A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Chef John Foster: Seasons press on and so do chefs, the most creative are trained as craftsmen and artists

The sun turns over again and the seasons press on. It’s summer, officially on the 21st of June, but it felt like it on and off since April. The garden sensed it long ago, and some vegetables have just disappeared for the year, waiting until the weather, and the time is right again. Chefs move on as well, sometimes beating the bushes this time of year for the first of the summer vegetables to...

Judge declares Kentucky’s pension overhaul unconstitutional, citing process used to enact law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has declared a new Kentucky law overhauling the state’s government pension system unconstitutional. Teachers protest the pension overhaul at the Capitol in April. A Franklin Circuit judge has ruled the law unconstitutional. (Photo from Kentucky Today) In a ruling Wednesday, Shepherd took issue with the process lawmakers used...

Liane Crossley: Reduced foal crop could explain sudden surge in Triple Crown winners

The question had been asked for a generation—would the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing ever be won again? The question was answered on June 6, 2015 when American Pharoah became the 12th winner of the elusive honor. This past Saturday, Justify added an exclamation point when he, too, completed the sweep. The most recent Triple Crown winner had been the mighty Affirmed who achieved the distinction...

Kentucky State Police say Poor People’s Campaign lacked proper permit to protest inside Capitol

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s a simple explanation why teachers were allowed to protest inside the Capitol this spring and the Poor People’s Campaign was not allowed to protest inside in three separate rallies, Kentucky State Police said.   The Poor People’s Campaign only applied for a permit that let them use the front steps of the Capitol while the teachers filled out the proper paperwork...

State to employ new stategy in attracting innovative new high-tech startups, assisting small businesses

To better serve, attract and develop innovators and startups, Kentucky will deploy a new regional approach to developing high-tech, high-potential-growth businesses, while continuing to assist small businesses seeking support. KY Innovation, the state’s recently launched initiative supporting businesses founders and growing companies, will soon begin implementing Regional Innovation for Startups...

Rates remain high, but fewer kids are smoking; e-cigarettes raise concern about reversing the trend

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s high-school students continue to smoke at higher rates than their national counterparts, but the good news is that their rates continue to drop. The bad news: An influx of new vaping products could reverse this downward trend. The recently released 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 14.3 percent of Kentucky high-school students reported...

Young daughters make long commute worth the sacrifice for Eastern Kentucky University senior

By Madison Harris Special to KyForward When senior aviation major Kristena Cook reflects on her daily life, a 100-mile commute each way from her Louisville home to class at Eastern Kentucky University while juggling her children, education and career amid constant exhaustion, she can only be grateful. “Statistically speaking, this should not be my life,” she said. “I should be locked up, committed...

Sullivan University gains approval for merger with Sullivan College of Technology, Spencerian College

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has approved the merger of Sullivan University, the Sullivan College of Technology and Design (SCTD) and Spencerian College into a single entity that will be now known as Sullivan University. The merger will be final on June 22. The current SCTD campus on Atkinson Square Drive will become part of Sullivan University,...

Health-conscious pastors setting good examples for their flocks

By Roger Alford Kentucky Today With a new-found passion for competing in triathlons, Pastor Wes Fowler is enjoying his best physical condition since college. Mayfield First Baptist Church Pastor Wes Fowler, left, and his wife, Tara, pose for a photo before the start of a triathlon they competed in. The Fowlers are among a growing number of church leaders who are setting good examples in the area of...

Kentucky awarded nearly $1.1 million grant for apprenticeships from U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Dept. of Labor (USDOL) has announced that the Kentucky Labor Cabinet has been awarded $1,085,871 under the ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant Initiative to continue efforts to grow Registered Apprenticeships throughout the Commonwealth. “Receiving this funding is a testament to the success we’ve had expanding Registered Apprenticeships across the state and countless opportunities...

Judge sentences Rand Paul’s neighbor to 30 days behind bars; after plea of guilty to assault

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A federal judge has sentenced U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor to 30 days behind bars after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress. FILE – In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Rene Boucher, center, appears in court for an arraignment hearing with his attorney Matt Baker, left, at the Warren County Justice Center in Bowling Green, Ky. U.S. District Judge...

Chef John Foster: Bourdain’s sudden death a cause for self-reflection, his legacy filled with purpose

I’ve been asked several times in the last week to comment on the passing of Anthony Bourdain. The morning the news broke I was far too stunned to say anything, and as the week progressed and the tributes poured in, I struggled to find the words to adequately express myself. It was only after some serious self-reflection that I discovered the reason for my reticence; Chef Bourdain’s life...

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...

Beth Underwood: Like any good fairytale, the Kentucky Castle’s story is far from over

It’s not a horse farm or a basketball arena. Nor is it a bourbon distillery. Nevertheless, its one of Kentucky’s most memorable landmarks. For almost 50 years, The Kentucky Castle, located on the county line between Lexington and Versailles, has been turning heads and piquing the curiosity of all who pass by. I was knee high to a grasshopper when construction began, but remember watching it come...

Lawmakers named to permanent child welfare committee created by passage of HB 1

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislative leaders have named most of the members of the permanent Child Welfare and Oversight Advisory Committee created by the passage of House Bill 1, the adoption and foster care reform measure in the 2018 General Assembly. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, named three Republican members: Sens. Julie Raque Adams of Louisville, Tom Buford of Nicholasville...

Will Eastern KY capture a share of the enormous wealth to be transferred in the next generation?

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Eastern Kentucky and the United States of America are in the midst of the greatest “transfer of wealth” (TOW) in the nation’s history. Research estimates that $72 trillion will transfer from one generation to another in the next decade, 2017 through 2026, representing a TOW opportunity of over $7.7 trillion. TOW is an estimate of American household wealth from...

Lyn Hacker: A long life, well lived, did not make saying goodbye to Chief Redbird any easier

It was the worst possible combination of traits that he could have inherited – that foal I found standing wobbly, still wet, in the thick straw with Lover, his mother. An anathema to every standardbred horse person, he was bright orange, with a glaring white blaze running down his face. To put the nails in the coffin, he had four white feet. My mother, father and I had been taking eight hour foal...

Justify wins the Belmont Stakes and captures the Triple Crown, cementing Mike Smith’s legacy

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Justify took the Belmont Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion at Belmont Park Saturday, securing U.S. thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown and giving Hall-of-Fame jockey Mike Smith one of the few prizes that had eluded him in his illustrious career. The backdrop for Justify’s win in the Belmont Saturday was much different from his win in the slop five weeks...

Real estate sales in Kentucky see first increase in 2018; April’s volume is the highest ever for the month

In a reversal of course and going against the national trend, Kentucky’s housing sales were up in April for the first time in 2018 and the first increase since October 2017. Click to enlarge Real estate sales reached 4,545, which is a 7.4 percent increase over April 2017 and an all-time high for the month. Year-to-date, homes sold are still down less than 1 percent over last year with only 79 less...

Chef John Foster: ‘Convenience over quality’ debate mixes in cost, availability, and even climate

There are subtle changes this time of year, things dropping in and out without a lot of fanfare and hype. The speed at which some of these products go through the market is astonishing, and makes it that much more intimidating to try and buy and eat local. Just when I’m used to getting my asparagus, it’s gone from the market. It would be so much easier if it’s there when I need it....