Sen. Julian Carroll files bill to allow sports wagering at horse racing tracks, off-track wagering facilites

Kentucky residents may soon be able to wager on their favorite sports team. A bill filed today by Senator Julian M. Carroll, D-Frankfort, sets the framework to allow any horse racing track or off-track wagering facility to offer sports wagering. The majority of revenue generated from sports wagering will be deposited into the Kentucky Employees Retirement Systems Non-Hazardous and Kentucky Teachers’...

Beshear among 34 attorneys general demanding Equifax provide better safeguards after data breach

Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined with 34 attorneys general to send a letter demanding that Equifax take immediate steps to strengthen customer protections and improve services to the nearly 143 million people impacted by the massive data breach. “I share Kentuckians frustration surrounding this data breach and that is why I am asking Equifax to move quickly to alleviate unnecessary confusion...

Memorial to those who died in Korean War dedicated at Lexington’s Veteran Park Memorial Walk

A memorial to those who lost their lives in the Korean War was dedicated on Lexington’s Veterans Park War Memorial Walk on Sunday. “War Memorial Walk is something our city has needed for a long time,” Mayor Jim Gray said. It’s a place where people can come and offer their respect and gratitude to all of the men and women who have died for our country. That’s very important in Lexington. “Members...

Famed horsewoman and Secretariat breeder Penny Chenery Tweedy dead at age 95 in Boulder

Helen Bates “Penny” Chenery Tweedy (January 27, 1922 – September 16, 2017) was an American sportswoman who bred and raced Secretariat, the 1973 winner of the Triple Crown. She died September 16 at her home in Boulder, Colorado from complications from a stroke. She was 95 years old. Chenery had a love of horses from a young age, and learned to ride at age five. Believing her appreciation...

Lexington woman in intensive care, hit by stray bullets in Columbia; she was there for UK game

Denise Massey of Lexington who was in Columbia, S.C., for the University of Kentucky football game on Saturday was hit with stray bullets early Saturday morning in a drive-by shooting, leaving her in critical condition. Massey was struck in the cheek area, according to Jimmy Brannon, a Paris attorney, who was with her. The couple decided at the last minute to drive to South Carolina to watch UK play...

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, others object to Keeneland-Churchill Downs plan for new tracks

Staff report The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and other groups are pushing back on the plan announced by Churchill Downs and Keeneland to build two new racetrack facilities in Oak Grove and Corbin. A statement released by Franklin S. Kling Jr., president of the racing commission and Vice Chairman John C. Roach said the commission has said repeatedly it would not consider “any applications...

Churchill, Keenland form ‘historic partnership’ to build two new racing facilities in Corbin, Oak Grove

Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI”) and Keeneland Association, Inc. (“Keeneland”) announced today an historic partnership to propose the construction of two new state-of-the-art racing facilities. One will be in southeastern Kentucky in Corbin (Knox County), and the second will be in southwestern Kentucky in Oak Grove (Christian County). The proposed facilities will feature...

August real estate sales down by 2 percent in the Bluegrass region, LBAR reports

The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR) reported sales of $258,834,805 for the month of August on 1,311 transactions. August sales activity decreased two percent with 1,338 sales reported closed in August 2016 compared to 1,311 sales reported closed in August 2017. Of the 1,311 sales 276 sales were to first time homebuyers and 136 sales were to out of state buyers. Residential sales...

Buyer beware: Kentucky expecting a flood following hurricanes Harvey, Irma — of flood-damaged vehicles

While Kentucky has not been directly affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Commonwealth could soon experience flooding of another kind: a rise in flood-damaged vehicles. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Vehicle Regulation (DVR) is preparing for an influx of title requests for vehicles that have been deemed a total loss due to natural disaster damage in states such as Florida...

People in the News: Greenberg named CEO of 21c Museum Hotels; Field & Main earns Keystone Award

21c Museum Hotels announced that Craig Greenberg will succeed Steve Wilson as CEO of the growing hospitality company, headquartered in Louisville. Greenberg, who has served as President of 21c Museum Hotels since 2012, will now serve as President and CEO. Wilson, who founded the company with his wife Laura Lee Brown in 2006, will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board, responsible for guiding...

