ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference features sessions on new beverages, old production methods

Immediately following Lexington Craft Beer Week, May 12–21, brewers and distillers who wish to stay relevant in an increasingly competitive and growing global market will have the opportunity to participate in an innovative forum for ideas. ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE17), held May 21–24 in Lexington, Kentucky, will feature a dedicated session on craft brewing and distilling. Beverage...

Rural Blog: Trump maintains silence on expiring benefits for retired miners; deadline is April 28

President Trump has been vocal on his promise to “put our miners back to work” but has remained mum on expiring benefits for retired coal miners, notes Noam Scheiber of The New York Times. One of those miners is David Van Sickle, who at 59 suffers from black-lung disease. Van Sickle, a Trump supporter who heeded doctor’s orders to retire two years ago after four decades of mining...

Kentucky receives $93 million in tobacco settlement money, funds boost agriculture, health outcomes

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky received $93,415,537 million in tobacco settlement money this week. “For nearly 20 years the landmark Master Settlement Agreement has made a positive impact on the Commonwealth, supporting early childhood education, health programs, cancer research, and helping to aid our farmers and create sustainable farm-based businesses,” Beshear said. “Since...

Kentucky’s preliminary unemployment rate remains at 5 percent, slightly under last year’s figure

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March unemployment rate remained unchanged from February at 5 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary March 2017 jobless rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the 5.1 percent rate recorded for the state in March 2016. The U.S. seasonally...

KyCIR: Detention common occurrence for Kentucky youth, even when they haven’t committed a crime

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Margie Beitz’s son had been gone nearly two weeks when she decided to file a court petition labeling him a runaway. She and her husband were blindsided by his anger. The youngest of five children, Isaiah despised rules in a way the others never did. Doctors and inpatient treatments were temporary fixes until insurance money ran out, and the...

Beshear urges Kentuckians to file claims on company’s sleep disorder drug settlement

Attorney General Andy Beshear is urging Kentuckians who purchased Provigil to file their claims as part of the more than $1 million settlement his office secured with pharmaceutical company Cephalon last year over its anticompetitive conduct to protect profits from its sleep disorder drug. As part of the settlement, Kentuckians who used the drug will receive a portion of roughly $760,000. Kentucky’s...

UK names New Mexico administrator new associate provost for student and academic life

Signaling a major step in the reorganization of academic success units, on Tuesday UK Provost Tim Tracy named a long-time academic leader in student success and support services to serve as the university’s new leader for student and academic life. Greg Heileman, currently vice provost for teaching and learning at the University of New Mexico, has been named the associate provost for student and...

People in the News: Community Trust names Hawkins loan officer; MSU honors Dressler

Billie Dollins, Versailles Market President of Community Trust Bank, Inc., has announced that Shirie Hawkins has joined Community Trust Bank as a Commercial Loan Officer and Assistant Vice President. Ms. Hawkins’ responsibilities include working with local businesses in Central Kentucky to find solutions to their lending needs, developing new commercial relationships with Community Trust, and expanding...

University of Kentucky awarded $11.2 million grant to launch new Center for Cancer and Metabolism

The University of Kentucky was recently awarded a prestigious Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant to study the metabolism of cancer from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. The $11.2 million grant, announced by school officials Monday, will fund UK’s Center for Cancer and Metabolism over the next five years. Kentucky...

Study shows diabetes’ deaths may be four times higher than reported; state has 12th highest rate

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Diabetes may be responsible for nearly four times as many American deaths as reported on death certificates, which would move diabetes from the seventh-leading cause of death to the third, according to a recent study. Kentucky has the 12th highest diabetes death rate in the nation. “We argue diabetes is responsible for 12 percent of deaths in the U.S., rather...

UK School of Journalism and Media recognizes six with Distinguished Alumni Awards

The faculty of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information has voted to annually recognize graduates of the school who have had outstanding careers and made significant contributions to their communities and professions. “I am not sure many people realize the impact our graduates have had on our state and our country,” Lars Willnat,...

People in the News: Treece new KAW field operations manager; Hawkins to head UofL alumni relations

Kentucky American Water has announced the appointment of David Treece as senior manager of field operations for the Central Division, based in Lexington.
 In this position, Treece will oversee the company’s field operations in Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Harrison, Jessamine, Nicholas, Scott and Woodford counties. He will report to Kentucky American Water 
Vice President of Operations Kevin Rogers....

Kentucky man dragged off United Airlines flight to Louisville suffered concussion, lost two teeth

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An Elizabethtown physician who was dragged off a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville on Sunday is out of the hospital but still recovering from injuries, his lawyer said Thursday. Attorney Tom Demetrio, who represents Dr. David Dao, told reporters that Dao suffered a concussion, broken nose and that he lost two front teeth. Dao, 69, was released from the hospital...

52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign emphasizing importance of opioid overdose treatment

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is emphasizing the importance of naloxone education and services for communities to address the impact of opioid abuse. Public health officials say the program is particularly timely following a recent report of a death in Louisville linked to...

Bevin praises General Assembly for ‘historic’ work during landmark 2017 Legislative session

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin is saluting Kentucky lawmakers for the historic work they completed in the legislative session that ended last month. “What we got done was phenomenal,” he said in an interview at his Capitol office on Tuesday. “As soon as I think ‘I wish we would have gotten to this or that,’ I think to myself, ‘who would have thought that we would have gotten...

UK establishes special Twitter account to provide more information about off-campus safety issues

The University of Kentucky is committed to putting students and their safety first. To that end, UK Police and students have been talking for months about how to provide even more information about safety issues – both on campus and off of it. The result of those conversations and feedback is the creation of a new Twitter account for off-campus safety issues in densely populated student residential...

Bevin administration scales back effort to close down Kentucky’s last remaining abortion clinic

Gov. Matt Bevin has scaled back his effort to close Kentucky’s only abortion clinic, agreeing to renew its license until a lawsuit challenging the effort is resolved. Bevin’s lawyers and the attorneys for EMW Women’s Surgical Center of Louisville filed the agreement with U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers, who is expected to approve it. “The legal wrangling started recently when...

General Fund receipts down over $99 million in March compared to 2016 financial report figures

The Office of State Budget Director reported Monday that March’s General Fund receipts fell 11.4 percent compared to March of last year, a decrease of $99.2 million. Total revenues for the month were $770.9 million, compared to $870.1 million during March 2016. Receipts have now grown 1.2 percent for the first nine months of FY17. For the quarter, total General Fund collections declined 3.2 percent,...

People in the News: Oney named Community Bank Mt. Sterling market president; MSS gets new VP

Mark A. Gooch, President and CEO of Community Trust Bank, Inc., announced that Jody E. Oney has been promoted to the position of Mt. Sterling Market President. Oney’s responsibilities include providing consumer, residential, and commercial lending options to new and existing clients, as well as offering a variety of financial solutions to individuals and businesses including the acceptance of time...

Kentucky Lottery celebrates 28th anniversary with near record-breaking sales in March

Twenty-eight years ago Tuesday (April 4, 1989), lottery tickets first went on sale in Kentucky. Nearly three decades later, the Kentucky Lottery Corporation (KLC) announced Thursday a sales week and month eclipsed only by efforts at start-up back in April 1989 and a record-shattering jackpot. Fueled by the launch of one of the most successful Scratch-off tickets in their history, Kentucky Lottery...