Nashville, TN – TennCare officials say they expect to benefit from a Tennessee Supreme Court ruling that broadens their right to reclaim money for care from the estates of people who have died. A Tennessee law that took effect in 2007 requires the representative of a deceased person's estate to request a waiver for the costs of home and community-based services provided by TennCare, the state's expanded Medicaid program. It also put a time restraint on how long TennCare has to recover the money.
Paducah, KY – A McCracken County Courthouse employee was arrested on drug trafficking charges yesterday. 57-year-old James Alexander was recorded by Sheriff's detectives selling an inmate a painkiller pill. A subsequent search of his desk and car revealed Hydrocodone and Lortab pills in improper containers. When confronted, Alexander admitted to the transaction without incident. Controlled substance trafficking is a class-D felony and can carry up to five years in prison.
Frankfort, KY – The 2009 Governor's Awards in the Arts were handed out Tuesday (Oct. 6) at a public ceremony in the rotunda of the Kentucky State Capitol. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh was there.
They're called the Governor's Awards in the Arts because the governor has the final say on award recipients. Lori Meadows of the Kentucky Arts Council says the awards honor individuals, businesses and organizations that make significant contributions to the commonwealth.
Princeton, KY – More than eight months after the largest natural disaster in Kentucky history, state and county officials gathered for a recap. Wednesday the Interim Joint State Government Committee convened in Princeton. On the agenda was evaluating Kentucky's response to the 2009 Ice Storm. Angela Hatton brings us this report from the meeting.