Lexington Cemetery trustees agree in principle to relocation of Breckinridge, Morgan statues

Lexington Cemetery trustees stepped up for the City of Lexington Monday, giving a conditional “yes” to accepting the John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge statues. Before the decision is final, the city must fine-tune an agreement with the trustees. Mayor Jim Gray, Police Chief Mark Barnard; Dr. C.B. Akins, pastor First Baptist Bracktown, representing the African-American Collaborative Coalition;...

Man charged with kidnapping, assault after woman seriously injured, son found dead in Jackson County

Kentucky State Police are investigating the kidnapping and assault of a Jackson County woman and her son. In the morning hours of Saturday, September 9 around 10:45 a.m., the Kentucky State Police and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to an injured female found by hikers. Jessica Durham was located and rescued at the bottom of an 80 foot cliff near Sparks Ridge Road. Durham was able...

Kentucky sending Ambulance Strike Team to Florida to provide emergency hurricane assistance

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) is assisting in another emergency services team deployment through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) will deploy an Ambulance Strike Team to Florida Monday to provide emergency assistance with Hurricane Irma. The ambulance strike team, which consists of 30 members, six ambulances and a...

Lexington Fire Department’s Station Six celebrates 100 years of service to the city

Mayor Jim Gray, Fire Chief Kristin Chilton, and the rest of the Lexington Fire Department celebrated 100 years of service at Fire Station number Six today. “I was assigned to station 6 as a firefighter and again as a lieutenant and captain,” said Chilton. “I’m very proud to have served here, and to be a small part of the service this station has given to this community.” “The...

Appeal expected on ruling on state’s only remaining abortion clinic; could wind up in U.S. Supreme Court

By Robin Cornetet Kentucky Today A federal judge will soon decide whether Kentucky’s only remaining abortion clinic can continue to operate without contracts in place with an ambulance service and a local hospital. Regardless of how U.S. District Court Judge Greg Stivers rules, the legal fight is expected to continue through a lengthy appeals process that could potentially end up with the U.S. Supreme...

Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry country music duo dies in helicopter crash in New Jersey

Troy Gentry, 50, half of the award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry, has died in a helicopter crash in New Jersey. 
The group’s website says Gentry “was tragically killed in a helicopter crash” that occurred around 1 p.m. Friday in Medford, New Jersey. Montgomery Gentry The group was supposed to perform Friday at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford. The statement...

Local governments facing major increases in pension contributions unless Legislature acts, Chilton says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Local governments in Kentucky would pay 50 to 60 percent more next year to fund pensions for workers, unless the General Assembly acts, according to an email to local officials from State Budget Director John Chilton. Without changes by lawmakers to the state’s wobbly pension system, local governments will have to make payments into the County Employees Retirement System...

Federal Court trial begins in Louisville to determine future of Kentucky’s only remaining abortion clinic

By Robin Cornetet Kentucky Today A trial is underway in Louisville to determine whether Kentucky’s only remaining abortion clinic will have to close. Lawyers delivered opening statements on Wednesday morning, followed by the kickoff of what could be up to three days of testimony. Regardless of the outcome, the legal fight is expected to continue through a lengthy appeals process that could end up...

Legislative leaders say roll back of cost of living adjustments unlikely to be part of pension proposal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The leaders in the General Assembly said it is not likely that lawmakers will take away cost-of-living adjustment previously given to retirees as part of the overhaul of the Kentucky pension system for public workers. Eliminating the cost-of-living adjustments that state and local government retirees received between 1996 and 2012 was one of the more controversial proposals...

Kentucky Horse Park makes 200 stalls available for horses in potential path of Hurricane Irma

The Kentucky Horse Park has opened stabling to horses that are being evacuated from areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Irma. The park is making 200 stalls available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Wednesday until September 17 for $20 per stall per night, KHP officials said. “Although we have limited capacity, it’s important for us to help however we can,” said Laura Prewitt,...