University of Louisville must vacate 2013 title, 2012 Final Four appearance and pay fine, NCAA rules

The University of Louisville must vacate men’s basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible during the 2011-12 through 2014-15 academic years according to a decision issued by the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee. The appeals committee also upheld the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions penalty that requires the university to return to the NCAA money received...

Beshear files lawsuit against third opioid distributor for funneling prescription painkillers into state

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a third lawsuit against one of the nation’s largest opioid distributors he says has funneled massive amounts of prescription painkillers into the state and especially rural eastern Kentucky. The lawsuit, filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court, alleges Ohio-based Cardinal Health has helped fuel Kentucky’s opioid epidemic,...

Win a relief for Cats, but surging Arkansas will provide another challenge

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today What a difference a win made for Kentucky. “The whole mood changed the day after the win (over Alabama),” Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel said. “It felt like we haven’t gotten a win in forever. Now it’s time to put a winning streak together.” The Wildcats’ 81-71 win over Alabama last Saturday snapped a rare four-game winning streak and was Kentucky’s first...

Pew Trusts: Trump administration’s historic move to retool Medicaid goes beyond work requirements

By Michael Ollove Special to KyForward Requiring able-bodied adults to work for their Medicaid is just part of the Trump administration’s drive to remake the decades-old health insurance program for the poor. The administration signaled late last year that it welcomes state-based ideas to retool Medicaid and “help individuals live up to their highest potential.” At least 10 states have requested...

University of Kentucky’s 2018 DanceBlue raises more than $1.8 million for pediatric cancer research

At 8 p.m. Sunday evening, more than 900 students jumped and cheered in response to the amazing work that came to fruition. With joyful hearts, tired feet and cheerful dispositions, the dancers at the 2018 DanceBlue Marathon lasted 24-hours of no sitting and no sleeping in honor of the tireless pursuit of finding the cure to pediatric cancer. In its 13th year, DanceBlue was ecstatic to reveal its fundraising...

Lawmakers taking 3-day President’s Day weekend with pension issue remaining unresolved

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky lawmakers are taking a three-day weekend with the pension issue still unresolved. The General Assembly will not be in session Monday in observance of Presidents’ Day. Sen. Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, expects the pension reform plan that rolls out next week will be met with approval. (Photo by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today) Senate Majority Leader...

Vanderbilt gives UK spark as Cats beat Alabama to end losing skid

Jarred Vanderbilt scored a career-high 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Kentucky’s 81-71 win over Alabama Saturday at Rupp Arena. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Avery Johnson didn’t leave Jarred Vanderbilt’s name off the scouting report. The Alabama coach made sure the Crimson Tide knew all about Kentucky’s freshman forward and his capabilities. “We...

Chef John Foster: Enjoy a special night out of course, but make family dinner your favorite routine

I would call it a lazy Sunday, but there is work to do. Meals have to be planned, food shopped for, and dinners are cooked and put away. In an ideal world, where you’re busy all the time,it’s a no brainer to plan ahead. It does take some time, and energy to be this organized, but the alternative isn’t pretty or cheap. As much as I’d like you dining at The Sage...

Kentucky’s Tom Hammond is center stage in NBC coverage of Olympics’ ice skating in South Korea

By Melissa White and Amy Jones-Timoney Special to KyForward The familiar voice of Tom Hammond is echoing in living rooms around the country once again as the University of Kentucky alumnus broadcasts the Olympic games for NBC sports. Hammond, a 1967 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is in a familiar seat for the 2018 Winter Olympics: calling ice skating....

Lawmakers drop 401(k)-style retirement plan for government workers citing insufficient savings

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A mandatory 401(k)-style plan will not be part of an overhaul of Kentucky’s public pension systems, lawmakers said Wednesday, because the savings wouldn’t be sufficient to make it worthwhile to the state. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said the overhaul, which is now in the hands of legislative staffers, has undergone substantial change since...

