State Rep. Dan Johnson refuses to resign in face of reports of 17-year-old’s sexual abuse allegations

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Kentucky Rep. Dan Johnson refused to resign Tuesday morning and said an allegation that he sexually assaulted a teenager “has no merit.” Johnson, speaking at a news conference at his Heart of Fire Church in Fern Creek, denied ever committing arson or molesting a then-17-year-old member of his church in 2013. He implied that the story by the Kentucky Center...

UK to swap land with city of Lexington; city gets some acreage near Coldstream, UK gets city streets

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a proposal for a potentially historic land swap with the city of Lexington that would create jobs and economic development, provide additional internship and career opportunities for UK students, and increase safety in and around the campus. The land swap would involve UK conveying two parcels of...

Jamie Vaught: Kentucky sophomore Benny Snell Jr. joins impressive list of Wildcat running backs

Over the years, Kentucky has had a good handful of All-SEC or All-American football standouts who are among the school’s career rushing leaders. Remember the glamorous Wildcat stars like Sonny Collins, Moe Williams, Rafael Little, Mark Higgs, Derrick Ramsey, George Adams, to name several? I have seen them all and they are among UK’s career leaders in rushing yardage with Collins, who played for...

Eastern Kentucky University breaks ground on new Student Recreation and Wellness Center

Eastern Kentucky University celebrated the groundbreaking Monday for a new Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The new center, which at approximately 130,000 square feet will be more than double the size of the University’s existing fitness center, is expected to open in Fall 2019 on the former site of Todd and Dupree residence halls and adjacent to a soon-to-be-renovated student union facility. Artists...

Open enrollment for healthcare.gov ends Friday; automatic re-enrollment may not be best option

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News You have just a few days to enroll in a 2018 health-insurance plan on healthcare.gov. Open enrollment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ends Friday, Dec. 15. “The clock is ticking,” Whitney Allen, the outreach and enrollment coordinator for the Kentucky Primary Care Association, said in an e-mail. ” We encourage anyone that...

Central Ky’s most famous cold case the subject of new book by UK law professor Robert Lawson

On Oct. 26, 1961, the lifeless body of 19-year-old student Betty Gail Brown was discovered in front of the Old Morrison Building on Transylvania University’s campus. A new University Press of Kentucky book, “Who Killed Betty Gail Brown? Murder, Mistrial, and Mystery” by Robert G. Lawson, emeritus professor of law at the University of Kentucky, is the first book to examine Brown’s murder,...

Susan Elkington named president of Toyota Kentucky, succeeding Wil James who is retiring

Toyota is announcing the latest in a series of female-led appointments with Susan Elkington slated to take the helm of Toyota’s largest plant in the world, located in Georgetown beginning in 2018.   As president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK), Elkington will oversee a $7 billion operation, which employs over 8,000 people, and in a year, can produce as many as 550,000 vehicles...

Diallo’s career-high 23 points lift Cats to 93-76 win over Monmouth at MSG

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky had no trouble with Monmouth in the Citi Hoops Classic Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Hamidou Diallo scored a career-high 23 points to lead the eighth-ranked Wildcats (8-1) to a 93-76 rout of the Hawks at Madison Square Garden. The win increased the Wildcats’ streak to six games. Diallo, a native of Queens, New York, did most of his scoring in the second...

UK pediatric psychologist develops Cellie Coping Kit to help sick kids manage the stress of treatment

By Hilary Brown Special to KyForward Treatment for any serious medical condition can be daunting for even the most intrepid adults. But for children who deal with serious illness, the lack of understanding about what is happening to them coupled with fear and anxiety, can make it difficult for them to cope with their treatment. Dr. Meghan Marsac, pediatric psychologist and assistant professor in the...

UK’s Diallo, Richards looking forward to returning home, playing in Madison Square Garden

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Hamidou Diallo is looking forward to returning home. So is Nick Richards. A native of Queens, New York, the Kentucky freshman forward will get a chance to play in front of family and friends when the eighth-ranked Wildcats take on Monmouth in a noon contest set for Saturday at Madison Square Garden. “It’s going to be great,” Diallo said. “I haven’t played there...

