John Null

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John Null, a native of Benton, KY, is a senior at Murray State University and newswriting intern at WKMS. He is majoring in journalism and minoring in film studies. John's goal is to become a magazine columnist, film critic or screenwriter. Neither a borrower nor a lender-be, John enjoys deductive reasoning, not owning animals and regaling friends with his Tracy Ross impression.

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Government
4:18 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

KHA Says Overwhelming Majority of Hospitals Still Report Unpaid MCO Claims

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Kentucky Hospital Association director Michael Rust says the KHA appreciates Gov. Steve Beshear's efforts to resolve issues related to the Medicaid managed care system, but the overwhelming majority of hospitals are still reporting significant dollar amounts owed to them by Kentucky’s MCOs in unpaid claims.

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Government
4:48 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Beshear: Managed Care Initiative Running Smoothly

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Gov. Steve Beshear says the Medicaid managed care system is running smoothly, with payments being processed quickly and fewer complaints.

Beshear said Thursday that managed care, now in its second year statewide, is saving tax dollars while also helping to improve the health of Medicaid recipients by emphasizing prevention and wellness.

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Government
3:37 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Kentucky League of Cities 2014 Agenda Includes Local Sales Tax Proposal

Kentucky lawmakers may consider an amendment to the Kentucky constitution to permit cities to seek a temporary local sales tax, during next year's legislative session.

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Transportation
2:53 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

KYTC Secretary Elected President of National Transportation Association

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock has been elected president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

The nonprofit association advocates for transportation-related policies and provides technical support to states in their efforts to safely move people and goods.

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Politics
4:28 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Paul Talks Gov't Shutdown, Olmsted Project During Western Ky. Visit

Rand Paul in Murray

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he’s confident another partial federal government shutdown won’t occur when the stopgap deal that reopened the government expires in January.

Paul made his comments in Murray as he visited western Kentucky Monday, for a series of events.

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Government
3:31 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Support Swells for Pre-Filed Legislation in Ky. TVA Counties

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Support is swelling for a Kentucky House of Representatives bill that would return money to counties powered by the Tennessee Valley Authority, in order to help address economic development needs.

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Government
11:16 am
Thu October 17, 2013

USACE Official: Olmsted Project Headed for 'Catastrophe' Before $2.9B Authorization

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A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official says the Olmsted Locks and Dam Project near Paducah was headed toward a cost-and-scheduling “catastrophe” before the increased spending authorization was approved last night as a part of the deal to reopen the federal government. 

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Society
11:02 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Dorena-Hickman Ferry Shut Down Wednesday

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The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connecting western Kentucky with southeast Missouri will be out of service early Wednesday for required maintenance.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd said normal operations should resume by 1 p.m.

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Education
4:14 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Graves County School Board to Vote on Special Election

The Graves County Board of Education will have a special meeting at noon Wednesday, to vote on whether or not to proceed with a special election involving a proposed 18 percent property tax increase.

The tax increase would raise Graves County’s property tax from 37.5 cents to 44.4 cents in an effort to bolster county schools. The special election is a result of a petition circulated by county residents who don’t want the tax increase.

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Government
3:26 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Whitfield: Democrats Blocking Compromise Over Government Shutdown

  Kentucky's 1st District U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield says his fellow Republicans have made it known to President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that they want to reach a compromise over the federal government shutdown. But Whitfield says the Democrats are trying to win political points.

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