AT&T’s Lawsuit Challenging Google Fiber Expansion Faces Setback in Louisville

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Montana’s wildfire funding running dry; Peoria’s new apprenticeship program; and a N.Y. public information officer’s unfortunate “butt dial.”

Governors, CEOs and Trump Are All Showing an Interest in Workforce Development

“I don’t care what country you represent, or what industry you represent, workforce is a challenge,” said Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.

Trump’s Plan to Zero Out Funding for Agency Aiding Appalachia Isn’t Playing Well in Congress

“If the president were to say let’s quadruple funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission, I’d vote for it,” said U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, a California Democrat.

Elk, Economic Development and the ‘Afterlife of Coal Mines’

A $31 million wildlife conservation project is taking shape on land in eastern Kentucky that includes the site of the first mountaintop removal coal mine in the state.

Kentucky Is Home to the Greatest Declines in Life Expectancy

In eight counties in the state, people can expect to die younger than their parents.

Why Some States Are Making Short-Term Training Free

Officials in Indiana and Kentucky say college scholarships for occupational training programs will help fill open jobs.

50% of U.S. Coal Jobs Are in These 25 Counties

On average, coal miners represent 52 of every 1,000 people in the counties where 50 percent of the workforce is found

Budget Chief Describes How He Urged Trump to Ax Agency Offering Assistance to Appalachia

“I was able to convince him, ‘Mr. President, this is not an efficient use of the taxpayer dollars,’” Mick Mulvaney said of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Will Trump’s Planned Cuts Scuttle an Ambitious P3 Plan for Broadband in Kentucky Coal Country?

The feasibility of the project in Pikeville could depend partly on federal grant programs that may be eliminated.

Route Fifty at SXSW: Our Interview With Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

“Bourbonism,” the mayor said in an interview, has helped his city bridge the urban-rural divide in Kentucky and boost economic development in the process.

Will Trump’s Budget Call for Axing an Agency That Works to Assist Appalachia?

Such a plan would align with previous proposals from GOP lawmakers and the Heritage Foundation.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Medicaid: ‘We Need to Rethink the System’

GOP and Democratic governors were at odds as they convened for their winter meeting over possible changes to the health care entitlement program.

What's Behind the New Wave of Transgender 'Bathroom Bills'

Lawmakers in Texas, Kentucky, and Virginia are the latest to propose legislation that replicates North Carolina’s controversial law—despite the risk of backlash.

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.