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5:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Kentucky Retirement Systems Hosting Online Town Halls

Kentucky Retirement Systems, which includes accounts for state employees and teachers, will hold a series of town hall webinars this month to allow members, retirees, and other stakeholders to ask questions and voice concerns about KRS. 

The Kentucky Employees Retirement System is the worst-funded major public pension system in the country, according to Fitch Ratings. It has an unfunded liability of more than 17 billion dollars. 

The webinars will be hosted by KRS executive staff.  The Monday, July 14 webinar will feature KRS Executive Director Bill Thielen.  To register, click here.

KRS Chief Investments Officer David Peden will host a webinar on July 21.  Click here to register.

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3:39 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

State Looks For Proposals for Eastern Kentucky Broadband Expansion

The office of Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday that the state is seeking a request for proposals from private companies to expand broadband Internet access to Eastern Kentucky.

In a press release, the governor’s office said it will ask for proposals from companies to expand Internet access as part of the SOAR initiative, which aims to revitalize communities in the state’s economically troubled coal regions.The initial phase of the project will place 3,000 miles of broadband cable over a period of two years.

The governor’s office states that nearly one-quarter of Kentuckians don’t have access to broadband Internet.

The project is estimated to cost about $70 million, with $30 million appropriated by the state legislature and the remainder paid for by public-private partnership.

Regional
1:39 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Barren County Murder Suspect Nabbed in Ohio

John Amis

A Barren County man wanted for the murder of his wife has been arrested in another state. Glasgow Police say John Amis was taken into custody Friday by law enforcement in Clermont County, Ohio. 

Amis is charged in the death of 37-year-old Lorine LaBombard. According to police, Amis called 911 on June 16 stating that he was en route to TJ Samson Hospital with his wife who was unresponsive due to a possible drug overdose. 

LaBombard was declared dead by hospital staff. The coroner of Barren County later contacted police after discovering multiple bruises and injuries to her body that suggested possible foul play. An autopsy ruled out an overdose as the cause of death, but rather blunt force trauma.

Once Amis is returned to Barren County, his bond will be set $1 million.

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8:39 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Panel to Hire More Staff to Review Child Deaths in Kentucky

A volunteer panel reviewing the deaths and near-deaths of abused or neglected children in Kentucky is planning to hire additional staff to analyze hundreds of social worker case files.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel hopes to hire a lawyer by August and additional staff by fall.

The panel was appropriated $420,000 during this year's legislative session to hire more staff to handle the analysis and recommend how to improve the state's child-protection system.

Retired Franklin Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden told a legislative panel on Thursday that hiring the additional staff will allow the 20-member panel to back the recommendations with solid data. Crittenden says the panel was supposed to meet quarterly but now meets every other month.

Regional
6:23 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Poll: Most Kentuckians Like Expanded Medicaid But Not The Legislation That Made It Happen

A new poll finds a majority of Kentuckians aren’t happy with the Affordable Care Act, but they do like benefits the legislation made possible.

According to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky study released Thursday, this disconnect is consistent throughout the state, although people in the more urban areas—Lexington and Louisville—were at least nearly 10 percent more favorable of the ACA.

The foundation’s President Susan Zepeda says the poll found nearly half of people disapprove of the ACA while nearly 4 out of 5 like one of the benefits.

“The biggest difference we found was the number of Kentuckians who strongly supported the expansion of Medicaid that was made possible by the Affordable Care Act,” she said.

Zepeda adds this could be good or bad news for some.

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Regional
3:42 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Conway Backs Expanded Gambling To Create Revenue

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway says he supports expanded gambling as a way to raise revenue for essential state programs and hasn't given up on getting the long-stymied proposal through the General Assembly.

Conway says Kentucky has missed out on the economic benefits of casino-style gambling near its borders.

He says he'll promote putting the issue on the ballot as he campaigns across the state.

Conway's comments came after he spoke Thursday to local officials from across Kentucky.

Republican James Comer, who is expected to enter next year's governor's race, promoted right-to-work legislation in his speech to the same group.

Comer said making Kentucky a "right-to-work" state would enhance its competitiveness.

Kentucky's last GOP governor, Ernie Fletcher, failed in his push to let Kentucky workers opt out of union representation.

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11:44 am
Thu July 10, 2014

State Restricts Medical License of Hart County Physician

A Cave City physician’s medical license has been restricted following an investigation into his prescribing practices. 

The investigation into Dr. Chandra Reddy began when the local drug task force received a tip that he was prescribing prescription drugs without having patients visit his office.  The Glasgow Daily Times reports investigators also found evidence the doctor was trading prescriptions for cash and marijuana and that he was using marijuana himself. 

Reddy, who specializes in internal medicine, is no longer allowed to prescribe controlled substances until he meets a number of requirements set by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. 

The board previously sanctioned Reddy in 2010 following an investigation that he had inappropriate contact with two female patients during exams.

Regional
5:17 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Bowling Green UAW Leader Fired by GM

Long-time United Auto Workers Union President Eldon Renaud is out at the Bowling Green General Motors Plant. 

Spokeswoman Andrea Hales confirmed that Renaud is no longer employed at the plant.  Renaud had no comment when contacted Thursday morning by WKU Public Radio.  He served as the local UAW president since 1982 and had been a GM employee for more than 40 years. 

Renaud had been critical of Plant Manager Dave Tatman, who resigned abruptly in February.   In April, the union voted to authorize a strike if the plant didn’t resolve some safety and quality issues.  A strike never occurred.

Renaud also served as Bowling Mayor from 1996 to 2000. 

Summer Camp
4:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Photo Gallery: Aviation Camp in Bowling Green

Hannah Ward (left), 13 of Smiths Grove, and Megan Jones, 11 of Bowling Green, observe Kurt Jefferson, aeronautics instructor from Lexingon, during Aviation Camp at the Bowling Green Regional Airport on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
Abbey Oldham

Dozens of kids from around the region are participating in Aviation Camp at the Bowling Green Regional Airport.

The instructors from the Aviation Museum of Kentucky travel to airports around the state during the summer exposing young Kentuckians to aviation. The campers are learning the basics of aeronautics, navigation, using flight simulators, and even flying airplanes with assistance from instructors.

Photojournalist Abbey Oldham photographed Aviation Camp on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. There are two Bowling Green camps, July 8-9 and 10-11.

Regional
3:05 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Indiana Agencies Told to Ignore Gay Marriages

Indiana Governor Mike Pence's office is telling state agencies to act as if no gay marriages had been performed during three days following a federal court order.

The memo from the governor's chief counsel tells executive branch agencies to execute their functions as though the June 25 court order had not been issued.

A federal judge in Indianapolis struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional that day, leading to hundreds of same-sex marriages around the state. But an appeals court stayed that ruling three days later after an appeal from the state attorney general's office.

The governor's office told agencies to recognize the out-of-state marriage of Amy Sandler and Nikole Quasney of Munster, in line with the appellate court order. Quasney is dying of ovarian cancer.

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