Trover Health System's board of directors is in the final stages of studying a potential partnership with another organization in order to gain more access to capital and resources.
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Looming health care reform is driving Trover Health System to seek an alliance with another organization to gain access to more capital and resources. “Regardless of what we do, there is a certain level of risk,” said Trover President and CEO Bert Whitaker. “What we are attempting to do by exploring a partnership, if we can find the right partner, ... is try to maximize our opportunity to be successful.”
Bob O'Daniel testifies in front of the Health Issues and Aging Subcommittee at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort Wednesday. Sitting beside O'Daniel is Mary Hass, an advocate with the Brain Injury Association of Kentucky.
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When Larry Lee walked away from a personal care home in Falmouth on Aug. 4, no one knew how his story would end. Lee, 32, suffered from a brain injury, schizophrenia, and diabetes, and it was unlikely he would survive long on his own. Lee's family took matters into their own hands and tried to find him. Family, friends, and community members searched for an entire month. Unfortunately, Lee was found dead Sept. 3, near the Licking River, only a few miles from where he went missing. However, Lee's story doesn't end there. Instead, it could lead to new legislation to improve personal care homes throughout the state of Kentucky.
Gov. Steve Beshear visited Propulsys headquarters Tuesday afternoon to announce a $9.5 million expansion for “next-generation” upgrades to the multi-national Hopkinsville plant. Propulsys is one of the largest manufacturers of high-speed, low-torque motors. It has offices in Europe and an additional plant in China. Overall, the company employs 520 people worldwide with 207 workers in Hopkinsville. The expansion is essential to Christian County families since it allows those 207 employees to retain their jobs, Beshear said.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, right, and Federal Highway Administration Administrator Victor Mendez, left, unveil the new Interstate 69 sign signaling a 38 mile section of the Western Kentucky Parkway to be designated as I-69 in Nortonville, Ky.
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Under a gleaming October sky, Gov. Steve Beshear in essence saluted the red, white and blue on Tuesday afternoon. It wasn’t the American flag — he was talking about the new Interstate 69 signs that have been placed along 55 miles of the Western Kentucky Parkway and Interstate 24 from just south of Madisonville to just past Eddyville. It marks the first mileage in the state to bear the I-69 shield, and it will soon show up on maps and GPS devices.
Elizabethtown city officials agreed to consider declaring an economic hardship to relax alcohol sales in restaurants. Alcoholic Beverage Control Officer Tom Reynolds told Elizabethtown City Council at a work session Monday he does not expect a relaxation of sales requirements would lead to abuse or a significant increase in enforcement measures. Reynolds said it could reap positive benefits economically and attract new restaurants stifled by the previous requirement.
Elizabethtown Regional Airport was abuzz Monday as crews worked feverishly to finish roughly $5 million worth of infrastructure upgrades to the airport by next month. In addition to a deeper overlay on the 6,000-foot-long runway, the airport is making improvements to its lighting system and its weather service program, said Joe Yates, chairman of the Elizabethtown Airport Board. Elizabethtown City Council got an intimate look at the changes at the airport during its work session, in which the board and its consultant, Luke Schmidt, updated city officials on an aggressive plan to attract a major airline by the end of the year.
UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart listened Tuesday as the board of trustees proceeded with a plan to have a trustees' committee, rather than the UK Athletics Association, oversee school sports.
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The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees took another step Tuesday toward moving oversight of the athletics department from the UK Athletics Association to a committee of trustees. Without any discussion, trustees accepted a first reading of regulations that would put athletics under the supervision of a new committee of the board made up of five trustees and as many as three outside members.