County attorney: U of L Hospital pact violated

by Phillip M. Bailey, @phillipmbailey – Metro Council violated a contract with University of Louisville Hospital when it voted to transfer part of an indigent care fund to augment road paving, according to a legal opinion from the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office. Council President David Yates, D-25th District, said the opinion vindicates his and other members’ view that a bipartisan majority hastily supported an amendment that bypassed the…

Kentucky House votes to preserve kynect

by Deborah Yetter, @d_yetter – Gov. Matt Bevin criticized former Gov. Steve Beshear and downplayed his legacy. Joe Gerth, CJ FRANKFORT, Ky. – In a largely symbolic action, the House voted Tuesday to preserve Kentucky’s health insurance exchange, kynect, and its expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The votes, carried by the Democratic majority, came the same day…

Former Dem donors now giving big to GOP

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – FRANKFORT, Ky. – Three members of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees who for several years were among the biggest contributors to the Kentucky Democratic Party gave as much money as the law allows in February to the Republican Party of Kentucky. William C. Britton, of Louisville, Edward Britt Brockman,…

House Democrats OK bill extending kynect

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – Gov. Matt Bevin announced Wednesday he has begun work to transform Kentucky’s Medicaid program by 2017. But in the meantime he envisions no major changes in the government health plan. (Full press conference) FRANKFORT, Ky. – On a party line vote with the majority Democrats voting yes, bills that extend the…

Kentucky Horse Park ‘making good progress’ financially, state official says

BY JANET PATTON, jpatton1@herald-leader.com – The Kentucky Horse Park is “making good progress,” state Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson said after hearing Wednesday that the park is on track to meet budget projections for the year. Executive director Jamie Link told the Kentucky Horse Park Commission the park has more than $538,000 in hand after…

With new protective orders now available advocates are releasing guidelines for schools and universities

by Nick Storm, @NickStorm_cn2 – FRANKFORT — With the passage of House Bill 8 in the 2015 session Kentucky became the last state in the nation to offer protective orders for victims of dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. As the state embarks on “something very new” advocates are issuing guidelines in an effort to raise awareness of the…