|Indictment: Fugitive Kentucky lawyer had help in his escape - Washington PostGoogle News / 45 min. ago more|
Indictment: Fugitive Kentucky lawyer had help in his escapeWashington PostLOUISVILLE, Ky. — A federal indictment claims a fugitive Kentucky lawyer involved in a Social Security fraud case had help in the escape plot he hatched a year before his disappearance. The newly unsealed indictment alleges an employee of Eric Conn ...and more »
|Indictment: Fugitive Kentucky lawyer had help in his escapeABCNews.com / 51 min. ago more|
A federal indictment claims a fugitive Kentucky lawyer involved in a Social Security fraud case had help in the escape plot he hatched a year before his disappearance
|Report: Kentucky's Proposed Pension 'Reforms' Could Make Everything Worse - GoverningGoogle News / 1 h. 12 min. ago more|
Lexington Herald LeaderReport: Kentucky's Proposed Pension 'Reforms' Could Make Everything WorseGoverningSweeping changes recommended for Kentucky's public pension systems would cost taxpayers and public employees more money while making public employment far less attractive to future generations, according to a report released Monday. In the report ...Where's the moral leadership in Kentucky's fiscal crisis?Lexington Herald Leaderall 10 news articles »
|FBI Indicts Eric C. Conn Employee For Helping Him EscapeWUKY / 2 h. 11 min. ago more|
Investigators say a former employee of a missing attorney wanted for fraud helped him escape across the border. The federal indictment accuses Curtis Wyatt of crossing the US-Mexico border at an Arizona pedestrian checkpoint this past April to check out security measures for his boss, Eric Conn. Within days he did the same thing at a New Mexico checkpoint.
|In Midst of Nurse Shortage, Kentucky Hospitals Are Forced to Offer Incentives - DailyNurse (blog)Google News / 3 h. 12 min. ago more|
DailyNurse (blog)In Midst of Nurse Shortage, Kentucky Hospitals Are Forced to Offer IncentivesDailyNurse (blog)Veteran nurses are becoming harder and harder to find as the United States faces a looming nursing shortage, but the state of Kentucky is experimenting with new ways to incentivize registered nurses to work in their hospitals. Many hospitals report ...
|In Louisville’s Aging Sewer System, Collapses Are FrequentWFPL / 3 h. 13 min. ago more|
In August, a sewer collapse in downtown Louisville stopped traffic on parts of Main Street and drew weeks of media coverage. The collapse ended up costing the Metropolitan Sewer District about $3 million in repairs. But it was only one of nearly 400 cave-ins in the county so far this year; in the past, there have been as many as 843 similar incidents annually. Jefferson County has two distinct systems: a combined sewer system in the older parts of the city (largely inside the Watterson Expressway) and a sanitary sewer system. The combined sewer system uses one pipe for both wastewater and storm water; the sanitary sewer system uses one pipe for wastewater and a separate one for storm water. Alexandra Kanik | wfpl.org Last year, there was one cave-in for every four miles of infrastructure within MSD’s combined sewer system. There was one cave-in for every eight miles of infrastructure in the larger sanitary sewer system. MSD Regulatory and Compliance Manager Dan French said the data doesn’t surprise him. “We treat everything we can, but those pipes in those older developments inside the city are so large that we know during a rain event we’re not going to be able to treat everything,” French said. “A lot of these systems, the infrastructure is old, it wasn’t put in properly in the first place, so it causes a lot of problems.” For every year since at least 2008, there have been several hundred more cave-ins in the sanitary sewer than in the combined system. French said one reason is the sheer number of miles of infrastructure in the sanitary system. But another reason is in these areas — largely suburban and rural — there’s less concrete to keep cave-ins from showing. He said in other areas, the infrastructure is just poor and aging. Some of that infrastructure in the combined sewer system was built using brick in the late 1800s and is still in use. Rain plays a role, too. But collapses have decreased since peaking in 2011. MSD responded to 600 cave-ins last year, and French said the number of cave-in calls this year also seems lower than usual. He attributed that low number to Louisville’s dryer weather season. MSD Even so, MSD still has outstanding infrastructure problems to address. Officials published a 20 year, $4.3 billion Critical Repair and Reinvestment Plan earlier this year, and have requested two significant rate hikes to fund the plan. In both 2016 and 2017, MSD sought Metro Council approval for 20 percent rate hikes, which officials estimated would have increased the average ratepayer’s bill by about $11. But neither cleared the Metro Council, and MSD settled for smaller increases. “A lot of people don’t think about the sewers and the pipes that are underground that are running under their feet and how they actually work,” French said. Of that larger $4.3 billion plan, MSD officials estimate they’ll need $496 million to upgrade existing sewers and facilities to cut down on the number of yearly system cave-ins. They plan to discuss sewer rate hikes with the Metro Council again next year.
|Manager hired for new Old Forester Distillery in KentuckyKentucky News / 3 h. 42 min. ago more|
The company says Juan Merizalde Carrillo will serve as distillery manager at the facility that's expected to open in late spring next year. The new production facility for Brown-Forman's founding brand is situated along Louisville's historic "Whiskey Row."
|Kentucky Horse Park hosting rodeo competition - Seattle TimesGoogle News / 7 h. 39 min. ago more|
WTVQKentucky Horse Park hosting rodeo competitionSeattle TimesLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A new event at The Kentucky Horse Park is bringing cowboys and cowgirls to Kentucky for a rodeo competition. The inaugural Bluegrass Rockin' Rodeo will be held next month in the Alltech Arena. The event is part of the ...Kentucky Horse Park to host inaugural Bluegrass Rockin' RodeoWTVQall 3 news articles »
|Kentucky football: Lack of quality wins keeping Wildcats out of Top 25 - SECcountry.comGoogle News / 15 h. 12 min. ago more|
SECcountry.comKentucky football: Lack of quality wins keeping Wildcats out of Top 25SECcountry.comKentucky's 5-1 record hasn't been enough to crack the rankings. Of the 20 Power 5 teams with one loss or fewer, only two aren't ranked: Kentucky and Virginia. SEC Country's Kyle Tucker detailed why the one-loss Wildcats aren't receiving more respect ...Explaining why Mississippi State is a 10-point favorite against KentuckyJackson Clarion Ledger5 things Kentucky Wildcats must fix coming out of bye weekA Sea of BlueMississippi State Opens as 10 Point Favorite over KentuckyFor Whom the Cowbell Tolls247Sports -The Sun Herald -247Sportsall 35 news articles »
|Spike In Kentucky Disability Benefits Aided By Aging Baby BoomersWFPL / 16 h. 18 min. ago more|
A surge in the number of people receiving disability benefits in Kentucky is partly due to the state’s aging baby boomer population and other demographic trends, according to a left-leaning think tank. Last week, state officials released a report documenting the swell of Kentuckians receiving disability payments through social security. The study accused the Social Security Administration of boosting enrollment in the disability insurance program through lax enrollment policies. But Dustin Pugel, a research and policy associate with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, said the increase is due to natural population changes. “This is not a case of just an enormous amount of energy being put into scamming the system or actors actively trying to create a large group of dependent Kentuckians,” Pugel said. Related Story Report: Kentucky Disability Benefits Are Outpacing Population Growth According to the report released by Disability Determination Services — a state agency that decides if Kentuckians are eligible for certain state and federal benefits — Kentucky’s population grew by 21 percent between 1980 and 2015 while disability rolls grew 249 percent over the same time period. In 2015, 11.2 percent of Kentuckians received some form of disability payment. But KCEP points out that over the same period, Kentucky underwent a swell in people who are more likely to collect disability benefits: older people. The number of Kentuckians who are between 50 and 64 years old increased 79 percent between 1990 and 2016. And that same group’s share of the total state population has increased as well — from 13.6 percent of Kentuckians in 1990 to 20.2 percent in 2016. “It’s really just the fact that older people tend to be disabled more often and there are more people in that age category than there have ever been before,” Pugel said. The state’s report argued that the federal government needs to reform the Social Security Disability Insurance program. Officials proposed tightening the eligibility and re-enrollment process and removing “non-severe conditions” from the list of eligible disabilities. The report found Kentuckians in the eastern part of the state were the most likely to receive benefits — in 2015, the top counties were Wolfe, Owsley, Breathitt, Clay, Magoffin, Floyd, Lee, Leslie, Martin, Harlan, Perry and Bell.
|Kentucky workforce initiatives take center stage at national conference - The Lane ReportGoogle News / 16 h. 26 min. ago more|
The Lane ReportKentucky workforce initiatives take center stage at national conferenceThe Lane ReportKentucky Chamber leaders, Kentucky Education and Workforce Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner and other Kentucky experts on Monday highlighted key workforce efforts and successes at America Working Forward, a premier national workforce conference ...and more »
|Kentucky schedules exam for prospective PVA candidatesKentucky News / 16 h. 33 min. ago more|
Kentucky revenue officials say an examination has been scheduled for people interested in getting on next year's election ballot in hopes of serving as a property valuation administrator. The Department of Revenue says the exam is set for Nov. 17 at the Holiday Inn Louisville East.
