House Republicans announce hiring of legal council before holding four-hour closed-door meeting

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky House Republicans held a four-hour closed-door meeting Tuesday afternoon and released little information afterwards. Speaker Pro-Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect, spoke briefly with reporters at the conclusion of the meeting but didn’t divulge much of anything new about the status of the pension bill. “We had a very brief meeting with the Senate this morning and...

Falmouth’s Eric Garrison wins $50k lottery prize with same numbers his wife Linda used to win $2.6m in 1999

Staff report Eric Garrison of Falmouth matched four of the first five numbers of the Powerball jackpot’s November 1 drawing to win $50,000, the game’s third prize.  But the numbers he used were not new to the Kentucky Lottery. They were the same numbers that earned his wife, Linda, a $2.6 million Lotto Kentucky jackpot in 1999. No one had the ticket for the estimated $52 million Powerball...

A personal memory of legendary horseman Tom Gentry, ‘master of sales party,’ who died Tuesday

In May of 2012, our then-regular columnist Robert Treadway wrote a terrific series of columns on the Kentucky horse industry as he lived it and remembered it. Among those was this memory of legendary horseman Tom Gentry. We are sharing it in the wake of Tom Gentry’s death on Oct. 31 at age 80. He was an owner, breeder, consignor and racing official over a long and celebrated career. He is...

Frankfort judge strikes down law requiring medical review of malpractice lawsuits; Bevin to appeal

A judge has ruled that a new law aimed at decreasing frivolous lawsuits and lowering malpractice insurance costs was unconstitutional, and he prohibited the state from enforcing it. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd The Oct. 30 ruling by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said the 2017 law is unconstitutional because it restricts the right of people to plead their cases in court by requiring...

Bevin administration releases data showing Kentucky teachers wealthier under “Keeping the Promise” plan

The Bevin administration on Monday released data showing new teachers enrolling in the defined contribution retirement plan, a 401(a) plan, can be wealthier at retirement than if they began in the defined benefits plan currently in law. The estimate shows that a new teacher starting at age 24 and working until age 61 will start retirement with $1.59 million. If reinvested, this could translate into...

‘One Toyota’ creates new $80m engineering facility in Georgetown with capacity for 800 on cutting-edge

It’s a big task, but Toyota Motor North America has the best and brightest accepting the challenge: innovate and problem solve to create the next generation of manufacturing technology. Today’s newly opened $80 million, 235,000 square foot state-of-the-art and environmentally-conscious Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center (PEMC) in Georgetown, is the final building constructed under...

Kentucky Horse Park, CP National Horse Show to host dinner honoring racehorse Man o’ War

The Kentucky Horse Park and the CP National Horse Show have partnered to offer a special dinner honoring the legendary racehorse Man o’ War on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. The Man o’ War Farm-to-Table Benefit Dinner will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena in Gracie Street Garden. Featuring a night of Kentucky Proud dishes, craft beer and cocktails, and premium seats to view the...

University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center celebrates 30th Anniversary

By Jenny Evans Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center. More than 250 equine industry representatives attended the celebration dinner in the Woodford Reserve Room at Kroger Field. Stuart Brown, chair of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation and Hagyard Equine Medical...

Lexington celebrates Sister Cities relationships and 60th anniversary of Deauville, France, connection

Sixty years ago, Lexington began a special relationship with another thoroughbred community, this one over 4,000 miles away. Deauville, in the northwestern part of France, is known as the “queen of the Norman beaches,” and is one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in the country, often referred to as the Parisian Riviera. Since Lexington is not a seaside resort town, it was a mutual love for...

Two more Kentuckians, Steven Gardner and Mike Duncan, nominated to Trump Administration posts

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two more Kentuckians have been nominated for posts in the administration of President Donald J. Trump.   
Steven Gardner, president and CEO of Lexington-based ECSI, LLC, has been named to be director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and Robert M. “Mike” Duncan has been named to the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service. Robert...

