Gambling Treatment In Kentucky? About That

Just 8 percent of part-time workers are enrolled in their company health insurance plans, according to a report released Monday that underscores the reasons for and the challenges created by President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. [HuffPo]

The push to create a treatment program for problem gamblers faces long odds in Kentucky. Steve Beshear should be on this like white on rice since he wants expanded gambling so badly. [H-L]

After years of anticipation, all of the nation’s drug and medical device makers must soon begin publicly reporting payments they make to U.S. physicians, according to final regulations announced this afternoon by the federal government. [ProPublica]

If state workers, teachers, advocates for health and social programs, and others think the cuts they’ve endured in recent years will be restored in the next state budget, they may need to do some more thinking. [C-J/AKN]

Iraq veteran and ex-US Navy seal Chris Kyle, known as the deadliest sniper in US history, has been shot dead on a Texas shooting range, reports say. [BBC]

LG&E has another problem with that cave in Trimble County that’s been holding up construction of a coal ash landfill. It may have been a hiding place for the Underground Railroad, a network that helped slaves move from the South to freedom in Northern states in the 1800s. [C-J/AKN]

There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, and it’s a number you might have heard a lot about this week from Washington lawmakers. [NPR]

In 1981, the Lexington Leader newspaper published a list of the most influential Lexingtonians. It was a collection of white men — smart, business-savvy, opinionated white men. [H-L]

Oh, look, another racist Republican tweets something racist. This time it’s a South Carolina wingnut tweeting similarities between Trayvon Martin and the Super Bowl. [Wonkette]

Hemp, perhaps Kentucky’s biggest cash crop in the 19th century, could be commercially viable for the state’s farmers in the 21th century. [Richmond Register]

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch angrily defended the inclusion of a controversial provision in the fiscal cliff deal that will pay major dividends to a single biopharmaceutical company, Amgen. [HuffPo]

A motion by King’s Daughters Medical Center to join a federal lawsuit against one of Kentucky’s managed care Medicaid providers is now being considered by the presiding judge in the case. [Ashland Independent]

Candy Crawdad strikes again! CNN’s Candy Crowley asked Sunday if President Obama pursued immigration reform “at the risk of not focusing on the economy,” ignoring the fact that experts agree immigration reform will strengthen the economy, leading to higher wages, more jobs, and more tax revenue. [Media Matters]