A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Braidy Industries announces Kiewit as contractor for construction of $1.5 billion Ashland rolling mill

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Braidy Industries will begin the “mission of rebuilding Appalachia” after selecting Kiewit as its construction partner for the $1.5 billion aluminum rolling mill in northeastern Kentucky. Kiewit will be the company’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor for Braidy Atlas, the greenfield aluminum mill, Braidy Industries announced on Thursday. SWS Group...

Kentucky among worst states for children left in hot cars; why it happens and how to avoid it

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Temperatures continue to be hot and humid across Kentucky, and with that comes concerns about children being left in cars. Already this year, 25 children across the country have died of heat stroke after being left in a hot vehicle, including a 3-year-old in Franklin County in July. Ari Finkelstein, a spokesperson for the organization “Kars for Kids,”...

Environmental groups caution ORSANCO against doing away with water quality standards monitoring

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service A commission that helps control water quality in the Ohio River is looking to shed some of its duties. For 70 years, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, known as ORSANCO, has set standards for pollution levels in the river to ensure the water is safe for drinking and recreation. But now, commissioners say their standards are redundant, as state and...

Supreme Court this week: To hear pension bill in Sept.; reverses L’ville election; hears right to work

Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court acted quickly Friday to accept the direct appeal of a Franklin Circuit Court ruling on the public pension reform bill passed by the 2018 General Assembly and scheduled the case to be heard in September. 
Earlier in the day, Gov. Matt Bevin’s general counsel filed a notice of appeal of a ruling by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd that declared the...

Music director, conductor Scott Terrell to leave Lexington Philharmonic after 2018-19 season

Scott Terrell has announced that 2018-19 will be his final season as the music director and conductor for the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. As the music director and conductor since 2009, Terrell has overseen an era of unparalleled artistic growth and engagement for the orchestra. During his tenure, he established LexPhil as a valuable destination for living composers, renowned guest artists, and...

Groups voice concern about threats to federal program funding family-planning resources in EKy

Public News Service Groups are voicing concern that threats to the federal program known as Title X could undermine family-planning resources for Kentuckians. Title X offers reproductive-health services and other preventive care, but the Trump administration wants to shift the program’s focus toward fertility awareness and abstinence instead of other birth-control methods. Katie Sullentrop, vice...

EPA Ethanol Report: Government acknowledges EPA fuel standards are a ‘red flag’ for the environment

Public News Service The U.S. government has acknowledged that the Renewable Fuel Standard is harming the environment. The latest Environmental Protection Agency report recognized for the first time that federal mandates for fuels based on corn and soybeans have had consequences for wildlife habitat and water resources. The standard was put in place in 2007 to reduce the nation’s dependence on...

Pew Trusts: It’s hard to manage your credit when you’ve never been taught about ‘interest’

By Marsha Mercer Pew Trusts When Kentucky state Treasurer Allison Ball and a colleague talked with high school seniors last year about credit cards and other pieces of the personal finance puzzle, something wasn’t right. “We kept using the word ‘interest’ and we kept getting blank stares,” Ball recalled. Finally, she asked the students who knew what interest is. No one did. “Here they...

Kentucky Lottery initiates another enhancement for Pick 3, Pick 4 draw games — try 1-OFF

Several enhancements are in place for popular Kentucky Lottery draw games. One of these enhancements includes a new feature for the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games which allow players to win prizes if their numbers are one digit higher or lower than the winning numbers drawn.   1-OFF® is a new wager type for Pick 3 and Pick 4. A player can select the 1-OFF® feature at the time of purchase, with wagers starting...

‘My Brother’s Burden Walk’ coming to Kentucky, as firefighter calls attention to plight of colleagues

According to the International Association of Firefighters, cancer is the leading cause of firefighter death in the United States. All but eight states now have presumptive cancer laws. In addition, the subject of first responder PTSD and suicide is not new but, as the years roll on, it continues taking the lives of our firefighters, law enforcement officials, and EMS workers. According to a report...

