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Louisville City FC soccer team gets financing in place for new stadium just east of downtown

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Financing terms are now in place so construction can begin on a new stadium for the Louisville City FC soccer team, just east of the downtown area in the Butchertown neighborhood. 
Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank will lead the syndication of the $55 million facility.  The transaction is expected to be finalized in August, allowing the project to remain on its construction...

State officials say they are working through details and plan to request re-approval of Medicaid waiver

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State officials told a legislative committee that they are working through details and will be seeking re-approval of the Medicaid waiver that a federal judge halted last month. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Adam Meier and Deputy Secretary Kristi Putnam testified before the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee on Wednesday about the status of the...

New partnership enhances ‘Eastern Standard’ public affairs program on WEKU, beginning on July 19

A new partnership between WEKU, Alltech and Dynamix Productions will enable the public radio service at Eastern Kentucky University to enhance its popular public affairs program, Eastern Standard. Beginning with the July 19 program, some episodes of the weekly Eastern Standard will originate from the Dynamix recording studio in Lexington. Alltech Inc. has provided $15,000 in funding to...

Kentucky Lottery breaks sales and dividend records in 2018 fiscal year; more than $1 billion in sales

For the second year in a row, sales of Kentucky Lottery tickets have exceeded a billion dollars in a single fiscal year. For FY18, which ended June 30, overall lottery sales were $1,042,512,000. This is the largest sales figure in Kentucky Lottery history, and is a $42 million (4.2 percent) jump over last year’s record-breaking number. Scratch-off tickets once again were the largest individual game...

KY Speedway wrapup: Rhodes talks about win, Smithley finishes, NKy Chamber Community Award

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor It has been an up and down year for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series(NCWTS) driver Ben Rhodes and the ThorSport Racing team, with more downs than ups recently. Ben Rhodes talks about getting a win at his home track (photos by Mark Hansel) All of that changed Thursday night when Rhodes, from Louisville, guided his No. 41 Ford 150 to Victory Lane in the NCWTS...

U.S. Department of Justice takes aim at Eastern Kentucky opioid crisis with new initiative

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Eastern Kentucky is one of 10 regions nationwide that will be part of a new initiative announced by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat the opioid crisis. Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high-impact areas and to identify wholesale distribution networks and international and domestic suppliers, according to U....

Pew Trusts: What President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court could mean for states’ rights

By Elaine S. Povich and Alayna Alvarez Pew Trusts Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s rulings on federal regulatory power, and his approach to the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, provide the best hints of how he might rule on cases involving states’ rights. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump Monday to take the seat being vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh...

Bell overcomes spin to win NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway Friday night

By Kevin Kelly Kentucky Speedway A spin in the final round of NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying on Friday at Kentucky Speedway set up a rousing run through the Alsco 300 field by Christopher Bell. Christopher Bell celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway Friday night (photo by Mark Hansel). Click to enlarge. The 23-year-old rookie methodically...

Northern Kentucky Tri-ED President Dan Tobergte announces retirement after 28-year career

Daniel E. Tobergte, J.D., CEcD, announced Friday that he is ending his 28-year tenure with the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation effective August 2 to pursue new opportunities. Tobergte commenced his work as a Vice President with Northern Kentucky Tri-ED in June 1990, beginning as Senior Vice President, rising to Executive Vice President in 1999 and as President/CEO from November 2004 until...

Hundreds of Kentuckians among retirees from across region rallying to save pensions in Columbus

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Hundreds of Kentuckians are in Columbus, Ohio this Thursday fighting to preserve their pensions. They’re joining thousands of other retirees to rally at the Statehouse, a day before a congressional committee meets to discuss how to solve a pension crisis. The retirement of the baby boomer generation, the recession and corporate bankruptcies are testing the...

KDA inspectors step up the search for fuel pump skimmers as Kentuckians hit the road

As Kentuckians hit the roads for vacations, long weekends, and day trips, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) inspectors are on the lookout for credit card skimmers. “Credit card ‘skimming’ at fuel pumps is used to steal personal data, which crooks can use to make fraudulent charges,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Our inspectors examine fuel pumps...

