The Kentucky Opera has hired a group of community musicians to play for next weekend’s performances. The ongoing Louisville Orchestra labor dispute has left the opera without musicians. The company seated a group of union orchestra players for November’s run of Carmen. The players were given a shorter-term version of their collective bargaining agreement with the orchestra for those performances.
Hospitals and organizations operated by religious institutions will not have to pay for or provide free contraception coverage to their employees, but the insurance companies that offer coverage to those workers will have to do that, White House officials just told reporters during a conference call.
They're explaining changes to a controversial plan the administration unveiled in recent days. The goal of the change appears to be to provide the coverage, but at the same time to not force religious groups to violate their principles.
There's an old joke around newsrooms: News is something that happens to your editor.
If you'll pardon the self-indulgence, I'm going to take this truism one step further: News is what happened to me.
I was laid low the week before New Year's Day by a mysterious headache and a blazing sore throat. A few days later I lost my voice.
My doctors eventually pinpointed the cause by snaking a small camera down my nose. My left vocal fold (or vocal cord if you prefer) had stopped working. It was essentially paralyzed, other than the occasional twitch.
Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt has put her offer to run the Fayette County Detention Center on hold because of apparent resistance from the city and insurance roadblocks. In a letter to Chris Frost, chairman of a mayor-appointed public safety task force, of which Witt is a member, Witt said she would take her offer off the table for now.
Millions of dollars from a national foreclosure settlement with five large banks will go to Kentuckians who are struggling to make their mortgage payments or who have already lost their homes through foreclosure. Kentucky was one of the last states to agree to the $25 billion deal with Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, Citi, and Ally Financial. The commonwealth’s share of the settlement is nearly $59 million.
Business, union and education leaders from across the state announced Thursday the formation of an advocacy group to call for putting a constitutional amendment to expand gambling on the November ballot. The Kentucky Alliance for Jobs, a tax-exempt 501(c)4 that can raise funds and spend on political campaigns and legislation, will be a grass-roots lobbying group, said Dave Adkisson, president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.