Distance Learning: New York attorney taking mandolin class through HCTC online program

The beauty of online learning is that a student can be at any location, and so can the teacher. Jonathan Mintzer lives in New York City, and he has enjoyed being enrolled in classes with the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music (KSBTM), which is part of Hazard Community and Technical College. Mintzer knew he wanted to learn from faculty member Scott Napier after meeting him at a mandolin...

University of Louisville cuts ties with Jurich; Pitino subpoenaed by grand jury

By Russ Brown Kentucky today Concluding a historic and monumental three days for the University of Louisville, the school’s board of trustees fired long-time and highly-successful athletics director Tom Jurich Wednesday afternoon. On Monday, the University of Louisville Athletic Association (ULAA) fired men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino in the face of an FBI investigation into corruption...

Bevin, Senate and House leaders unveil plan to stablize Kentucky’s ailing pension systems

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin and legislative leaders unveiled the framework of the proposed changes to the public pension plans, which will be voted on during a special legislative session. Flanked by House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, and Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, Bevin outlined the plan during a Capitol press conference Wednesday morning. While he termed the...

Murray State University alumna Jessica Johnston cast on Emmy-award winning series ‘Survivor’

Murray State University alumna and legacy Jessica Johnston has been heating up the competition on the 35th season of CBS’s Emmy-award winning series, “Survivor.” A Missouri native but self-proclaimed “Kentuckian,” Johnston followed in her parents’ footsteps and attended Murray State University, graduating in 2009 with her bachelor’s degree in nursing. After graduation, Johnston moved...

State officials confident feds will restore funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program before deadline

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As Congress works to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program days after the Sept. 30 deadline for reauthorization passed, Kentucky officials are confident their funding will be renewed before the federal money runs out. “Without funding reauthorization on the federal level, we have enough money to maintain CHIP services for about six months,”...

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,...

Law enforcement groups tell legislative panel legalizing pot not the way to raise funds for pensions

As Kentucky lawmakers explore ways to pay for public employee pensions, a coalition of law enforcement groups say legalizing marijuana for recreational use isn’t the answer. “I’m not willing to risk my grandchildren’s health to save my pension,” Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard W. Sanders said Thursday while testifying before the Interim Joint Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs...

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...

Four Kentucky Community and Technical College System institutions ranked among nation’s best

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) said the Aspen Institute has ranked four KCTCS colleges among the top 150 in the country. Those selected, and their previous years of being ranked, are: • Big Sandy Community and Technical College – Top 150 in 2011 • Hazard Community and Technical College − Fifth time in the top 150 • Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College...

Kentucky Trinity: New book shines light on state favorites burgoo, barbecue and bourbon

As Kentuckians celebrate fall in the Bluegrass, it is sure they can be found at Keeneland or tailgating football games with one or more of the trinity of good taste in the Commonwealth — burgoo, barbecue and bourbon. A new book from University Press of Kentucky (UPK) by award-winning author and chef Albert W. A. Schmid serves up a feast for readers wanting to know more about these beloved and tasty...

UK holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for expanded Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at Turfland

By Ann Blackburn UKNOW reporter University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Mark F. Newman, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Dr. John Fowlkes, director of the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center, and members of the Barnstable Brown family will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly expanded Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at UK HealthCare’s...

KEEP to honor Tim Capps, Central Kentucky Riding for Hope with Industry Vision Awards

The late Tim Capps and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope will be honored with the Industry Vision Awards during the Kentucky Equine Education Project’s second KEEP Equine Industry Conference this Sunday and Monday at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington. The Industry Vision Awards – which recognize an individual and an organization for outstanding contributions to the equine industry –...

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...

New report shows massive increase in number of Kentucky adults, children receiving disability benefits

A new report shows an increase of staggering proportions in the number of Kentucky adults and children receiving disability benefits. The report was prepared by Kentucky’s Disability Determination Services (DDS), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and presented at the Kentucky Work Matters task force meeting yesterday in Frankfort. The groundbreaking study of outcomes covers...

Six Kentucky banks launch $150 million fund supporting public-private partnership projects

Six Kentucky-based banks have launched a first-of-its-kind investment fund to support public-private partnership (P3) projects throughout Kentucky. The institutions launching the $150 million Commonwealth Infrastructure Fund (CIF) are among the largest community banks in the state: Central Bank & Trust Co. Commonwealth Bank & Trust Co. Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co. United Bank &...

Author David Domine’s ghost stories from Louisville available once again to chill and delight

When David Dominé moved into a house in the historic Old Louisville neighborhood, he dismissed local rumors of a resident poltergeist named Lucy. Before long, however, unnerving, disembodied footsteps and mysterious odors caused him to flee his home in the middle of the night. David Domine What began as a search to find rational explanations for the strange occurrences turned into a new life as a...

Quarles toasts state’s growing craft brewing industry as part of Kentucky Proud Beer Week

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles raises a glass to Kentucky’s craft brewers to commemorate Kentucky Proud Beer Week. Quarles will join Derek Selznick, executive director of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, and Dr. Scott Eidson, president of the Kentucky Hop Growers Alliance, to mark the special week with a news conference on Friday at 1 p.m. EDT at Country Boy Brewing in Georgetown. “Kentucky’s...

Rural Blog: EPA chief says war on coal is over as he announces plan to repeal Clean Power plan

“Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told coal miners in Kentucky that he will propose repealing a rule limiting greenhouse-gas emissions from existing power plants,” The Washington Post reports. “Speaking at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, Pruitt said his agency will publish the new rule Tuesday.” The move was expected, given...

Blind equestrian forms lifelong partnership with UK HealthCare to meet challenges of rare eye disease

By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward When Alexis Johnson, a 22-year-old avid equestrian and resident of Versailles, Ky., prepares to jump with her horse Joey in competition, she is keenly focused on what lies before her. There are no distractions, no nervousness or fear. Everything around her is in shades of gray and the only sound she hears is the rhythmic pace of Joey’s hooves as he begins to...