A Public-Private Effort to Build New Tech Careers in Kentucky’s Coal Country

TechHire Eastern Kentucky is different than a community college training course or coding bootcamp. And it’s been a life-changing opportunity for some who have few other options.

Dedicated to the Mountains, Desperate for Jobs

It’s never been easy to make a living in central Appalachia’s narrow valleys. Without coal, it’s become a whole lot harder.

Confronted With Vacant Building Fires, Louisville Turns to Civic Hackers

A pilot program is getting underway in the Kentucky city this week to test new smoke detector devices developed by members of the local civic technology community.

Navigator Award Finalist: Ed Blayney, Innovation Project Manager, Louisville Metro Government

Crowdsourcing data on internet connectivity may seem like an odd municipal exercise, but it’s proven to be a valuable tool in Louisville.

Empowering a Smarter Community Through GIS

Kenton County, Kentucky, is using intelligent maps and apps to provide citizens with the data intelligence they need.

Kentucky's Governor Will Physically Fight for Religious Beliefs; Dead Man Running for New York State Assembly

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Massachusetts to transfer mentally ill inmates; California farm workers' pay improved; and a Montana town's trouble with bonds.

How Analytics Are Saving Kentucky Money on Snow and Ice

Knowing which snow plow and salt spreader routes to take and how much material to use could save the state millions of dollars.

Local Government Performance Guru Heads Back to Louisville

Daro Mott will return to the Louisville Metro Government as chief of performance improvement.

Ky. Medicaid Plan ‘Creates a Lot of Barriers,’ Critics Say; Chicago’s ‘Towing Bill of Rights’

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: A victory for Waukesha, Wis.; a new lobbying proposal in Portland, Oregon; and don’t call these county workers ‘slobs’

‘Resilient Cities’ Look to Address Social Inequality as a Function of Other Environmental, Economic Stresses

Louisville, Kentucky, sees a link between its most pressing problems and poorest neighborhoods, and it’s not alone.

Why Louisville Wants to Know Its Residents’ Broadband Speeds

While courting Google Fiber and AT&T GigaPower, the city also wants to hold Internet service providers accountable for what they advertise.

In Kentucky, Fight Between Governors Deepens; Irked Uber Looks to Exit Houston

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Arrests in mayor-council brawl in Alabama; buy this W.Va. town from the feds; and Idaho’s good immunization rate.

Kentucky Governor Cries Coercion; Is Maine's Legislature 'the Worst'?

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: A win for transgender rights in Virginia; Sidewalk Labs considers building its own city; and California keeps an eye on high-speed rail

Louisville’s New Transportation Plan Proposes More Upkeep, Less Driving

But how the city will cover the cost of what Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration has floated in the new 20-year planning document remains unclear.

As Session Nears End, Budget Agreement Eludes Kentucky Lawmakers

New proposals emerged from House Democrats and Senate Republicans on Tuesday, as the governor and the House speaker exchanged barbs.

Ky. State Official’s Firing Follows Warning of Potential Violence; Buying One-Way Bus Tickets for Homeless

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: A special budget session in North Dakota; Minneapolis’ municipal drinking water taproom; a stolen flying saucer in New Mexico found.

What’s the Real Cost of Shutting Down Kentucky’s Healthcare Exchange?

Gov. Bevin’s administration pegs the net cost at just over 1 percent of the $23 million figure cited by the previous governor, Steve Beshear.

State & Local Daily Digest: AT&T Sues Louisville; New Snyder Water Emails Released

Also in our Route Fifty news roundup: Native Hawaiian constitution adopted; medical marijuana restrictions affirmed in Montana; and this Pennsylvania state park is not gnome friendly.

Tallying the Costs of Open Carry

More and more Americans are being introduced to new, expansive laws permitting guns in public spaces—and to their intrusive side effects.

Kentucky’s New Governor: Ignoring ‘Our Financial Problems Is No Longer an Option’

In his inaugural budget address, Matt Bevin repeats his intentions to scale back Medicaid expansion and shut down the state’s health care exchange.

Judge OKs Kentucky Sales Tax Incentives for Noah’s Ark Installation

At question: Can a religious-themed theme park use state-controlled economic development resources?

Kentucky’s Governor Promises Medicaid Clarity by Mid-2016

Matt Bevin wants to implement a customized waiver system that will see more residents paying for their health insurance and “better outcomes.”

Undoing the Affordable Care Act Isn't Easy

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is having trouble delivering on his campaign promise to reverse the work of his Democratic predecessor.

This City Allows You to Donate Canned Food to Settle Parking Tickets

In Lexington, Kentucky, there's a special deal on citations, just in time for the season of giving.

Outgoing Kentucky Governor Defends State’s Obamacare Initiatives

As Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin continues to pledge cuts, Steve Beshear urges that with Kynect and Medicaid expansion, he should “just look at the facts.”

Gov.-Elect Matt Bevin Wants to Shrink Kentucky’s Government. But How Big Is It?

Here’s how the Bluegrass State compares to its peers in terms of staff and payroll.

Difficult State Pension Challenges Await Kentucky’s New Governor

Matt Bevin promised to reform the state’s public worker pension systems. But the Republican faces an uphill struggle.

8 State and Local Election Results Worth Noting

From the Kentucky gubernatorial election to ballot measures on affordable housing in San Francisco, here are some of the races and initiatives we were tracking.

Improving Local Government Performance in Louisville: ‘It’s All About The People’

The deputy director of performance management in Kentucky’s largest city shares some tips about developing and keeping talented staff.

Police Lawsuit Aims to Make Milwaukee Gun Shop Pay; Major Kentucky ‘Obamacare’ Insurer Goes Belly Up

Also: Salt Lake charter school teachers are ‘unqualified,’ not sticking around and judge orders Arkansas to reveal the identity of its execution-drug supplier.

Could Allowing Alcohol Sales in 'Dry' U.S. Counties Cut the Number of Meth Labs?

Kentucky has a large number of dry counties as well as rapidly rising methamphetamine sales.

Aspiring Gigabit Cities Look to Lexington, Kentucky

The Athens of the West wants to finance a last-mile connection to a forthcoming statewide middle-mile broadband network.

Wisconsin Churches vs. Cemetery Lobbying Fight; N.C. Budget Scuttles Light Rail Project

Also: Ohio Supreme Court OKs charter school management company ‘fraud’ and a Kentucky mayor’s ‘bathroom stall’ media tweet?