Pulitzer Prize Winners to Visit Kentucky Book Fair

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

I hope you’re planning to attend the 35th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday, Nov. 5. There are numerous reasons to travel to the Frankfort Convention Center for one of the state’s premier literary events:

– You can meet 170 authors and buy books they’ve written about paranormal romance, history, children’s stories, cooking, and many other subjects.

– It’s great place to pick up some early Christmas presents.

– A new main stage event space will feature presentations by former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, “Hillbilly Elegy” author J. D. Vance, and Pulitzer Prize winners Joel Pett, editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, and Maria Henson, a former editorial writer for the paper.

I’ll be on stage at 10 that morning to interview Henson, who is now an associate vice president and journalism lecturer at Wake Forest University. In a preview conversation a few weeks ago, Henson told me she looks forward to returning to Kentucky to discuss the work that earned her a Pulitzer in 1992.

This weekend on One to One, I’ll sit down with book fair manager Brooke Raby to learn more about this year’s event. We will be joined Frank X Walker. He’ll appear at the fair with other Kentucky poets to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his group, The Affrilachian poets. This program airs Sunday at 1 p.m. on KET.

Previously operated by a board of volunteers, the Kentucky Book Fair is now managed by the Kentucky Humanities Council. On Friday, Nov. 4, the fair will host a special kid’s day for students in grades 3 – 8, featuring children’s book authors, writing tutorials, and more.

Visit the book fair’s website for details about all the festivities.

U.S. Senate Candidates Speak in Lexington

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

In separate appearances, U.S. Senate candidates Rand Paul and Jim Gray spoke to meetings of Commerce Lexington, the economic development agency for Lexington and its neighboring communities. Incumbent Sen. Paul, the Republican, spoke on Oct. 4, while Lexington Mayor Gray, the Democrat, addressed the group on Sept. 30.

Here are highlights of their presentations. Questions were posed to the candidates by Lexington businessman Alan Stein and Carla Blanton, a consultant in Lexington.

The Paul and Gray campaigns have accepted KET’s invitation to appear on Kentucky Tonight on Monday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.

Kentucky Tonight Explores Medicaid Waiver Proposal

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Tonight at 8 we’ll discuss the latest on the Bevin administration’s Medicaid overhaul. Renee Shaw will host the conversation among four state lawmakers: Sen. Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville), chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee; Sen. Reginald Thomas (D-Lexington), member of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee; Rep. Addia Wuchner (R-Florence), vice chair of the House Health and Welfare Committee; and Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville), vice chair of the House Budget Review Subcommittee

The governor’s office delivered its waiver application to federal regulators in late August. Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicated the state’s request had been properly submitted, and now the proposal undergoes a 30-day public comment period.

KET Associate Producer Casey Parker-Bell has this overview of Kentucky’s current Medicaid program and how it might change under the state’s waiver request.

You can join tonight’s discussion by emailing your questions and comments to kytonight@ket.org or by tweeting @ReneeKET.

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