Songwriter Bret McKenzie makes up one half of the New Zealand comedy rock duo Flight of the Conchords. He also wrote five of the songs in the new Muppet movie, including "Man or Muppet," one of two songs nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards.
Continuing his crusade against the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United case, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., has co-sponsored legislation that requires full disclosure of corporate and special-interest money in elections. The high court’s decision allows corporations to spend unlimited funds either directly or through third parties and political action committees to influence elections.
The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a winter weather advisory from noon CDT Monday to 6 a.m. CDT Tuesday for Western Kentucky as snow and freezing rain moves into the area. Snow, sleet or freezing rain may cause travel difficulties, the NWS said. Motorists should be prepared for slippery road and limited visibility. The system will gradually move eastward across Kentucky and bring slippery road conditions to most of the state before turning to rain. No significant snow is expected.
The short-term extension of the payroll tax cut is set to expire at the end of this month, and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., is skeptical a compromise can be reached. In December, Congress was embroiled in a partisan debate over the issue, but was able to broker a deal to extend the relief for an additional two months. A 20-member conference committee is now discussing whether and how to pay for a further extension of the two percent tax break for nearly every working American.
Since taking over a portion of Kentucky’s Medicaid system, Managed Care Organization (MCO) Kentucky Spirit Health Plan has lost nearly 70,000 members while some healthcare professionals are questioning whether the three new private operators can handle the state’s Medicaid program.