Ashley Lopez

Ashley Lopez is a reporter for WGCU News. A native of Miami, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree. 

Previously, Lopez was a reporter for Miami's NPR member station, 

WLRN-Miami Herald News. Before that, she was a reporter at The Florida Independent. She also interned for Talking Points Memo in New York City and WUNC in Durham, North Carolina. She also freelances as a reporter/blogger for the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

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Voters taking part in Kentucky’s Republican presidential caucus in March might notice one big difference when they cast their ballots: campaign swag in the same room where they’re voting.

Photo by Dwight Burdette, via Wikimedia Commons

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee joined the field for the Kentucky Republican presidential caucus before the Thursday deadline, bringing the total of candidates to 11.

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States initiatives to expand health insurance coverage through either traditional Medicaid or private insurance have equally good outcomes for low-income adults, according to a study released Tuesday.

The Harvard’s School of Public Health study compared survey results from 5,600 low-income adults in Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas.

Child care centers taking part in Kentucky’s subsidy program for low-income families will soon get a higher reimbursement rate, but advocates say more needs to be done to improve the quality of centers.

Outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear announced late last week he would dedicate a federal fund surplus of $15 million to the Child Care Assistance Program, which offers subsidies for low-income parents who work. The change takes effect Jan. 1.

USDA, via ers.usda.gov

  Chad Tankersaley grew up in McKee, the seat of Jackson County in eastern Kentucky. The town of about 800 residents has places to eat and a single traffic signal — and few job prospects.

Photo provided by Rand Paul for US Senate

Republican Sen. Rand Paul is moving forward with his dual campaigns in Kentucky.

On Monday, Paul filed to run in both the Kentucky Republican presidential caucus on March 5 and for re-election to his current seat in the U.S. Senate. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear’s executive order last week restoring voting rights for about 180,000 former felons in Kentucky could be a boon for state Democrats, who suffered tough electoral losses this year.

LRC Public Information

Kentucky Republicans are a member closer toward their goal of wresting control of the state House from the Democratic Party.

Catholic Charities of Louisville, via Facebook

  Catholic Charities in Louisville will proceed with preparing for refugees from countries dealing with terrorism while state and federal leaders wrangle over the issue.

Rand Paul / paul.senate.gov

In the wake of the deadly attacks last week in Paris, Sen. Rand Paul plans to introduce legislation that “would suspend visa issuance for countries with a high risk of terrorism.”

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