Three private companies that took over management of Kentucky’s Medicaid system in November have become a clogged channel between payments from the state and the hospitals and doctors who need the money. Jennie Stuart Medical Center, the Christian and Todd County health departments and Pennyroyal Mental Health Center are awaiting months’ worth of back payments, causing major budget shortfalls.
More than $30,000 is being offered for information leading to arrests in a string of unsolved arsons in four Kentucky counties. On Thursday, investigators from Fayette, Jessamine, Lincoln and Pulaski counties met at the Lexington Division of Fire's Station 1 on Third Street to discuss the fires — 25 of them, which were set purposely in cars, homes, barns and businesses. The fires have caused millions of dollars in property damage.
Marie Colvin believed in telling real people’s stories, said Bill Mulligan, Murray State University history professor. Colvin was killed Feb. 22, in Homs, Syria, on a reporting assignment for the London Sunday Times. Colvin was a veteran war correspondent with 25 years with the newspaper reporting on conflicts around the world, and most recently in the Middle East. The bombing that took her life also killed French reporter Remi Ochlik. Colvin was Mulligan’s first cousin, younger by eight years.
Among the reports of more deadly violence in Pakistan today — about 70 people were killed in three incidents, DAWN reports — is word that about 20 of the deaths were the result of one militant group attacking another.
The National Weather Service office has issued tornado watches for central and western Kentucky and stresses there is a significant threat for severe and tornadic thunderstorms this afternoon and evening for Central Kentucky. A flash flood watch has also been issued for southeast Kentucky. Strong storms are expected to erupt around the I-65 corridor during the early afternoon hours - from 2-4 p.m. EST. These storms will produce large hail, damaging winds and some tornadoes. Some could stay on the ground for long periods. The situation could worsen from 4-5 p.m. EST with storms moving east from along the I-65 corridor toward the Bluegrass Region and Southcentral Kentucky. For the latest storm and flood warnings from the National Weather Service, click here.
President Obama tells both Israel and Iran through an interview with The Atlantic that "as president of the United States, I don't bluff," when he leaves open the possibility of a U.S. military strike against Iran's nuclear program.
It would be easy not to have known Continental Airlines has been merged with United for two years. That will change Saturday when all operations and branding are combined under just United. Any hiccups could mean delays throughout the airline's system.