|Medicare Enrollees To Receive New Health Insurance CardsWFPL / 16 h. 53 min. ago more|
In April 2018, Medicare officials will begin sending out new health insurance cards that no longer include enrollees’ social security numbers. The change is a big win for anti-fraud advocates. But there’s a catch. Nancy Gilmer Moore, with the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging, said the transition to new cards provides an opportunity for scam artists to call Medicare enrollees and try to get them to verify their social security numbers over the phone. She said Medicare will never call or email an enrollee. They only use mail to communicate changes. “Be wary of anyone calling to say we need to confirm your number because of all the changes,” Moore said. “Opportunists take advantage in times of confusion.” Jessica Miller, outreach coordinator with Kentucky Senior Medicare Patrol, said it took a while for Congress to allocate the money for the new cards. With almost a million Medicare enrollees in Kentucky alone, it’s a heavy lift. And like many people, Medicare recipients often carry their insurance cards in their wallets. That habit, said Miller, puts people at risk for identity theft. “It’s a habit for people to carry them around for fear of any kind of medical emergency, but it’s actually really important to protect that information,” she said. “Social security numbers are really specific to each individual person. So once someone gets hold of that information, they really can do anything with it. It can be troublesome for your finances.” Miller also said to look out for fake websites that can look legitimate and to be protective of personal information when talking on the phone. “Know who you’re talking to,” she said. “If it’s someone that’s asking for your social security number, you want to know who that person is. So even if the phone says it’s from someone who you trust, you should probably call back on the number you know.” The new cards will be distributed between April 2018 to April 2019. The old Medicare cards will stop working beginning in 2020.
|Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: Immanuel Quickley likes Cats' chances with 5-stars Zion Williamson, Keldon Johnson - SECcountry.comGoogle News / 16 h. 53 min. ago more|
A Sea of BlueKentucky Basketball Recruiting: Immanuel Quickley likes Cats' chances with 5-stars Zion Williamson, Keldon JohnsonSECcountry.comKentucky basketball only has one commitment in the Class of 2018, but 5-star point guard Immanuel Quickley doesn't expect to be alone much longer. He's been actively recruiting other top players to join him and told SEC Country on Monday that he's ...Immanuel Quickley says Kentucky Wildcats lead for Keldon JohnsonA Sea of Blueall 2 news articles »
|Trump On GOP Failures: ‘I’m Not Going To Blame Myself, I’ll Be Honest’WFPL / 17 h. 3 min. ago more|
Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET Not much of significance has gotten through this Congress, despite the House, Senate and White House all being controlled by the same party — Republicans. President Trump says, don’t blame him. “We’re not getting the job done. And I’m not going to blame myself, I’ll be honest,” Trump said during short remarks in a Cabinet meeting. He then shifted away from “we” to “they.” “They’re not getting the job done,” the president said of Congress. It’s a continued attempt by Trump to draw a line between him and Republicans in Congress. It’s something that has irritated Republicans, who feel the president hasn’t shown the rigor to understand the details of legislation to adequately sell it. Trump was asked about his former chief strategist Steve Bannon’s efforts to put up primary challenges to establishment Republicans in Congress. Trump said he understands it and seemed supportive. “And I can understand where Steve Bannon is coming from,” Trump said, “and I can understand, to be honest with you … I can understand where a lot of people are coming from, because I’m not happy about it. And a lot of people aren’t happy about it.” Over the weekend, Bannon let loose on congressional Republicans, particularly Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell. “Up on Capitol Hill, it’s like the Ides of March,” Bannon told the Values Voter Summit. “They’re just looking to find out who is going to be Brutus to your Julius Caesar. We’ve cut your oxygen off, Mitch.” Later Monday, Trump tried to make a show of unity with McConnell, taking to the Rose Garden of the White House for a joint appearance. “We’ve been friends for a long time,” Trump stressed, adding, “We’re probably now, despite what we read, closer than ever before.” McConnell said, as Trump looked on, “We have the same agenda.” The GOP Senate leader also used the word “friends” and noted they “talk frequently.” There has been reporting that McConnell and Trump don’t see eye to eye, personally or professionally. They are very different men — Trump is showy and bombastic; McConnell is reserved and likes to work behind the scenes. But McConnell claimed, “Contrary to what some of you may have reported, we’re together totally on this agenda to move America forward.” One of Bannon’s requirements to back candidates is that they vote against McConnell as GOP leader. “It’s not my war,” Bannon added, “this is our war, and y’all didn’t start it, the establishment started it. … Right now, it’s a season of war against a GOP establishment.” Steven Law, president of the Senate Leadership Fund, a McConnell-aligned superPAC, told NPR Monday that he is not concerned about Bannon’s threats. “I think this is somebody who talks big, but at the end of the day, I just don’t see it there,” Law told David Greene on NPR’s Morning Edition. “The only thing that’s a concern for us is that we are going to have to divert some resources that we’d otherwise spend beating Democrats to make sure that we don’t nominate candidates who would lose general elections the way they did in 2010 and 2012 before we got involved.” In those two cycles, five Tea Party challengers won Republican primaries and went on to lose to Democrats in general elections. In 2014, McConnell vowed to crush insurgent primary challengers — and did so. But in the age of Trump, the outsiders hope to be newly ascendant. “The goal here is to win elections in November,” McConnell said, pointing out that the candidates in 2010 and 2012 “didn’t appeal to a broader electorate.” “Winners make policy and losers go home,” McConnell added. Law told NPR that the problem for the party goes beyond Bannon. “At the end of the day,” Law said, “I think our problem right now is not a Steve Bannon problem. It’s a product problem.” The man whose face would be on the label of that product is the president. But Trump has tried to insulate his brand by taking credit for executive actions while attempting to separate himself from congressional failures. And Trump did not wave Bannon off — even when given a second chance to do so in the Cabinet meeting. “There are some Republicans frankly that should be ashamed of themselves,” Trump said. He added that “most of them” are “really really great people. … So I can understand fully how Steve Bannon feels.” While standing next to McConnell, Trump added, “Steve is doing what Steve thinks is the right thing.” He seemed to soften his earlier remarks, saying it’s possible that “some of the people maybe we talk him out of that.” Trump added that “with the exception of a very small few,” he has a “great relationship” with many congressional Republicans. “I like and respect most of them,” he said. He stressed: “The Republican Party is very, very unified.” Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
|Kentucky high school football rankings | Trinity tops Associated Press Class 6-A poll - The Courier-JournalGoogle News / 17 h. 18 min. ago more|
The Courier-JournalKentucky high school football rankings | Trinity tops Associated Press Class 6-A pollThe Courier-JournalThe top teams in the Kentucky Associated Press high school football polls, with first-place votes, records, total points and previous rankings: CLASS A. Rank-School (FPV) Rcd TP Pvs. 1. Paintsville (9) 7-1 161 1. 2. Beechwood (8) 6-2 160 2. 3. Hazard 5 ...and more »
|Artist With Big Local Presence Picked To Paint President Obama’s Official PortraitWFPL / 18 h. 18 min. ago more|
On Friday, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery announced that it has commissioned the museum’s official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. Artist Amy Sherald has been chosen to paint Mrs. Obama, while the portrait of President Obama will be created by Kehinde Wiley — an artist who has a sizeable local presence. According to 21c’s chief curator Alice Gray Stites, the museum has five works by Wiley in its permanent collection — two of which are on-view in Louisville right now as part of “Pop Stars,” and one that is included in a current exhibition at 21c Lexington. “His portraits are vibrant, vividly-colored renditions of African-American men and women, presented often larger than life-size and often in the guise of figures from 18th and 19th century art history,” Gray Stites says. But Gray Stites says Wiley’s work is not just conceptually beautiful. “He has transformed, in a sense, portraiture in the 21st century from being a practice that is focused upon highlighting someone’s likeness or their role in politics in society, to making portraiture a platform for examining a wide-range contemporary issues and conditions,” Gray Stites says. Wiley’s work in the past has dealt with issues like representation of people of color in art history and how media depictions differ across race. “He is probably one of the most influential American painters today,” Gray Stites says. “The interesting thing and the inspiring thing about [the Obamas] making that choice is that they are not only choosing great figurative painters, but they are choosing great American artists.” Barack Obama’s presidential portrait will be unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. in early 2018. More information about 21c’s current exhibits can be found here.
