Government

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
9:02 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Presidential Lecture: Matalin and Carville

Political Strategists Mary Matalin and James Carville provided insight into the 2012 presidential campaign during Murray State's Presidential Lecture last night. The married couple represented the left and right in their presentation. Matalin, a Republican, made it clear that she hasn't picked her favorite candidate for president. She says it will come down to the nominee's messaging, not the person. Carville did agree with his wife on those points, but he is confident in President Obama's chances at winning re-election.

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
4:04 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Beshear Pushes Expanded Gaming

Governor Steve Beshear told business leaders today Kentucky needs to develop more revenue to dig out of the economic recession. He says one way to do that is by passing expanded gambling.

Beshear isn't giving up on an effort to get the public to vote on a constitutional amendment that would allow casinos at Kentucky horse tracks. Now that the filing deadline has passed for state legislative elections, Beshear expects the bill to be introduced in the next few days.

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

Legislative Redistricting Decision to be Appealed

Government & Politics
7:16 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Amish Man's Letters Sway Lawmakers on Buggy Issue

In a high tech world of iPads and smart phones, an old-fashioned Amish man showed that pen and paper remain effective communication devices.   Jacob Gingerich wrote 138 simple, heart-felt letters to lawmakers in Frankfort. The letters are being credited for the Senate's quick passage of a bill that would allow Kentucky's Amish residents to use reflective tape on their horse-drawn buggies instead of bright orange triangular signs that some object to on religious grounds.  The Mayfield resident used no computer, no letterhead, no printer and no copier.

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Government & Politics
7:12 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers Join Challenge to Health Care Reform

Nearly all of Kentucky's state-level Republican lawmakers have signed a legal brief in support of a lawsuit challenging President Obama's health care overhaul.  State Representative Tim Moore says he's tired of sitting on the sidelines on what is perhaps the biggest issue facing the country.  More than 300 lawmakers from 17 states, including nearly 60 from Kentucky, signed a friend-of-the-court brief libertarian Cato Institute attorneys will file today with the U.S.

2012 General Assembly
4:36 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston Wraps Up This Week in Frankfort

This week legislation has been flying around the house and senate in Frankfort, and somewhat surprisingly the house and senate came to an agreement on congressional districts. Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston speaks with Rick Howlett about the happenings in Kentucky’s State Capitol this week.

Here are a few stories Kenny covered this week:

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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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