Gov. Bevin joins in filing amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court in key religious liberty case

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is joining with West Virginia and 20 other states in filing an amicus brief in support of North Carolina’s writ of certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review Rowan County v. Lund. The Bevin Administration along with the states of West Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada,...

Secretary of State convening task force to propose legislative action to legalize medical marijuana

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is convening a task force of Kentuckians to focus on a legislative proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky, Grimes announced Wednesday. The group will also study and propose potential implementation and regulation processes. “Too many Kentuckians are suffering from debilitating physical and mental illnesses. Most have lived with the effects...

Construction of MetroNet’s new fiber optic network will make Lexington nation’s largest gigabit city

Mayor Jim Gray on Tuesday announced an agreement with MetroNet to build a fiber-optic network in Lexington, making good on his promise to give citizens a new choice in television providers, and to transform Lexington into a gigabit city with ultrafast internet access that will attract high tech businesses and good jobs. Indiana-based MetroNet plans to start building its fiber-optic network in January...

KyCIR: U of L may sue its own foundation if unable to reach agreement over misspent funds

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting The University of Louisville is considering suing its own foundation in the wake of a damaging audit and months of talk about recouping misspent money, according to leaders at the U of L Foundation. Earl Reed III, chairman of a U of L Foundation subcommittee, said in an affidavit provided to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting that...

Rural Blog: Coal’s future still bleak as utilities shift to cheaper natural gas, wind and solar power options

“A year after Donald Trump was elected president on a promise to revive the ailing U.S. coal industry, the sector’s long-term prospects for growth and hiring remain as bleak as ever,” Timothy Gardner reports for Reuters. “A Reuters review of mining data shows an industry that has seen only modest gains in jobs and production this year – much of it from a temporary uptick...

Appeals court rules in favor of Bevin administration, allows medical review panels to proceed

The Commonwealth of Kentucky Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled in favor of the Bevin Administration by granting a stay of the Franklin Circuit Court’s Oct. 30, 2017 ruling in the Medical Review Panels case. The Circuit Court’s opinion ruled that the new Medical Review Panel law was unconstitutional. As a result of today’s decision, 89 current cases will proceed, and all prospective malpractice...

Dems may back off special meeting request after law firm hired to investigate harassment allegations

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky House Democrats may be backing off a call for a special meeting of the Legislative Research Commission after the Republican Caucus hired a law firm to investigate the allegations of sexual harassment against four members. The Majority Republicans announced on Tuesday that they have retained the Middleton Reutlinger law firm to conduct the investigation and advise...

House Republicans announce hiring of legal council before holding four-hour closed-door meeting

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky House Republicans held a four-hour closed-door meeting Tuesday afternoon and released little information afterwards. Speaker Pro-Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect, spoke briefly with reporters at the conclusion of the meeting but didn’t divulge much of anything new about the status of the pension bill. “We had a very brief meeting with the Senate this morning and...

Falmouth’s Eric Garrison wins $50k lottery prize with same numbers his wife Linda used to win $2.6m in 1999

Staff report Eric Garrison of Falmouth matched four of the first five numbers of the Powerball jackpot’s November 1 drawing to win $50,000, the game’s third prize.  But the numbers he used were not new to the Kentucky Lottery. They were the same numbers that earned his wife, Linda, a $2.6 million Lotto Kentucky jackpot in 1999. No one had the ticket for the estimated $52 million Powerball...

A personal memory of legendary horseman Tom Gentry, ‘master of sales party,’ who died Tuesday

In May of 2012, our then-regular columnist Robert Treadway wrote a terrific series of columns on the Kentucky horse industry as he lived it and remembered it. Among those was this memory of legendary horseman Tom Gentry. We are sharing it in the wake of Tom Gentry’s death on Oct. 31 at age 80. He was an owner, breeder, consignor and racing official over a long and celebrated career. He is...

Frankfort judge strikes down law requiring medical review of malpractice lawsuits; Bevin to appeal

A judge has ruled that a new law aimed at decreasing frivolous lawsuits and lowering malpractice insurance costs was unconstitutional, and he prohibited the state from enforcing it. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd The Oct. 30 ruling by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said the 2017 law is unconstitutional because it restricts the right of people to plead their cases in court by requiring...

Bevin administration releases data showing Kentucky teachers wealthier under “Keeping the Promise” plan

The Bevin administration on Monday released data showing new teachers enrolling in the defined contribution retirement plan, a 401(a) plan, can be wealthier at retirement than if they began in the defined benefits plan currently in law. The estimate shows that a new teacher starting at age 24 and working until age 61 will start retirement with $1.59 million. If reinvested, this could translate into...

‘One Toyota’ creates new $80m engineering facility in Georgetown with capacity for 800 on cutting-edge

It’s a big task, but Toyota Motor North America has the best and brightest accepting the challenge: innovate and problem solve to create the next generation of manufacturing technology. Today’s newly opened $80 million, 235,000 square foot state-of-the-art and environmentally-conscious Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center (PEMC) in Georgetown, is the final building constructed under...

Kentucky Horse Park, CP National Horse Show to host dinner honoring racehorse Man o’ War

The Kentucky Horse Park and the CP National Horse Show have partnered to offer a special dinner honoring the legendary racehorse Man o’ War on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. The Man o’ War Farm-to-Table Benefit Dinner will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena in Gracie Street Garden. Featuring a night of Kentucky Proud dishes, craft beer and cocktails, and premium seats to view the...

University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center celebrates 30th Anniversary

By Jenny Evans Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center. More than 250 equine industry representatives attended the celebration dinner in the Woodford Reserve Room at Kroger Field. Stuart Brown, chair of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation and Hagyard Equine Medical...

Lexington celebrates Sister Cities relationships and 60th anniversary of Deauville, France, connection

Sixty years ago, Lexington began a special relationship with another thoroughbred community, this one over 4,000 miles away. Deauville, in the northwestern part of France, is known as the “queen of the Norman beaches,” and is one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in the country, often referred to as the Parisian Riviera. Since Lexington is not a seaside resort town, it was a mutual love for...

Two more Kentuckians, Steven Gardner and Mike Duncan, nominated to Trump Administration posts

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two more Kentuckians have been nominated for posts in the administration of President Donald J. Trump.   
Steven Gardner, president and CEO of Lexington-based ECSI, LLC, has been named to be director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and Robert M. “Mike” Duncan has been named to the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service. Robert...

Kentucky American Water’s York Street storage tank gets artistic facelift, partnering with LAL and NoLi

Staff Report Kentucky American Water’s York Street storage tank in Lexington is being painted through a partnership with the Lexington Art League and the NoLi (North Limestone) corporation. A formal debut is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. The York St. Water Tank Mural
 Collaboration of NoLi CDC, Kentucky American Water, Blue Grass Community Foundation, Lexington Art League, and...

Redesigned Mega Millions features increased starting jackpot increase to $40 million, higher ticket price

Starting Saturday, the Mega Millions game is being redesigned to bring more value to players with larger starting jackpots and faster rolls. Part of this redesign is a change in ticket price, moving from $1 to $2. “Among several changes in the game are starting jackpots that will now more than double from $15 million to $40 million,” said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie. “The...

Audit uncovers over $3 million in inappropriately awarded claims during Longmeyer tenure

The Finance and Administration Cabinet has released the results of a months-long audit into financial mismanagement and improprieties involving the Commonwealth’s self-insured Workers’ Compensation Program. The audit, requested by Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas B. Stephens, uncovered over $3 million in claims inappropriately awarded under the administration of previous Personnel Cabinet...