|U of L Has Officially Fired Rick PitinoWFPL / 18 h. 28 min. ago more|
The board that oversees athletics at the University of Louisville has unanimously voted to fire men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino. Pitino had been on unpaid leave since late last month, after it was disclosed that U of L was among the schools included in a federal investigation of bribery involving recruits and their families. Related Story U of L Linked To National Recruiting, Apparel Corruption Scandal The action was taken following a closed door session of the U of L athletic association board. Pitino was not present at the meeting, and his attorney has argued that the school’s actions against Pitino are a breach of his contract. Pitino’s attorney, Steve Pence, said that his client “could not have known” about bribery and other activities alleged in the federal investigation. Interim school President Greg Postel said the board was not swayed by the argument. “We listened carefully to what they said, we read carefully everything they gave us,” Postel said. “At the end of the conversation, we felt that our initial decision to begin the process of termination for cause was still in the best interests of the university.” Pitino came to Louisville in 2001 after a stint with the NBAs Boston Celtics. Prior to that he spent nine seasons at the University of Kentucky. He’s the only men’s NCAA Division One coach to lead two schools to national titles — UK in 1996 and Louisville in 2013. The NCAA has ordered that the 2013 title be vacated because of rules violations by the program in a prostitution scandal. Louisville is appealing the punishment. Later this week, the U of L board of trustees is expected to take up the job status of athletic director Tom Jurich, who was also placed on administrative leave when the federal recruiting complaint was made public. This story has been updated.
|Neigh-Sayers Welcome at This Pet-Friendly Kentucky Motel - U.S. News & World ReportGoogle News / 18 h. 35 min. ago more|
NEWS.com.auNeigh-Sayers Welcome at This Pet-Friendly Kentucky MotelU.S. News & World ReportNeigh-Sayers Welcome at This Pet-Friendly Kentucky Motel. A Canadian horse got watched television for the first time at one pet-friendly Kentucky motel. Oct. 16, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.. Neigh-Sayers Welcome at This Pet-Friendly Kentucky Motel ...Kentucky motel extends pet policy to horseWPSD Local 6Woman checks horse into Kentucky hotel in ultimate testNEWS.com.auOntario horse 'checks in' at pet-friendly Kentucky motelCP24 Toronto's Breaking NewsPickle (blog)all 25 news articles »
|Trump’s Executive Actions May Mean More Headaches For Struggling CongressWFPL / 22 h. 2 min. ago more|
President Trump has recently taken a series of what appear to be bold executive actions to reverse Obama-era policies: declining to re-certify the Iran nuclear deal, halting subsidy payments to insurance companies and setting an expiration date for the DACA immigration program. But, in so doing, he’s dumping thorny problems on a GOP-controlled Congress already struggling to rack up significant legislative accomplishments. This did not go unnoticed by one of the top Democrats in Congress. Trump “throws destructive bones to his base then tells Congress to fix it: Iran, Health care, Puerto Rico,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted Saturday. .@POTUS’ M.O.: failure to lead. Throws destructive bones to his base, then tells Congress to fix it: Iran, Health care, Puerto Rico — Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 14, 2017 While Trump said Friday that Iran had violated “the spirit” of the 2015 nuclear deal, he didn’t pull out of the multi-nation agreement, at least not yet. Instead, he opened the door for congressional action — and that’s exactly what he’s asking for. “I am directing my administration to work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal’s many serious flaws so that the Iranian regime can never threaten the world with nuclear weapons,” Trump said. And with that Trump dumped another item on Congress’ already very full plate. Just the night before he had announced another decision that could well require Congress to step in: halting cost-sharing subsidy payments to insurance companies. Those payments were designed to keep premiums down for low-income consumers, but Trump said they are illegal and just a gift to insurance companies. Democrats and moderate Republicans including Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida expressed dismay at the move. Both Dent and Ros-Lehtinen have already announced they do not intend to run for re-election next year. Cutting health care subsidies will mean more uninsured in my district. @potus promised more access, affordable coverage. This does opposite. — Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) October 13, 2017 “We at the end of the day will own this. We, the Republican Party, will own this,” Dent said in an interview on CNN. “I believe his action will force us to enter into some kind of a bipartisan agreement on the cost-sharing reduction payments” to stabilize the insurance markets. Trump said stopping the payments was part of an effort to undo the Affordable Care Act. “One by one it’s going come down, and we’re going to have great health care in our country,” Trump said in a speech at the Values Voter Summit on Friday. “We are going to have great health care in our country. We are taking a little different route than I had hoped because getting Congress — they forgot what their pledges were.” Still, he said he hoped this would prompt Congress to take bipartisan action to repeal and replace Obamacare. He said Friday he wants Democrats to come to him. They aren’t. And even when it comes to Republicans, it’s not clear the president and the various factions in Congress are even remotely on the same page about how to proceed. And that’s not the only item the president wants Congress to act on. There’s also the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. When Trump announced he would put a six-month expiration date on the program, he tweeted, “Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2017 Early on, it looked like he had reached the broad outline of an agreement with Democratic leaders in Congress, only to then release a list of hard-line demands that Democrats — and even many Republicans — won’t support. “What I want is tremendous border regulation. I want the wall. And we’re going to get other things,” Trump told Sean Hannity on Fox News. “And we’re going to see if we’re going to work something out. Now whether or not we do, I don’t know. But it would be wonderful to solve the DACA problem.” When Trump says “we” as he discusses DACA, Iran and health care, he mostly means “them.” Congress will have to do all the heavy lifting. And none of this will be easy for a GOP-controlled Congress (narrowly in the Senate) that is far from unanimity on any of these matters. “Every time you buck some issue over to their plate, you blow the place up,” said Sarah Binder, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who specializes in Congress. “And Congress is not a well-oiled machine, so disrupting the agenda and putting more things on their lap — issues which are really wedge issues within the Republican Party … it’s almost mind-boggling to me that a president who doesn’t see himself as part of the party in Congress puts them back in that situation.” And all of these items come on top of what was supposed to be the top priority for congressional Republicans this fall: passing a tax system overhaul. In the midst of everything else, Trump has been campaigning for tax cuts and other changes to the tax code. He suggested maybe it could be a “Christmas gift” to Americans. A more likely Christmas gift could well be a shutdown showdown over must-pass government funding legislation. The current funding expires Dec. 8, and at least some of these issues could get wrapped up in negotiations. On Friday, Schumer did express optimism that at least the health care subsidies could pass that way. “I think we’re going to have a very good opportunity in the omnibus to get this done in a bipartisan way, if we can’t get it done sooner,” he said. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
|Women's volleyball: Kentucky takes down No. 1 Florida for Gators' first loss of the season - NCAA.comGoogle News / 1 d. 0 h. 58 min. ago more|
NCAA.comWomen's volleyball: Kentucky takes down No. 1 Florida for Gators' first loss of the seasonNCAA.comGAINESVILLE, Fla. – History! For just the third time in Southeastern Conference history two top-10 ranked teams squared off. The No. 8 Kentucky volleyball team exited Gainesville, Florida, with more than just a 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 25-16) win over No.Kentucky Wildcats Volleyball makes history with win at No. 1 Florida GatorsA Sea of Blueall 8 news articles »
|For Many Visitors, ‘Southern Accent’ Prompted A Perspective ShiftWFPL / 1 d. 1 h. 14 min. ago more|
On Friday, the Speed Art Museum hosted a series of public discussions led by prominent artists, academics and historians about how we commemorate the South’s complex history. The event was called “Southern Symbols.” But some of the most interesting conversations of the day actually took place outside the auditorium — on a bench found on the third floor of the museum, located at the exit of “Southern Accent.” “Southern Accent” is a special exhibition at the museum that takes a hard look at the region’s social, political and cultural landscapes, resulting in what museum officials say is the institution’s biggest and most ambitious contemporary art exhibition to date. It’s an exhibition that surprised many visitors—they went in with one idea of what the South is and, while looking at the artwork, their perspective shifted in some way. You can listen to some visitors’ impressions of the collection in the audio player above.
|KSP Deputies Kill Murder SuspectWUKY / 1 d. 1 h. 35 min. ago more|
Kentucky State Police say sheriff's deputies killed a murder suspect who had shot at them.
|Louisville Fires Rick Pitino Amid Federal InvestigationWUKY / 1 d. 1 h. 56 min. ago more|
UPDATED: Louisville's Athletic Association has officially fired coach Rick Pitino nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men's basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe.
|Scandals Aren't Hurting Enrollment At UofLWUKY / 1 d. 1 h. 58 min. ago more|
Statistics show that the University of Louisville's enrollment and growth have been relatively unscathed so far during a series of scandals at the school. UofL's enrollment increased 4 percent between 2005 and 2016. But some are wondering how long the university's luck can last.
