A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Winchester Republican Donna Mayfield will not seek re-election saying politics ‘too vicious’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Rep. Donna Mayfield, who said at a candidate’s forum that politics is “too vicious,” will not seek re-election to the Kentucky House. The Secretary of State’s office said the Winchester Republican’s official paperwork to withdraw from the race was received on Monday. Rep. Donna Mayfield “Politics has become too vicious,” Mayfield was quoted as saying...

Ky’s Tourism Industry grows to more than $15 billion in 2017; each of state’s nine regions show gains

The economic impact of Kentucky’s tourism industry has grown to more than $15 billion in 2017, Department of Tourism Commissioner Kristen Branscum announced today. All nine of the state’s tourism regions registered gains again in 2017. “The tourism industry is a driving force for Kentucky’s economy and the 2017 economic impact numbers reinforce this,” Commissioner Kristen Branscum said....

Sullivan University Physician Assist Program gets major accreditation boost

The Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program – which was founded just four years ago –  has received a major accreditation boost. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Sullivan University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation...

Keeneland to celebrate Kentucky Oaks, Kentucky Derby days with family-friendly activities

Keeneland invites fans to watch and wager on Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) while enjoying a variety of family-friendly activities and accommodations ranging from a casual picnic in the Paddock to Grandstand seating to tailgating on The Hill. On Oaks and Derby Days, fans may picnic at no charge in the Paddock and Walking Ring and view...

World War I Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Willie Sandlin reinterred at Kentucky Veterans Cemetary

Kentucky World War I hero Sgt. Willie Sandlin was reinterred Tuesday, along with his wife, in a special ceremony at the newly dedicated Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Southeast in Leslie County. One hundred years ago, Eastern Kentucky’s own Willie Sandlin received the Medal of Honor after single-handedly destroying three German machine gun emplacements and neutralizing 24 enemy soldiers at Bois de Forges...

KTOB Foundation to invest $250,000 in University of Kentucky’s Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Foundation announced Tuesday that it will invest $250,000 in the University of Kentucky Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center. The gift will be matched by the university and will enable the Gluck Center to renovate an equine infectious disease research laboratory. The KTOB Foundation and the Gluck Center will also create a partnership facilitating a joint...

Record high $8.4 million spent by lobbyists in first three months of 2018 General Assembly

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Spending by lobbyists during the first three months of the 2018 General Assembly reached an all-time high. According to the Legislative Ethics Commission, $8.4 million – a 17 percent increase over 2017 at the same time – was spent by lobbyists, led by tobacco tax, energy and healthcare issues. The top spender during the first quarter of 2018 was Altria, one of...

Kentucky House Speaker Pro-Tem David Osborne urges investigation of Kentucky Wired

As the result of extreme delays resulting in tens of millions of dollars over its initial $324 million budget, and counting, House Speaker Pro-Tem David Osborne has filed a resolution urging an investigation into the ailing public-private partnership of Kentucky Wired. Kentucky Wired, created by former Governor Steve Beshear in 2015, was supposed to have delivered high-speed internet access to the...

Rural Blog: Former aide to Mitch McConnell takes helm at Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission, long a target of Republican presidents, has a new chief executive with strong ties to the most powerful Republican in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has helped secure its funding. Tim Thomas attended the East Kentucky Leadership Conference in Hindman Thursday. Former Gov. Paul Patton of Pikeville is at right (Photo by Al Cross) Tim Thomas,...

Listen Up! Festival raising awareness for survivors of interpersonal violence coming to Lexington Saturday

The inaugural Listen Up! Festival is bringing together activists, musicians, authors, dancers and more to downtown Lexington this Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. to show support and bring awareness to survivors of interpersonal violence. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, the festival represents Lexington’s commitment toward social change and amplifying the voices of survivors of dating...

Franklin Circuit Court rules against disqualifying attorney general’s office from pension lawsuit

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A motion to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office from pursuing the lawsuit he filed to throw out the pension reform bill was denied in Franklin Circuit Court on Wednesday. Steve Pitt, counsel to Gov. Matt Bevin, sought to disqualify Beshear and his office because he sent a letter to each legislator warning them that Senate Bill 1, the original pension reform...

McConnell announces bill focused on combating opioid epidemic among nation’s workforce

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced another piece of legislation on Tuesday to help combat the opioid crisis in Kentucky and the rest of the country. “Today I am proud to announce legislation to address this crisis’ devastating effects on the American worker and the American workforce,” McConnell said. “Stable employment is not just a path to...

Lexington Philharmonic’s ’18-’19 season, ‘A Decade to Celebrate,’ to feature renowned, emerging artists

The Lexington Philharmonic proudly announces the 2018/19 Season, A Decade to Celebrate. The 2018/19 Season is one of celebrations, beautifully curated by Music Director & Conductor, Scott Terrell to inspire and uplift, and delight. The 2018/19 Season, a Decade to Celebrate, is a season-long celebration of LexPhil’s achievements over the last ten years under the artistic direction of Maestro...

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...