Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion covered 78 percent of five preventive health screenings last year

Medicaid covered more than 44,000 dental screenings as well as tens of thousands of four other preventive health screenings for non-elderly Kentucky adults during the third quarter of 2016, according to the latest snapshot from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s ongoing study of the Affordable Care Act. The study also shows that more than 78 percent of these screenings were for Kentuckians...

State Senate approves sweeping education reform bill; measure moves to House for consideration

The Kentucky Senate passed a measure Friday that could result in the rewriting of public school lesson plans and tests in favor of a locally-centric form of educating. After the approval of Senate Bill 1, dubbed the let the teacher teach act, Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, hailed the moment as the day in which Kentucky set a successful course for its public school curriculum. “Our No. 1 resource...

Lexington’s Bluegrass Distillers added as stop on Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tours

The iconic Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour is expanding with two new members in Lexington and Northern Kentucky, giving fans the opportunity to experience 13 distilleries on the tour that showcases the state’s burgeoning micro distilleries. Bluegrass Distillers in Lexington and Boone County Distilling Company in Independence join the fast-growing and impressive tour of Kentucky’s finest craft...

Together Lexington joins with EKU Facilitation Center to support Courageous Conversations program

Together Lexington, a new group of community leaders in Fayette County, has enlisted the Facilitation Center at Eastern Kentucky University to support Courageous Conversations, an effort to build trust and goodwill among all Lexington citizens. The EKU Facilitation Center frequently aids groups in “creative problem-solving, funneling ideas into action, and conquering tough topics and challenges,...

People in the News: KCTCS’s Shreffler named to board; Fitzpatrick joins Blue Grass Community Foundation

Dr. Paul Schreffler, vice chancellor, Economic Development and Workforce Solutions, at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) recently joined the board of directors of the Foundation for Kentucky Industry (FKI). The not-for-profit foundation, which is aligned with the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, works to attract, educate, and retain talent for the Commonwealth’s manufacturing...

Real estate sales in central Kentucky exceeded $139 million on 776 sales during January

Real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR) positively impacted the Bluegrass economy as of Jan. 31, 2017 with 776 reported sales totaling $139,415,451. According to 2017 LBAR President Ty Brown, “January sales are off to a good start for 2017, indicating that the housing market is heading into the new year in solid shape. Pending inventory remains to...

Rural Blog: Unmined coal worth less, leaving Kentucky coalfield schools short on funding

School districts in Kentucky’s two coalfields are suffering due to a decline in tax assessments of unmined coal, which presumably has become less valuable because coal is losing market share to natural gas. Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt said that the decrease “will have a significant impact on at least 12 school districts, mostly in Eastern Kentucky, and their local...

State’s Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund awards nearly $10.8 million to Kentucky breeders

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) announced Tuesday the release of the 2016 Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Funds (KBIF). The 2016 awards total approximately $10.8 million for Kentucky breeders. The KBIF was implemented in 2005 to ensure the strength of Kentucky’s equine industry by awarding funds to individuals that choose to breed a thoroughbred in Kentucky. In order to qualify,...

Angel’s Envy Distillery becomes latest facility added to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience

Angel’s Envy, Louisville’s newest distillery, is also the newest member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience, becoming the 10th stop on the world-famous journey that showcases the state’s signature spirit. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer made the announcement Monday at the downtown site on historic Whiskey Row, where Angel’s Envy recently opened its $27 million distillery, brand home and...

State General Fund receipts down 2.1 percent in January from 2016 figures; road fund up

The Office of State Budget Director reported Friday that January’s General Fund receipts fell 2.1 percent compared to January of last year, a decrease of $19.3 million. Total revenues for the month were $884.6 million, compared to $903.9 million during January 2016. Receipts have now grown 2.5 percent for the first seven months of Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17). The official FY17 revenue estimate calls...

