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Three Hepatitis A deaths; CDC recommends vaccinations for children in affected counties

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three deaths are being blamed on the hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky, according to the Department of Public Health.   
Through April 14, the Kentucky Department of Public Health confirmed 352 outbreak-associated cases, leading to 246 hospitalizations and three deaths. 
State health officials are recommending vaccinations for residents in six Kentucky counties affected...

As warm weather approaches PSC reminding Kentuckians to call 811 before you dig

With the arrival of warmer weather, homeowners, contractors and others are getting outside to work on projects that have been on hold through the winter. This increase in excavation activity is usually accompanied by an increase in the number of incidents of damage to underground utility facilities. That is why April is national Safe Digging Month. The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is joining...

Bevin files another suit against attorney general Andy Beshear in back and forth over pension reform bill

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s a new wrinkle in the lawsuit filed by Attorney General Andy Beshear seeking that the public pension reform bill passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin be thrown out.   An important part of the suit alleged Senate Bill 151 is unconstitutional because it was signed by House Speaker Pro-Tem David Osborne, who Beshear argued is not...

KyForward’s Gene Clabes among those named to UK journalism’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni

Staff Report KyForward Executive Editor and co-founder Gene Clabes is among nine journalists who will be inducted into the University of Kentucky School of Journalism’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni Thursday evening. The alumni to be recognized in addition to Clabes include an widely recognized photographer for National Geographic, a popular and beloved Courier- Journal columnist; the editor of...

2018 legislature: Big winners — children in foster care, crime victims; the rest — losers and questions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 2018 General Assembly is now history and while there are some obvious winners and losers, there are two other categories to consider: “both” or “too soon to tell.” Children in foster care, or awaiting adoption, is one area that is an obvious winner. A bipartisan working group named on the final day of the 2017 session by then-Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown,...

Visit Bardstown: See Kentucky’s Official Outdoor Drama, Stephen Foster Story, and more this summer

The Stephen Foster Drama Association is celebrating 60 years of staging and sharing the story of America’s first great composer, Stephen Collins Foster. Set in the mid-19th century, “The Stephen Foster Story” follows the prolific songwriter as he paves the road for future musicians through love, heartache and struggles. Kentucky’s Official Outdoor Drama, it is one of the oldest...

Kentucky American Water will be ‘flushing’ by opening fire hydrants, protecting water quality

You may see Kentucky American Water crews in your area this spring opening fire hydrants and letting them flow for a period of time. This is all part of a normal maintenance activity for the water distribution system referred to in the industry as system “flushing.” Flushing is a key activity that helps Kentucky American Water to continue providing excellent quality water to customers because...

A look at some of the new laws passed during the Kentucky General Assembly 2018 regular session

The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2018 regular session ended Saturday evening, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved the state’s next two-year budget and numerous other measures that will affect people throughout the state. Most new laws – those that come from legislation that don’t contain emergency clauses or different specified effective dates – will go into effect in mid-July. A...

Senate confirms Jennings as first woman to serve as U.S. District Judge for Western District of Kentucky

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered remarks on the Senate floor following the Senate confirmation of Rebecca Grady Jennings of Louisville, Kentucky to serve on the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. Sen. McConnell and Jennings at her nomination hearing in November (provided). In November, Senator McConnell welcomed Jennings to the U.S. Capitol...

Kentucky lawmakers override governor’s vetoes as teachers watch from the gallery, protest outside

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky General Assembly overrode three major vetoes from Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday when thousands of teachers again made their presence felt in the Capitol, showing up to call for more money for education and protesting changes to their pension plan. Lawmakers voted to override three of Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes on Friday. (LRC photo) Lawmakers overturned vetoes...

KSP, Dept for Facilities and Support Services, Fire Marshal announce safety precautions for Capitol activities

Kentucky State Police (KSP), Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Department for Facilities and Support Services, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are asking the public to remain mindful of safety precautions while visiting the state Capitol Building and Capitol Annex on Friday and Saturday. The agencies are working to create a safe and accommodating environment that provides public access to...

EKU regents approve program suspensions, eliminate 96 currently filled faculty, staff poitions

Faced with the need to recoup $25 million in recurring costs, a task made necessary largely by declines in state funding and increased pension obligations, the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents today suspended several academic programs and eliminated 96 currently filled faculty and staff positions. Benson “It truly is a perfect storm and financial reckoning the likes of which EKU has never...

KY Lottery sales began 29 years ago; anniversary on the heels of near record-breaking sales in March

Twenty-nine years ago, lottery tickets first went on sale in Kentucky. Nearly three decades later, the Kentucky Lottery Corporation (KLC) announced today the second-highest sales month in the history of the corporation. Fueled by two large jackpots in Mega Millions and Powerball – in addition to near historic Scratch-off ticket sales – Kentucky Lottery sales for March 2018 were $104.1 million....

Former U of L, Murray State football player Zeke Pike, once destined for greatness, arrested again

NKyTribune staff Former University of Louisville and Murray State football player Ezekiel “Zeke” Pike, who was dismissed from three different college football programs due to problems away from the field, is in trouble with the law again. Zeke Pike (80) converted from quarterback to tight end at Louisville in 2013. Pike caught one pass in limited playing time during the 2013 campaign. (Photo...

KYTC urges drivers to have a vested interest in work zone safety following spike in incidents in 2017

While motorists can expect to see an increase in the number of orange barrels on roadways as warm weather makes its way across the Bluegrass, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) hopes to see a decrease in the number of work zone related incidents in 2018 after a spike last year. With motorists being the primary victims of work zone injuries and fatalities, KYTC is driving attention to National...

Hundreds march in Frankfort to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on anniversary of his assassination

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Hundreds of Kentuckians honored the late Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, rallying on the same spot where the civil rights leader led a civil rights march in 1964. “They marched for justice and equality, for equal protection under just laws,” said Crystal DeGregory, a professor at nearby Kentucky State University. “They marched for...

Senate Majority Leader McConnell on midterm elections: ‘The wind is going to be in our face’

By Roger Alford Kentucky Today Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was instrumental in marshaling forces to pass the largest tax overhaul in 30 years to spur an economic resurgence. Yet, that doesn’t top McConnell’s list of what he considers his most consequential political accomplishments as the Senate’s top lawmaker. Top of the list for him is the rapid confirmations of conservative judges...

Teachers gather in Frankfort for march on Capitol for voice on state budget as lawmakers convene

Staff report Traffic jams in Frankfort early this morning, long lines of cars at Interstate off-ramps, the Capitol parking garage already filled and crowds already gathered around the Kentucky Education Association building — all signs of a major gathering of teachers for protests as lawmakers address a state budget. A rally and march of the state’s teachers will start at KEA headquarters...

World War II veteran, Kentuckian Garlin Murl Conner to be posthumously awarded Medal of Honor

Kentuckian and World War II U.S. Army veteran First Lieutenant Garlin Murl Conner, of Clinton County, will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The announcement came Thursday from President Donald Trump, who will host 1st Lt. Conner’s widow, Pauline Conner, at a White House ceremony at a later date. First Lieutenant Conner had previously received four Silver Stars, one Bronze Star, three...

KEA president speaks out about the pension bill sent to Bevin’s desk; rally set for Monday at Capitol

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Stephanie Winkler, president of the Kentucky Education Association, spoke with passion and fire in an emotional press conference concerning Thursday night’s passage of the pension reform bill and delivered a stark and threatening message to legislators who voted in favor of Senate Bill 151.   “Anyone that voted yes for this bill will need to start packing up their...