After hundreds of people complained that Lexington sounded like a battlefield during the Fourth of July weekend, the city has taken the first steps toward stricter controls on the sale and display of fireworks in Fayette County. The law department has drafted an ordinance to limit when and where fireworks may be set off.
President Obama addresses the opening of the Untied Nations General Assembly on Sept. 21 in New York City.
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In an address that focused on "the pursuit of peace," President Obama just told delegates at the U.N. General Assembly that people everywhere want "to live with dignity and freedom; to get an education and pursue opportunity; to love our families and our God."
It is world leaders' responsibility, he said, to build "the kind of peace that makes life worth living."
A new McClatchy-Marist poll shows that a majority of voters believe President Obama will lose "to any Republican" in next year's election and that "a solid plurality" of those surveyed say they will definitely vote against the president, the McClatchy news service reports.
And, it adds, "most potential Republican challengers" are gaining on Obama in one-on-one matchups.
Lexington leaders have given the go ahead for a wellness and health clinic for employees, their families, and retirees. City Council members heard words of support from the risk management director for Chattanooga, Tennessee. Madeline Green says a wellness center, an on-site pharmacy, and a fitness facility have reduced her city’s health care related costs by five million dollars a year. The plan calls for Lexington city workers to have access to a wellness clinic early next year. Marathon Health representative David Demers cautions against expecting savings to be immediate.
Kentucky Medicaid recipients preparing to switch to one of three private providers will have to wait another month to see the effects of the new privatized system. Earlier this year the state signed contracts with CoventryCares of Kentucky, Kentucky Spirit Health Plan and WellCare of Kentucky and then automatically enrolled Medicaid members with one of these providers. The managed-care approach to Medicaid is part of Gov. Steve Beshear’s budget-balancing plan and privatizing Medicaid will save the state $1.3 billion over the three-year contracts, said officials.