|Funding For The Butchertown Soccer Stadium, ExplainedWFPL / 1 d. 2 h. 12 min. ago more|
Louisville Metro Council is expected to vote next week on whether to issue $30 million in municipal bonds to buy 40 acres of land in the city’s Butchertown neighborhood. The plan is for the city to buy the land, then give it to the Louisville City Football Club. The pro soccer team would build a $50 million stadium, as well as develop the remaining parcels with retail and hotels. The entire project is expected to cost $200 million. Many of the details of the deal are laid out here, but unless you’re a bonding expert, you may not completely understand the proposal. What is a municipal bond? There are a few ways a city can raise money to pay for capital projects. One way is a one-time tax increase, but this is problematic. It creates an equity problem, and also can be politically unpopular because residents today are paying for a project that future residents would benefit from without paying the initial tax. Instead, many cities use municipal bonds for major projects. “A bond is a form of debt; an IOU, a loan,” said Michael Anthony Campbell, an assistant professor at Tennessee State University. “It has some degree of interest associated with it.” Municipal bonds are used to raise money for city projects like water treatment facilities, jails, schools or bridges. The city borrows the money from investors and promises to pay those investors back over time with interest. “The overwhelming majority, maybe not in raw dollars, but the number of municipal bonds being issued are for public good issues,” Campbell said. “Local governments are issuing bonds all the time for small, medium, large projects that fall under the classification of the much more traditional public good.” Municipal bonds are classified into two types: revenue bonds and general obligation bonds. Revenue bonds guarantee investors will get their money back through revenue generated from a project. General obligation bonds guarantee investors will get their money back through the city’s power to tax. The measure being considered to buy the land for Louisville’s soccer stadium would be a general obligation bond. Why should I care? Because your tax dollars will ultimately be used to pay off the bonds. Janet Kelly, executive director of the Urban Studies Institute at the University of Louisville said in Louisville, the main taxes that could potentially be raised to pay off bonds are property and occupational — or payroll — taxes. If that’s the case, Louisvillians would want to make sure this investment is good for the city, which is why many are paying attention to the economic impact study of the stadium. And in some cases, economic studies on sports arenas can overestimate the benefit to the city and public, including overstating the number of jobs that would be created or retail sales that would be generated. The city says having the stadium is a key investment that will allow Louisville to compete for a Major League Soccer franchise. Other advantages, the city says, include more than 1,400 construction jobs as well as more than 1,700 jobs after the project’s completion. So what are we really talking about when we talk about bonds? “I think part of the underlying discussion here is what do we want our government spending money on,” Campbell said. The proposed development uses public dollars for private investment, which is different from more straight-forward bonds that are used for infrastructure or school projects. Some believe that the use of public dollars to stimulate the private sector benefits everyone; it’s a public good. Proponents of the project say the initial stadium development will spur others in the area, like retail, restaurants and hotels. The city says the development would also get rid of a brownfield and bring more people to the Butchertown neighborhood, as well as nearby Big Four Bridge and the soon-to-be-built Botanical Gardens. There’s also an intangible benefit in appeasing a sports team: civic pride. Related Story Experts Question Economic Analysis Behind Butchertown Soccer Stadium But others believe that in similar situations, cities and taxpayers often never really get those initial investments back. And they say those tax dollars could be put to better use. “There’s so many things we need in our cities besides stadiums,” said Art Rolnick, senior fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. “We got limited dollars; you can only tax so much…and you have to ask what’s the best public investment.” Rolnick said he thinks money could be better used for basics like roads, lighting, health and education. “That’s what makes great cities and great economies,” he said. “Get the public goods right.” How could this deal go wrong? The deal presented to Louisville’s Metro Council lays out the terms: Louisville Metro Government, with the help of $30 million in bonds, will buy the land in Butchertown and make some improvements. The soccer team, Louisville City Football Club, would be responsible for the cost of building the 10,000-seat stadium. The soccer club would also pay $14.5 million back to the city over 20 years for the cost of the land. Louisville Metro won’t own the stadium. The city says the amount of public money in the deal is capped at $30 million — Louisville City FC will be responsible for any cost overruns. And if the team doesn’t end up building a stadium, it can either buy the land from Louisville, or the city can seek other development opportunities. But Janet Kelly of U of L’s Urban Studies Institute said one possible outcome is that the stadium is built — but it doesn’t generate the expected economic boom for the area. “We could be sitting on a piece of land with a soccer stadium on it that is underutilized and we’re pretty much stuck with it because it would be very difficult to transition that to another more effective use,” she said. There’s also the possibility that Louisville gets its professional soccer stadium, but doesn’t get a bid to join the major leagues. There are other cities, such as San Antonio and Cincinnati, that are better positioned to snag a professional team. It’s also an unknown if soccer will be popular enough in the coming decades to bank on its future, or whether the team will even stay in Louisville. Whether you love sports, hate sports or are indifferent, Louisville taxpayers would ultimately be responsible for paying for the initial investment in this proposed Butchertown development. Kelly said this is why the public has a right to review the city’s investment of the land for the soccer stadium — because it is ultimately the public that would be responsible for future payments. Disclosure: Louisville City FC is privately owned by 47 investors. Two of those, Gill Holland and José Donis, are Louisville Public Media board members. This post has been updated to accurately reflect the number of acres included in the proposal. The stadium will be on 15 acres; the remaining are for additional development.
|Trying Times For Transit: Rural Systems Face Flat Funding, Rising DemandWFPL / 1 d. 3 h. 12 min. ago more|
Thelma Daulton goes to the salon to get her hair done at the same time every Friday. She gets picked up at her house and greeted by one of many familiar faces from the Rural Transit Enterprises, Coordinated, or RTEC. Daulton is 95 years old and has been riding the public transit system in Somerset, Kentucky, for about 15 years. Daulton said her daughter would like for her to move closer to Bowling Green, but Daulton likes her community and has no intention of leaving. Becca Schimmel | Ohio Valley ReSource Thelma Daulton in her regular salon in Somerset Kentucky. “I want to stay here. I want to be in my own home, if I can, as long as I live,” Daulton said. Daulton is just one of many seniors in small towns and rural areas who want to age in place and remain connected to their community. Access to transit helps make that possible. But the RTEC is not just the only transit system in Somerset, it’s the only one for the 12 surrounding counties. Mary Denny has been driving for RTEC for 5 years. She said many people in her community would be stranded or home bound without the service, not just seniors. Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource “It doesn’t just pertain to just elderly. We have anywhere from young individuals that’s struggling, low income, that’s struggling to make ends meet that we’re able to help and assist,” Denny said. Compared to national averages, the Ohio Valley has a higher percentage of senior citizens, people with disabilities, and people living on low incomes — all groups likely to depend on transit. And a great number of them live in rural areas and small towns. Public transportation can make it possible to keep a job, reach a doctor, or just get your hair done. But transit experts in the region worry that funding is not keeping pace with demand. Falling Behind Juva Barber is the Executive Director of Kentuckians for Better Transportation, a statewide association advocating for all modes of transportation. Barber said in 2020 Kentucky will need $10 million from the general fund just to keep services as they are now, not including any improvements. Kentuckians for Better Transportation Juva Barber of Kentuckians for Better Transportation. “We have to do something because if we don’t do something we fall farther and farther behind.” Barber said, adding that the effects can be felt far beyond just those who ride the bus. “When you’re looking for a workforce, if that workforce can’t get there that puts you further down on the list when it comes to site selection so that impacts economic development,” she said. Barber said there needs to be increased investment in infrastructure. No pothole will repair itself and no bus will avoid a trip to the maintenance garage. Charles Rutkowski is with Community Transportation Association of America, a national organization that works with rural transit systems. He said every patient, customer and student represents income, revenue, and economic development for that health care institution or college. He adds for every $1 invested in transit there’s a benefit of $3.50 to that community. Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource “It provides jobs on a very basic level. It provides jobs for bus drivers, bus mechanics, dispatchers, schedulers, managers etc.,” Rutkowski said. “But it also transports a lot of local folks to jobs. And some of those individuals probably could not access those jobs were it not for the existence of public transit.” Rutkowski said providing access to public transportation helps some lower income individuals break out of the cycle of poverty. He said it also enables seniors such as Thelma Daulton to live in their own homes and retain their independence, which often costs less than an assisted living facility. Rural Challenges Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource A new report from the American Public Transportation Association lays out some of the numbers behind transit’s impact on rural communities. The APTA found that while rural population is declining, ridership in rural areas has increased over the past 8 years. In fact, rural ridership grew far faster than did public transit demand in cities (when measured on a per capita basis). The rural demand is largely due to older residents, people living on low incomes, and people with disabilities. Older folks make up a larger portion of rural communities than in urban areas, and rural poverty rates are higher than urban poverty rates across the country. That difference is especially high in the south. Becca Schimmel | Ohio Valley ReSource Mary Denny helps Thelma Daulton aboard. The report includes a map showing the convergence of all three of these factors in the Ohio Valley region. Kentucky, West Virginia, and southeastern Ohio have high percentages of seniors who are both underprivileged and living with a disability. In many counties in the region 15 percent or more of the population fits this description. The U.S. average is about 10 percent. And yet, the APTA found that per-capita spending on rural public transit spending is lower than in urban areas. ‘Homebound without us’ Kirt Conrad is the CEO of Stark Area Regional Transit Authority in Canton, Ohio. He said the state has supported the public transit system but the needs are outgrowing what has historically been provided. “Every two years we have to go back to the general assembly and set those funding marks. We have no guaranteed funding sources for transit at the state level,” Conrad said. Becca Schimmel | Ohio Valley ReSource A Bowling Green resident with her child on the bus. Conrad said lower income people who rely on public transit often have no slack resources, and if they’re relying on transit services to get them to work the service has to be reliable. Conrad said they also transport about 170,000 people a year who qualify for public assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act. “We go to their house and take them to either work, school, or the doctor’s appointment. Without us those 170,000 people would be homebound,” Conrad said. ‘Opens your eyes’ Becca Schimmel | Ohio Valley ReSource Bowling Green Resident Scott Henry never expected to rely on transit. Bowling Green, Kentucky, resident Scott Henry never expected to need a service like that. “Being a healthy person all my life I never ever thought I’d be in a situation where I’d have to count on para-transit transportation to get back and forth to work every day,” Henry said. But about a year ago Henry’s knee collapsed, became infected and he wasn’t able to get a knee replacement. He’s been unable to drive since. “It opens your eyes if you don’t have something like that. You can’t do your job, you can’t go to the doctor, you can’t get groceries,” Henry said. “You can’t do anything and living alone I had no one to help me.” Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource Henry said arranging private transportation can cost about $200 a day. He’s had to cancel doctor’s appointments and even surgeries because he couldn’t get a vehicle to the hospital. Then he learned he was in the right area to use the city’s transit, BG Go. That gave him some motivation. “So when I got that spark then it was like, I was going to do this today, I was going to do that today. I was going to get up today. I was going to do this by myself today,” he said. “I was going to get dressed like I was going to work today, and so that really did it. Without this I couldn’t be here today.”
