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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Politics
1:26 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

PAC Forms With Goal to Eliminate Reproductive Rights as Campaign Issue

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 The key issue for a new Louisville-based political action committee is candidates' use of reproductive rights as a campaign issue.

Reproductive Rights for Kentucky PAC was born from the recent controversy when University of Louisville Hospital attempted to merge with Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives. Critics of the merger raised concerns about CHI's adherence to Catholic religious directives—that certain reproductive health practices, such as tubal ligations, wouldn't be permitted at University Hospital.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Leaders Call 2013 Session A Success

Kentucky legislative leaders say they're proud of the 2013, with legislators having accomplished pension reforms, cleaned up other bills and passed others dealing with hemp, special taxing district and military voting.

Many of the legislature's top priorities were passed in the 30-day session, although most of them were hatched as last minutes deals in the waning days of the session.

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Politics
7:07 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Lawmakers Override Gubernatorial Veto of Religious Freedom Bill

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Kentucky lawmakers have overridden a gubernatorial veto of the so-called religious freedom bill on the last day of the legislative session.

Supporters of House Bill 279 say it would re-establish previous laws protecting religious freedom in Kentucky and that it would not overturn fairness laws. But opponents challenge that, saying the bill invites discrimination on the basis of religious beliefs.

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Politics
7:04 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Deal Reached on Kentucky Military Voting Legislation, Passes in Final Minutes of Session

Kentucky military personnel serving overseas will be able to get ballots electronically under legislation approved late Tuesday in the Kentucky General Assembly. How they send them back is still to be determined.

Working until the last minute of the 2013 session, legislators went back to theoriginal Senate version of the military voting bill that allowed for electronic sending of ballots to overseas military, but snail mail return of the ballot.

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Politics
7:02 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Amended Hemp Bill Passes Kentucky Legislature; Comer OK With Result

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Kentucky lawmakers have achieved a compromise that would set up a regulatory framework should the federal government legalize industrial hemp.

The so-called hemp bill—Senate Bill 50—gives control of licensing of future hemp farmers to the Industrial Hemp Commission, but allow the Kentucky State Police to do background checks on the farmers.

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Government
7:00 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Approve Pension Deals, Avert Special Session

Credit LRC Public Information

FRANKFORT — Kentucky's legislative leaders have passed two bills to shore up the state's underfunded pension systems, effectively staving off a special session on the issue.

The new plan would reduce a personal tax credit of $20 to $10, generating roughly 33 million in revenue that would go to General Fund, but lawmakers would use for pensions. It would also use revenue from technical changes in the state's tax code, as well as money from federal tax changes.

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2013 KY General Assembly
11:49 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Medicaid Prompt Pay Bill Approved in Kentucky General Assembly, Could Be Vetoed

A bill requiring prompt pay for health care providers participating in Kentucky's Medicaid managed-care system is heading to the governor's desk — but it isn't veto-proof.

The bill is  sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo and would move disputes between providers and managed care organizations to the Department of Insurance to be settled.

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Politics
7:17 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Lawmakers Likely to Override Veto of Religious Freedom Bill On Last Day

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The Kentucky House will vote today whether to override Governor Steve Beshear's veto of the so-called religious freedom bill.  The measure allows Kentuckians to ignore laws that put an undue burden on their religious beliefs. Critics of the bill say it undermines fairness laws in a handful of cities and would legalize discrimination.

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Politics
7:15 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Continue Work on Pension Reform, But Compromise Appears Uncertain

Credit LRC Public Information

With only one day left in this year's legislative session, Kentucky House leaders are hopeful they have a deal to shore up the state's underfunded pension system. But there may not be time to get it through the legislature.

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Government
8:17 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Kentucky Lottery Approves Online Sales, New Keno Game

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The Kentucky Lottery Corporation is moving ahead with a new Keno game and online lottery sales. Officials have high hopes the games will be profitable.

The lottery board hopes to generate $85 million a year with the new games by 2023.

State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach spearheaded the effort to expand to Keno and online sales as a way to help generate more revenue for the state. He says the implementation will take time, but money should start coming in shortly afterward.

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