University of Kentucky alumna earns roles in Gap holiday ad campaign, ABC sitcom ‘black-ish,’

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward What does a series of new holiday ads for Gap featuring Janelle Monáe and two episodes of ABC’s award-winning TV show “black-ish” have in common? They all include performances by University of Kentucky alumna Angel Laketa Moore-Tanksley. Moore-Tanksley plays a character name Erica in an episode of the ABC hit, which first aired Dec. 5. She will also appear...

Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognizes staff achievements at annual conference

By Natalie Cunningham Special to KyForward The Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognized staff members for their achievements at the annual fall conference held in Lexington. The center’s state director, Becky Naugle, and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Robert Coffee presented the 2017 Spirit Award to the Murray State University SBDC. The award recognizes the center that demonstrated...

Kentucky GOP will not seek immediate replacement for former House speaker Jeff Hoover

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Leadership of the House Republican Caucus said there will not be an election to replace Jeff Hoover as speaker when lawmakers convene either in a special session this month on pension reform, or when the regular session convenes in January. A statement was issued by Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect; Majority Leader Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster; Majority Whip Kevin...

Present and past: Calipari enjoys having former UK coach Joe B. Hall around program

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari always has someone watching his back and he doesn’t mind former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall lurking over his shoulder, especially behind the scenes. “He’s been a great supporter of mine,” Calipari said. “(I) love seeing him in the gym. Love hearing what his thoughts. I’ve been blessed that I’ve had guys that have never tried to overwhelm me...

Kentucky auditors office releases results of election leave report; results show many did not vote

Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon on Tuesday released the results of a report on election leave by state employees. The report examined the use of election leave for public employees during the 2015 General Election and the 2016 Primary Election. The report by Auditor Harmon’s office found during those two elections, as many as 1,329 public employees claimed four hours of paid election leave but were...

Community Foundation of Louisville reaches $500 million in assets, now among largest in nation

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) is celebrating a major milestone in December, having surpassed $500 million in total assets. CFL is the largest charitable foundation in Kentucky, and in the top 40 of about 800 community foundations nationwide. Assets are up from $485 million at the end of 2016. Over the past 33 years, CFL has made more than $780 million in grants to nonprofits, most of...

Even if automatically re-enrolled, check out your healthcare options; open enrollment ends Dec. 15

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News This is the first year that more than 80,000 Kentuckians with a 2017 health insurance plan on the federal exchange will be automatically re-enrolled in a 2018 marketplace plan. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t check out other options before open enrollment ends Dec. 15. “People should not automatically assume that they are going to get re-enrolled...

Repealing Net Neutrality threatens your internet access and hurts local independent news providers

By Matt DeRienzo Special to KyForward Repealing Net Neutrality would allow giant chain media to work in concert with internet conglomerates to limit access to independent, alternative, and local news sites, according to LION Publishers. The FCC is expected to vote on repealing Net Neutrality on Dec. 14. “Giving a clear go-ahead for a tilted playing field would be the result if the Federal Communications...

Nashville bound: Kentucky to play Northwestern in Music City Bowl on Dec. 29 in Nashville

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will take on Northwestern in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 29 in Nashville. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s bowl destination is set. The Wildcats will take on Big 10 member Northwestern in the Music City Bowl set for 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The Kentucky men’s basketball team plays Louisville at...

Rural Blog: DEA targets opioid abuse in Appalachia with new Louisville office to handle Ky., Tenn., W.Va.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is targeting the opioid epidemic in Appalachia by establishing a new field office in Louisville on Jan. 1. Louisville already has a district office, one of 222 across the country, but it and the rest of Kentucky were part of the Detroit division, while West Virginia was part of the Washington, D.C., division and Tennessee was part of the Atlanta division. DEA...