U.S. Department of Justice data shows incarceration rates rising in Kentucky despite nationwide decline

New data from the federal agency charged with tracking criminal justice statistics around the nation reveals Kentucky’s incarceration rate is surging even though the nation’s incarceration rate declined for the third consecutive year. KY now has the ninth-highest incarceration rate in the nation according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics “Prisoners in 2016”...

Yuengling, America’s oldest beer, will now be sold for the first time in Kentucky, rolling out in March

D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America’s Oldest Brewery®, is pleased to announce that it is expanding the distribution of its highly sought after brands to Kentucky, its 22nd state.   Four wholesalers have been assigned to distribute Yuengling products in the state. In March, Yuengling welcomes in their network; Kentucky Eagle, Inc., River City Distributing Inc., Clark Distributing Co., INC and...

Amazon names 20 finalists for HQ2, Cincinnati/NKY, not on the list; Columbus, OH, Indianapolis are

Amazon has announced 20 finalists to be the host region for its second world headquarters, HQ2 and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky was not among those chosen, but Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis did make the cut. There was a strong presence of cities/regions in the Midwest and on the East Coast, with Denver and Los Angeles the only U.S. locations west of the Rockies named as finalists. Amazon accepted...

KYTC presents recommended six-year highway plan; calls for $1B for bridge, pavement repair

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Wednesday presented the 2018 Recommended Highway Plan for the next six years that includes a record $1 billion in funding to repair bridges and pavements in the FY 2018-FY 2020 biennium. “This is an unprecedented year for the proposed Highway Plan. The balanced Plan identifies projects that we are currently able to fund and offers a list of additional priority...

Here’s the list of the 70 programs that Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget eliminates altogether

Gov. Matt Bevin unveiled the highlights of his proposed budget Tuesday. During his State of the Commonwealth and Budget speech, he mentioned eliminating 70 state-funded programs. The budget zeroes out funding for a total of 70 programs as identified in the table below.

Braidy industries announces hires, promotions; groundbreaking for $1.3 billion facility set for spring

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Braidy Industries has announced key hires and executive promotions as they progress plans for a 300,000 ton-capacity aluminum rolling mill in Eastern Kentucky that is targeted for a spring groundbreaking. Brigadier General Blaine Holt, USAF (Ret.) assumes the role of COO from his previous role as Executive Vice President of Operations and will continue to report to Braidy...

Kentucky Council of Churches to gather for weekly Prayer in Action Days during General Assemby

The Kentucky Council of Churches is hosting Prayer in Action Days at the State Capitol each Tuesday during the General Assembly to pray for government officials and act on behalf of Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens. A kick-off event was held Tuesday, January 9th in the Capitol Rotunda. Subsequent gatherings, listed below, will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Capitol Annex. Jan. 16 ...

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Rep. John Sims unveil medical marijuana task force legislative proposal

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Rep. John Sims, and members of their medical marijuana task force on Thursday unveiled the legislative proposal that is the result of their discussions. Sims filed House Bill 166 Wednesday. “What started as a whisper years ago is now a loud chorus. Kentuckians have declared 2018 as the year they expect action on medical marijuana from their legislators,”...

Lexington officials preparing for winter weather forecast for Central Kentucky Friday and Saturday

Lexington is ready for the winter weather forecasted for Friday and Saturday. “The forecasters have warned us, and we’re listening,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “Our trucks and street crews are ready, and our salt barn is full. If the weather is bad, we know Lexington citizens will reach out and help their neighbors. We’re ready.” In order to finish their Friday collections before the bad...

House votes 90-0 to disband seven-member committee investigating former speaker Jeff Hoover

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A special committee appointed to investigate former House Speaker Jeff Hoover is no more. House colleagues voted 90-0 on Wednesday to repeal a rule that authorized the formation of the 7-member panel to look into a claim that Hoover sexually harassed a former staffer, triggering a scandal that led to his resignation from his leadership post. Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover...

Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover seeks new rules governing discipline in wake of resignation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Jeff Hoover resigned as Speaker of the House on Monday, but he’s far from finished speaking. Hoover on Tuesday asked for a new rule in the House that would make it more difficult for lawmakers to discipline each other. His idea was to require lawmakers who are trying to get him expelled from the House to pay his legal expenses if they fail in the bid. Former House Speaker...

KY National Guard unit, 613th Engineer Facility Detachment, departs for Middle East for year

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A small Kentucky National Guard unit was joined by family, friends and Guard leadership last week as they departed for a year-long deployment to the Middle East. Around 20 members of the Springfield-based 613th Engineer Facility Detachment heard from Maj. Gen. Stephen Hogan, Kentucky’s adjutant general. 
“The infrastructure you will build up will help stabilize the...

AG Beshear: $45m settlement includes payments to KYians who faced foreclosure from PHH Mortgage

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Wednesday nearly 550 Kentuckians who faced foreclosures on their homes from New Jersey-based PHH Mortgage Company are eligible for payment through a multistate settlement against the company. Beshear, 48 other state attorneys general, the District of Columbia and over 45 state mortgage regulators have reached a $45 million settlement with mortgage lender and...

In 2017, more people moved out of Kentucky than moved in, according to annual National Movers Study

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A new study reveals that more people left Kentucky in 2017 than moved into the state. That migration result ranks the state eighth on United Van Lines’ annual “Most Moved From States” list. 
Fifty-six percent of the moves in Kentucky were outbound, according to United Van Lines’ 41st annual National Movers Study. (Click for Larger Image) 
Of those who moved...

PSC fines Jackson Purchase Energy $20,000 in January 2017 lineman electrocution fatality

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has fined Jackson Purchase Energy Corp. for safety violations that contributed to the January 2017 fatal electrocution of an employee of the electric distribution cooperative. In an order issued today, the PSC said it found eight separate safety violations and assessed the maximum penalty of $2,500 for each one. Jackson Purchase was ordered to pay the $20,000...

First day of General Assembly off to bumpy start, facing big issues; Hoover’s role in House uncertain

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 2018 General Assembly got off to a bumpy start on Tuesday with some lawmakers unhappy that House Speaker Jeff Hoover has resigned and others upset that he hasn’t. 
Hoover, R-Jamestown, had announced he would give up his leadership post in November after admitting he entered into a settlement with a former House staffer to resolve a sexual harassment claim, but...

Some words of caution about staying safe while driving in the extreme cold; tips from AAA

The message AAA and other traffic safety advocates share in advance of New Year’s Eve typically focuses on impaired driving but this year there is an additional concern – the extreme cold.   AAA is encouraging drivers to not only dress for a warm New Year’s Day celebration but to also take along the additional layers they will need in the event of a break down.   AAA has responded to thousands...

Kentucky shatters its previous record in 2017 — with $9.2 billion in corporate expansion, new business

Shattering its previous investment record, Kentucky announced $9.2 billion in corporate expansion and new-location projects in 2017, bringing commitments to create more than 17,200 jobs, the most since 2000, Gov. Matt Bevin reported. “Kentucky’s record-setting performance this year in job creation and corporate investment is a direct result of the pro-business legislation, policies and programs...

Turfway Park opens 50th winter/spring meet Monday; racing New Year’s Day, Th-F-Sat through March 31

Turfway Park opens its 50th winter/spring meet Monday, Jan. 1, with live Thoroughbred racing scheduled New Year’s Day and all Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through March 31.   The winter/spring meet follows without interruption the holiday meet that closes Dec. 31. Post time for the winter/spring meet continues at 6:15 p.m. ET with the exception of New Year’s Day and March 17, 24 and 31. Post...

Sue Grafton, Kentucky-born mystery writer, dies in California of cancer: Her alphabet now ends in ‘Y’

The alphabet now ends in Y. Her daughter Jamie published this picture on Facebook — Grafton wearing THE original all purpose black dress. Sue Grafton, the extraordinary writer of the alphabet series of mystery novels, has passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. Grafton, 77, a Kentucky native, was a New York Times best-selling author, published in 28 countries and 26 languages. Her alphabet...