Bowling Green, Kentucky – The City of Bowling Green has moved up a notch in its fire protection rating. Chief of the Bowling Green Fire Department, Gary Brown, says results from the Insurance Services Office of Inspections places Bowling Green in the top three and a half percent of the nation for its ability to respond to fires.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Bowling Green based health care providers are doing their part to help address the needs of the working poor. The Executive Director of the Commonwealth Health Free Clinic, Carla Reagan, says more volunteers are needed. The working poor are defined as those residents of South Central Kentucky who are employed but do not have the means to pay for their medical expenses due to a lack of health insurance and do not receive any form of social assistance.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Western Kentucky University has received a major gift for a new academic-athletic performance center. The anonymous donation of more than $1.5 million was announced Thursday by University President Gary Ransdell. Ransdell says the new facility will be accessible to all twenty intercollegiate programs at Western.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Reports of critical blood shortages in other parts of the country have brought the nation's blood banks together to strongly encourage immediate donation by eligible donors. The American Red Cross was joined by America's Blood Centers and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) in asking generous people to step up. The area Red Cross schedules up to 18 blood drives a day across its 84-county region.
Frankfort, Kentucky – The state Medicaid program will make more than $250 million in cuts to deal with increasing enrollment and growing costs. The Medicaid program is facing a $450 million deficit next year. The number of people on Medicaid this year is expected to exceed projections by 41,000 individuals. Governor Patton noted that the state has been addressing problems with the Medicaid budget for nearly two years. He appointed a Medicaid Steering Committee in 2001 to start dealing with the problem.