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,...

Commissioner says changes need to be made for license plates and driver’s licenses in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today New license plates and driver’s licenses could be coming to Kentucky soon.   John-Mark Hack, commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation, made a presentation to the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Transportation Committee on Tuesday in Frankfort. He told lawmakers the current system of license plate issuance is woefully inefficient and, since the design hasn’t...

LexArts announces addition of Hess, Padgett, Stewart, Walker to Board of Directors

LexArts announced the election of four new members to its Board of Directors: Anna Hess, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras; Greg Padgett, Padgett Construction; Jon Stewart, Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance; and Frank X. Walker, poet, professor and playwright. Hess John Cioci, PNC Bank, currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the 44 year old arts council and United Arts Fund. Other members...

Little Heroes: Lexington boys receive Meritorious Civilian Citations for making life-saving decisions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Heroes come in all shapes and sizes and two “little heroes” were recognized Thursday for a life-saving deed earlier this summer. The two young boys from Lexington, ages 8 and 9, were honored for saving the life of a 2-year-old family member who had slipped into a family pool. Cousins Chase Covey and Parker Everhard had a teamwork approach to the potential tragedy. Chase,...

More rescue workers from Kentucky headed to Texas to assist with Harvey cleanup effort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today More Kentuckians are heading to Texas to aid Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Forty-six airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard will join with 14 other members who were sent Sunday to perform rescue operations in the Friendswood area about halfway between Houston and Galveston. The additional airmen were sent Tuesday to George Bush International Airport in Houston where...

Black leaders call on Bevin to remove statue of Jefferson Davis from Capitol Rotunda

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Black leaders and lawmakers called on Gov. Matt Bevin to remove the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the Capitol Rotunda in the State Capitol during a protest Wednesday. “There is an elephant in the building,” said Raoul Cunningham, Kentucky president of the NAACP, “and we ask the Governor to remove the elephant.” Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville,...

Kentucky Division of Forestry sends two fire crews to assist flood stricken Texas

Two 20-person interagency fire crews made up of Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF), Division of Mine Permits, and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), personnel are left Tuesday for the hurricane stricken areas of Texas. Although KDF firefighters are best known for their wildland fire suppression skills, they also have experience responding to all types of hazards and emergency scenarios, including the...

Civil rights groups, Black Legislative Caucus to rally Wednesday for removal of Jefferson Davis statue

Members of the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus (KBLC), the NAACP, the Kentucky Human Rights Commission, the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission and the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (KBC-LEO) will sponsor a statewide rally Wednesday. The event will begin 11: at30 a.m. Wednesday in the Capitol rotunda to voice their support for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue...

Poll finds support among Kentuckians for pensions; 86 percent say all workers should have access

Eighty-six percent of Kentuckians say that all workers, not just those in the public sector, should have a pension plan according to new polling results released last week by the National Institute on Retirement Security. These findings are consistent with national polling conducted earlier this year by NIRS that found 86 percent of Americans say all workers should have access to a pension plan. The...

Kentucky DOI fraud investigation results in more than $2 million in restitution for 16 victims

Sixteen victims will receive a combined $2 million in court-ordered restitution as a result of an investigation completed by the Kentucky Department of Insurance (DOI) Division of Insurance Fraud Investigation in conjunction with the Lexington Police Department. Robert Lincoln Williamson II was indicted in late 2014 and pleaded guilty to 13 counts of theft in May 2017, after almost three years of...

Unemployment rates higher in 99 counties compared to last year’s state statistics, 18 see drop

Unemployment rates fell in 18 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in three and rose in 99 counties between July 2016 and July 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 4.3 percent. It was followed by Campbell County,...

$758 million jackpot winner is Mavis Wanczkyk of Chicopee, Mass.; five $50k winners in Kentucky

The Boston Globe has reported that Chicopee resident Mavis Wanczyk was announced as the winner of the $758 million jackpot Thursday. 

Wanczyk told the Globe she worked at Mercy Medical Center for 32 years but is now looking forward to retirement.  

Wanczyk said her reaction to winning was, “You’re joking.” The Kentucky Lottery reports that the following stores sold tickets...

Auto Plaza USA agrees to $600,000 penalty under consent agreement with motor vehicle commission

The Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission recently adopted a sweeping Consent Decree agreement to resolve claims made by customers of the Nicholasville-based car dealer Auto Plaza USA. The Commission began its investigation into the claims made against Auto Plaza USA in early May and determined that the dealership had made inaccurate payments of the Motor Vehicle Usage Tax that is assessed when a vehicle...

Fayette County Health Department confirms case of West Nile virus in a Lexington resident

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has confirmed a case of West Nile virus in a Lexington resident. West Nile virus infection is an illness spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus is known to be present in mosquito populations in Kentucky. In most instances, people infected with the West Nile virus either show no symptoms or relatively mild symptoms, including fever,...

New program will allow Kentuckians to safely dispose of unused prescription opioids at home

Attorney General Andy Beshear is taking an innovative step in the fight against what he believes is the single greatest threat to Kentucky – the state’s drug epidemic. On Tuesday, Beshear launched the Kentucky Opioid Disposal Program, the state’s first initiative to allow Kentuckians to safely dispose of opioid medications at home. The program involves the drug deactivation pouch, Deterra, which...

Louisville files federal lawsuit against three major opioid companies for damages

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Mayor Greg Fischer announced on Monday that Louisville has filed a federal lawsuit against three major wholesale drug distributors. “We have lost a generation of people to opiates,” Fischer said. “We’ve seen a spike in violent crime tied directly to the sale and misuse of opioids. And we are spending millions of dollars on health, public safety and justice expenses,...

Bevin swears in Kentucky native Kelly Craft as U.S. ambassador to Canada in Frankfort ceremony

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky businesswoman Kelly Craft called her new role as U.S. ambassador to Canada the “highest professional honor of my life.” Gov. Matt Bevin swore in Craft during a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort on Friday. She was confirmed by the U. S. Senate earlier this month, and becomes to first female U. S. Ambassador to Canada. “Growing up in Glasgow,...

Kentucky Emergency Management officials preparing for ‘viewing opportunity of a lifetime’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Emergency Management officials will activate centers in Frankfort and Hopkinsville on Saturday in preparation for Monday’s total solar eclipse and what they are calling “the viewing opportunity of a lifetime.” The State Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort and a Regional Response Coordination Center in Hopkinsville are preparing for the big event. Preparations...