|At The Speed Art Museum, ‘Unraveling’ Is About More Than Deconstructing A Confederate FlagWFPL / 1 d. 18 h. 5 min. ago more|
Symbols of the Confederacy—from monuments to the flag—have sparked protests and civil unrest for decades. But in recent months, that has intensified. Here in Louisville, debate has centered on whether to remove a Confederate statue in the affluent Cherokee Triangle neighborhood. At the same time, a special exhibition at the Speed Art Museum has had its run. “Southern Accent” is a collection that seeks to address the South’s complex racial and cultural history. As part of the exhibition, textile artist Sonya Clark spent several hours on Saturday pulling apart a Confederate battle flag, thread-by-thread. The performance piece is called “Unraveling.” Visitors were asked to participate and, as I found out, many had their own reasons for unraveling. You can listen to some of them in the audio player above. WFPL’s Roxanne Scott contributed to this report.
|Strange Fruit: What It Means To Be Out In 2017WFPL / 2 d. 2 h. 12 min. ago more|
Coming out isn’t what it used to be. These days, even the most sheltered people generally have at least some basic understanding of what it means to be gay. But for people living in certain communities, in certain countries, and with certain identities, coming out can still be dangerous — or even life-threatening. And, of course, no one just comes out once. In many ways, we’re all coming out all the time. October 11 was National Coming Out Day, so in this week’s episode, we talk about what it means to be out — for queer folks, trans folks, and especially people of color. Our guest is Aaron Weathers, who was on our very first episode in 2012, when we talked about coming out to our mamas. Listen in the player above and subscribe to Strange Fruit wherever you get your podcasts.
|Steve Bannon Doesn't Understand Values Voters or Values.Kentucky News / 2 d. 13 h. 40 min. ago more|
In the past, the summit has boasted such speakers as Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, and even some guy named Erick Erickson. The event has some pretty heavy hitting sponsorship, as well, with the primary sponsor being the FRC Action, which is the legislative arm of the Family Research Council.
|Judge rules Kentucky county liable for handcuffed childrenABCNews.com / 2 d. 18 h. 20 min. ago more|
A federal judge says it was unreasonable for a Kentucky sheriff's deputy to handcuff two unruly elementary school students and has ruled the county government is liable for the officer's conduct
|President Donald Trump speaks to the 2017 Value Voters Summit,...Kentucky News / 2 d. 21 h. 35 min. ago more|
President Donald Trump speaks to the 2017 Value Voters Summit, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Washington. Trump's decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that has benefited an estimated 6 million Americans helps fulfill a campaign promise, but it also risks harming some of the very people who helped him win the presidency.
|Trump Pushes Obamacare To Detonation, Forges Path Away From GOP, DemocratsWFPL / 3 d. 0 h. 39 min. ago more|
Back in March, after the first Republican legislative failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act during the Trump presidency, President Trump went before cameras in the Oval Office and revealed some of his thinking when it came to the politics of health care. “I’ve been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode,” Trump said. “It is exploding right now.” Experts said the ACA wasn’t “exploding,” but that it needed fixes to help incentivize insurers to stay in marketplaces. But now, six months later, Obamacare may actually be on the road to “exploding” – catalyzed by an accelerant poured over it by President Trump. The moves he’s taken risk blowing up the individual markets by making insurance too expensive for lower- and middle-class families. Trump’s actions, however, could backfire politically, threatening to shift blame for the health care act’s shortcomings from Obama and Democrats to Trump and Republicans. That’s something Republicans have feared and now believe will happen. “If people lose their cost-sharing reduction payments — their subsidies — it’s going to be pretty hard to blame a former president — Barack Obama — for that,” moderate Republican Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania told NPR’s All Things Considered on Friday. “We Republicans control the House and the Senate and the White House. If there are problems, we will likely own them. It’s pretty hard to say that the former president is somehow going to be able to accept all the blame. He’s out of the game right now.” At issue is the president’s decision to end subsidies that help offset the cost of insurance for anyone making up to three times the federal poverty level — that’s a yearly household income of $97,000 for a family of four. Trump’s action could mean premium increases of 20 percent by 2018 for people buying insurance through exchanges, the Congressional Budget Office estimates, and more than that in subsequent years. And the CBO estimates it will wind up costing — not saving — the government almost $200 billion over the next 10 years. (Bloomberg explains how.) Trump’s decision comes after three high-profile failed GOP repeal-and-replace efforts in Congress. The White House argues the subsidies are illegal, because they are not appropriated by Congress. House Republicans sued the Obama administration hoping to stop the payments. A court sided with the House GOP, but agreed to leave the subsidies in place until a government appeal could be heard. The Trump administration, however, decided to drop the appeal, thereby ending the payments. In practical terms, though, this will hurt real people, many of whom are in Trump-won states. Will they accept the legal argument that the process was flawed, and Congress has to fix it, even if the man they voted for had the power to keep more money in their pockets? Trump’s move came a day after he took yet another step to undermine Obamacare by signing an executive order allowing groups of small businesses and associations to band together to buy health insurance. That could draw younger, healthier people away from the exchanges. It might give younger people a discount for cut-rate coverage, but it would likely drive up the price of premiums for Americans who need care. That’s not all the Trump administration has done that could pull the rug out from under the ACA — it has also shortened the sign-up period for health care; closed the federal exchange on Sundays; and cut the budget for marketing efforts, including ending advertising to urge sign ups. Cutting subsidies is a move long feared by health care advocates. Trump has teased doing it for months. Back in April, he told The Wall Street Journal he was thinking about it, and perhaps revealed why: “What I think should happen — and will happen — is the Democrats will start calling me and negotiating,” Trump told the paper. The Journal noted that he continually came back to subsidies, and called out Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer of New York and Nancy Pelosi of California. “Schumer should be calling me up and begging me to help him save Obamacare,” Trump said. “He should be calling me and begging me to help him save Obamacare, along with Nancy Pelosi.” Recently, Schumer and Pelosi appeared ready to work with Trump. The president sided with them over leaders of his own party about a three-month extension on the debt ceiling, which is set to need to be raised again in early- to mid-December. Republicans worried that he was falling into the arms of “Chuck and Nancy,” but Trump appears to be trying to carve out a third path for himself — dismissing Republicans and brow beating Democrats, hoping they will come to him on bended knee. But Democrats have some leverage — without their votes, it will be difficult for Republicans to keep the government open or raise the debt ceiling on their own. That would risk a government shutdown and a default of U.S. debts because the country essentially couldn’t make its minimum payments. And “Chuck and Nancy” don’t appear ready to kneel. “Sadly, instead of working to lower health costs for Americans, it seems President Trump will singlehandedly hike Americans’ health premiums,” Schumer and Pelosi said in a joint statement. “It is a spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage leveled at working families and the middle class in every corner of America. Make no mistake about it, Trump will try to blame the Affordable Care Act, but this will fall on his back and he will pay the price for it.” Schumer later told reporters. “Unless our Republican colleagues act,” he said, “the American people will know exactly where to place the blame when their premiums shoot up, and when millions lose coverage.” The message is clear, and it doesn’t sound like begging from Democrats, who are still smarting from Trump’s apparent backing away on immigration. Democrats thought they had a kind of agreement in principle on legalizing children brought to the U.S. illegally with President Trump — until he submitted a list of demands Democrats found too odious (that included the building of the border wall). But, pointing to looming spending negotiations in December, Schumer also said with some optimism, “We’re going to have a very good opportunity to get this done in a bipartisan way, if we can’t get it done sooner.” It now may be up to like-minded congressional Democratic and Republican negotiators to find a bipartisan solution, because it’s tough to negotiate with someone who seems unconcerned about the fallout of his decisions. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
|Crime 16 mins ago 3:02 p.m.Suspected meth dealers turn on each other when arrestedKentucky News / 3 d. 2 h. 23 min. ago more|
Several members of a suspected meth distribution ring in Tennessee and Kentucky are behind bars after turning on each other as they were caught by authorities. On Wednesday, a tip alerted officers that two women were on their way from Kentucky to Winfield, Tenn.
