinery conducts seismic testing.

Jody Hunt, Permits Engineer at Highway District 12, explained that Precision Geophysical of Millersburg, Ohio, is conducting seismic testing for oil and gas deposits in Lawrence and Martin counties. The big rig that you will see along the roads will stop periodically and a plate will descend from underneath the truck. The plate picks up vibes from underneath the earth to determine the location and density of any oil and gas deposits that may be there.

The routes for testing include the following: LAWRENCE COUNTY: KY 773, KY 1395, KKY 1496, KY 3, KY 32. MARTIN COUNTY: KY 3, KY 40, KY 645, and KY 3.

Hunt asked motorists to be respectful of the mobile work zone as it travels along the roadways. “There will be flaggers and signs, flashing lights and such to alert motorists when they are coming upon this mobile unit. Just slow down and be patient. The delays won’t be long.”



January 18, 2018

Catlettsburg police announced yesterday that the fourth and final escaped inmate from the Boyd county jail is in custody.

Thomas J. BentleyThomas J. BentleyThomas Bentley (a.k.a. 'TJ' Bentley) of Louisa has been apprehended and back behind bars. He was arrested in Ashland by Ashland Police.

Bentley was the fourth of the four caught after an escape on December 28th when they escaped the Boyd Co. Jail through air condition ducts.

He was being held on drug charges.


January 17, 2018


"On Jan. 12, Kentucky became the first state to get federal permission to suspend Medicaid coverage for 'able-bodied' adults who don't complete 80 hours per month of community 'engagement activities' like employment, education, job-skills training and community service," Tony Pugh reports for McClatchy's DC bureau.

And though Kentucky is one of the poorest states and its residents the sickest, the decision is unlikely to have much political blowback, Pugh found. A 2017 Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 70 percent of Americans support work requirements for Medicaid recipients, and Bevin is betting deep-red Kentucky feels the same way.

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In Kentucky and other states with many low-

Click to enlarge chartClick to enlarge chartincome residents, people who work--and often struggle to pay for health care -- tend to resent those who get government-subsidized health care, according to Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. "If you can say, 'All we’re doing is requiring people to be more active participants in their health care and require some work-related activities,' I think the general population looks at that and says, 'What’s the matter with that?'" Cross told Pugh.

"Supporters say the Medicaid work policy will cut government dependency, weed out people who don’t really need the assistance and build work ethic among low-income enrollees," Pugh reports. "Critics say the requirement will be expensive to administer, provide an unnecessary barrier to coverage and penalize people who can’t work due to undiagnosed medical problems."

Eight other states with Republican governors (Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, Utah and Wisconsin) and one state with a Democratic governor (North Carolina) have asked the Trump administration for the green light to enact similar requirements. Several of those states could be battlegrounds in statewide and congressional elections in November.

But the Medicaid work requirements aren't likely to be a problem for most Kentucky Republicans, since there are no major statewide races this year. The traditionally lower turnout among low-income voters who would be affected by the measure could help protect Republicans, Cross said. And it's worth noting that the Kentucky counties with the highest Medicaid rates backed Bevin in 2014, mostly because of social issues such as religion and abortion and anti-Obama sentiment.

But the political dynamics at play in Kentucky may not apply in other states. "It may depend on rival Democrats making a linkage between Medicaid and overall concerns about health care and insurance," Pugh writes. Democrats are likely to emphasize health coverage in elections this year, since 3.2 million Americans lost health coverage in 2017 and it's an issue that most people care about. A poll by Hart Research Associates last week showed that voters cared about health care more than the economy, taxes, immigration, or terrorism in the 2018 congressional elections.

Written by Heather Chapman -- Posted at 1/17/2018 10:41:00 AM