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3:57 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

Mixed Results for Medicaid Operators in Kentucky

Reporter Kenny Colston

Last year, Kentucky state officials approved plans to bring on more regional Managed Care Operators, MCOs, to administer the state’s Medicaid program, which has been facing significant budget shortfalls.

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Arts
9:30 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Fund for the Arts President Barbara Sexton Smith on Funding Priorities

Fund for the Arts President and CEO, Barbara Sexton Smith, joined WFPL's Erin Kean on Friday's Byline to talk about the evolution of the organization and its funding priorities.

 

Local News
5:02 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Hart Willing To Consider Resuming Kentucky Kingdom Talks

Louisville developer Ed Hart says he’d be open to resuming talks with the state fair board to get the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park back up and running, but such negotiations don’t appear likely.

A week ago, the Koch family pulled out of its agreement to reopen the park as Bluegrass Boardwalk.   The owners of Indiana’s Holiday World cited potential problems that could arise from leasing the property from the state.

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Sports
3:29 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

I'll Have Another Headed to Japan to Stud

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I'll Have Another has been sold to a horse farm on the island of Hokkaido. The horse is currently at Betfair Hollywood Park and will embark on a stud career in August.

From the Daily Racing Form:

 

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Environment
3:25 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Air Quality Alert Called For Saturday, Sunday

Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District has called an Air Quality Alert for this weekend.

The alerts this weekend are the ninth and tenth times this year the Air Pollution Control District has forecasted that ozone levels will be unhealthy for sensitive groups. But the alerts are forecasts—and the actual air quality has only been unhealthy twice so far.

District spokesman Tom Nord says a mix of pollution and weather contribute to the poor air.

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Local News
3:05 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

What's Next for Kentucky Kingdom?; Medicaid Operator Difficulties; City Budget: Today on Byline

Here's the rundown of today's installment of Byline:

0:00 - Devin Katayama & Ed Hart on the future of Kentucky Kingdom now that the Koch family has backed out from developing the site.

13:00 - Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston weighs in on the ongoing problems with Medicaid Operator Coventry in Kentucky.

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Local News
3:03 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

First Data Will Lay Off 344 Workers in Louisville

More than 300 Louisville call center workers will lose their jobs in the coming months.

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Arts and Humanities
12:52 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

ArtPlace Grant Awarded to Harlan County Theater Project

The Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Cumberland has produced original plays about prescription drug abuse, life in the coal mines and how young people decide to stay or leave Harlan County after graduation. The program compiles oral histories and interviews with Harlan County residents and turns them into plays about the present and future of Eastern Kentucky.

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Politics
12:35 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Ackerson to Return Raise

Louisville Metro Councilman Brent Ackerson, D-26, will return his two percent cost-of-living pay increase to the city’s general fund in upcoming fiscal year.

Each council member is paid approximately $42,500 annually and lawmakers are set to receive a raise of about $850 in the next budget. It's the first cost-of-living increase for non-union Metro employees in two years.

Ackerson says many city workers need a raise as the economy begins to steadily improve, but other costs are still going up.

"I don’t think that I as a council person in my situation need this raise. However, I recognize that our employees do need this raise," he says. "The reality is their two percent raise likely won’t even cover the increase in their health care costs. At the end of the day our city employees will likely take home less dollars to their family than they did last year even with this raise."

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Education
12:23 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

UofL Offering Car-Sharing Program in Fall

Registered participants will have access to Toyota Corollas.

 

The University of Louisville has partnered with Enterprise to provide a car-sharing program that will offer faulty and students a low-cost transportation option next school year. 

The company’s We-Car program will allow participants to pick up a Toyota Corolla for an hour, a day or a weekend, said John Drees, spokesman for the University of Louisville.

“Members will have access to these cars at any time. You sign up for time slots, but it’s a 24/7 365 day a year operation," he said.

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