|Zombies shot down at Kentucky ShoresKentucky News / 3 d. 6 h. 57 min. ago more|
Participants of Outbreak at Kentucky Lake: A Paintball Hayride load a trailer Friday with their paintball guns at the ready at Kentucky Shores Family Fun Center in Gilbertsville.
|Kentucky To Wrap Regular Season At Wisconsin InvitationalKentucky News / 3 d. 8 h. 55 min. ago more|
MADISON, Wis. Kentucky's cross country regular season will conclude Friday at the Wisconsin Invitational.
|Disability climbs in KentuckyKentucky News / 3 d. 12 h. 36 min. ago more|
Kentucky seems to be faced with a massive hurdle as the rate of both government and prescription drug dependence continues to grow well beyond that of the overall population, with both Bell County and Harlan County dismally managing to remain among the highest percentile in this epidemic for years. A startling report conducted by Kentucky's Disability Determination Services revealed what many already reluctantly knew to be true: the state has experienced an unprecedented increase in disability recipients in recent years.
|Citing marijuana 'overdoses' in Colorado, Bevin says he will never legalize pot in KentuckyKentucky News / 3 d. 12 h. 36 min. ago more|
By Joe Sonka Insider Louisville A Republican state senator is advocating that Kentucky legalize and regulate marijuana to create millions of dollars in tax revenue -- citing Colorado's example -- which could be used to address the state's public pension crisis. However, in a radio interview this week, Gov. Matt Bevin also cited the example of Colorado to argue why Kentucky should not follow suit, claiming that state's emergency rooms are being overrun by patients who have overdosed on marijuana.
|Kentucky clerk now fighting gay marriage in RomaniaABCNews.com / 3 d. 15 h. 55 min. ago more|
A Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage license to same-sex couples has taken her crusade to Romania
|How Trump Dismantling Obamacare Could Affect KentuckiansWFPL / 3 d. 16 h. 26 min. ago more|
Jon Huffman is an actor, and doesn’t have health insurance through an employer. For the past few years, he’s bought his coverage on Healthcare.gov – and before that Kynect. And he’s one of the millions of Americans that could ultimately be affected by President Donald Trump’s announcement Thursday that he’ll end the federal government’s payments to insurance companies to subsidize health coverage for some low- and middle-income people. The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js When the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, it was just in time for 62-year-old Huffman. He’d once had insurance through an actor’s union, but didn’t use it when he was young and healthy. But in 2013, he started feeling a sharp pain in his stomach. He held off on going to the doctor, but in 2014 finally got insurance through Kynect and saw a professional. Courtesy Jon Huffman Jon Huffman “Then two months later, I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer,” Huffman said. “[The insurance coverage] came just in the nick of time for me.” One of the reasons Huffman can afford this health coverage is because of a subsidy. When he files his taxes every year, he gets money back to help him pay for his insurance. Huffman qualifies because his income is less $48,240 a year. But in addition to these direct subsidies for people like Huffman, the federal government also gives insurance companies a chunk of money to help cover the cost of insuring people who make less than about $30,000 a year. Related Story How Trump’s Threat To Withhold Insurance Payments Could Affect Kentucky This money paid to the insurance companies brings down the amount enrollees have to pay every time they go to the doctor – called a copay – and the limit they have to reach before insurance kicks in – called a deductible. And these insurance payments – called cost-sharing reductions – are what Trump is taking away. In early 2016, almost 43 percent of Kentuckians who got insurance through the federal marketplace had their deductibles and copays lowered due to the CSRs paid by the government. Cost-Sharing Reductions Trump has talked about stopping CSR payments for months; so much so that insurance companies factored in the loss of CSRs when they filed 2018 Healthcare.gov rate increases this summer. If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is, why shouldn’t it hurt the insurance companies & why should Congress not be paying what public pays? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Caresource, one of the two insurers left in Kentucky, initially asked the state to increase enrollees’ premiums by almost 20 percent for 2018. But they withdrew that request once it seemed likely the CSR payments would end. Now, the company plans to increase premiums by 56 percent next year. For Huffman, the effect of all this will likely be a wash. While his monthly payment of $280 will likely increase, the federal government will have to give him a larger tax subsidy to compensate. The people it’ll really affect will be those that don’t qualify for a subsidy because they earn too much. For a family of four, that income limit is around $98,000. For these people, monthly premiums can cost thousands of dollars. Market Collapse Health policy experts say eliminating the CSRs will likely lead to the people without direct subsidies leaving Healthcare.gov. They could find coverage with association health plans that are cheaper but offer skimpy benefits. On Thursday, just a few hours before the announcement on CSRs, President Trump directed the federal government to find a way to create these plans. If this happens, there would be fewer people getting insurance through the exchanges. This would mean fewer people paying those increased premiums to insurers, which could lead insurance companies to leave the market altogether. This could collapse the individual market. This scares Jon Huffman. Colon cancer is aggressive and spreads fast. Every six months he has to go back to get checked that it’s still gone. “All the treatment, the subsequent check-ups, is expensive,” he said. “There’s no way I could have afforded it without the [Affordable Care Act].” But if the market altogether went away? That’d be another scenario for Huffman. “I could lose [insurance] and not have it next year,” he said. “And if I don’t, I probably won’t get another colonoscopy. I probably wait til’ I can get Medicare before I can get more health care and keep my fingers crossed.” But the end of CSRs isn’t likely to happen by January 1, when insurance companies’ new rates go into effect. These CSR payments are actually required in the Affordable Care Act. Several states, including Kentucky, have already said they plan to file lawsuits. That would mean years in court to determine the future of the individual market created by the Affordable Care Act.
|Ky. attorney general denies involvement in opioid settlementKentucky News / 3 d. 16 h. 26 min. ago more|
Kentucky's Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear answers questions from Republican lawmakers about his involvement in the state's $24 million settlement with a pharmaceutical company on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 in Frankfort, Ky. less Kentucky's Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear answers questions from Republican lawmakers about his involvement in the state's $24 million settlement with a pharmaceutical company on Thursday, Oct. ... more Kentucky's Democratic Attorney Gen.
|Kim Davis Is Back And She Has A New Target For Her Anti-Gay CrusadeKentucky News / 3 d. 20 h. 18 min. ago more|
Kim Davis is in the midst of a nine-day trip to Romania in hopes of encouraging lawmakers to oppose same-sex marriage. Davis, who is the county clerk for Kentucky's Rowan County, has spent most of 2017 out of the public eye.
|Ex-Miss Kentucky USA fights prison search before drug arrestABCNews.com / 3 d. 20 h. 36 min. ago more|
The attorney for a former Miss Kentucky USA who's accused of smuggling drugs into an Ohio prison says she shouldn't have been strip-searched
|Gov. Bevin visits Audubon Kids ZoneKentucky News / 4 d. 0 h. 2 min. ago more|
Audubon Kids Zone in east Henderson opened this past summer, and it's already improving the lives of dozens of children in that corridor. Governor Bevin wrapped up a tour at the new facility.
|Ky. AG Beshear Denies Involvement In Opioid SettlementWUKY / 4 d. 0 h. 6 min. ago more|
Kentucky's Democratic attorney general walked out of a politically-charged hearing about opioid addiction Thursday, further heightening tensions between him and the state's Republican leadership.
|Dramedy Being Relocated to OklahomaKentucky News / 4 d. 4 h. ago more|
Out of the A.P. Indy mare She's a Winner, Dramedy is from a very active sire family. The 8-year-old stallion, who will have his first crop of runners next year, is a half brother to California sire "He's got an outstanding pedigree," said Francisco Bravo, owner of River Oaks Farms.
