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Healthcare battle brewing between Bevin and Beshear

Louisville, Ky., – Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear doesn’t like what his successor is planning to do to the Commonwealth’s health care program. In a press conference today in Louisville, Beshear announced a “Save Kentucky Healthcare” online campaign aimed at stopping Governor Matt Bevin in his plans to dismantle Beshear’s executive orders to expand Kentucky’s Medicaid program and establish Kynect, a state-operated exchange made possible through President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Here is the mission statement on Save Kentucky Healthcare’s website:   Save Kentucky Healthcare, an effort led by former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, is committed to continuing Kentucky’s dramatic…


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On Louisville KY’s Dixie Highway, How $16.9 Million will Make a Difference

President Tandy sees Dixie Highway Grant as a significant part of improving the Urban Core of Metro Louisville’s infrastructure Grant covers Dixie Highway improvements from downtown and beyond Louisville- Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4) joined other Metro Council members, Congressman John Yarmuth, Governor Steve Beshear, Mayor Greg Fischer and members of Jefferson County’s Legislative Delegation on Monday to praise the announcement that Metro Louisville will receive a $16.9 million TIGER Grant for the Dixie Highway Master Plan. “Dixie Highway is just as vital to Metro Louisville as any interstate when it comes to moving people to and from destinations…


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UPS Hub in Louisville KY Getting $310 Million Investment

UPS to Invest Nearly $310 Million in Louisville KY Centennial Hub Project to expand company’s ground operation, create up to 300 new jobs (From Mayor Fischer’s Office)LOUISVILLE, KY  – United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS), the world’s largest package delivery company, will increase its presence in Louisville with as many as 300 new full- and part-time jobs through a nearly $310 million investment in its ground shipping operation, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Gov. Steve Beshear announced today. “Much like how UPS revolutionized package delivery with the expansion of Worldport in 1999, this new, highly-automated ground sort facility will allow UPS…


Bets Are On for Kentucky vs. Wisconsin; Conway and Beshear Ante Up

They may be prevented from placing a bet at a casino in Kentucky by stubborn rural lawmakers, but Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway are glad to put the Commonwealth’s best stuff on the line in bets with their counterparts in Wisconsin. From Kentucky.gov… Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that he will enter into a friendly wager with Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel over the outcome of Saturday night’s National Championship Semi-final game in Indianapolis between the undefeated and number one ranked University of Kentucky (UK) Wildcats and the number one seed and Big Ten Champion Wisconsin Badgers. …


The President, Pulling Out, Fire, Rain Highlight Louisville KY’s Week

Some of the highlights of a week of living in Louisville KY: JCPS Canceled Classes for Rain: On the last school day before Spring Break, JCPS canceled classes because it was raining too much. Remember when the only weather that could get you out of school was a foot of snow? I fully expect JCPS officials to cite oppressive sunshine, which could damage young eyeballs, for calling off school one of these days. Obama Leaves Town with a Weapon, Bourbon: Despite a few hours’ delay, the President’s visit to tech firm Indatus went smoothly, and highlighted the city’s focus on tech…


Greater Louisville Inc.’s Final Take on 2015 General Assembly

From GLI…. The General Assembly brought the 2015 Regular Session to a close in the early morning hours of March 25. This session, which Governor Beshear called a “remarkable success” saw the passage of some important legislation, but much work remains to be done to move the Commonwealth forward. Legislation supported by GLI that will become law includes: Anti-Heroin Abuse – Among GLI’s top legislative priorities for this session was addressing the heroin epidemic affecting Kentucky. Negotiations between the House and Senate in a conference committee on SB 192, successfully yielded a compromise bill that the Governor has already signed…


Four Roses Building Bourbon Bottling Plant in Bullitt County

FRANKFORT, Ky.– Four Roses is expanding again. Gov. Steve Beshear today announced the company plans to build a new bottling facility in Bullitt County. Four Roses is expected to create up to 30 new jobs and invest $8 million into the project. “Four Roses is vital to Kentucky’s rich bourbon heritage,” said Gov. Beshear. “It’s exciting to see the company continue to grow its operations, create jobs and contribute to the renaissance of one of the Commonwealth’s signature industries. I want to thank Four Roses for its investment here in Kentucky, and I look forward to seeing this facility in…


Gov. Beshear Declares New Statewide Emergency

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth – the second such declaration in less than a month. “Two significant winter storms nearly back-to-back are rare in Kentucky, and pose a challenge for our emergency management teams, road crews and local emergency responders. This emergency declaration will allow us to deploy any needed state assistance, including National Guard troops if necessary, without delay,” said Gov. Beshear. Snow continues to accumulate, approaching up to 20 inches in some parts of Kentucky. Rain and sleet preceded the snow, making pre-treating roads impossible. Road crews working to…


Rusty’s Top Five on Rednecks, Gays, Governors, Plays and Big Blue

  I hope you get a chance to listen to this week’s Rusty Satellite podcast featuring JCPS board member Debbie Wesslund and Louisville Sports Commission chief Karl Schmitt. You’ll find out why we had so many snow days, among other topics, and learn a little about how the city’s top sports attraction arm is focused on “heads and beds.” LISTEN HERE TO RUSTY SATELLITE And you’ll hear what’s in the news that I think is worth talking about. Here’s a summary of those Top Five stories. 1. OUTREACH TO REDNECKS: Not that I worry a lot about what people think,…


Ashley Miller and Chuck Kaplan Stop at the Satellite

I tackle my Top Five news stories — the battle over gaming in Kentucky that illustrates why we can’t have nice things; a quick take on the Metro Council elections now that the candidate deadline has passed; Governor Beshear’s “mind-boggling” trip to see the President’s State of the Union address; the death of a local newspaper and my Super Bowl prediction.