Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Kentucky. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Kentucky News Editor Brian Murphy at 615-373-9988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — A philanthropist and animal lover asked for and got a $500,000 donation back from the city of Collierville after plans for a surgical care wing at an animal shelter collapsed. When bids came in higher than expected, city officials cut plans for a surgery clinic at a new animal shelter building. Instead, the mayor and aldermen voted to build a multipurpose Humane Education building with space for day camps and children's parties. Beverly Babb Elliott told The Commercial Appeal she was specific about wanting the funds to go for a surgical wing and things the Humane Education building is "a waste of money." 482 words. Sent.
HEALTH CARE REFUNDS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than 336,000 Tennessee residents will split $10 million in refunds from health insurance companies because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act. The Tennessean reported the refunds will average $53 per family and came about because of the medical loss ratio rule in the law. That provision requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of insurance premiums on patient care and quality improvement efforts. The refunds are for premiums paid in 2013. For 2012, refunds to Tennesseans totaled $5.6 million. 280 words. Sent.
IN BRIEF: POLICE OFFICERS-INDICTED, MEDICAL FURLOUGH DENIED, SCHOOL IN LIMBO, TRAFFIC CAMERA SCAM, SCHOOL EMPLOYEE FRAUD
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