Thousands of people in Jessamine County live without insurance and often don’t receive the medical care they need. This includes mothers, fathers, children and the elderly. But a couple organizations in Jessamine County are pooling their resources to combat the deficit of care these people experience. For the Jessamine County Health Department and the Refuge Medical Clinic, it’s all about teamwork and an effort to provide medical care for as many people in the county as possible. And it’s a daunting task with many federal and state funding sources getting cut and the number of those in need holding steady.
The Lexington Herald-Leader asked a judge Wednesday to order the state to turn over uncensored copies of documents regarding Kentucky children who have been killed or nearly killed because of abuse and neglect. In a motion filed in Franklin Circuit Court, the Herald-Leader asked Judge Phillip Shepherd to make the Cabinet for Health and Family Services produce unaltered copies of more than 80 internal reviews conducted by state social workers after deaths or near-deaths of children. The newspaper's motion came the same day The (Louisville) Courier-Journal filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court asking that the cabinet be held in contempt for redacting information from the case files. A hearing in the case is set for next Wednesday.
A program that assists Kentucky households in jeopardy of having heating utilities shut off may get significantly less funding this winter. “We know that our crisis assistance funding, which starts in January, is going to be significantly less than last year,” said Florence Tandy, executive director of the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, which administers the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP locally. This year’s funds are expected to last only two weeks, she said. The agency typically has enough to last three months.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Memphis International Airport tied for the highest U.S. domestic air fares during the second quarter of 2011.
Credit Michael A. Keating/The Kentucky Enquirer
The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport once again has the dubious distinction of being among the priciest airports in the nation for passenger air travel. CVG and Memphis International Airport tied for the highest U.S. domestic air fares during the second quarter of 2011, according to new federal data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
"Crucial parts" of the story that Marine Corps officials told about Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer's bravery in Afghanistan are "untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated, according to dozens of military documents" that McClatchy Newspapers has examined and reporting done by a McClatchy correspondent who survived the ambush in which Meyer performed heroically.
In a long report based on extensive research, correspondent Jonathan S. Landay writes that:
2011 was a good year to be a reader of science fiction and fantasy, although lately every year has been a good year: Not only are the books getting more popular — thank you, Game of Thrones — they're getting more interesting, evolving and morphing in weird, fascinating ways.
They're also interbreeding with other genres to produce wild new hybrid forms, like historical science fiction romances and hard-boiled fantasy detective novels. They're commenting on current events and swapping DNA with literary novels.
The political wrangling continues in Washington as Republicans and Democrats try to get their priorities enacted even as several key deadlines fast approach.
Overnight, as The Associated Press reports, Republicans in the House "unveiled a massive $1 trillion-plus year-end spending package despite a plea from the White House for additional talks over a handful of provisions opposed by President Barack Obama."