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12:38 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Beshear Mulls Medicaid Expansion, Says All Should Be Insured

Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is not joining other Kentucky  officials in calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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9:15 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Ethics Commission Remains Without Subpoena Power

The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission still cannot compel witnesses to testify, which could impact a possible hearing involving Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin.

Over the past year the commission has addressed a number of procedural and policy weaknesses it discovered during the course of two hearings against former Councilwoman Judy Green. The panel has since hired a full-time legal counsel and requested the council tinker with parts of the city code of ethics.

But in its 2011 annual report the commission said the lack of subpoena powers remains a serious challenge to its ability to enforce the law and is ultimately a question of state law that the General Assembly must address.

"At this point in time without that power people come voluntarily and provide testimony on their own," says Ethics Commission Chairman Jonathan Ricketts. "And without being able to compel their attendance we’re limited in what we can bring and evaluate."

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8:30 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Obama Will Touch Down in Kentucky for Ohio Visit

In the 2012 presidential race Kentucky is assuredly in the Republican column, but President Barack Obama will be in the commonwealth briefly today—to visit Ohio.

The president is scheduled to hold a campaign event in Cincinnati and Air Force One will touchdown in the city's airport, which is in Erlanger, Kentucky. According to the White House, Mr. Obama will outline a plan to restore the middle-class, paying down our debt and grow the national economy.

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7:01 am
Mon July 16, 2012

New Report Strengthens Battle Lines Over Nursing Home Lawsuits

A new report has advocates for the nursing home industry in Kentucky saying “I told you so.”

The report by Aon Global Risk Consulting ranks Kentucky as the worst state for expenses per bed and for the amount of litigation against nursing homes.

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Politics
9:34 pm
Sat July 14, 2012

Noise and Notes: WLKY Blackout and Living The DREAM Act

The latest blackout by Time Warner has struck CBS affiliate WLKY, but unlike the battle with FOX affiliate WDRB the cable giant has been much more shrewd in this instance.

Local television viewers can still watch CBS programming but Time Warner has taken the local newscasts off the air by switching to an affiliate in Rochester, New York. WFPL News Director Gabe Bullard and University of Louisville communications professor Ralph Merkel ignited an insightful conservation about that and other media happenings.

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3:47 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Young Raises $311,000 in Second Quarter

Republican Congressman Todd Young of Indiana has raised $311,000 in the second quarter, according to a report his campaign will file with the Federal Election Commission later this week.

The new report means the freshman lawmaker has more than $893,000 in cash on hand for his re-election bid against Democrat Shelli Yoder. Since winning office in 2010, Young has become a solid fundraiser who has touted a strong conservative message.

"If you look at our numbers over 80 percent of our contributions are coming from individuals and over 80 percent of that are coming from Indiana," says Young campaign manager Trevor Foughty. "What we think that shows is we really have tapped into the pulse of the district and people are buying into our message. It's the private sector and its individual Americans that are going to lead our way out of this recession. It's not a trust in government to spend our way out."

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11:44 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Congressman Ben Chandler Will Skip Democratic Convention

Congressman Ben Chandler is joining a handful of prominent Democrats who will skip their party's national convention this year. 

Chandler, who represents the Sixth Congressional District in Central Kentucky, is facing Republican Andy Barr in his re-election bid. The matchup is a repeat of the 2010 race in which Chandler beat Barr by fewer than 700 votes. Other Democrats skipping the convention have been criticized for distancing themselves from President Barack Obama, who will be formally nominated for re-election at the event. But Chandler's campaign insists the decision isn't political. 

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Politics
5:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Chief Conrad Talks Shanklin Probe, Challenges Residents to Help Fight Crime

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Speaking before the Louisville Forum on Wednesday, Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad challenged residents and city institutions to do more to detour violent crime while addressing a probe into Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's office.

The city has seen several high-profile acts of violence recently, such as a shooting spree this May in the Parkland neighborhood that killed three and injured others. Since then, there have been other brazen incidents, such as the murder of a 15-year-old high Shawnee High school student and an assault rifle homicide in Old Louisville.

Conrad says the police force can’t arrest its ways out of this problem and that there are many things social services and the community can do to reduce incidents like the shooting spree in west Louisville.

"There were many, many points between the day of that shooting (in Parkland) and when those people were born where families could have gotten involved, churches could have gotten involved and social services could have gotten involved," he says. "So we need to look for other institutions to help make a stronger and more sustainable community."

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4:15 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

New Law Helps Protect Patients Against Frequent Medical Changes

A new law that goes into effect tomorrow will help patients with chronic health issues maintain their standard of living.  The law allows doctors to show that a long-prescribed medicine would be the best for a patient. Previously, insurance companies could deny payments for such medication until patients had first tried a cheaper alternative.

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3:12 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Former State Rep. DeWayne Bunch Dies

Former Republican state representative DeWayne Bunch has died from head injuries sustained last year.

Bunch was a first term lawmaker when he was injured breaking up a fight at Whitley County High School, where he was a teacher. He went through months of surgeries and recovery in Lexington and in Atlanta.

His wife, Regina Bunch, was elected in a special election to succeed him as state representative. She’s currently still serving in that capacity.

Leaders of both the Democratic and Republican caucus in the state House praised Bunch’s service as a lawmaker.

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