A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Andy Barr joins New York Democrat to sponsor legislation to streamline horseracing nationwide

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Kentucky Republican congressman and a New York Democrat have joined together in sponsoring legislation to streamline the thoroughbred horse racing industry nationwide.   U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, and U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Albany, appeared before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Friday in Washington, D.C., speaking on behalf of The Horseracing Integrity...

State Senator Dorsey Ridley calls judges ruling on public Pension bill the right decision for Kentucky

State Senator Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, called last week’s ruling by the Franklin County Circuit Court striking down Senate Bill 151, the public pension bill, the right decision. The bill was found to be “unconstitutional and void.” Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled that SB 151 violates the Kentucky Constitution because it did not receive three readings on three...

Secretary of State to send address verification post cards to 600,000 no-show registered voters

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Registered voters who haven’t cast a ballot in recent elections may be receiving a postcard from the Secretary of State’s office soon. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says she will always fight to keep Kentuckians on the ballot. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today) To ensure accurate records, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Friday that...

Kentucky Cancer Registry receives $2.6 million contract from National Cancer Institute

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward The Kentucky Cancer Registry (KCR) has received a $2.6 million contract from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to continue its participation in the NCI’s Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program. If the NCI exercises all contract options, the contract could be worth up to $31 million over 10 years. Housed within the University of Kentucky’s...

Judge declares Kentucky’s pension overhaul unconstitutional, citing process used to enact law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has declared a new Kentucky law overhauling the state’s government pension system unconstitutional. Teachers protest the pension overhaul at the Capitol in April. A Franklin Circuit judge has ruled the law unconstitutional. (Photo from Kentucky Today) In a ruling Wednesday, Shepherd took issue with the process lawmakers used...

Kentucky State Police say Poor People’s Campaign lacked proper permit to protest inside Capitol

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s a simple explanation why teachers were allowed to protest inside the Capitol this spring and the Poor People’s Campaign was not allowed to protest inside in three separate rallies, Kentucky State Police said.   The Poor People’s Campaign only applied for a permit that let them use the front steps of the Capitol while the teachers filled out the proper paperwork...

State to employ new stategy in attracting innovative new high-tech startups, assisting small businesses

To better serve, attract and develop innovators and startups, Kentucky will deploy a new regional approach to developing high-tech, high-potential-growth businesses, while continuing to assist small businesses seeking support. KY Innovation, the state’s recently launched initiative supporting businesses founders and growing companies, will soon begin implementing Regional Innovation for Startups...

Bipartisan panel formed to craft Kentucky’s sports wagering legislation in wake of Supreme Court ruling

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A bipartisan House and Senate panel has been formed to craft legislation to allow sports wagering in Kentucky. A decision last month by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow states to decide their own fate of sports betting means, for the first time since 1992, wagering on sports will not be limited to only Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. Lawmakers are forming a panel to...

Perkins Vocational Training Center, CVS Health celebrate new training program with ribbon cutting

The Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center in Thelma and CVS Health recently celebrated the grand opening of the CVS Retail Pharmacy Collaborative program and mock pharmacy store with a ribbon cutting at the center. The new collaboration will train Kentuckians with disabilities for employment in a retail store such as CVS Pharmacy, and be the first mock pharmacy program in the state. “Congratulations...

Judge sentences Rand Paul’s neighbor to 30 days behind bars; after plea of guilty to assault

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A federal judge has sentenced U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor to 30 days behind bars after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress. FILE – In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Rene Boucher, center, appears in court for an arraignment hearing with his attorney Matt Baker, left, at the Warren County Justice Center in Bowling Green, Ky. U.S. District Judge...

Beshear sues Walgreens as pharmacy, distributor; claims company failed to report flood of pills into KY

Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed suit against Walgreens for its dual role as distributor and pharmacy in allegedly failing to legally monitor its own operations that shipped and dispensed large quantities of opioids through its more than 70 locations statewide. Beshear Beshear said the company’s actions flooded Kentucky communities with dangerous prescription drugs, directly contributing to...

Kentucky eye bank: Coroner charged with receiving stolen property didn’t steal donated eyeballs

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today The Kentucky Lions Eye Bank wants to let potential donors know the Kentucky coroner being charged with receiving stolen property didn’t steal eye donations. The bank said they used Scott County Coroner John Goble’s services twice when commercial transportation was not feasible because of surgery time constraints, according to a release. The surgical transport tissue...

Report: Kentucky maintains high grades for manufacturing and logistics’ declines in innovation

Kentucky maintains high grades for manufacturing and logistics, says the 2018  Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card released today by the Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and Conexus Indiana. Kentucky improved from “C” to “B-” in its Benefits Costs and “D” to “D+” in its Tax Climate grades. The state maintained grade of...

Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS announces $259.3 million in sales in May

Real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® (LBAR) positively impacted the Bluegrass economy with 1,281 reported sales totaling $259,263,788 during the month of May. According to 2018 LBAR President John Groft, “Inventory and days on market both continue to skim along at historic lows, while buyer demand is creating competitive purchase offer situations that...

U.S. DOT awards Kentucky Transportation Cabinet $67 million for Boone County interchange upgrades

NKyTribune staff The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has received approval for a $67 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund upgrades to interchanges at Mt. Zion Road (KY 536) and Richwood Rd (KY 388). Click to enlarge The improvements will include the replacement of traditional diamond interchanges with double crossover diamond interchanges. The project also includes construction...

The Rural Blog: U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says farmworker visa program to be overhauled

The departments of Labor, Agriculture, State and Homeland Security will modernize the H-2A visa program that brings in foreign farmworkers, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said recently. Farmers have been struggling to find enough workers since the Trump administration cracked down on illegal immigration; more than 55 percent of California farmers surveyed in March said half their land...

Labor Cabinet conducts 23 on-site consultative surveys, saves Kentucky employers $651,000

Last month, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet conducted 23 free on-site visits, or “consultative surveys” for Kentucky employers – correcting 93 serious violations that could have affected up to 1,933 employees. This resulted in saving participating companies up to $651,000 in potential enforcement penalties. The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training,...

BBB Study: sweepstakes, lottery, prize schemes devastate older victims with evolving tactics

A new report by Better Business Bureau (BBB) says sweepstakes, lottery, and prize schemes are devastating victims financially and emotionally with ever-evolving methods. These frauds concentrate on seniors, targeting them by direct mail, cold calling, social media, even text messages and smartphone pop-ups. BBB warns consumers to be on guard against these serious and pervasive frauds and their perpetrators. The...

Conn pleads guilty to new conspiracy charges before a federal court

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An eastern Kentucky attorney, who was already facing 12 years in prison for defrauding the Social Security Administration of more than $550 million, will likely get even more time behind bars. File photo Eric Conn, 58, of Pikeville, pleaded guilty on Monday before U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves at U. S. District Court in Lexington to conspiracy to defraud the United...

Braidy Industries breaks ground on $1.6B rolling mill near Ashland, will bring 600 jobs to region

At Friday’s ceremonial start of construction on the $1.5 billion, 600-job Braidy Industries aluminum rolling mill near Ashland, Gov. Matt Bevin joined elected officials and business leaders in hailing the project as the economic comeback of Eastern Kentucky and a direct result of the state’s right-to-work legislation. Gov. Matt Bevin addresses the crowd at Friday’ groundbreaking (photo credit...