|Origin Hotel To Cater To 'Experience Junkies'WUKY / 4 d. 18 h. 28 min. ago more|
Developers broke ground on a new hotel at The Summit at Fritz Farm Thursday. The $24 million dollar development is only the second of its kind so far.
|CentrePointe Project Picks Up New Local InvestorWUKY / 5 d. 16 h. 58 min. ago more|
The Lexington Herald Leader is reporting that a new investor has signed on to help with the CentrePointe construction project. The Webb Companies announced on Wednesday that Lexington-based Greer Companies is investing money and manpower into the venture.
|Kentucky Gets $3M Grant To Investigate Sexual AssaultWUKY / 5 d. 19 h. 11 min. ago more|
The federal government has given the Kentucky Attorney General's Office $3 million to investigate sexual assault cold cases. The grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will pay for a victim advocate, investigator and prosecutor among others to form a sexual assault cold case unit.
|Report: Massive Increase In Kentucky Disability RecipientsWUKY / 5 d. 19 h. 36 min. ago more|
Kentucky officials say a new report shows a massive increase in the number of Kentucky adults and children receiving disability benefits. The report was prepared by Kentucky's Disability Determination Services and covers a 35-year timeframe between 1980 and 2015. During that time, it says Kentucky's population grew by 21 percent. Meanwhile, the state's combined disability enrollment grew by 249 percent, and childhood enrollment grew 449 percent.
|Anthem ER Payment Policy Attracting CriticsWUKY / 6 d. 16 h. 42 min. ago more|
A national group of emergency physicians says policies put in place by health insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield are shifting the bill for some ER trips to patients.
|Kentucky woman celebrates 105th birthday with her great-great-great-granddaughterABCNews.com / 6 d. 19 h. 18 min. ago more|
Lena Hall of Louisville celebrated her 105th birthday on Sunday with her family, including her great-great-great-granddaughter.
|PHOTO: Lena Hall of Louisville, Kentucky celebrated her 105th birthday on Sunday with great-great-great-granddaughter, Taliyah.ABCNews.com / 6 d. 20 h. 1 min. ago more|
PHOTO: Lena Hall of Louisville, Kentucky celebrated her 105th birthday on Sunday with great-great-great-granddaughter, Taliyah.
|PHOTO: Lena Hall of Louisville, Kentucky, celebrated her 105th birthday on Sunday with her family.ABCNews.com / 6 d. 20 h. 8 min. ago more|
PHOTO: Lena Hall of Louisville, Kentucky, celebrated her 105th birthday on Sunday with her family.
|Environmental Groups Denounce Trump Override Of Climate PlanWUKY / 7 d. 17 h. 30 min. ago more|
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that he will sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
|Armed suspect killed during confrontation with policeABCNews.com / 8 d. 2 h. 15 min. ago more|
Authorities say an armed man was shot and killed in Kentucky during a confrontation with two police officers who were responding to an assault
|Bell County, Kentucky man arrested for attempting to have intercourse with minorWATE 6 / 8 d. 3 h. 51 min. ago more|
PINEVILLE, Ky. (WATE) — A man was arrested in Bell County, Kentucky after trying to have sexual intercourse with a minor, according to investigators. Staff Nunley, 60, was arrested at his home on Friday after an incident was reported in June. Investigators say Nunley tried to have intercourse with a 13-year-old. Nunley faces charges for criminal attempt to commit sodomy and is being held at the Bell County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.
|Near-Record Crowd Helps Usher In Keeneland's Fall MeetWUKY / 10 d. 1 h. 5 min. ago more|
Friday was a nearly perfect day to head to Keeneland for opening day of the Fall Race Meeting. WUKY's Karyn Czar couldn't pass up the opportunity.
|Paul Talks Gun Violence, Tax Reform WUKY / 10 d. 19 h. 13 min. ago more|
Sen. Rand Paul is open to discussions about the restrictions surrounding bump stocks – the device used by the Las Vegas gunman to boost the firing speed of semi-automatic weapons – but he says he needs to study the issue in more detail.
|Pedestrian Killed In Hit And RunWUKY / 11 d. 2 h. 11 min. ago more|
A pedestrian was killed last night in a hit and run accident on Winchester Road.
|Inmate escapes work detail in Knox County, KentuckyWATE 6 / 12 d. 22 h. 17 min. ago more|
CALIFORNIA HOLLOW, Ky. (WATE) — An inmate escaped work detail Wednesday in Knox County, Kentucky. Victor S. Marrion Jr. walked away from a work release detail near California Hollow around 9 a.m. He was in custody for drug charges and is believed to be nonviolent. If you have any information, contact 911.
|Bell County, Kentucky child appears on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’WATE 6 / 18 d. 3 h. 35 min. ago more|
NOTE: Due to the breaking news interruption of Millionaire on Monday where Kenneth “Bub” Treece of Bell County, KY was scheduled to appear, WATE 6 On Your Side will schedule two opportunities to view this preempted episode. Viewers can tune in Tuesday at 1:06 AM following ABC News Nightline and also Sunday, October 8 at 1:30 PM. PINEVILLE, Ky. (WATE) — A Bell County, Kentucky child showed off his intelligence on a hit TV show. A photo from the production of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” on July 11, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada, with host Chris Harrison.Photo credit: Ronda Churchill – Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution. Kenneth “Bub” Treece, an eighth-grade student, appeared on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” The show highlighted “whiz-kids” during its current season. Treece was able to meet host Chris Harrison and go home with money! During the show, Treece joked that his mom told him to not ask for her help on a math question. Treece’s episode will air on Monday at 12:30 p.m. on WATE 6 On Your Side. A photo from the production of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” on July 11, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada, with host Chris Harrison.Photo credit: Ronda Churchill – Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution.
|Fort Campbell soldiers deploy to Puerto RicoWATE 6 / 18 d. 22 h. 2 min. ago more|
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) – Fort Campbell soldiers have deployed to Puerto Rico to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Maria tore up the island, killing at least 16 people and leaving millions without power and water. A statement from the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee line says an element of the 101st Airborne Division dubbed Team Medevac left Wednesday for Puerto Rico. The statement says the team is comprised of more than 70 personnel and eight medevac Blackhawk helicopters. Maj. Kurtis P. Evick, who is commanding the team, says the soldiers “will help save lives and mitigate suffering.” He says they will stay on the island as long as they are needed.
|Claiborne County man arrested in Kentucky on child sexual abuse chargesWATE 6 / 26 d. 10 h. 26 min. ago more|
VERDA, Ky. (WATE) – A Claiborne County man was arrested Wednesday night in Kentucky on child sexual abuse charges out of Claiborne County. Kentucky State Police troopers say they received information that Rick Brock, 52, was at a business in Harlan County. Troopers found him and took him into custody. Brock was wanted in Claiborne County for three counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child. Brock was arrested in Laurel County, Kentucky, in January 2016 after being added to the TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list for aggravated assault with a firearm and rape of a charge. Deputies said then he assaulted a deputy and tried to escape, but deputies were able to physically subdue him.
|Macabre burglary at Ky. funeral home leaves corpse without clothesWATE 6 / 31 d. 14 h. 33 min. ago more|
LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (WKRN) – Police are investigating a ghoulish crime at a funeral parlor in Kentucky. They say a man broke into the Watson and Hunt Funeral Home in Leitchfield Wednesday evening. He stole clothing and jewelry from a dead person, several electronic items including a Playstation 3 from the office area, and took the keys to a hearse, according to detectives. Surveillance photos allegedly show the burglar putting on the clothes from a corpse. Police say he also took a nap in an office chair. If you recognize the suspect – or his clothes – call the Leitchfield Police Department at 270-259-3850. PHOTOS: Kentucky funeral home burglary (Leitchfield Police Department) (Leitchfield Police Department) (Leitchfield Police Department)
|Kentucky Horse Park offers space for horses in Irma’s pathWATE 6 / 39 d. 23 h. 15 min. ago more|
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Horse Park is opening its doors to horses being moved as a result of Hurricane Irma. The park said in a news release it is making 200 stalls available on a first-come, first-served basis until Sept. 17. The cost is $20 per stall per night. Park Executive Director Laura Prewitt says though the park’s capacity is limited, it wants to help in any way possible. To reserve stalls, contact Sheila Forbes at (859) 259-4290 or at Sheila.Forbes@ky.gov. For more information, visit the park’s website .
