Kenny Colston (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Capital Bureau Chief

Kenny Colston is the Frankfort Bureau Chief for Kentucky Public Radio (a collaborative effort of public radio stations in Kentucky). Colston has covered Kentucky's Capitol and state government since 2010. He is a Louisville native, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. When he's not tracking down stories about Kentucky politics, you can often find him watching college sports, particularly football.

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Government
11:58 am
Wed October 3, 2012

If Beshear Appoints Williams to Judgeship, Stivers Will Likely Lead Senate

Robert Stivers
KY LRC

Kentucky Senate Republicans have established a succession plan in the case their current leader, David Williams, is appointed into an open judgeship in his district.

Williams is considered a leading candidate for the open circuit court judgeship that covers his home county.

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Politics
11:26 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Rand Paul Joins "Skewed Polls" Bandwagon, But Says Romney Needs Strong Debate Performances

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Senator Rand Paul has joined many of his fellow Republicans in doubting the accuracy of polls in this year'’s presidential race.

In recent weeks, President Barack Obama has seen his lead widen significantly in two battleground states that border Kentucky: Ohio and Virginia. Obama's lead is also widening in national polls and in other battleground states.

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Politics
10:36 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Rand Paul Looking Forward to Daily Show Appearance

Rand Paul will once again visit the set of Comedy Central’s 'The Daily Show' tonight. Paul will tape an interview with the satirical news show to promote his new book, Government Bullies. And while politicians are often the butt of jokes on the program, Paul is looking forward to a good time.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Tax Commission Gets Final Reports as Deadline Draws Near

Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Tax Commission has spent months learning how the state’s tax system works, and is now beginning to hammer out proposals to reform the state’s tax code.

The commission met again today in Frankfort to hear some final reports from the Beshear administration on how Kentucky’s current revenue systems work. State representative and commission member Jim Wayne says the reports served as another reminder of how far behind Kentucky has fallen. He says,

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Politics
6:41 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Senator Rand Paul Says Entitlements, Not Taxes, Are Key to Balancing Budget

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul says he agrees with President Barack Obama’s main point that all Americans must work together to turn around the economy and reduce debt. But speaking to a Rotary club in Horse Cave Monday, Paul said he doesn’t agree with the approach the president wants to take: increasing taxes on the wealthy.

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Government
6:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Lawmaker wants to expand the availability of EpiPens in schools

allergysf.com

A Kentucky state lawmaker wants to expand EpiPen use in schools. EpiPens are used to stop the effects of allergic reactions, and currently, state law only allows students with allergies to carry the devices. But Representative Addia Wuchner says not all students are aware of their allergies, and she will again file a bill that would allow schools to carry EpiPens for general use.

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Education
2:51 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Toyota gives grant to help early childhood academies

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Automaker Toyota is helping Kentucky schools expand an early childhood learning program.

Toyota is giving $115,000 to open 10 more Born Learning programs in the commonwealth. The 10 elementary schools are Hiseville Elementary in Glasgow; Crabbe Elementary in Ashland; Burgin Elementary in Burgin; May Valley Elementary in Prestonsburg; Grandview Elementary in Bellevue; East Calloway Elementary in Murray; H.W. Wilkey Elementary in Leitchfield; Berea Elementary in Berea; Farley Elementary in Paducah; and Boston Elementary in New Haven.

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Health
1:48 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Kentucky's Mental, Behavioral Health Centers Prepare for Influx of Newly-Insured Patients

As Kentucky officials continue to implement the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, doctors are preparing for a rush of new patients in every sector of the health care industry.

Seven Counties Services CEO Tony Zipple says at least 25 percent of uninsured Americans have behavioral issues that need attention. And once the Affordable Care Act takes effect, he's expecting to see a flood of newly-insured patients seeking treatments.

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Government
1:51 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Report shows Kentucky's debt continues to increase

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An annual report that describes the state’s financial outlook shows that Kentucky has once again gone deeper into debt.

The report, when compared with past years, shows the state added more than $110 million in debt during the last fiscal year.

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Health
1:16 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Managed Care Official Criticizes Kentucky's Approach to the Medicaid System

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The CEO of a major Medicaid managed care company (MCO) is criticizing Kentucky for the way the state deals with businesses like his.

Michael Neidorff is the CEO of Centene, which operates Kentucky Spirit, one of three statewide MCO's that has managed Medicaid patients for the state since last year.

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