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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Politics
3:54 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Instant Racing Case Again Appealed to State Supreme Court

Supporters of instant racing in Kentucky are once again trying to take their case to the state supreme court. Instant racing games allow players to wager on previously-run horse races using slot-machine like-devices. The Franklin Circuit Court previously ruled that the games are legal, but an appeals court sent the decision back, saying  the anti-gambling Family Foundation should've been allowed to gather evidence in the case.  Now horse industry officials are appealing that decision in hopes of taking the case to the state supreme court.

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Politics
1:23 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Update: Romney Campaign Representative Will Speak at Fancy Farm

Update: Picnic emcee and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says, despite claims from Fancy Farm officials, no surrogate has been named. This story has been modified.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will send a surrogate to this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Luallen Says She Won't Run Against McConnell

Luallen for Auditor campaign

Former Auditor Crit Luallen says she will not challenge Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014.

Luallen has long been considered to be among the best-situated Democrats to unseat McConnell. She served two terms as auditor and many political observers credit her with raising the office's profile during her tenure. Luallen also served in former Governor Paul Patton's administration for several years.

But the long-time public servant tells Kentucky Public Radio she will not enter the 2014 race.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Kentucky Chamber Supports Right to Work Legislation

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is taking a firmer stand on conservative issues.

Republican legislators have criticized the chamber in the past for supporting Democratic-led proposals like expanded gambling and a higher dropout age while staying quiet on so-called right to work and prevailing wage laws.

But in the chamber's latest annual report, right to work and other conservative issues are more prominent.

Such legislation has caused lengthy political battles in other states, recently in Indiana.

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Politics
1:33 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Beshear Creates State Insurance Exchange to Implement Affordable Care Act

National Conference of State Legislatures

Governor Steve Beshear has fulfilled his promise to set up a state-run health insurance exchange in Kentucky.

The Affordable Care Act requires states to set up marketplaces in which residents can purchase insurance. If states don't, the federal government will do so for them.

Through an executive order, Beshear created Kentucky's exchange today. The order establishes a new executive branch office, the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. The office will be housed in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

McConnell's PAC Helps Republicans in Effort to Take State House

Kentucky Republicans hoping to win the state House in elections this fall are getting a helping hand from the party’s leader.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has used his leadership PAC to dole out at least $54,000 dollars to Republican lawmakers in the last three months.

McConnell typically uses the Bluegrass Committee PAC to help U.S. Senate candidates in his bid to become majority leader. But his focus is now on making sure Kentucky’s two legislative chambers are controlled by Republicans. Currently, the Senate is GOP controlled, but not the House. 

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Politics
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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Politics
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
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
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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