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
4:00 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Legislative Leaders Will Attempt Payment for Redistricting Defense Again

 

Legislative leaders are going to take another crack at approving payments to lawyers who fought to defend last year’s redistricting maps.

The Legislative Research Commission hired the attorneys earlier this year to fend off challenges to new district maps. The attorneys were unsuccessful.

At the last scheduled LRC meeting, absences allowed minority leaders to block approval of payment to the attorneys.

So a new meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, and  officials hope to reverse the decision.

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Politics
9:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Conway Takes For-Profit Fight to Washington

Kentucky Attorney General's Office

 

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is taking his fight against for-profit colleges to Washington D.C.

Conway has scheduled a news conference with various members of the Obama Administration and U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tom Harkin to reveal more about his investigations into the colleges.

The main focus will be on deceptive practices some colleges use to to lure veterans to enroll.

Conway has taken several for-profit colleges in Kentucky to court, including Daymar College, National College, and Brown Mackie.

 

 

 

Politics
1:55 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

State Representative Included in U of L Layoffs

Kentucky State Rep. Reggie Meeks, D-Louisville, has been laid off from his job as director of outreach at the University of Louisville due to budget cuts.

Meeks revealed his job status during an interview with Ryan Alessi of CN/2, in which he criticized rising tuition at the state's public universities. 

WFPL previously reported that U of L expected up to 20 employee layoffs in various departments, which was subject to decisions made by deans or department leaders.

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Politics
4:18 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

"Citizens United Two" Ruling Won't Change Kentucky Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overrule a Montana campaign finance law is likely to boost the rise of super PACs in Kentucky.

The Montana law limited the amount of money independent groups could spend on campaigns. But the high court says the 2010 Citizens United decision overrules state laws. The ruling doesn’t affect any laws in Kentucky. But state election officials have changed regulations to accommodate Citizens United. 

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Politics
1:39 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Immigration Ruling Could Stall Kentucky Legislation

Activists expect the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down most of Arizona's controversial immigration law will stifle efforts to pass a similar law in Kentucky.

Kate Miller of the state ACLU chapter says Kentuckians have largely rejected policies modeled after Arizona's law. But at least one immigration bill comes up in every legislative session.

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Politics
5:30 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Code-a-Thon Organizations Hope to Spur Innovation in Healthcare

A new competition to spur innovation in the healthcare industry is happening soon in Kentucky.

The Bluegrass Code-a-thon offers a $10,000 prize to the person who comes up with the best healthcare innovation in a single day. Organizers say the innovation can be anything, like a new way to share patient information or a unique smart phone application.

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Politics
3:30 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Kentucky Seeking Private Medicaid Operators for Louisville Region

The process of opening the Louisville area to Medicaid competition is underway.

Passport Health Plan has run Medicaid in the area for 15 years, but the state has been ordered by the federal government to allow at least one more private operator to do business in the region.

Passport officials say they will bid for the contract and requests were sent to other potential bidders this week.

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Politics
5:07 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

CoventryCares Lost $50 Million In First Quarter, CEO Blames State Government

 

The CEO of Kentucky’s largest private Medicaid operator says massive financial losses and bad data are to blame for the problems with managed cared in Kentucky.

For weeks, CoventryCares has sought to terminate or revise its contracts with more than a dozen healthcare providers so the company would pay lower reimbursement rates when doctors treat Medicaid patients. And in a meeting before the interim joint Health and Welfare Committee today, CEO Michael Murphy said his company's actions were motivated by losses. 

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Politics
4:25 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Lawmakers Plan to Question Coventry CEO Over Contract Issues

Kentucky lawmakers will get their first chance tomorrow to ask a private Medicaid operator why it’s having so much trouble negotiating contracts with healthcare providers.

The CEO of CoventryCares will speak to lawmakers at a meeting of the Interim Joint Health and Welfare Committee. Coventry has been fighting with the Eastern Kentucky hospital network Appalachian Regional Healthcare over reimbursement rates and a new contract.  

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Politics
2:29 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Kentucky Democrats Focusing on State House Campaigns

With no statewide races on the ballot this year, the Kentucky Democratic Party is focusing its efforts on the General Assembly. 

Republicans have made taking over the state House a priority and have pledged to raise one million dollars to do so. But KDP spokesman Matt Erwin says Democrats have already raised near that amount and they plan to do more than protect incumbents. 

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