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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2013 KY General Assembly
3:59 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Legislative Fix to 2012 Pill Mill Bill Passes House Judiciary Committee

A bill addressing problems with last year's prescription pill mill bill has cleared the House Judiciary Committee. House Speaker Greg Stumbo is sponsoring the bill, which reduces some tough regulations that followed the pill mill bill.  The legislation, House Bill 217, requires hospitals and long term care facilities to still pull KASPER reports, but lessens other regulations on them.

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2013 KY General Assembly
10:09 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Bill Dealing With Medicaid Late Payments Has Support in Senate

A bill  moving Medicaid late payment claims to the Department of Insurance appears to have some support in the state Senate.

House Bill 5 would take prompt pay issues with the Medicaid managed care system and put it through the Insurance Department's current claims process. Currently, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services deal with late claims.

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Government
3:50 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Bill Would Allow Public-Private Partnerships For Big Construction Projects

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State Rep. Sannie Overly has filed a bill that will allow the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to explore public-private partnerships to help construction projects with big price tags.

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2013 KY General Assembly
4:12 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Universities Can Start Construction Immediately As Projects Bill Signed Into Law

Six Kentucky's public universities can immediately start construction on more than $300 million in construction or renovation projects, including a $110-million renovation of Lexington's Commonwealth Stadium.

Governor Steve Beshear signed House Bill 7 into law on Thursday.

The bill authorizes bonds and other funds to help build academic buildings, dorms and other necessities at the universities. It assures no public money will be used for the projects.

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Politics
2:24 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Gov. Beshear, Ashley Judd to Meet Soon to Discuss 2014 U.S. Senate Race

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Ashley Judd—the actress and potential Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate—will meet soon to with Gov. Steve Beshear to discuss the 2014 election, Beshear said on Thursday.

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Politics
1:35 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Bill Transferring Kentucky Medicaid Late Payments to Insurance Department Clears House Committee

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House Speaker Greg Stumbo's bill that would transfer late payments claims in Medicaid managed care has cleared its first committee.

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Government
11:07 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Under Amended Electronic Voting Bill, Kentucky Military Voters Would Have to Snail Mail Ballots

Kentucky military personnel could get their election ballots electronically—but the ballots would have to be printed and returned to county clerks via snail mail, under changes made to a bill Thursday in a state Senate committee meeting.

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2013 KY General Assembly
4:06 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

University Bonding Bill Passes Both Chambers, Likely to Be Signed by Governor Immediately

A bill allowing most of Kentucky's public universities to start more than $360 million in bonding projects has officially cleared both legislative chambers. The Senate passed the bill 36-1 today, with Sen. John Schickel, a Union Republican, as the lone dissenting vote.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Should Kentucky's Governor Be Chosen in Presidential Election Years? Senate Committee Says Yes.

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Kentucky's governor and other statewide constitutional officers would be elected in the same year as presidential elections under a bill approved Wednesday in a state Senate committee.

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Government
2:48 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Hospitals, Health Department Voice Concerns, but MCOs Say Groups Aren't Engaging With Them

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Representatives of the state's health department and various hospital executives say almost two years later they are still having payment issues with Medicaid managed care organizations.

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