Politics
5:07 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

CoventryCares Lost $50 Million In First Quarter, CEO Blames State Government

 

The CEO of Kentucky’s largest private Medicaid operator says massive financial losses and bad data are to blame for the problems with managed cared in Kentucky.

For weeks, CoventryCares has sought to terminate or revise its contracts with more than a dozen healthcare providers so the company would pay lower reimbursement rates when doctors treat Medicaid patients. And in a meeting before the interim joint Health and Welfare Committee today, CEO Michael Murphy said his company's actions were motivated by losses. 

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The Two-Way
4:25 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

House Committee Cites Attorney General Holder For Contempt

Attorney General Eric Holder during congressional testimony in 2011.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 4:46 pm

Acting along partisan lines, with a vote of 23 to 17, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted this afternoon to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. Republicans, who control the committee, say Holder's Justice Department has not turned over all the documents that the committee needs to see as it probes the so-called Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation.

And they want to know more about why the Justice Department initially told a senator that it had not pursued such an operation.

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Education
4:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

U.S. Chamber Reports Kentucky Higher Ed Needs Improvements

The report shows Kentucky's two-year schools rank among the nation's best for cost-effectiveness.

 

A U.S. Chamber of Commerce report rates Kentucky’s higher education system below the national average in cost versus benefit.

The Institute for a Competitive Workforce put out its Leaders & Leggards report showing Kentucky’s four-year institutions cost more than the national median,  but they have a lower graduation rate than other schools.

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Environment
3:47 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

California Reps to Kentucky Coal Operators: Pay Up

Two California representatives want three Kentucky coal operators to pay the more than $1.5 million in fines they owe the federal government.

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Local News
2:51 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Bridges Project Passes Major Hurdle

A picture of the East End approach.
Artist's Rendering Bridges Authority

 

The Federal Highway Administration approved the bi-state authority’s record of decision for the Ohio River Bridges Project Wednesday, while Kentucky officials say questions over tolls and a pending lawsuit will not stand in the way of construction. 

“We got by the biggest hurdle today," said Gary Valentine, project manager with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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Local News
1:56 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Purdue Trustees to Vote on Presidential Nominee Thursday

The Purdue University Board of Trustees will vote tomorrow  morning on the nominee to become the school’s 12thpresident.

The job is expected to go to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.

Neither Daniels nor the university will comment publicly about the appointment, but sources have told the Indianapolis Star and WISH-TV that Daniels will take over the post being vacated by France Cordova, who’s retiring. 

Daniels declined to answer questions from reporters Wednesday morning about his future following an economic development announcement event in Indianapolis.

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Environment
1:49 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

WV Senator Votes Against Anti-EPA Resolution, KY Senators Don't Follow Suit

In an unexpected move, West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller addressed the Senate today to speak against a resolution that would register objection to the Environmental Protection Agency's upcoming restrictions on mercury emissions from power plants.

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Arts and Humanities
12:56 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

South End Leaders Plan New Trolley Hop

Proposed New Cut Corridor trolley hop route.

The Courier-Journal reports that community leaders in Louisville's New Cut Corridor are seeking funds for a monthly trolley hop planned around cultural and community programs.

The C-J says community activist Ray Whitener has been instrumental in gathering support from community leaders, including state Senator Perry Clark:

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Environment
12:09 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Yarmuth Co-Sponsors Bill to Study Health Risks Linked to Mountaintop Removal

A surface mine in Eastern Kentucky.
Gabe Bullard WFPL

Third District Congressman John Yarmuth has signed on to a bill that would require an analysis of the health effects of mountaintop removal coal mining. The bill would also put a moratorium on new mountaintop removal mines until the practice is proven to be safe.

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Local News
12:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Kentucky To Count Horses

A new study will provide Kentucky's first horse head count in 35 years. The Kentucky Equine Survey will send 15,000 forms to horse owners across the Bluegrass state.

Organizers hope to get an inventory by breed and use. The study will also delve into the horse industry's economic impact.

University of Kentucky professor Jill Stowe says the results will be useful for policymakers and business operators.

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