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Kentucky editorial roundup

Oct. 3, 2018 2:30 PM EDT

Summary of recent Kentucky newspaper editorials: ___ Sept. 28 The Lexington Herald-Leader on KentuckyWired: In one of state government's first big public-private partnerships — former Gov. Steve Beshear's laudable but fumbled effort to bring high-speed internet to all of Kentucky — the public was...

Audit: Kentucky was warned about broadband contract

Sep. 27, 2018 2:32 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In October 2015, state officials in Kentucky signed a contract to install 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers) of fiber optic cable to bring high-speed internet access to all 120 counties. Today, the project is at least four years behind schedule because of persistent delays that have cost...

Today in History

Sep. 21, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2018. There are 101 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 21, 1981, the Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the Supreme Court. On this date: In 1792, the French...

Official: Kentucky missed chance to end broadband deal

Sep. 13, 2018 3:05 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's procurement chief said it would have cost taxpayers about $9 million in 2015 to back out of a statewide broadband network. But he said a misunderstanding of the rules governing federal education money helped convince state officials to OK the deal that has since cost...

Facing shortfall, Kentucky mulls ending Medicaid expansion

Aug. 30, 2018 5:16 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Warning of a nearly $300 million potential shortfall in Kentucky's Medicaid program, officials say they could eliminate health coverage for more than 480,000 people to balance the state's budget. Kentucky's Medicaid program spends about $11.5 billion every year, but most of that money...

Kentucky officials take comments on Medicaid regulations

Aug. 27, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Forging ahead on sweeping health care policy changes despite legal setbacks, Gov. Matt Bevin's administration took public comments Monday as it develops regulations to overhaul Kentucky's Medicaid program. But opponents of the Medicaid changes questioned why the state was pushing...

Adkins: Democrat fundraising should focus on 2018 elections

Aug. 23, 2018 5:46 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Taking aim at a potential primary rival, Kentucky House Democratic leader Rocky Adkins on Thursday urged Andy Beshear and any other 2019 candidates to temporarily halt their own fundraising so the party can concentrate resources on this year's legislative campaigns. Adkins said his...

Appeals court reviews case stemming from contract probe

Aug. 22, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A top state official's subpoena powers were on the line as a Kentucky appeals court weighed a former state worker's refusal to respond to demands for information from Gov. Matt Bevin's administration. An attorney for Frank Lassiter, the ex-state employee, said Wednesday there are...

Kentucky governor loses another round in Medicaid fight

Aug. 20, 2018 5:23 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican governor lost another round Monday in a legal fight over his efforts to revamp the state's Medicaid program to require poor people to get a job to keep their benefits. The latest setback for Gov. Matt Bevin came in his home state when a federal judge dismissed...