Louisville bridge project among 12 finalists competing for National Transportation Award

State department of transportation projects that swiftly addressed a spike in wrong-way driving fatalities; used high-tech tools like Bluetooth sensors to make work zones safer; and improved pedestrian access to heavily traveled corridors are among the twelve finalist in the 2017 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation...

Disagreement over reorganization of UofL board of trustees moves to Kentucky Supreme Court

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A political fight between Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear over a reorganization of the University of Louisville board of trustees spilled into the Kentucky Supreme Court on Friday. Justices heard oral arguments Friday morning in a lawsuit questioning Bevin’s power to disband members of the board and to appoint new ones. Beshear...

Team of University of Kentucky students will have unique view of eclipse — from above

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward While millions are looking to the sky on Aug. 21 for one of nature’s rarest events, a team of University of Kentucky students will offer a perspective of a total solar eclipse never experienced before — the view from above. Using cutting-edge technology, the UK Solar Eclipse Ballooning Team will stream the eclipse live from space to the internet, where...

Kentucky Emergency Management officials preparing for ‘viewing opportunity of a lifetime’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Emergency Management officials will activate centers in Frankfort and Hopkinsville on Saturday in preparation for Monday’s total solar eclipse and what they are calling “the viewing opportunity of a lifetime.” The State Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort and a Regional Response Coordination Center in Hopkinsville are preparing for the big event. Preparations...

K Week 2017: New UK students get tips on making successful transition to university life

For nearly 6,000 students, this week marks the beginning of their collegiate career at the University of Kentucky. To ease the transition, hundreds of UK’s best student leaders — K Crew leaders — will guide new Wildcats through K Week and show them what it truly means to be a Wildcat. K Week 2017 begins Friday and ends Tuesday, Aug. 22. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hundreds...

Bevin launches new website highlighting public pension issues in advance of special session

The Office of the State Budget Director launched a comprehensive new website aimed at keeping Kentuckians informed, as the Bevin Administration works with state legislators to address the Commonwealth’s public employee pension crisis. Visitors to KentuckyPensions.com can obtain answers to frequently asked questions, view detailed reports and a glossary of key terms, follow the latest developments,...

Kentucky Education Commissioner asks public to offer feedback on Every Student Succeeds plan

Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt is encouraging all Kentuckians to read and offer feedback on the draft Consolidated State Plan Under the Every Student Succeeds Act that lays out a blueprint for public education in Kentucky. Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), state education...

Thomas More College graduate taking part in sports medicine research into concussions, knee injuries

By Terry Boehmker KyForward sports reporter The knee injuries that disrupted Katie Kitchen’s college basketball career triggered her interest in sports medicine research so the Cold Spring resident has taken part in some fascinating studies over the last two years. As a research assistant in the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Kitchen is currently involved...

State lawmakers call for removal of Jefferson Davis statue from Capitol rotunda

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A rally in the State Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday saw bi-partisan calls to have the statue of Confederate President and Kentucky native Jefferson Davis removed. The “One People, One Commonwealth” rally included Republican state Treasurer Alison Ball, who called for Kentuckians to unite. “We love our country, we love our Commonwealth, we love all of our people in this...

Foundation for Healthy Kentucky’s Chandler gives legislature overview of state’s health challenges

Citing the need for Kentucky to move from a health care rescue system that treats patients once they become acutely ill to a system that promotes health on the front end, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky outlined several policy measures to improve Kentucky’s relatively poor health compared to the rest of the nation.   The presentation made by President and CEO Ben Chandler at Wednesday’s...

Surprise! Thomas More College president secretly joins in football team’s first full-pad practice

Imagine facing off on the football practice field — unknowingly — against the president of the university. That’s just what happened Sunday morning at the first full pad practice of the Thomas More College football team. TMC President David A. Armstrong secretly suited up and took the field. A former football player and coach, Armstrong aimed to motivate the football team. It worked. But...

Life Experience: At 60, new teacher at Tates Creek looking toward new challenge, not retirement

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward With a 60th birthday coming up in October, some people would be eagerly looking toward retirement. But Lowell Outland is simply turning a page to the next chapter – this time, as a teacher at Tates Creek High School. “It’s overnight success that took 40 years. It’s amazing how life will change on you,” he said good-naturedly as he prepared for the start...

State anticipating up to half a million visitors for solar eclipse; plan to arrive early, stay put, leave late

Along with the rest of the nation, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has begun the countdown to the total solar eclipse that has captured global interest: it’s now less than a week till the roadways in western Kentucky begin to feel the impact of up to 500,000 eclipse chasers anticipated to flock to the region. Occurring the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 21, the total solar eclipse will...

Testing the Waters: Teachers take to the water to become more familiar with environmental education

By Bobby Ellis Kentucky Teacher A job can’t always be glamorous, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. A group of teachers from across the state slipped on their waterproof shoes, or slipped off their socks, and waded into a creek behind Pulaski County High School earlier this summer. Some slipped and almost fell, others were harassed by mosquitoes, and all of them dug through mud looking for...

KY school cafeteria manager, ‘down-home chef,’ Jason Smith of Grayson, is new Food Network Star

A school cafeteria cooking manager and caterer from northeastern Kentucky is going to get a new gig. Jason Smith of Grayson captured the Food Network Star, Season 13 crown on Sunday night. Show co-hosts Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentis announced Smith as the newest member of the Food Network family, edging out finalists Cory Bahr and Rustin Hamlin in a showdown in New York City. Smith, 39, describes...

Boone County native James Alex Fields faces charges for driving car into crowd of protestors

James Alex Fields, 20, who grew up in Union, has been jailed in Charlottesvile, Va., and charged with second degree murder for plowing his silver Dodge Challenger into a crowd of peaceful protestors at a rally there. Charlottesville resident Heather D. Heyer, 32, a paralegal, died, and 19 others were injured. Protests started in Charlottesville on Friday night and escalated to violence among opposing...

Gray says two Confederate statues near courthouse should be relocated after violence in Virginia

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Lexington’s mayor responded to the racially-charged violence in Virginia by announcing steps to take down two Confederate statues located at the former courthouse. “The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I intended to make next week,” said Mayor Jim Gray. Gray said he will present a petition to the Lexington-Fayette County...

Billy Reed: Louisville native Justin Thomas wins PGA championship, just as the golf gods would have it

LOUISVILLE – The birdie putt on No. 10, maybe a six-footer, rolled toward the hole, destined for glory. At least, that’s what Justin Thomas thought. He figured he had read it perfectly. He waited for the ball to drop and the roar from the gallery gathered around the green there at the Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C. Except the Titleist IV didn’t drop. It hung there on the lip, teasingly....

BBB Trends: Eyes to the skies safety means you have to protect your eyes with right Eclipse glasses

Sky-gazers across the country will watch in awe as the moon silently covers the sun Monday, August 21. Although two to five solar eclipses occur each on average, a total solar eclipse happens just once every 18 months. If you’re planning to watch, do so safely with the right eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers and the kind that actually protects your eyes. Start by making sure that the glasses...

With cancer in the rearview mirror, it’s back to school time once again for Versailles teacher Erika Carter

By Samantha Almeida Special to KyForward Dealing with a classroom full of rowdy second-graders can be taxing on even the most patient, energetic individual. But for 42-year-old Versailles schoolteacher Erika Carter, her real challenges have happened outside the classroom. In the summer of 2015, she visited her doctor for her regular yearly checkup and bloodwork, which yielded some bad news: an anomaly...