Labor Day Marks End of Racing Season at Ellis Park
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, but for Ellis Park it’s the official end of the 2016 racing season.
About 6,000 people pack the park, place their bets, and cheer on their favorite horses for the last horse racing event of the season.
As lives horse racing comes to an end for 2016, the Ellis Park staff doesn’t get time off.
They’re already planning next season.
“We’re getting a racing dates applications together,” said Dan Bork, Ellis Park Racing Secretary. “That goes to the racing commission and we’re gonna hopefully add some more days next year. Maybe run on Thursdays as well as well as the weekends.”
Bork says they’ve given as much as $200,000 away in purses at each race day.
Community Reacts Grandmother’s Arrest on Neglect Charges
The Evansville community is reacting tonight to the arrest of 42 year old Tiffney Johnson the grandmother of Kaylei Carter. 44News first reported on Sunday an arrest was made in connection to Kaylei Carter, for the events leading up to her death. Kaylei is the toddler who was found dead inside an Evansville apartment in May.
Prosecutors filed charges in August around the same time a warrant was issued for Johnson’s arrest. While the community is pleased someone is being held accountable in some fashion, still no one has been charged with causing Kaylei’s death. Toxicology reports from Kaylei’s autopsy showed she died from a bacterial infection. Reports of the toddler ingesting a dangerous drug known as K2 or synthetic marijuana were also confirmed through toxicology.
Medicaid Waiver Could Affect Kentuckians Currently Enrolled In The Program
A Kentucky non-profit says it’s concerned that Governor Matt Bevin’s Medicaid waiver could affect those currently on the program.
Susan Zepeda, former CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, says oral care for patients would be paid for differently under the waiver than it is now. The plan has dental and vision coverage as earned benefit, and not standard coverage.
Zepeda also doesn’t like the work requirement in the new waiver, and wants clear numbers of how many people on Medicaid are working at least part-time.
Zepeda says, “When we look at the hard numbers in the report we see that they anticipate 86,000 people will go not to subsidized employer insurance, which we understand is still considered Medicaid, but will somehow find jobs with health insurance benefits in a relatively short time that would take them off Medicaid altogether.”
Kentuckians can submit comments to the Federal Government on Gov. Bevin’s Medicaid waiver. For more information on how to do that, visit Medicaid then search for Kentucky.
Evansville Olive Garden Delivers Lunch To Honor First Responders
Olive Garden is making sure first responders are not forgotten on this Labor Day holiday. They packed fresh meals with care in support of America’s first responders. Workers with Evansville’s Olive Garden traveled to four different area fire departments, bringing food and thanking the firefighters for their service to the community.
One little boy who was delivering meals with his mom got some special treatment while at Fire Station Number 9. Firefighters gave the little guy a badge, and event let him put out a make believe fire, all before sitting down to enjoy lunch.
Captain Jim Pfender says, “We work 24 hours so we eat our meals here, I think a lot of people are under the impression that we are provided meals because we have to be here for 24 hours, but that is not true. We’re on our own as far as food goes, they provide a kitchen, but we provide the food, so it’s very nice for someone to think of us about working a holiday today and bring us lunch.”
Olive Garden has done this across the nation for 15 years, every year since the 911 attacks.