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...

Judge backs attorney general, orders Kentucky State to provide documents on alleged sexual misconduct

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A judge has ordered Kentucky State University to allow the attorney general to examine some documents about alleged sexual misconduct of some of the school’s employees. The University of Kentucky’s student newspaper asked to see the records last October for information surrounding Title IX investigations into student allegations of sexual misconduct by employees...

Pitino fired following unanimous vote by University of Louisville’s Athletic Association board

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today It’s now official. Hall of Fame member Rick Pitino is no longer the coach of the University of Louisville men’s basketball team. In a move that has been expected since UofL put Pitino on unpaid administrative leave almost three weeks ago, the University of Louisville Athletic Association (ULAA) board of directors fired Pitino Monday afternoon following a 4 hour,...

Economists’ panel says state will face a budget shortfall of $155 million, less than originally forecast

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky taxpayers are looking at a shortfall of more than $155 million after a panel of state economists revised the state’s official revenue forecast Friday. The panel predicted a smaller deficit because Kentucky collected more tax money than it had expected in the past three months. In August, the Consensus Forecasting Group issued a preliminary estimate predicting...

Beshear denies involvement in state opioid settlement after being grilled by legislative panel

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear was grilled last week by lawmakers over a $24 million settlement against a pharmaceutical company even though he told them he had no involvement. Former Demoractic Attorney General Jack Conway settled a lawsuit against OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma in December 2015 just a few weeks before Beshear replaced Conway as attorney...

Land Rover North America replacing Rolex as title sponsor of Kentucky Three-Day Event

Land Rover has taken on the headline sponsorship of the now Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), producer of the iconic Kentucky Three-Day Event, and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEquestrian) joined Land Rover North America to announce the four-year agreement. The Kentucky Horse Park will host the event on April 26-29, 2018. Land Rover has also announced...

US DOJ awards Kentucky $3m Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant to investigate, prosecute sex crimes

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a nearly $3 million National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office to seek justice for victims of sexual assault. Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office will establish a sexual assault cold case unit comprised of a victim advocate, investigator, prosecutor and a SAKI coordinator from the three-year U.S Department...

Sweeney named president, chief executive officer of new Downtown Lexington Partnership

The board of the Downtown Lexington Partnership has announced that Terry Sweeney will be the new organization’s first president and chief executive officer. The Partnership is a consolidation of the Downtown Lexington Corporation and the Lexington Downtown Development Authority. Sweeney is currently the executive director of the Corpus Christi Downtown Management District in Corpus Christi, Texas....

State Auditor Harmon finds former Jackson County treasurer overpaid herself $114,000

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The State Auditor’s Office found evidence of a record-breaking number of abuse and intentional overrides of internal controls by a former Jackson County treasurer as part of an audit of the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years. Among the findings, then-County Treasurer Beth Sallee overpaid herself more than $114,000 during the two years. That includes $54,000 in paychecks beyond...

UK Gaines Center, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government host first University Cities Conference

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward A new species of city is making itself known across the country through its steady success during uncertain economic times. These “university cities,” as they are now referred to, have outgrown their college-town status and created dynamic economies around major research universities in their urban core. To better understand this phenomenon, the University of...

KyCIR: A deeper look at University of Louisville’s contract with Adidas, as basketball scandal unfolds

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting The $160 million sponsorship deal between the University of Louisville and Adidas could be in jeopardy if the NCAA basketball scandal forces big losses on the court. The 10-year sponsorship agreement isn’t set to start until next summer. But a pending FBI investigation, dwindling basketball recruit classes and possible NCAA sanctions could...

Barr proposes legislation to strengthen U.S. sanctions against North Korea

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr, R-Lexington, has introduced legislation that would include the most far-reaching sanctions ever aimed at North Korea. The bill, sponsored by the Sixth District Congressman, would punish foreign banks and other financial institutions for dealing with those facilitating North Korea-related business, which he said would be an incentive for traders,...

College basketball official files federal harassment lawsuit against Kentucky Sports Radio

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today College basketball referee John Higgins filed a federal civil lawsuit against Kentucky Sports Radio, accusing it of causing conditions that led to the harassment of him and his family after an NCAA tournament game in March. Higgins, of Nebraska, his wife Carol Higgins and their roofing and siding company, Weatherguard, filed the suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court for...

Governing Magazine: Congress doesn’t reauthorize CHIP by deadline; Kentucky to run out of money

By Mattie Quinn Governing Magazine Congress missed the Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), sending states that rely on that money scrambling to figure out how to pay for it. U.S. Sens. Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden introduced a bipartisan bill last month that would have extended funding for five years, but it never even got a vote. Health policy...

Bevin orders American, state flags fly at half staff through Friday to remember Las Vegas massacre

Gov. Matt Bevin has directed both American and state flags at all state office buildings to be lowered to half-staff now through Friday at sunset to remember those who lost their lives in the Las Vegas massacre. The proclamation is in accordance with one issued by President Donald J. Trump. “What happened in Las Vegas was the handiwork of unadulterated evil in its vilest, most despicable form,”...