20 percent of Kentucky grads hit all ACT college benchmarks Wednesday, Aug 24 2016 

Newly released ACT scores show only a fifth of Kentucky's 2016 high school graduates met all the benchmarks that show they are ready for college-level coursework.

Yarmuth to join protesters at Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast Wednesday, Aug 24 2016 

Kentucky Farm Bureau will host the 53rd annual County Ham Breakfast and Auction at the Kentucky State Fair Thursday morning, and as in recent years, it will be met by protestors.

Woman rings up $10K on ex-boyfriend’s credit card Wednesday, Aug 24 2016 

In a period of just over two months, a Louisville woman rang up a credit card bill over more than $10,000. The only problem - she wasn't using her credit card.

Voters in 2 counties say ‘no’ to alcohol sales Wednesday, Aug 24 2016 

Residents in two Kentucky communities have voted against referendums on alcohol sales.

Bevin Administration Submits Final Medicaid Changes To Feds Wednesday, Aug 24 2016 

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin today submitted the final Medicaid waiver to the federal government. The plan would make dramatic changes to the state’s expanded Medicaid system, which former Gov. Steve Beshear enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Bevin’s changes would put in place high-deductible health plans instead of the traditional, free benefits that Medicaid has offered. The $1,000 deductible would be paid for by the state.

It also would pay for a portion of enrollees’ premiums if they get employer-based health coverage. The final waiver maintains current mental health and substance abuse benefits, but makes vision, dental and over-the-counter drug benefits only obtainable by doing “community service, health-related or job training activities.”

Other notes:

  • Participation in employer plan is optional for first year of employment, mandatory in second year of employment.
  • Parents on Medicaid and kids on CHIP will be able to enroll in a family plan through the high-deductible plans.

The Bevin administration is seeking to implement the changes over five years. The plan would require federal approval to be enacted.

This story will be updated.

Eastern Kentucky University considers cutting programs Wednesday, Aug 24 2016 

Eastern Kentucky University is deciding if it will cut academic majors and minors with low enrollment.

Bevin submits Medicaid plan that restores allergy testing Wednesday, Aug 24 2016 

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he has changed his proposal to overhaul the state's Medicaid program and submitted it to the federal government for approval.

Court official in Ohio summit to combine anti-drug forces Wednesday, Aug 24 2016 

State Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking officials are trying to coordinate efforts to battle the drug abuse epidemic at a judicial summit involving some of the hardest-hit U.S. states.

Louisville Metro Government To Open Innovation Hub Wednesday, Aug 24 2016 

A downtown building will soon be renovated into a space where public and private sector techies can develop innovative approaches to address the city’s challenges.

The city-owned building will be called LouieLab and will also become the new home for the city’s Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation, according to a press release. CNET, a consumer technology review company, will also operate an “urban smart home” from the downtown space, per the release.

the renovation will cost $500,000, according to a city spokesman. The space is set to open in September.

The building, located at 745 W. Main Street, is valued at more than $2.5 million, according to city records.

A section of one floor in the building will be available for “civic hackers and other innovators” to hold scheduled meetings, per the release.

That space will be shared with the city’s innovation and performance improvement department and will also serve as a training space for city employees.

Ted Smith, the city’s chief innovation officer, said in the release the space would make way for “truly innovative and effective solutions for our city.”

The announcement comes as city officials are continuing a push to bring ultra high-speed internet to Louisville.

Earlier this month, Mayor Greg Fischer announced a “gigabit experience center” would soon open. That space will allow residents a chance to see just how fast ultra-fast is.

Excitement is stirring among some residents and city leaders about the potential for fiber connectivity to soon be more widely available to people and businesses in Louisville.

City officials are intensely courting Google Fiber, with hopes the fiber internet provider will install their highly sought-after service across the city. The speculation that Google Fiber may soon begin hooking homes has prompted other service providers to begin upping speeds, as well.

Kesha at Headliners: On a mission Wednesday, Aug 24 2016 

Halfway through her opening song, as The Creepies behind her continued to play, Kesha shrugged and admitted to forgetting some words to her 2010 hit "We R Who We R."


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