Kenny Colston

Kentucky Public Radio Frankfort Bureau Chief

Kenny Colston is based in the state capitol and files pieces for public radio stations across the commonwealth. Before joining KPR in 2012, he covered state government for Insight CN2. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Kenny was a four-year staff member of the Kentucky Kernel, serving as editor-in-chief in his last year. 

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11:52 am
Thu October 25, 2012

A Timeline of David Williams' Career

Williams Bio

59 years old.  Native of Burkesville.

Graduate of University of Kentucky (undergrad) and University of Louisville law school.

Attorney by trade, but shuttered law practice for good in 2011 to run for governor

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11:01 am
Wed October 24, 2012

In House Races, Democrats Enlist Beshear for TV Ads

Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky House Democrats are enlisting Governor Steve Beshear for electoral help.

In addition to fundraisers and public appearances with candidates, Governor Steve Beshear is now appearing in TV ads asking for broad support for House Democrats.

The airs are airing in Central Kentucky, where Democrats hope to win some seats from the GOP.

“The Republicans are throwing a lot of junk in your mailbox, on your TVs and radios, full of attacks and half-truths," says Beshear in the ads. "They did it to me last year and now they are doing it to my friends."

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1:11 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

New Group Plans Bigger Push for Expansion of Broadband Access in Kentucky

A national group that has pushed expanding broadband access in other southern states is now focusing on Kentucky.

Citizens for a Digital Future is opening up a Kentucky chapter to help advocate for these issues with lawmakers and private businesses.

The group’s Kentucky director, Gary Gerdemann, says a lack of wireless options is affecting businesses and education.

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Politics
11:45 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Kentucky Spirit Sues to Officially Break Its Medicaid Contract

Struggling Medicaid operator Kentucky Spirit has followed through and is suing to end its contract with the state.

Kentucky Spirit announced last week it was leaving the commonwealth, because it could not operate without massive losses.  Now, it is suing in Frankfort courts to make it official.

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4:28 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Medicaid Issues Leave Heavy Burden on WellCare

The departure of one of three statewide Medicaid operators next year is once again raising concerns about adequate medical coverage in parts of the state.

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1:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Majority Rules: Kentucky State Legislative Races to Watch

Legislative Research Commission

Election day is two weeks away, and with only one competitive Congressional race (6th District with Congressman Ben Chandler and Andy Barr) and no statewide races on the ballot, this year's politics will definitely be local.

Republicans are trying to take control of the state House this year. They need 10 seats to do so. Meanwhile, Democrats are trying to pick up a few Senate seats to bolster their slim minority. Below are the races to watch, by region, in these legislative contests. 

West Kentucky/Paducah

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8:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Life After Kentucky Spirit: Passport, Humana Ready to Expand?

As the fallout continues from the announced departure of statewide Medicaid operator Kentucky Spirit, many other Medicaid operators are already looking to take their place.

Kentucky Spirit announced last week they would break their contract with the state early. State officials say they won’t re-open those statewide contracts to replace Kentucky Spirit until the current contracts expire.

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4:40 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Handful of GOP House Candidates Ask David Williams To Not Use Pension Loophole

A group of GOP House candidates are encouraging one Republican leader to take a bold stance on a pension issue.

Republicans Chris Hightower, Jason Crockett, Lynn Bechler, Bryan Lutz and Matt Lockett are all in competitive races for the state House this election cycle.

The candidates want Senate President David Williams to retire, rather than resign, if he is selected and accepts a judgeship in his home county.

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11:58 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Medicaid Operator Kentucky Spirit Plans to Break Contract, Beshear says He's Disappointed

Governor Steve Beshear says he’s disappointed that one statewide Medicaid operator has announced it is leaving the state.

Kentucky Spirit, part of Centene Corporation from Missouri, announced today that they would terminate their operations next July, before their contract is up.

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12:41 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Unions, Lawyers Give Big to Super PAC Helping Democrats Defend State House

A Super PAC that is helping defend Democrats is Kentucky state House races has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars. 

Kentucky Family Values is helping Democrats beat back the GOP’s attempt to take control of the House. And one month before the election, the group reported raising $236,000. It still has $190,000 cash on hand. 

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