Politics
4:27 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

State Chooses Anthem Plan as Benchmark for Insurance Exchange

State officials have chosen the new benchmark program for the Kentucky Health Insurance Exchange.

Officials have recommended the state’s so-called small group plan, provided by Anthem, as the benchmark. All other plans offered in the exchange must provide similar or better care.

The state says the plan is affordable and broad enough to adequately provide for Kentuckians.

But consumer advocates haven't yet decided to endorse the state's decision.

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Local News
4:17 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Christian Healthcare Supporters Rally In Wake of Judge's Ruling

A judge’s order blocking a Christian health sharing group from doing business in Kentucky has rallied supporters.

This week, Judge Thomas Wingate ordered Christian Care Medishare to stop operating in the commonwealth immediately as part of an on-going legal battle between Medishare and the state. Christian members of Medishare pay into an account that can be used to pay other members' medical bills. And the state says the organization must follow the same rules as insurance companies.

But Medishare's supporters want to move the fight to the state legislature.

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Arts and Humanities
4:12 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Parable Play Opens Opera Contemporary Series

Portrait of Benjamin Britten from ''Portraits of Greatness'' by Yousuf Karsh.
Yousuf Karsh Wikimedia Commons

The Kentucky Opera opens a company premiere this week. Benjamin Britten’s “The Prodigal Son,” which premiered in 1968, is part of Kentucky Opera's Chamber Series of Contemporary Opera staged in alternative venues around Louisville.

Performances are Thursday and Friday evening at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopalian Church in Prospect. 

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Environment
3:36 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

New Energy Efficiency Rankings Place Indiana, Kentucky in Bottom Half of U.S.

A new nationwide ranking of energy efficiency places Kentucky and Indiana in the bottom half of the nation.

The annual scorecard is produced by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. It looks at factors such as whether utility companies offer demand-side management, which allows consumers to move electricity usage to off-peak hours, and whether state have renewable portfolio standards or statewide efficiency efforts.

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Local News
3:35 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Program Offers Free Training for Moving Van Operators

One-hundred men and women in the Kentuckiana region and along the I-65 corridor will be selected over the next few weeks to participate in moving van operator training.

Mayor Greg Fischer joined Congressman John Yarmuth Wednesday in announcing the federally-funded opportunity that will train and provide participants with a Registered American Moving Professional (RAMP) certification.

Officials say the moving van industry is becoming more popular, with salaries starting at $40,000 a year plus benefits.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Presidential Debate Preview with WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey and KPR's Kenny Colston

Today during Here and Now, WFPL host Jonathan Bastian spent about 10 minutes with WFPL's political editor, Phillip M. Bailey, and Kentucky Public Radio's capital bureau chief, Kenny Colston, discussing tonight's presidential debate. 

They consider the current voter polls going into the debate; latest jobs and economy figures; possible pressure for debate moderator Jim Lehrer to deviate from the expected script; the significance of the location, Colorado; and the pressure on Romney to deliver an aggressive performance.

Local News
1:16 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Jeffersonville's Amazon Opens: Eyes On Traffic, Future Investments

Mayor Mike Moore says he expects Amazon and the bridges project will encourage more investment in the Ridge Ridge Commerce Center.

Indiana’s fifth Amazon Distribution Center opened in Jeffersonville this week and officials say while the facilities begin stocking shelves they'll be keeping an eye on traffic in the area.

The $150 million facility is currently employing between 600 to 800 employees on two shifts and that may increase during the holidays, said Mayor Mike Moore.

“Of course this is great news for the city of Jeff to have Amazon come, but there are more issues that we’re going to be dealing with and we’re going to get a little bit more every day, find out what needs to be done," he said.

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Politics
12:51 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

State Audit Finds Poor Documentation, Troubling Practices in Jefferson County Clerk’s Office

An audit of Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw's office shows poor record keeping of charitable funds and others questionable administrative practices regarding a non-profit and employee bonuses.

The report was conducted by State Auditor Adam Edelen, and it scolds the clerk for failing to properly account for funds that her office raised for charities such as the Crusade for Children and USA Cares Inc.

Among its findings were that Holsclaw paid $99,200 in Christmas bonuses to employees last year. According to the clerk's office the $400 per employee bonus was an incentive for good work, but Edelen's office points out that the practice is prohibited by the Kentucky Constitution and should be stopped.

Auditor spokeswoman Stephanie Steitzer says the report is not alleging any criminal activity, but does contain  several recommendations to help save the taxpayer’s money.

"We are pointing out that there are some areas of concern where she can make—we make recommendations for improvement—again, to limit the risk to taxpayers and to herself," she says.

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Politics
12:37 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

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

Williams and Stivers

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.

Governor Steve Beshear, Williams’s main enemy in Frankfort, has the final say over who is appointed to finish the two year term. And Beshear hasn’t ruled out appointing Williams if his name shows up on the nomination list. 

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