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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...

November 16, 2017 - 9:26 am

Opioid abuse study shows Perry County tops nation; 3 others close behind By Will Puckett |  Posted: Wed 6:26 PM, Nov 15, 2017  |  Updated: Wed 6:59 PM, Nov 15, 2017 (WYMT) - A staggering study showing four Eastern Kentucky counties topping the list of...

November 13, 2017 - 8:58 am

By Gabriel Sanchez The GroundTruth Project November 12, 2017 6:05 PM PIKEVILLE Editor’s note: This story is part of Crossing the Divide, a cross-country reporting road trip from The GroundTruth Project and WGBH. The team of five reporters is exploring issues...

October 24, 2017 - 1:48 pm

PSC to Take Public Comments in Kentucky Power Rate Case The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold three meetings to receive public comments on a rate increase proposed by Kentucky Power Co. Prestonsburg Thursday, November 2, 5:30 p.m. EDT
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October 23, 2017 - 3:57 pm

By Darlene Thomas October 13, 2017 5:00 PM Last month marked the 23rd anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act. As often happens during annual milestones, reflection on this not-so-distant past was the topic of conversation among advocates in my mission...

October 23, 2017 - 2:25 pm

By Bill Estep bestep@herald-leader.com October 13, 2017 5:59 PM Appeals Court Judge Janet Stumbo has submitted her resignation, ending a judicial career in which she was the first woman elected to the state Supreme Court without having first been appointed....

September 25, 2017 - 12:38 pm

By Valarie Honeycutt Spears vhoneycutt@herald-leader.com September 24, 2017 11:30 AM Kentucky parents, your kids have a serious school attendance problem. Consider this your collective note from the principal’s office. And then consider these astounding stats...

September 25, 2017 - 12:36 pm

By Bill Estep bestep@herald-leader.com September 22, 2017 4:05 PM A Pikeville psychologist convicted of taking part in the largest Social Security disability fraud in U.S. history should serve 25 years in prison, a judge ruled Friday. Alfred Bradley Adkins...

August 24, 2017 - 9:32 am

By Bill Estep bestep@herald-leader.com August 24, 2017 5:33 AM The years of life Appalachian Kentucky residents lose to health maladies such as heart disease and cancer is 63 percent higher than the national average, according to a report released Thursday....

August 15, 2017 - 10:18 am

Bill Quigley, Contributor Law Professor, Loyola University New Orleans Question One. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 14.8 percent or 46 million people are living in poverty in the US. How many of those people living in poverty are children? A. 4 million...