|Western Kentucky student arrested in another student’s shooting deathWATE 6 / 42 d. 4 h. 20 min. ago more|
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Police say a Western Kentucky University student has been arrested in the fatal weekend shooting of another student. The Bowling Green Daily News reports police responded to the shooting early Sunday in Bowling Green. Bowling Green police spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward identified the victim as 21-year-old Kenneth Davis. According to an arrest citation, 21-year-old Peter Gall of Bowling Green reported the shooting and was charged with second-degree manslaughter. Gall was being held in the Warren County Regional Jail on $100,000 bond. Gall’s attorney, Alan Simpson of Bowling Green, called it an accidental shooting and said the death occurred as the result of horseplay. The arrest citation listed alcohol as a factor in the shooting.
|1 arrested after fatal crash in Whitley County, KentuckyWATE 6 / 42 d. 21 h. 16 min. ago more|
ROCKHOLDS, Ky. (WATE) — A man was arrested after a fatal crash in Whitley County, Kentucky early Sunday morning. Investigators say Joshua Lee Woods, 37, was driving a maroon pickup truck on Flat Creek Road in Rockholds. He failed to navigate a curve and the vehicle overturned multiple times, according to the report. James Carter had to be extricated from the truck and his daughter, Laura Carter, 25, died due to injuries. Investigators say none of the occupants were wearing seat belts. Woods faces charges for reckless homicide, DUI, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked license, leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid or assistance, and failure to maintain insurance and no registration.
|Kentucky’s last abortion clinic to face off against governorWATE 6 / 42 d. 23 h. 49 min. ago more|
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Its survival on the line, Kentucky’s last abortion clinic is bracing for a pivotal legal showdown with health regulators and the state’s anti-abortion governor that could determine whether Kentucky becomes the first state in the nation without an abortion clinic. The licensing fight, set to play out in a Louisville federal courtroom starting Wednesday, revolves around a state law requiring that EMW Women’s Surgical Center have agreements with a hospital and an ambulance service in the event of medical emergencies involving patients. State regulators defend those conditions as “important safeguards” to protect women’s health. The clinic in downtown Louisville counters that the requirements lack any “medical justification” and amount to an unconstitutional barrier to abortion. But the case’s significance goes beyond a debate about state law. “The stakes in this case couldn’t be higher: the very right to access legal abortion in the state of Kentucky is on the line,” said Dr. Ernest Marshall, who opened the clinic in the early 1980s. The licensing fight began in March when Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration claimed the clinic lacked proper transfer agreements and took steps to shut it down. The clinic countered with a federal lawsuit to prevent the state from revoking its license. U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers blocked the clinic’s closure until the dispute could be heard at trial. In its lawsuit, the clinic says it has had agreements with a hospital and an ambulance company on file with state regulators for years. The state’s abrupt “about-face” — finding the clinic non-compliant — came “out of the blue,” the lawsuit said. Arguing that there’s no medical justification for the standards, the clinic is seeking a ruling that those requirements infringe on constitutional protections. Clinic attorney Donald L. Cox said the requirements have one purpose: “to give the state an excuse to prohibit abortions.” Complications from abortions are rare, the lawsuit said, but if they occur “ambulance companies will readily pick up patients, and hospitals are required by law to accept patients in an emergency.” The state’s legal team, in its court filings, conceded that EMW could dial 911 in an emergency, but added: “that does not provide the protection for women deemed necessary by the Kentucky General Assembly and does not satisfy the law of Kentucky.” The state’s lawyers took aim at claims the requirements aren’t medically essential. “The plaintiff’s self-serving statements about the rarity of complications from abortion gloss over the fact that such complications do occur and that transport agreements are important safeguards for women’s health in the event of such complications,” they said. The EMW clinic has been on the defensive since Bevin’s election in 2015. The socially conservative governor calls himself an “unapologetically pro-life individual.” “The transfer agreements’ requirements in question — which were enacted in 1998 and not questioned for 19 years — are important measures for ensuring women have the proper life-saving procedures in place in the event of an emergency,” said Bevin’s spokeswoman, Amanda Stamper. “Essentially all health-care facilities in Kentucky are required to have such agreements, and it is telling that the abortion industry believes that it alone should be exempt,” she added. In another twist, Bevin’s administration added new requirements to transfer agreements amid the legal wrangling. Critics said the changes were meant to make it harder to get a state license for abortions. The lawsuit is one of two pitting the clinic against the state. The other lawsuit is challenging a new Kentucky law requiring doctors to conduct an ultrasound exam before an abortion, then try to show fetal images to the pregnant woman. The law says she can avert her eyes. EMW gained an ally in its licensing fight when Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky was allowed to join EMW’s lawsuit. Planned Parenthood argues that Bevin’s administration has used the transfer agreements to block its requests for a license to provide abortions in Louisville. EMW’s legal team believes the case “falls squarely” within a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down Texas regulations that required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and forced clinics to meet certain standards for outpatient surgery. The Supreme Court has found that access to an abortion must be guaranteed, but it remains to be seen whether eliminating every clinic in a single state would pass that test. “Will we build on the momentum of last year’s Supreme Court decision upholding abortion rights?” Marshall said. “Or will Kentucky be the harbinger of a future where the right to abortion only exists if you live in the right zip code?”
|2 women dead in car crash in Bell County, KentuckyWATE 6 / 47 d. 2 h. 38 min. ago more|
PINEVILLE, Ky. (WATE) — Two people died a car crash in Bell County Kentucky Wednesday. Kentucky State Police say the crash happened on KY-221 in Pineville around 9:41 p.m. Melissa Saylor, 49, was driving a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser west on the roadway. Katrina Coots,26, was a passenger. The vehicle dropped off the right side of the road and hit a guardrail, according to the report. Then the PT Cruiser crossed the center line and hit a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Angela Eldridge, 46, who was traveling east. Saylor and Coots were pronounced dead at the scene. Eldridge was transported to Pineville Hospital and is in stable condition.
|2 Kentucky inmates escape from Bell County Forestry CampWATE 6 / 50 d. 9 h. 8 min. ago more|
PINEVILLE, KY (WATE) – Two Kentucky inmates escaped Sunday night from a minimum-security prison in Bell County, Kentucky. Around 6:15 p.m. Jason Norris and Anthony Drury escaped from Bell County Forestry Camp. Norris was serving a 50-year sentence out of Cumberland and Adair counties for robbery, burglary, theft by unlawful taking, forgery, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief. Norris is described as 6’2″ and weighs 180 pounds. Norris has red-auburn hair. Drury was serving a 20-year sentence out of Lincoln County for wanton endangerment, fleeing and evading, and receiving stolen property. Drury is described as 5’11” and weighs 160 pounds. He also has red hair with blue eyes. Kentucky State Police have been contacted and anyone with information should contact Post 10, 606-573-3131.
|Kentucky families upset over eclipse viewing party at cemeteryWATE 6 / 55 d. 4 h. 19 min. ago more|
FRANKLIN, Ky. (WKRN) – As thousands descended on the region for this week’s solar eclipse, many places along the path took advantage of the extra traffic. One of those places, Restlawn Memorial Gardens on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line, charged $10 to park and watch the eclipse on the back part of their property. “That’s where we go to as family members to mourn, to talk to our family members and tell them what is going on and make sure they have flowers,” said Cynthia Summers. Pictures posted on Facebook of strangers hanging out near the buried bodies of family and friends did not set well with Summers and plenty of others. “How many people walked over her grave or even camped out beside her grave? I just feel like that is so disrespectful,” she said. Restlawn Memorial Gardens’ owner said about 60 people paid the fee to watch from the undisturbed land where no one was buried. “It was so quiet, it was peaceful, it was very reverent. People came and they left,” said Eileen Santangelo. The owner said she wanted to provide a peaceful and spiritual viewing. Santangelo thinks she was helping those resting there because the money collected is going to pay for the upkeep of the gardens. “It goes in and keeps the cemetery mowed and well cared for,” she explained. At first, Santangelo posted pictures on the company’s Facebook page and asked for viewer’s reactions if they were there. She has since taken the post down after families expressed anger over the viewing party. She said by looking at some of the pictures, she can see why people may have been upset. “At one point, they were right up closer to the open area of the field, they were perhaps a little bit close,” said Santangelo. She hopes she can explain herself to all of those angry. “If I have offended anybody, it surely was not our intention,” she concluded.
|Car strikes 2 women watching eclipse in Kentucky, 1 diesWATE 6 / 55 d. 21 h. 5 min. ago more|
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say two women watching the eclipse while standing on a sidewalk in Kentucky were struck by a car, and one has died. State Police Trooper Jody Sims says the car crossed the center line and hit a utility pole and the pedestrians Monday in Hyden, about 120 miles (190 kilometers) southeast of Lexington. Sims says 23-year-old Mackenzie P. Hays was pronounced dead, and 41-year-old Rhonda Belcher was flown to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington. Thirty-eight-year-old motorist Alyssa Noble was taken to a medical center. The condition of Wooton and Noble weren’t immediately known. State Police Capt. Jennifer Sandlin confirmed the pedestrians were viewing the partial eclipse. Police didn’t say what caused the crash.