Everything's big in Texas. Even health insurance mandates, it seems.
The Center for Public Integrity is out with a story about a Texas law that made it mandatory for health insurers to reimburse patients up to $200 for CT scans and ultrasound tests to look for heart trouble.
The U.S. Secret Service just confirmed that Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez has been arrested in connection with the gunshots fired Friday night in Washington — one of which apparently hit a window at the White House.
In a statement sent to reporters, the agency says:
The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra have rejected the latest contract offer from management. The impasse peaked late last month, when the players declined an offer to sign all the musicians who remained in Louisville but cut the orchestra to 55 members by June 2013. They differed on how many players should be hired up front and how long the cuts should take. The management then began seeking replacement musicians.
A pair of economic development projects are moving forward in Pikeville and city officials believe the projects’ impact on the region will be “huge.” At a meeting Monday of the Pikeville City Commission, city officials approved the sale of property to pave the way for a shopping development in the area behind the Pikeville Walmart. Meanwhile, it was also announced at the meeting that a Hilton Garden Inn hotel will be built in downtown Pikeville.
A new ice-skating rink in Lexington's Triangle Park is set to open Saturday, said Steve Grossman, president of the Triangle Foundation. Benches and a skate rental area will be connected to the rink. Pastries, hot drinks and other items will be sold from a tent until an outdoor café is completed. Small tables and chairs will be available throughout the park. The rink can accommodate about 200 ice skaters at a time and skating will be $10 for 90 minutes.
The option of reinventing Rupp Arena rather than constructing a new arena in downtown Lexington gained a convert Tuesday. Builder Ray Ball, a member of a task force charged with recommending a future home for University of Kentucky basketball, came away from a Tuesday morning tour of Madison Square Garden convinced that renovation is a good option for Lexington and UK to pursue. "I personally believe that is the direction that makes the most sense," Ball said.
Kentucky lawmakers will draft legislation that could make the petition process in the state more consistent and easier. The issues that surrounded the petition submitted by the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky and the Northern Kentucky Tea Party in Kenton County in August have led the state Legislature to look at how referenda work in Kentucky.
The United States Postal Service is unveiling the annual Christmas Madonna and Child stamp at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse at Nazareth Friday. It will be the first year the stamp has been unveiled to the public outside New York City. The post office at Nazareth has been open since the early 1800s when hundreds of Sisters and students attending Nazareth Academy lived on the campus.
"Syrian activists say that army defectors have attacked an intelligence complex in the Damascus suburbs in what appears to be one of their boldest assaults so far against government security forces," al-Jazeera reports.