A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Beshear sues Walgreens as pharmacy, distributor; claims company failed to report flood of pills into KY

Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed suit against Walgreens for its dual role as distributor and pharmacy in allegedly failing to legally monitor its own operations that shipped and dispensed large quantities of opioids through its more than 70 locations statewide. Beshear Beshear said the company’s actions flooded Kentucky communities with dangerous prescription drugs, directly contributing to...

Kentucky eye bank: Coroner charged with receiving stolen property didn’t steal donated eyeballs

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today The Kentucky Lions Eye Bank wants to let potential donors know the Kentucky coroner being charged with receiving stolen property didn’t steal eye donations. The bank said they used Scott County Coroner John Goble’s services twice when commercial transportation was not feasible because of surgery time constraints, according to a release. The surgical transport tissue...

Report: Kentucky maintains high grades for manufacturing and logistics’ declines in innovation

Kentucky maintains high grades for manufacturing and logistics, says the 2018  Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card released today by the Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and Conexus Indiana. Kentucky improved from “C” to “B-” in its Benefits Costs and “D” to “D+” in its Tax Climate grades. The state maintained grade of...

Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS announces $259.3 million in sales in May

Real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® (LBAR) positively impacted the Bluegrass economy with 1,281 reported sales totaling $259,263,788 during the month of May. According to 2018 LBAR President John Groft, “Inventory and days on market both continue to skim along at historic lows, while buyer demand is creating competitive purchase offer situations that...

U.S. DOT awards Kentucky Transportation Cabinet $67 million for Boone County interchange upgrades

NKyTribune staff The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has received approval for a $67 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund upgrades to interchanges at Mt. Zion Road (KY 536) and Richwood Rd (KY 388). Click to enlarge The improvements will include the replacement of traditional diamond interchanges with double crossover diamond interchanges. The project also includes construction...

The Rural Blog: U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says farmworker visa program to be overhauled

The departments of Labor, Agriculture, State and Homeland Security will modernize the H-2A visa program that brings in foreign farmworkers, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said recently. Farmers have been struggling to find enough workers since the Trump administration cracked down on illegal immigration; more than 55 percent of California farmers surveyed in March said half their land...

Labor Cabinet conducts 23 on-site consultative surveys, saves Kentucky employers $651,000

Last month, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet conducted 23 free on-site visits, or “consultative surveys” for Kentucky employers – correcting 93 serious violations that could have affected up to 1,933 employees. This resulted in saving participating companies up to $651,000 in potential enforcement penalties. The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training,...

BBB Study: sweepstakes, lottery, prize schemes devastate older victims with evolving tactics

A new report by Better Business Bureau (BBB) says sweepstakes, lottery, and prize schemes are devastating victims financially and emotionally with ever-evolving methods. These frauds concentrate on seniors, targeting them by direct mail, cold calling, social media, even text messages and smartphone pop-ups. BBB warns consumers to be on guard against these serious and pervasive frauds and their perpetrators. The...

Conn pleads guilty to new conspiracy charges before a federal court

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An eastern Kentucky attorney, who was already facing 12 years in prison for defrauding the Social Security Administration of more than $550 million, will likely get even more time behind bars. File photo Eric Conn, 58, of Pikeville, pleaded guilty on Monday before U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves at U. S. District Court in Lexington to conspiracy to defraud the United...

Braidy Industries breaks ground on $1.6B rolling mill near Ashland, will bring 600 jobs to region

At Friday’s ceremonial start of construction on the $1.5 billion, 600-job Braidy Industries aluminum rolling mill near Ashland, Gov. Matt Bevin joined elected officials and business leaders in hailing the project as the economic comeback of Eastern Kentucky and a direct result of the state’s right-to-work legislation. Gov. Matt Bevin addresses the crowd at Friday’ groundbreaking (photo credit...

Legislative leaders name members of a bi-partisan School Safety Working Group

Legislative leaders have named the 10 members of a bi-partisan panel on school safety. The School Safety Working Group was decided upon by House and Senate leadership, in the wake of the shooting at Marshall County High School earlier this year, in which two students were killed and 18 others injured, 14 by bullets and four others while trying to flee. 
Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester...

Recanvass of several close races in Kentucky’s May 22 primary set to begin Thursday

Several county boards of elections will convene Thursday morning to recanvass the results of races on the May 22 Primary ballot. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ office received written requests for recanvasses in three races. County boards of elections will convene at 9 a.m. on May 31 to recheck and recanvass the voting machines, per Kentucky law. “My office has notified all...

Washington plans to return to UK next season; Gabriel opts to remain in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington opted against remaining in the NBA Draft and will return for his sophomore campaign, while Wenyen Gabriel has decided to leave the school. Washington unveiled his future plans on Twitter Wednesday afternoon with a video and the inscription, “I’m back.” Washington participated in the NBA Combine last week and hinted that he would return if he wasn’t...

City of Lexington’s Partners for Youth announces summer ‘I DO’ youth program list

Partners for Youth Has announced the 2018 “I DO” Summer Program list. During Fayette County summer break, parents can take advantage of enrolling their children in over 60 free and affordable positive youth programs. A complete, detailed list is available in both English and Spanish on the Partners for Youth website. Partners for Youth has also released their list of the 2018 Grassroots Grant...

Attorney general warning Kentucky Medicare recipients of possible scams as new cards arrive

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Medicare recipients will soon receive a new card and Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning them to be aware of a new scam. Andy Beshear The new cards are designed to help minimize fraud by replacing members’ Social Security numbers with 11-digit ID numbers and are triggering scam warnings across the nation. The cards have already been mailed to residents of some states,...

Rural Blog: This is how former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath won the Democratic primary

The victory of former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District was based in part on a strategy of appealing to rural voters, especially through rural newspapers. That was the idea of campaign manager Mark Nickolas, who had quit political work more than a decade ago and “had never worked in a campaign in the digital era,” reports Michael...

Ten Kentucky counties under outbreak status for Hepatitis A; 629 cases reported since November

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Hepatitis A outbreak has become a concern for people because the virus is so rare, yet 10 counties in Kentucky are currently under outbreak status and will receive extra funds for vaccines, a state official said. 
Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey Howard provided an update on the situation Thursday on Facebook Live with the heavily traveled Memorial Day...

Rural Blog: Students in rural communities facing backlash when speaking out in favor of gun control

Recent school shootings have inspired a wave of gun-control activism, some of it from students, and a few of those students from rural areas. “In a more liberal city like Parkland, Fla., or at a rally in Washington, these students might have been celebrated as young leaders,” Jack Healy reports for The New York Times. “But in rural, conservative parts of the country where farm fields...

It will be a Barr-McGrath match-up in November; Linda Gorton prevails as Lexington mayor

Staff Report In one of the most-watched primary election races Tuesday, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray lost by a surprising margin to political newcomer and retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Amy McGrath in the Democratic primary for the 6th Congressional District. Republican incumbent Andy Barr won handily over challenger Chuck Eddy and will face McGrath in the fall. Gray conceded the race to McGrath...

Robert ‘Glenn’ Osborne, 60, died Monday; most recently served as managing editor for KyForward

Robert Glenn Osborne, 60, former managing editor of KyForward.com died Monday in Lexington. ‘Glenn’ Osborne Osborne was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and was involved in journalism all his working career, including as Director of Sports Information for Transylvania University and Centre College and as Public Information Director for the Legislative Research Commission in Frankfort. He...