State News in Brief


Feds begin review of Ky.’s Medicaid proposal

FRANKFORT (AP) — The federal government says Kentucky’s proposal to overhaul its Medicaid program is complete and will now begin the 30-day period for public comments.

Kentucky was one of 32 states that expanded its Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act, resulting in more than 400,000 people getting health insurance.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says the program is too expensive. He wants to change it so those 400,000 people have to pay monthly premiums and must either have a job or volunteer for a charity to remain eligible for health benefits.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly said acknowledging Kentucky’s application is the first step in the review process.

Bevin has said if the federal government rejects his application, he would repeal the expanded Medicaid program.

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Pregnant woman fatally shot in Lexington while walking dog

LEXINGTON (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a pregnant woman due to give birth next month was shot and killed while walking her dog outside her Lexington apartment.

Multiple media outlets report that the Fayette County Coroner’s Office says 22-year-old Maryiah Coleman of Lexington died following the shooting Wednesday night. She was eight months pregnant.

The coroner’s office says the baby also didn’t survive.

Police say officers were called to the Matador North Apartments around 11 p.m. where they found the victim with a gunshot wound to her upper body.

Authorities say Coleman was walking her dog outside the complex when she was shot.

No description of the shooter has been released. Investigators say they aren’t sure if they are looking for a lone suspect or a group of people.

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Grants available to bring professional artists to schools

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Arts Council says teachers and administrators can apply to participate in a new program that will bring professional artists into schools.

A statement from the Kentucky Arts Council says schools can apply to participate in the Showcasing the Arts program through Oct. 1.

The program allows Kentucky-based visual and performing artists to visit schools and present or perform their work, discuss the training and creative processes involved in producing the work and answer questions about it. The content and format are based on the Kentucky Academic Standards for the Arts.

Public and private schools that support preschool through 12th grade can apply for a grant, which pays the artist’s fees. Schools are required to provide a performance space and pay for travel reimbursement

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Univ. of Louisville planning new welcome center

LOUISVILLE (AP) — University of Louisville officials have announced a new welcome center that will be built on the eastern side of campus near Interstate 65.

The $2 million privately-funded facility is expected to open in fall 2017.

The center will be located at the corner of Eastern Parkway and Hahn Street. It will serve as a resource for the university, the developing Belknap Research and Innovation Park currently and the Cardinal Park athletics complex.

The new center will be named for Herman and Heddy Kurz, two longtime supporters of the university. Heddy Kurz is a member of the UofL Board of Overseers. The university previously honored the couple by naming a residence hall in their honor in 2004.

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1 dies in crash with south-central Ky. school bus

EDMONTON (AP) — Police say a school bus in south-central Kentucky has collided with another vehicle, leaving one person dead and several students with minor injuries.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Gregory said the person who died was the driver of the other vehicle in Thursday’s crash. He said about 14 or 15 students from Metcalfe County were taken to a hospital.

Gregory said the wreck happened near the Monroe County line off U.S. 68 on Kentucky 1243. He did not yet have details of how the crash happened.

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