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
4:08 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Auto Incentives Bill

A Louisville lawmaker is looking to enhance job creation in Kentucky's auto industry by amending a law that's already on the books.

House Speaker Pro Temp Larry Clark has filed House Bill 400 to update the 2007 Kentucky Jobs Retention Act, which helped bring 3,000 jobs to Ford plants in Louisville.

This year's bill would retract requirements that incentives only go to facilities in Louisville or Lexington. That would let Kentucky's other two car makers take advantage of the program.

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Government
3:04 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Pseudoephedrine Bill Clears Committee

A bill that would make pseudoephedrine available only by prescription in Kentucky has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

PSE is commonly found in cold medicines and is also used to make meth. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard another hour of testimony on the issue from law enforcement officers and former meth addicts today before passing the bill out of committee.

Before the vote, sponsor Robert Stivers promised to continue pushing the measure regardless of its eventual fate.

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Government
4:00 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

MCO's Address Billing Issues

Officials with Kentucky's Medicaid managed care organizations say they're on track to resolve any problems with reimbursements to doctors and pharmacists.

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Government
3:57 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

State Bill Seeks To End Constable Position

Kentucky lawmakers are backing away from a measure that would eliminate the office of constable in every county.

Every county has an elected constable. But in the last year, many constables have been accused of being either unnecessary or corrupt.  Originally, Senate Bill 30 was a constitutional amendment to eliminate constables. But the bill was unlikely to pass due to a gentlemen’s agreement in the legislature that each chamber would only push one amendment each session.

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Government
4:12 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Stumbo says House Likely to Change Gambling Amendment

Changes could already be coming to Governor Steve Beshear's proposed gambling amendment.

The amendment would allow up to seven casinos in Kentucky, with five of them based at horse racing tracks. House Speaker Greg Stumbo supports expanded gaming in Kentucky, but he still has major questions about the amendment. And Stumbo says those questions will likely lead to changes to the measure if it can pass the state Senate.

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Casinos and Gambling
11:47 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Gambling Amendment Would Allow Up to Seven Casinos

After weeks of waiting, Governor Steve Beshear and state Senator Damon Thayer have unveiled their constitutional amendment for expanded gambling.

The amendment allows for up to seven casinos in Kentucky, but five must be at horse racing tracks. The two free-standing casinos cannot be within sixty miles of a track, regardless of whether that track has a casino.

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Government
9:01 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Managed Care Organizations Face Committee

Kentucky's Medicaid Managed Care Organizations say they have fixed a number of issues with reimbursements to pharmacists.

CoventryCares, WellCare and Kentucky Spirit took over management of the state's Medicaid system last year. Since then, doctors and pharmacists have come forward to say the organizations are poorly managed and the reimbursements for care are too low.

Executives from the organizations told a legislative committee today that the early kinks have been worked out of the system. But there were pharmacists in attendance who disagreed.

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Government & Politics
3:17 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Legislative Redistricting Decision to be Appealed

Government & Politics
4:09 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

New Kentucky Congressional Districts

After weeks of disagreement, new districts for Kentucky's six U.S. House seats will become law.

The issue appeared dead earlier this week when the state Senate was unable to approve a new map. But lawmakers rallied around a compromise plan last (Thursday) night.

Under the new plan, the Second District will lose some of its northern counties and stretch further east. And the Sixth District around Lexington will become safe for Congressman Ben Chandler as it sheds Republican counties.

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Government & Politics
4:05 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Beshear Says Managed Care Organization Issues Will Be Resolved

Governor Steve Beshear says the problems with Kentucky s new Medicaid Managed Care system will be resolved.

Beshear pushed for the managed care system last year to take some of the administrative burden of Medicaid off of the state. But earlier this week, doctors, pharmacists and hospital officials told lawmakers there were significant problems with the system. Specifically, care providers are owed millions of dollars in claim payments and have struggled to get pre-authorizations for procedures and medications.

But the governor isn't surprised to hear about the problems.

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