New poll shows voters don’t support cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Congress is considering cuts to a key hunger-fighting program, a move that a new survey shows wouldn’t be popular among voters. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides food assistance to about 650,000 Kentuckians, and a new poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research reveals that nearly two-thirds of people said they were opposed to reducing SNAP...

Gov. Bevin honors sacrifice of Ky soldier killed in Korean War; remains to be returned to Bowling Green

Gov. Matt Bevin recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died in the Korean War, but whose remains have just been positively identified and are in the process of being returned to his family in Bowling Green. Private First Class Joe Stanton Elmore, 20, died on December 2, 1950 in Changjim County, Hamgyeong Province, North Korea. U.S. soldiers remains returned from North Korea A member of...

AccorHotels signs agreement to acquire 85 percent of Louisville-based 21c Museum Hotels

AccorHotels has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire 85 percent of 21c Museum Hotels, an award-winning hospitality management company pushing the boundaries of the museum and hotel worlds to create a new kind of travel experience. 21c combines a multi-venue contemporary art museum, boutique hotels, and chef-driven restaurants, with 11 properties currently open and under development...

Quarles says being master of ceremonies at annual Fancy Farm picnic is a ‘dream come true’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s annual premier political event happens this weekend in a small western Kentucky community and the man who has the job of master of ceremonies is busy preparing. 
The Fancy Farm Picnic takes place on Saturday at St. Jerome’s Church, as it has since 1880, although it did not begin serving as the fall kickoff to Kentucky’s political season until 1931, when...

AG says deposit scam leaves victims repaying the bank; Franklin County resident lost $10,000

A new scam warning has been issued by Attorney General Andy Beshear after a mobile deposit scam left a Franklin County resident with a $10,000 bank tab. Andy Beshear Beshear said reports from legitimate local banks and Kentuckians indicate scammers are succeeding in their efforts to put a new twist on the old counterfeit check scam. “Falling victim to a counterfeit mobile deposit scam often results...

UK student studying abroad in Tel Aviv, Israel reported missing following swimming accident

A University of Kentucky student studying abroad this summer in the Middle East is missing following a swimming accident this weekend in Tel Aviv, Israel. The student, TeNiya Elnora Jones, 19, a sophomore from Ft. Myers, Fla., was swimming in the Mediterranean Sea Saturday evening with two other students. The students were studying in a program this summer focused on Arabic language. The student group...

‘Spirit of Collaboration Summit’ in KY: International group approves ‘open and fair trade’ resolution

Executives with the world’s top whiskey associations today called upon global leaders to engage in timely dialogue that results in the prompt removal of recent tariffs between long-time friends and allies, particularly those imposed on spirits exports.  At the “W9 – Spirit of Collaboration Summit,” hosted by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, representatives from nine international whiskey...

State’s Overdose Fatality Report has no good news; fentanyl is deadliest drug, methamphetamine surges

Illicit fentanyl, a powerful and unpredictable opioid, has inflicted another harrowing year on the Commonwealth, claiming more lives than ever before even though deaths from heroin alone have declined. According to a report released today by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, fatal overdoses totaled 1,565 in 2017, an 11.5 percent increase over the previous year. Among those cases, toxicology...

Trade groups to gather in Kentucky as Trump’s tariffs threaten risky business for the whiskey business

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Whiskey trade groups from around the world will converge on the birthplace of bourbon this week to discuss their concerns about a possible global trade war being stoked by the Trump administration. Tariffs have already been imposed on bourbon in some overseas markets and, according to Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers Association, they’re...

1958 BMW Roadster named best of show at Keeneland’s 15th annual Concours d’Elegance

A 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster was named Best of Show at the 15th annual Keeneland Concours d’Elegance at the historic Keeneland Race Course. The show field featured three classes of this year’s featured marque, BMW, as well as classes of horse-drawn carriages and modified examples of modern sports cars and hatchbacks. The cars on display ranged from a 1910 Oakland “30” Model...