8:33am

Wed September 21, 2011
Science/Health

Privatized Medicaid Begins in November

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.

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8:31am

Wed September 21, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Actors Theatre’s "Dracula" Fights Vampire Hunters

Don’t be fooled by the script in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s production of Dracula; it would have you believe that Count Dracula’s enemy is the vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing. But that’s a bloody lie. Van Helsing may be the nemesis of Dracula, the character, but Dracula, the play, has a rogues gallery all its own. There’s Edward Cullen, the vampire-in-love from the Twilight series. Don’t forget Blacula. Or Sesame Street’s Count Von Count, or any of the thousands of other incarnations of the vampire that the play’s audience has seen and may be thinking of as they take their seats and wait for the lights to go down.

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8:30am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

$16 Muffins, $8 Coffees, $5 Meatballs: Justice Dept. Spending Rapped

Originally published on Wed September 21, 2011 2:05 pm

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There's more ammunition today for those who collect evidence of government waste.

In a new report covering the last few years of the George W. Bush administration and the first year of the Obama administration, the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General found that at conferences hosted by DOJ there was some "allowable but ... extravagant" spending.

A few notes from the report:

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8:27am

Wed September 21, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Berea Council Approves Human Rights Panel

The Berea City Council has adopted an ordinance that will create a Human Rights Commission to investigate discrimination complaints. But activists are upset that the council declined to consider an ordinance  that would offer protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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8:24am

Wed September 21, 2011
All Politics are Local

Thank McConnell, Boehner for Obama Visit

The fact that the Brent Spence Bridge sits squarely between the home states of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is not just a coincidence -- it's the reason for the president's visit on Thursday, a White House spokesman said.

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8:23am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Commonwealth

Gallatin County Sheriff Shot, Recovering

The sheriff of Gallatin County is recovering at home after a gunman opened fire on him late Tuesday during a domestic violence situation and then killed himself, according to Kentucky State Police. Sheriff Josh Neale, who is in his mid-to-late 30s, was shot in the abdomen just before 10:30 p.m. at a home on Kentucky 16 near Glencoe. He was airlifted to University Hospital, state police said in a prepared statement. He was treated and released just after 3 a.m. Wednesday.

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8:21am

Wed September 21, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Pike, Letcher Get $300K for US 460 Corridor

ELKHORN CITY – Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday joined Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder and local officials to announce funding to comprise a development plan for potential housing, infrastructure and economic enhancement sites surrounding the U.S. 460 corridor in Eastern Kentucky. 

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8:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

At UN: Obama To Speak As Critics Take Aim At Mideast Policy

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 1:41 pm

When President Obama steps to the podium at the U.N. General Assembly later this morning, he'll have a chance to explain why the U.S. opposes the bid by Palestinians to join that world body.

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7:42am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Former NPR News Exec Ellen Weiss Takes Job At Center For Public Integrity

Ellen Weiss, who resigned in January from her job as NPR's senior vice president for news after an independent review raised questions about "the speed and handling" of news analyst Juan Williams' termination, has been named executive editor at the Center for Public Integrity.

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7:10am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Developing: Iran Has Released Jailed Americans, State TV Says

A photo released by Iran's state-run Press TV on Feb. 6, 2011, shows U.S. hikers Shane Bauer (left) and Josh Fattal at court in Tehran.
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Two American men jailed as spies in Iran since 2009 have been released, Iran's official Press TV reports.

The news site says it "has learned" that news.

Its report follows word from The Associated Press that attorney Masoud Shafiei said a court has approved a $1 million bail-for-freedom deal for the release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal.

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