Picnic With The Pops donates $1.2 million to fund amphitheater at Lexington’s Town Branch Park

It’s a gift that has been almost 40 years in the making – this morning Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and Picnic with the Pops Commission President Kip Cornett announced that funds that have been accumulating in Picnic With The Pops coffers since the early 80s will be given to Town Branch Park for an amphitheater – $1.2 million. “The proceeds from decades of food, and fun, and music will fund a new...

Poor People’s Campaign protestors allowed inside State Capitol upon return to Frankfort Tuesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Emboldened by an Attorney General Andy Beshear’s opinion that limitations on their entering the State Capitol were illegal, more than two dozen members of the Poor People’s Campaign returned Tuesday and this time were allowed inside. Deanna Cope Brandstetter, assistant to Chief of Staff Blake Brickman, accepts items from the Poor People’s Campaign at the doors to the...

Kentucky Department of Insurance issues penalty against CaremarkPCS Health for multiple violations

The Kentucky Department of Insurance has issued an Order of Civil Penalty and Probation against pharmacy benefit manager CaremarkPCS Health, LLC for multiple violations of the Kentucky Insurance Code. As a result, Caremark’s pharmacy benefit manager license has been placed on probation for 12 months, and Caremark has been assessed a fine of $1,551,500. The order cites 454 violations related to reimbursement...

NASCAR week at Kentucky Speedway features nonstop action, capped off by the Quaker State 400

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor It’s NASCAR week in Northern Kentucky and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta has a full slate of activities planned for its signature Tripleheader Weekend. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Quaker State 400, presented by Walmart, is always a key stop in the race for the chase and this year is no exception. Martin Truex Jr. celebrates on top of the No....

CHFS distributing updated resources to help providers check Medicaid benefit eligibility

In response to changes resulting from the recent judicial decision on Kentucky HEALTH, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is making updated guidance available on Medicaid benefits. “The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has not changed any policies relating to the eligibility of pregnant women and children, and they should continue to receive all services, including vision and...

Bevin issues 11 pardons over Independence Day week, including man convicted 40 years ago

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Eleven Kentuckians, including a northern Kentucky man convicted nearly 40 years ago for receiving stolen property, were granted pardons from Gov. Matt Bevin during the holiday week, just as he did last year when issuing 10 pardons during the Independence Day week. Gov. Matt Bevin issued 11 pardons this week. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today) 
Pardons were granted to...

Homes sold in Kentucky drop in May after a record-breaking April; sold total still on record pace

Kentucky’s housing market followed the national scene in May, with home sales decreasing 6.2 percent for the month compared to a year ago. Click to enlarge Even with the decline, total home sales were the second highest ever for the month, reaching 5,057, versus 5,395 in May 2016. Year-to-date, homes sales are down 2 percent with only 410 more homes sold across Kentucky in the first 5 months of 2016...

Sixty Kentucky Air National Guardsmen return home safely after deployment to Persian Gulf

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today (Photos from Kentucky National Guard) It was an especially happy Fourth of July for the families of more than 60 Kentucky Air National Guard members who returned from their four-month Persian Gulf deployment on Wednesday. The Airmen, who arrived aboard Kentucky Air Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft, had been working from an undisclosed air base, flying troops and cargo across...

Lawrenceburg woman out for Saturday drive wins $125,000 on Kentucky Lottery instant game

Sharon Bickers and her husband Tommy, of Lawrenceburg, were just out for a joy ride on Saturday when they stopped at Liberty Shell Mart in Liberty. Tommy and Sharon Bickers of Lawrenceburg won $125,000 on a $10 Kentucky Lottery instant game (provided photos). Sharon Bickers decided to purchase a $10 Xtreme Cash Scratch-off ticket.  It’s one of the Kentucky Lottery’s large 8-inch by 8-inch extended...