3:34pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Health Insurers Set To Pay $1.3 Billion In Rebates

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 3:51 pm

Come summer, mailboxes of 1 in 3 buyers of individual health insurance buyers could get rebate checks.
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If you buy your own health insurance, there's nearly a 1 in 3 chance that come this summer you'll get a nice little surprise in the mail: money back from your health insurance company.

At least that's the prediction from an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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3:32pm

Thu April 26, 2012
The Commonwealth

State Receives Almost $860,000 for Storm Aid

Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday announced Kentucky will receive a $859,793 National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The funds will create about 65 temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that struck the state last month.

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3:19pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Town Branch Creek Could Flow Through Lexington Again

Underneath the heart of downtown Lexington flows the Town Branch Creek. It’s been buried for more than 100 years, but now community leaders are talking about bringing the water back to the surface as part of the creation of a Rupp Arena, Arts, and Entertainment District. If you look at a map of downtown Lexington, you’ll notice that the streets aren’t situated along the cardinal directions of north, east, south, and west. Traffic on Main Street, for example, runs northwest.

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3:13pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

25th East Kentucky Leadership Event

For a quarter of a century, Eastern Kentuckians have gathered to discuss progress in their region.  Today and Tomorrow (Friday), they gather in Prestonsburg. This year’s East Kentucky Leadership Conference will compare the economies of two Appalachian states.  East Kentucky Leadership Foundation Director Bill Weinberg says studies show 70 percent of east Kentucky’s counties are distressed while only four percent are distressed in Appalachian Virginia.  The longtime east Kentucky activist says Virginia might have better education and infrastructure, but, in some ways, the differences are minimal.

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3:07pm

Thu April 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Court Says Florida Governor's Order To Drug Test Employees Is Unconstitutional

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 3:54 pm

A district judge ruled that Florida Gov. Rick Scott cannot mandate random drug testing for state employees.

CNN reports:

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2:38pm

Thu April 26, 2012
All Politics are Local

Legislative Group Loses Support in Kentucky

A controversial national legislative group may not have the same pull in Kentucky as it does in other states. For weeks, the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, has been under fire for its work pushing model state laws. The group has been linked to “stand your ground” gun laws, which have been in the news since the shooting death of a Florida teenager in February.

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2:34pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Plans for Bluegrass Boardwalk Approved

The Bluegrass Boardwalk group has been granted preliminary approval for state tax incentives this week, bringing the amusement park one step closer to opening. The group is owned by Indiana’s Koch family, which also operates Holiday World in Indiana. The Kentucky State Fair Board agreed to lease the former Kentucky Kingdom property to the Koch’s earlier this year.

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2:28pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Expo Spotlights New Technologies for the Disabled

Celebration of disAbility Expo
Josh James

The fourth annual Disability Expo and Resource Fair filled Heritage Hall downtown Thursday. This year’s event featured a new campaign meant to keep citizens – both disabled and non-disabled – aware of where they should park around town. The Celebration of disAbility, that’s with a lower case "d" and an upper case "a," is intended to empower handicapped citizens by offering information and demonstrations on everything from transportation to how to vote.

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2:27pm

Thu April 26, 2012
The Record

Marooned In L.A. For A Week, Coachella Bands Make Do

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:51 am

Ian St. Pe of the band Black Lips performs at this year's Coachella festival in Indio, Calif. Like many of the artists on the bill, the band agreed not to book other shows in Southern California within months of the event.
Michael Buckner Getty Images

The massive Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival came to a close in California on Sunday after two weekends worth of sold-out shows by over 150 artists.

One of those acts was the Austin, Texas, band Explosions in the Sky, which first played Coachella back in 2007 and has seen its profile grow since then.

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2:20pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Educational Program Highlights Healthy Cooking

Chef Jeremy Ashby shows students how to prepare carrots for a healthy meal.

Chef Jeremy Ashby of Azur Restaurant led a cooking demonstration Wednesday for students at the Lexington Family Care Center, showing them how to prepare broccoli mac-n-cheese, carrots, almond-crusted chicken tenders, and cornbread. Ashby's class was part of series of talks in the Plant to Plate program, an educational project at the center that's taken the classroom to the garden and kitchen. For the past several weeks students have learned to grow their own vegetables and how to shop for healthy food on a budget.

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