Kentucky http://wkms.org en Lawmakers Get Medicaid Update http://wkms.org/post/lawmakers-get-medicaid-update <p>State lawmakers got an update Thursday on Kentucky’s expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in Frankfort from Lawrence Kissner, Commissioner for Kentucky’s Department of Medicaid Services.</p><p>Kissner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says his department is on track to fully implement the expansion, and enrollee health outcomes are improving under the new federal health care law.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:20:09 +0000 Jonathan Meador 42364 at http://wkms.org Lawmakers Get Medicaid Update Owensboro Airport Expanding http://wkms.org/post/owensboro-airport-expanding <p>The Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport has seen marked growth over the last few years and shows no sign of stopping.&nbsp; The airport has expanded its runway to 8,000 feet,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">making it the third airport in Kentucky with a runway 8,000 feet or longer (CORRECTED: WKMS originally reported the Owensboro runway was the third longest in Kentucky).</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:28:24 +0000 Allison Crawford 41904 at http://wkms.org Owensboro Airport Expanding Immigration Reform Could Help Kentucky Economy http://wkms.org/post/immigration-reform-could-help-kentucky-economy <p>The study, “New Americans in Kentucky,” was published this week by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. It found that immigrants make up 3 percent of the state’s population, with one-in-five immigrants to Kentucky originating from Mexico. Kentucky’s immigrant population grew faster than all but six states from 2000 to 2012.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:52:17 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41820 at http://wkms.org Immigration Reform Could Help Kentucky Economy Lawmakers Skewer EPA, Obama Over Coal Regulations http://wkms.org/post/lawmakers-skewer-epa-obama-over-coal-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A panel of Kentucky lawmakers is criticizing an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment targeted the regulations&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;which will require a nationwide 30 percent reduction in the gas that climate scientist say contribute to climate change.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:18:40 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41815 at http://wkms.org Lawmakers Skewer EPA, Obama Over Coal Regulations Lawmakers Say Medical Marijuana in Kentucky An Inevitability http://wkms.org/post/lawmakers-say-medical-marijuana-kentucky-inevitability <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Wednesday, Kentucky lawmakers once again considered legislation that would make marijuana legal for medicinal use.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Health &amp; Welfare heard pleas from a nurse practitioner and people with disabilities who say that the drug, which is currently available for medicinal use in 22 states, would alleviate symptoms of pain.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:59:02 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41406 at http://wkms.org Lawmakers Say Medical Marijuana in Kentucky An Inevitability Beshear: Budget will be Balanced and Won't Affect Education http://wkms.org/post/beshear-budget-will-be-balanced-and-wont-affect-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recent state revenue receipts show that Kentucky’s real income is falling short of projections and will lead to a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lower-than-predicted coal severance taxes, property taxes, road fund receipts and more have the state facing a nearly $28 million shortfall by the end of the fiscal year.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:35:07 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41275 at http://wkms.org Beshear: Budget will be Balanced and Won't Affect Education Beshear Pleased With Appeal in Seven Counties Case http://wkms.org/post/beshear-pleased-appeal-seven-counties-case <p>Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he is pleased with a decision by the Kentucky Retirement Systems to appeal a recent ruling that would allow quasi-governmental agencies to withdraw from the beleaguered public pension system.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:31:45 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41244 at http://wkms.org Beshear Pleased With Appeal in Seven Counties Case Natural Gas Companies Brief Lawmakers On Industry's Future http://wkms.org/post/natural-gas-companies-brief-lawmakers-industrys-future <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of the Kentucky interim joint committee on natural resources and the environment and a special energy subcommittee got an update&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;on where natural gas is, and where it could head, in Kentucky.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican State Senator Jared Carpenter is chair of both committees and says natural gas will grow as a portion of the state’s energy sources, but not at the expense of coal.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I think they are going to be a major player now, because the federal regulations are being so impossible, to reach the regulations they're wanting to pass. Coal is going to be impacted by it, like it has been, but coal's not going to go anywhere. Everybody understands the importance of&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:28:18 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41099 at http://wkms.org Natural Gas Companies Brief Lawmakers On Industry's Future Severe Weather Sweeps Through Western KY and Southern IL http://wkms.org/post/severe-weather-sweeps-through-western-ky-and-southern-il <p>Communities throughout western Kentucky and southern Illinois are contending with high water, hail damage, and downed trees this morning following severe storms that passed through our region last night.&nbsp;</p><p>Residents in Beulah in Hopkins County reported a large funnel cloud at about 7:30 p.m., and a large wedge-shaped tornado close to a mile wide was reported in Christian an hour later.&nbsp; Winds of up to 70 miles an hour were recorded near Elkton in Todd County.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:09:35 +0000 Troy Taylor & and Todd Hatton 41071 at http://wkms.org Severe Weather Sweeps Through Western KY and Southern IL Kentucky Reacts to New EPA Rules http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-reacts-new-epa-rules <p>The new Environmental Protection Agency rules seek to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.&nbsp; State's heavily dependent on coal, like Kentucky, are expected to have some flexibility in meeting a new standard.&nbsp; Still, Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett believes an already diminished eastern Kentucky mining industry would suffer more job losses and says the potential impact goes beyond the coal fields to all manufacturers.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:51:28 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 41009 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Reacts to New EPA Rules