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3:24 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Williams Interested in Judicial Appointment

Kentucky Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, would consider a judicial appointment if Governor Steve Beshear offered the position, a spokesperson confirmed.

Rumors have been swirling in Frankfort that Beshear is planning to offer his bitter rival Williams, who is a trial lawyer, the open circuit court seat in his southern Kentucky district. The seat was left vacant due to the death of Judge Eddie Lovelace last month.

"If there is an appointment offer, Sen. Williams will consider it," says Senate GOP spokeswoman Lourdes Báez-Schrader.

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Politics
3:03 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Humana, Passport Join Two Others as New Louisville Medicaid Operators

After decades of having one company oversee Medicaid, the Louisville area will now have four private Medicaid providers.

The Louisville area was the first part of the state to have Medicaid privatized, and Passport Health Plan has administered the program ever since.

But the rest of the state has since been privatized, and multiple operators compete for patients across the commonwealth.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced today that Passport will now have competition from CoventryCares, WellCare and Humana.

Politics
1:15 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Holsclaw Defends Clerk’s Office Against State Audit

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Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw is criticizing Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen over a critical report and alleging the findings are motivated by his political ambitions.

Edelen’s audit of the clerk was released Wednesday and found Holsclaw’s office paid employees illegal Christmas bonuses and failed to fully document funds collected for local charities.

Among the audit’s findings was a check written by Holsclaw’s office to the Crusade for Children last year that was approximately $1,300 less than the amount collected. Besides poor documentation of the charitable fundings the audit showed that checks from the Crusade account went to breakfasts and lunches, fundraising awards and retirement party expenses.

It also found that around $99,000 in Christmas bonuses had been paid to employees last December, but the Kentucky Constitution prohibits that practice.

Holsclaw says previous state audits have not shown any accounting issues or wrongdoing, and she questions whether Edelen’s report is politically motivated.

"I can’t speak for this auditor. I don’t even know the man. I do know this; he has a reputation of being very ambitious," she says. "I will certainly say that I admire people who are ambitious. But I will not sit by and allow that to happen at the expense of the reputation of this office."

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Environment
12:47 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Climate Change, But Not Energy, Absent From First Presidential Debate

Coal and renewable energy weren't absent from the presidential debate last night, but environmental groups are bemoaning the fact that climate change wasn't brought up.

The Hill's E2 Wire notes that a petition was delivered to debate moderator Jim Lehrer with more than 160,000 signatures, asking the PBS host to ask the candidates about climate change.

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Education
12:36 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

JCPS District 7 Candidates Offer Diverse Experience, Opinions

  • Full audio of WFPL's District 7 debates.

Residents in southeastern Jefferson County will have a pool of school board candidates this fall that range in experience and vision for improving student achievement.

The last of WFPL's Jefferson County Board of Education election debates ended Tuesday night. The five candidates competing for retiring board member Larry Hujo's District 7 seat--Chris Brady, Christopher Fell, Marty Bell, James Sexton and Jonathan Robertson--discussed taxes, charter schools, neighborhood schools and much more.

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Local News
12:31 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

KY Fair Board Could Vote on CEO Replacement Friday

The Kentucky State Fair Board’s CEO search committee will meet in executive session Friday morning and the full board could vote for current CEO and president Harold Workman’s replacement in the afternoon.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

The Big Break: Rehearsals and Auditions

  • Listen to rehearsal process for "Lady of the Camellias" and "The Prodigal Son" from Claire Horrocks (Louisville Ballet) and Brad Raymond (Kentucky Opera) and hear about holiday auditions from Samantha Beach (Actors Theatre).

This week on our new audio diary series “The Big Break,” Louisville Ballet trainee takes us inside rehearsals for "Lady of the Camellias" with choreographer Val Caniparoli. Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach contemplates holiday audition season and Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond, fresh off his turn as evil henchman Spoletta "Tosca," prepares for another devilish role in "The Prodigal Son."

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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