Kentucky American Water’s York Street storage tank gets artistic facelift, partnering with LAL and NoLi

Staff Report Kentucky American Water’s York Street storage tank in Lexington is being painted through a partnership with the Lexington Art League and the NoLi (North Limestone) corporation. A formal debut is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. The York St. Water Tank Mural
 Collaboration of NoLi CDC, Kentucky American Water, Blue Grass Community Foundation, Lexington Art League, and...

Redesigned Mega Millions features increased starting jackpot increase to $40 million, higher ticket price

Starting Saturday, the Mega Millions game is being redesigned to bring more value to players with larger starting jackpots and faster rolls. Part of this redesign is a change in ticket price, moving from $1 to $2. “Among several changes in the game are starting jackpots that will now more than double from $15 million to $40 million,” said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie. “The...

Audit uncovers over $3 million in inappropriately awarded claims during Longmeyer tenure

The Finance and Administration Cabinet has released the results of a months-long audit into financial mismanagement and improprieties involving the Commonwealth’s self-insured Workers’ Compensation Program. The audit, requested by Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas B. Stephens, uncovered over $3 million in claims inappropriately awarded under the administration of previous Personnel Cabinet...

ACLU says it will defend Maharrey in fight against City of Lexington over security camera documents

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky today announced that it would represent community activist Michael Maharrey, who was sued by the City of Lexington after he attempted to obtain documents relating to 29 surveillance cameras owned and operated by the Lexington Police Department (“LPD”). LPD denied Maharrey’s request citing a statute that exempts certain documents relating to homeland...

History made: Lexington’s Schiavi Seeds gets first certified hemp seed since the ’30s from KSIA

Schiavi Seeds, LLC, headquartered in Lexington, announces that it made hemp industry history by providing Kentucky with the first certified hemp seeds grown in the Commonwealth since the 1930s. The Kentucky Seed Improvement Association (KSIA), a Foundation Seed Organization of the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA), has certified Schiavi Seeds’ Tygra hemp seed variety as AOSCA...

Beshear says Kentucky’s share of settlement with General Motors will net $1.3 million

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s General Fund will be enriched by $1.3 million after a multi-state settlement with General Motors for violating Kentucky’s Consumer Protection Act. The Attorney General’s office said the settlement, reached between the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia with GM, concludes a multistate investigation into the automaker concealing safety...

Kentucky anti-smoking coalition launches with goal to add $1 to cigarette tax in next legislative session

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News More than 100 people representing at least 84 groups gathered at the state Capitol Annex Wednesday to launch the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow, with its leader boldly stating they hope to add $1 to Kentucky’s 60-cent-per-pack cigarette tax in the 2018 legislative session. “We hope that we can make some progress on this cigarette tax in this...

Kentucky Lottery posts highest first quarter receipts in history led by strong scratch off, Powerball sales

The first quarter fiscal year 2018 Kentucky Lottery sales were the highest for this period in history, led by strong Powerball and scratch-off ticket sales.   Total sales for the first quarter of FY18 (July-September) were $255.9 million. This is an 8.5% or $20.1 million increase from the same period in FY17. The largest percentage increase, 31.6%, came from Powerball sales. The $25.8 million in Powerball...

Frontier Nursing University finalizes purchase of Versailles campus; Fall 2018 target for students

Frontier Nursing University (FNU) has finalized the purchase of the Versailles campus of The United Methodist Children’s Home and adjacent property. The properties have been under contract since March 2016, but the actual purchase has been postponed while The Methodist Home of Kentucky built their new facility in Nicholasville. FNU, which has maintained a campus in Hyden since its founding in 1939,...

Two Campbellsville residents indicted for fraudulently distributing prescription drug buprenorphine

Two Campbellsville residents have been arrested on charges of fraudulently obtaining and distributing prescription drugs commonly used to treat opioid addiction. The investigation involved the illegal distribution of over 1,000 buprenorphine tablets (buprenorphine is a prescription medication typically used for the treatment of opioid addiction) fraudulently obtained in four counties using other people’s...