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Rally for Voting Rights
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 2 PM – 3 PM
700 Capital Ave, Frankfort, KY 40601-3448, United States

People from dozens of organizations will gather in the Capitol rotunda to speak out for the voting rights of people with felonies in their past. Most of the speakers will be people currently denied their rights – some of the 312,000 Kentuckians who can't vote because of Kentucky’s extreme felony disenfranchisement law. more

Medical marijuana approved by Kentucky House panel. More legislative hurdles remain
The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly approved a bill late Wednesday that would legalize the sale of medical marijuana in Kentucky through state-licensed dispensaries. But with only five days left in the 2019 legislative session, sponsors say they’re racing the clock. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Maybe it’s not probable, but it’s not over ‘till the fat lady sings,” said state Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, co-sponsor of House Bill 136. more

Op-Ed: New Partnership to Offer Alternative Sentencing to Some Defendants
A prosecutor, a cop, and a formerly incarcerated person walk into a social services center. Sounds like the set up for a joke, or a bizarre news story we might discuss on my radio program. But this is actually happening on March 7 in Covington, Kentucky, when a commonwealth’s attorney, a former state trooper who is now head of a social services facility, and a man who spent more than two decades in prison come together to announce a partnership that will offer a chance at redemption for those who have made mistakes, but who are better suited for treatment and programming than prison time. more

How running can help people with substance use disorder fight addiction
After an accident many years ago, Louis Knight was prescribed narcotics for his pain. Eventually, he started abusing them and, ultimately, turned to heroin when he could no longer get prescription pills. To keep up with his drug habit, Knight committed burglaries and spent time in prison. He was living in a recovery house after his release when someone gave him a pair of running shoes — a small gesture that helped change his life. more

Trump Donated His 2018 Third-Quarter Salary to an Organization That Funds Alcoholism Research
President Donald Trump has donated $100,000—his salary from the third-quarter of 2018—to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Trump pledged to refuse the $400,000 salary that comes with being the U.S. president shortly after winning the election. Since then he’s held to his promise, with each quarterly pay going to a different organization. more

Money from opioid lawsuit settlements should be used to fight drug epidemic, Beshear says
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear threw his support Wednesday behind a bill that would require money obtained from opioid lawsuit settlements and fines recovered by his office to go into a permanent fund to support drug prevention educators, police and treatment providers. “As the opioid epidemic is devastating families and communities by claiming more than 30 lives a week in Kentucky, it is also wrecking our economy,” said Beshear at a news conference in his Capitol office with several lawmakers. more

Report: More than 312,000 felons can't vote in Kentucky
A new report shows Kentucky has more than 312,000 people who cannot vote because of a felony conviction, a 67 percent increase from 2006. Kentucky is one of three states that impose lifetime voting bans on people with felony convictions. A report from the League of Women Voters of Kentucky shows 92 percent of those with felony convictions have been released from prison or jail and live in the community, but cannot vote. more

Employment symposium to teaches benefits of hiring people recovering from addiction
The South Louisville Opioid Task Force is hosted an employment symposium Jan. 29 to educate businesses about how they can benefit from hiring people who are recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. more

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