Lexington’s 38th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival gets new location in 2017

Eight performance groups will be taking the Irish festival stage on Saturday, March 11, as part of the city’s 38th Annual Alltech St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival. The lineup features local musicians and dancers, as well as two international acts. The festival is part of an all-day celebration that begins at 8 a.m. with the Shamrock Shuffle to benefit Lexington Habitat for Humanity. For 2017,...

Lexington among 10 cities selected to receive Knight Foundation funding for On the Table initiative

Lexington is one of 10 cities across the U.S. selected to participate in the national replication initiative On the Table with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Blue Grass Community Foundation is spearheading the effort. On the Table is a community-wide conversation designed to bring people together during small mealtime conversations to discuss not only what makes their city...

Medicaid expansion covered more than 650,000 adult Kentuckians in third quarter of 2016

More than three-quarters of the adult Kentuckians covered by Medicaid in the third quarter of 2016 were eligible only because Kentucky had expanded its Medicaid program, according to the latest snapshot from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s ongoing study of the Affordable Care Act implementation in the Commonwealth.   Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation, said: “The...

Leader of Lexington’s smoking ban effort, Dr. David Stevens, passes away at age 87

Dr. David Stevens, a retired orthopedic surgeon who was instrumental in getting a smoking ban in Lexington, died Monday at age 87. Stevens, a Republican, served on the nonpartisan Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council from 1992 to 2008 as an at-large and 5th District member. He was a member of the merger commission that drafted the charter for the merged government, Tom Eblen reports for the Lexington...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll shows most Kentuckians favor upping age for tobacco purchasers

About six in 10 Kentucky adults favor raising the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 years, a level unchanged since 2015 among Democrats and Republicans. Among those identifying themselves politically as Independent, support rose from 55 percent to 65 percent in the last two years, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. KHIP is an annual poll of Kentucky adults’ opinions...

Kentucky Bourbon boom adds $1 billion to state economy along with 2,000 jobs over two-year period

Kentucky’s skyrocketing Bourbon industry shows no signs of slowing down, as the signature spirit increased its economic output by $1 billion in the last two years alone and added another 2,000 distillery-related jobs to its workforce, according to a new study released Tuesday. Kentucky Bourbon now pours $8.5 billion each year into the state’s economy, generates as many as 17,500 good-paying jobs...

Over 1,000 join Bevin for 51st annual Kentucky Governor’s Prayer Breakfast

Approximately 1,000 elected officials, community leaders and private citizens from across the Commonwealth joined Gov. Matt Bevin Tuesday for the 51st annual Kentucky Governor’s Prayer Breakfast at the Frankfort Convention Center. Bevin encouraged participants “to not simply call out to God when things are great and we want to thank Him or when things are tough and we need help,” but rather to...

Repealing ACA could hinder treatment for opioid addiction, epidemic in Appalachia, rural areas

From Rural Blog President Trump’s pledge to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could have dire effects on drug-treatment programs, especially in Appalachia and other rural areas plagued by the opioid epidemic, Christine Vestal reports for Stateline. An estimated 1.6 million previously uninsured addicts in the 31 states that expanded Medicaid gained coverage since 2014, including...

Rural Blog: Congress blocks Stream Protection Rule for surface mines; Trump expected to sign bill

During President Obama’s final week in office, the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, which spent nearly the entire eight years of his presidency working on the Stream Protection Rule, on Dec. 19 issued a final version with new limits on coal mining near waterways. Late last week, the Republican-controlled Senate voted 54-45 to kill the rule, Devin Henry reports for...

Campbellsville teenager Tanya Herrera matches five numbers to claim $1 million Powerball pay-out

A Campbellsville woman has claimed a $1 million prize from Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing. Tanya Herrera, 18, won by matching the five white ball winning numbers on her ticket but not the Powerball. The computer-generated quick pick ticket chose 22 as her Powerball number, but 10 is what was drawn for the $206 million jackpot drawing. Herrera says she’ll use some of her winnings towards college...