Government http://wkms.org en Whitfield Denies Accusations of Ethics Violations http://wkms.org/post/whitfield-denies-accusations-ethics-violations <p>Kentucky’s 1st District Congressman is defending himself against charges related to a House ethics investigation.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:44:59 +0000 Kevin Willis 42435 at http://wkms.org Whitfield Denies Accusations of Ethics Violations Kentucky Retirement System's Secret Investments http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-retirement-systems-secret-investments <p>About 340,000 state, city, &amp; county workers and retirees are part of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. &nbsp;The KRS is responsible for $15.7 billion of pension-holder money and is one of the more under-performing pension funds in the U.S. &nbsp;</p><p>It has a $17.6 billion shortfall as of mid-2013. &nbsp;It's also one of the least transparent. &nbsp;State law exempts KRS investments from open records laws, so if you're one of the 340,000 who wants to know where your money's going, you're out of luck. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:24:50 +0000 Todd Hatton & James McNair-KYCIR 42421 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield Under House Ethics Investigation http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-rep-ed-whitfield-under-house-ethics-investigation <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit www.facebook.com/RepEdWhitfield" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201407/Whitfield.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A House committee on Friday announced an inquiry into a possible ethics violation by U.S. Rep. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:40:47 +0000 R.G. Dunlop 42392 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield Under House Ethics Investigation Murray Downtown Fire: Gutted Buildings Likely to be Razed http://wkms.org/post/murray-downtown-fire-gutted-buildings-likely-be-razed <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More downtown Murray buildings are likely to be demolished after this week’s </span><a href="http://wkms.org/post/slideshow-afternoon-photos-added-early-morning-fire-murray-court-square" style="line-height: 1.5;">massive downtown fire. </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">City officials briefed community members this morning about the fire’s impact on the community.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:04:51 +0000 Chad Lampe 42367 at http://wkms.org Murray Downtown Fire: Gutted Buildings Likely to be Razed 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 Despite Calls for Openness, Struggling Kentucky Retirement Systems Keeps Its Investments Secret http://wkms.org/post/despite-calls-openess-struggling-kentucky-retirement-systems-keeps-its-investments-secret <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Tommy Elliot, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Executive Director Bill Thielen listen to a presentation during the meeting of Kentucky Retirement Systems on May 15, 2014." data-attribution="Credit Alix Mattingly/KyCIR" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201407/14336363506_d585dafc70_h.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;</span>Kentucky's underperforming retirement system for state employees keeps secret details of its so-called "alternative inve Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:37:49 +0000 editor 42346 at http://wkms.org Despite Calls for Openness, Struggling Kentucky Retirement Systems Keeps Its Investments Secret Paducah City Commission Considering Contract For Riverfront Project That Can’t Exceed $90K http://wkms.org/post/paducah-city-commission-considering-contract-riverfront-project-can-t-exceed-90k <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Paducah City Commission is considering a contract for a phase of the riverfront construction, but it cannot exceed $90,000. The contract&nbsp;with Bacon, Farmer and Workman Engineering includes assistance during the bidding process for the project.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:04:23 +0000 Lance Dennee 42343 at http://wkms.org Paducah City Commission Considering Contract For Riverfront Project That Can’t Exceed $90K Henry Co. Voters Confused by Primary Ballots for Statewide Elections http://wkms.org/post/henry-co-voters-confused-primary-ballots-statewide-elections <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With less than two weeks until the Tennessee primary election, at least one local election official reports general voter confusion over the state’s ballot system.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:22:50 +0000 John Null 42326 at http://wkms.org Henry Co. Voters Confused by Primary Ballots for Statewide Elections Kentucky I-69 Project One Step Closer to Completion http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-i-69-project-one-step-closer-completion <p>State officials have issued another contract for ongoing work to convert a stretch of road to Interstate 69 in Webster County.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:39:13 +0000 Parker Franklin 42316 at http://wkms.org Kentucky I-69 Project One Step Closer to Completion $1.3 Billion in State Contracts Not Unusual, Says Ky. Lawmaker http://wkms.org/post/13-billion-state-contracts-not-unusual-says-ky-lawmaker <p>A Kentucky state government committee approved $1.3 billion worth of contracts this month. The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission points out&nbsp; that the contracts have been approved at a time when the state is experiencing a $91 million revenue shortfall.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:17:06 +0000 Jonathan Meador 42295 at http://wkms.org $1.3 Billion in State Contracts Not Unusual, Says Ky. Lawmaker