Hearings on Kentucky Medicaid Budget Begin

Senate Republicans want to balance Medicaid with across-the-board cuts to state agencies, including education. Gov. Beshear says he can balance the program without cuts. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he and House Minority Leader Jeffrey Hoover are discussing a bipartisan compromise that would target areas, besides education, to cut in case deficits occurred under the governor’s plan.

Metro Police Adding Patrols in Old Louisville

Lieutenant Steimle says there will be an emphasis on the education aspect of the initiative, aimed at UofL students living in the neighborhood. 6th District Councilman David James has directed some of his discretionary funds to the LMPD to pay officers overtime to patrol the neighborhood.

City Officials Monitoring Ohio River

The Ohio River could hit its highest level since 2005 this weekend. The river is expected to crest at 28 feet by Sunday. That’s five feet above flood stage. Executive Director of the Metropolitan Sewer District Bud Schardein says, “I think we’re in good shape right now. Everyone who’s behind the levee and the flood wall is being protected right now. All the flood pumping plants that are in operation are operating properly and doing their job,” says Schardein “so it’s more now of just watching the river and seeing if there’s going to be a spike in it or it’s going to hit its 28 feet and start dropping.”

UofL Students in Japan Safe Following Tsunami

The students are studying several miles south of the hardest-hit areas. The two closest are in Osaka. Virginia Hosono is the head of U of L’s study abroad program. She says she’s spoken with the students’ dean.

Kentucky Conservation Committee To Hold Annual Meeting Saturday

The meeting includes educational programs on conservation issues and a panel discussion with Kentucky lawmakers. Committee President Vicki Holmburg says she hopes to reach out to anyone who loves the outdoors and wants to be part of sustainability efforts in Kentucky.