In the past few days, the prospect of a default by the U.S. has gotten tangled up with the prospect of a downgrade of America's credit rating. It's worth pulling these two possibilities apart.
It's widely agreed that a default would be a very big deal and could cause huge economic problems. There also still seems to be pretty broad agreement — even at this late date (which may not be quite as late as we thought) — that a default is unlikely.
The federal government has decided to stake a claim in a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by two former employees against Lexington-based Nurses' Registry and Home Health Corporation, a health care company run by businessman Lennie House. The lawsuit, which alleges Medicare fraud spanning nearly a decade — and retaliation against employees who refused to take part in the fraud — was filed in 2008 by Alisia Robinson-Hill, former vice president of operations, and David Price, a former case manager and office administrator for the company.
Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to the city of Loretto in Marion County to help renovate a city-owned, former nursing home facility to a new senior citizen’s center.
Trimble County will be in the national spotlight on Saturday, July 30, when the Outdoor Channel’s “Keepin’ It Real Tour” rolls in. The program will be filming on location that Saturday at the Dirty Turtle Off-road Park in Trimble County.
The U.S. Postal Service is considering close more than 10 percent of its retail locations nationwide. That means the post office will study the closing of more than 3,600 local offices, branches and stations for possible closing. Several dozen are in Kentucky.
By John Whitlock, Owenton News Herald and Molly Haines, Owenton News Herald
The voters of Owen County have rejected a proposal that would have expanded alcohol sales. The final tally was 1,522 votes cast for expanded alcohol sales and 1,792 voting no, a difference of 270 votes. Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said she expected a 53-percent turnout early Tuesday. When all the results were official, only 44 percent of registered voters cast their ballots.
House Deputy Whip Tom Cole (R-OK) told NPR's Steve Inskeep today on Morning Edition why he's supporting the now-delayed Republican debt limit plan, championed by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Cole needs to help find 218 votes to pass the plan in the chamber and he admits while there are some "challenges" facing him, he believes the vast majority of the Republican conference is behind Boehner's plan. He seems confident that he probably won't need Democratic votes to pass it.
Researchers who analyzed Medicare claims before and after the addition of prescription drug coverage in 2006 found the benefit trimmed about $1,200 a year that would have been spent on care in nursing home and hospitals.
The savings on medical care was calculated by comparing people who had little or no drug coverage before Medicare Part D was offered with those who had pretty good benefits all along.
Deprived of food long enough, the bodies of starving people break down muscle tissue to keep vital organs functioning. Diarrhea and skin rashes are common, as are fungal and other infections. As the stomach wastes away, the perception of hunger is reduced and lethargy sets in. Movement becomes immensely painful. Often it is dehydration that finally causes death, because the perception of thirst and a starving person's ability to get water are both radically diminished.
On Tuesday, Mexico convicted a 15-year-old boy of beheading four men as a hired hit-man for a Mexican drug cartel. Edgar Jiménez Lugo, who was nicknamed "El Ponchis," was arrested in December, when police caught him trying to smuggle weapons and drugs through an airport.