Bravo announces season 16 of Top Chef to be filmed in Kentucky this spring; casting currently underway

Get excited, Kentucky residents, because Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and Graham Elliot are heading your way. Season 16 of Top Chef is officially set to be filmed in Louisville, Lexington and Lake Cumberland starting this spring with episodes airing later this year. Graham Elliot, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio (Photo by Gianna M. Bertoli/Michael Priest Photography) “We...

University of Kentucky alumna ‘sleighs’ expectations, becomes first black female skeleton Olympian

By Whitney Harder University of Kentucky It was September when she first touched a skeleton sled out of curiosity. September 2017, that is. As in … five months ago. Before then, she had never heard of the sliding sport where an athlete hurtles head-first down a frozen track. This month, University of Kentucky alumna Simidele “Simi” Adeagbo makes history as Nigeria’s first female...

Long-awaited pension reform legislation could be introduced as early as Wednesday, lawmakers say

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The wait may be over. The long-awaited public pension reform bill will be introduced Wednesday or Thursday, at the latest, lawmakers said. House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect, indicated legislation will begin in the Senate, as early as Wednesday. House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne said the much anticipated pension reform bill will be revealed Wednesday, starting...

In a state thick with cancer, threatened research and screening organizations make cases for state money

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget for the next two fiscal years calls for cuts to five cancer research and prevention programs, including screenings for breast, colon, cervical, lung and ovarian cancer, and for research on lung cancer, all of which plague the state. The programs are included in a list of 70 that Bevin proposed to eliminate to save the state...

Lexington’s courthouse once again the centerpiece of downtown as Mayor Gray unveils restored dome

Courthouse dome interior Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo by Amy Wallot) It has been closed to the public for 60 years, home to rusting heating and air conditioning equipment, an elevator shaft, peeling paint and deteriorating plaster. No more. Today, Mayor Jim Gray reopened the restored dome of Lexington’s Historic Courthouse. And it’s gorgeous. “The dome tops off a courthouse that once again will be a...

Terry Mobley — Rupp UK superstar, long-time UK fundraiser, ‘consummate gentleman’ — dies at age 74

Terry B. Mobley – whose association with the University of Kentucky as a famed basketball player and groundbreaking leader of its fundraising efforts spanned more than five decades – passed away early Monday morning after a long illness. Mobley, 74, was surrounded by family members and loved ones at his passing. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Becky; son, Steve Stone (spouse, Leslie;...

Braidy Industries head says company poised to bring positive economic outlook back to Ashland, region

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Craig Bouchard has only to look outside the window of his downtown office in this northeastern Kentucky city for motivation. Ashland is a shell of what it used to be. But if Bouchard has his way, that will change. Bouchard, chairman and CEO of Braidy Industries, is leading an ambitious initiative to build a $1.3 billion state-of-the-art aluminum rolling mill in an area...

Study of state’s backlogged rape kits finds cost of crimes to victims, taxpayers exceeds $4.2 million

The statewide Sexual Assault Response Team Advisory Committee (SART-AC) has released a report that found the tangible cost to victims and taxpayers of crimes committed by offenders after sexual assault kits weren’t tested is more than $4.2 million. Senate Bill 63 of 2016, known as the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) Act, requires the SART-AC to report on the economic costs of the crimes committed...

Calipari ‘not cracking’ as struggling Wildcats move past rare three-game slide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has never lost three straight games under John Calipari. The trend came to and end following Kentucky’s 85-74 loss at Texas A&M. A preseason favorite to win the Southern Conference title, the No. 24 Wildcats 17-8, 6-6) slid into a four-way tie for fourth place with Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Arkansas in the current league standings. Despite...

Lafayette High School, Picadome Elementary team up to promote literacy through REAL Men Read program

(Photo from FCPS) The big fish and the small fry blend well in a vibrant partnership between Lafayette High School and nearby Picadome Elementary as nearly two dozen seniors visit the youngsters’ classrooms once a month to share the importance of reading and advice about doing well in school. Their initiative is part of the districtwide REAL Men Read program, which invites community volunteers into...