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February 2, 2018 - 12:00 pm

Robert Johns/ Guest Op-Ed Jan 31, 2018   Helen is a senior citizen who is hearing impaired. Because Helen owns her home, she was shocked when she was served with court eviction papers.  Unbeknownst to Helen, a private company had purchased a $500 garbage bill...

February 2, 2018 - 11:56 am

By KATIE BENNERFEB. 1, 2018 Photo The Office for Access to Justice's stated mission was to “deliver outcomes that are fair and accessible to all, irrespective of wealth and status.” Credit Justin T. Gellerson for The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Justice...

January 22, 2018 - 9:22 am

By ​Will Wright January 19, 2018 04:43 PM Updated January 21, 2018 06:11 AM Directors of the state’s civil legal aid programs warned in a joint letter Thursday that Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed state budget would leave thousands of low-income Kentuckians...

January 19, 2018 - 9:11 am

Electric rates in Eastern Kentucky just changed. Here’s what it means for your wallet. By ​Will Wright wwright@herald-leader.com  January 18, 2018 08:20 PM The state Public Service Commission approved a rate increase request from Kentucky Power of about 4...

January 16, 2018 - 9:40 am

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Calling it an "exciting day," Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday said federal authorities have given Kentucky broad power to reshape its Medicaid program, making it the first state in the nation to win such approval under rules that allow states to...

January 11, 2018 - 9:58 am

The Trump administration is about to start letting states require many Medicaid recipients to work for their benefits. But millions of Americans in the health care safety net program already have jobs. Some 60% of working age, non-disabled Medicaid enrollees...

January 11, 2018 - 9:22 am

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Choked and knocked unconscious, Jeanette McCue said a her husband's violent attack in 2016 left her bruised and battered with black eyes, a split lip and marks around her neck. McCue of Springfield, Ky., figures she would have been killed...

January 4, 2018 - 8:47 am

By Bill Estep bestep@herald-leader.com January 03, 2018 02:35 PM UPDATED January 03, 2018 07:02 PM Grethel Eula Hall got home from her son’s baseball game one night in 1982 just in time to see a big piece of her life’s work go up in flames. Hall had scratched...

January 3, 2018 - 1:48 pm

By Cassie Chambers January 02, 2018 04:28 PM   I liked Jane (not her real name) as soon as I met her. She was kind, warm and funny. She asked me so many questions about myself that, at times, I forgot that she was the focus of our meeting. We were at the...

December 14, 2017 - 9:25 am

Pikeville, Kentucky (CNN)Perhaps it was the abstinence pledge she felt forced to sign or the promise ring she was told to slip on her finger. But from the moment Cheryl became sexually active, she felt dirty. Then, three boys raped her, reducing her self-...

December 5, 2017 - 3:46 pm

By Bill Estep bestep@herald-leader.com December 05, 2017 01:06 PM UPDATED 1 MINUTE AGO After making and stealing millions of dollars handling federal disability cases and fleeing to avoid prison, former high-flying Eastern Kentucky lawyer Eric C. Conn had his...

December 4, 2017 - 2:52 pm

By Bill Estep bestep@herald-leader.com December 03, 2017 11:45 AM UPDATED 3 HOURS 0 MINUTES AGO The poverty rates in nine Eastern Kentucky counties were among the 30 highest in the nation in 2016, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The rate in...

November 27, 2017 - 2:21 pm

Stop jailing addicts, those who can’t afford fines By Ned Pillersdorf November 21, 2017 07:53 PM UPDATED November 22, 2017 12:50 PM The Herald Leader story about the surge in the number of women we incarcerate was not a surprise to anyone who has attended a...

November 27, 2017 - 11:06 am

By Bill Estep bestep@herald-leader.com November 24, 2017 12:47 PM UPDATED November 25, 2017 04:35 PM A utility with 168,000 electricity customers in Eastern Kentucky has worked out a deal to reduce the size of its request for a rate increase. Under the...