UK, Lexington set to celebrate business innovation during Global Entrpreneurship Week Nov. 13-19

By Eric Hartman and Carl Nathe Special to KyForward It all begins on Monday — the University of Kentucky, the city of Lexington and Lexington-based startup entrepreneurs, small businesses, investors and service providers will join in the worldwide celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017. A total of 15 events celebrating entrepreneurship will take place on campus and at venues throughout...

Stoli Group’s Kentucky Owl Park in Bardstown to combine tourism, dining, entertainment and distilling

In one of bourbon country’s largest single projects, Gov. Matt Bevin and leaders of Stoli Group broke ground Wednesday on Kentucky Owl Park, a nearly $150 million lakeside complex to include a distillery, visitors center, cooperage, rickhouses, bottling center, restaurant and other facilities at Bardstown’s 420-acre Haydon Materials Quarry. “Global demand for bourbon continues to bring significant...

Secretary of State launches new online candidate filing portal for 2018 election cycle

The candidate filing period for the 2018 election cycle has opened and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging potential candidates to use a new online filing portal on the Secretary of State’s website. “The 2018 election cycle is what’s known in Kentucky as a county election year, so it will feature thousands of candidates,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s...

Dems may back off special meeting request after law firm hired to investigate harassment allegations

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky House Democrats may be backing off a call for a special meeting of the Legislative Research Commission after the Republican Caucus hired a law firm to investigate the allegations of sexual harassment against four members. The Majority Republicans announced on Tuesday that they have retained the Middleton Reutlinger law firm to conduct the investigation and advise...

House Republicans announce hiring of legal council before holding four-hour closed-door meeting

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky House Republicans held a four-hour closed-door meeting Tuesday afternoon and released little information afterwards. Speaker Pro-Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect, spoke briefly with reporters at the conclusion of the meeting but didn’t divulge much of anything new about the status of the pension bill. “We had a very brief meeting with the Senate this morning and...

ACA enrollment is on through Dec. 15; sign up early for assistance and compare plans, experts advise

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Sign up early, make sure you compare costs and plans and make an early appointment with your “application assister.” That was the advice given on an Oct. 31 Kaiser Family Foundation webinar offering open enrollment advice to consumers in Kentucky, as well as in Tennessee and Virginia. Open enrollment began Nov. 1 for 2018 health insurance plans sold...

Ag commissioner praises signing of new agreement to resume live equine exports to China

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles praised the resumption of live equine exports to China at a signing ceremony in Beijing Monday. The agreement, signed by United States Ambassador to China Terry Branstad and Minister Zhi Shuping of the People’s Republic of China, clears the way for the importation of all breeds of U.S. horses, including high-quality Thoroughbred racing horses, to China, where...

Put some bounce in your opera (or opera in your bounce) with ‘Bounce: The Basketball Opera’

By William McCann Special to KyForward Balls float, players dunk, music soars, and the myth of Icarus’s fall into the sea is retold in a fresh new way in Bounce: The Basketball Opera. Opening on November 10 at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church — just blocks from Rupp Arena — Bounce will introduce basketball fans to opera and maybe even some opera fans to the joys of basketball. Seated on bleachers...

Jeff Hoover resigns as Speaker of the House, will keep his seat in the legislature

Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover announced he will resign as speaker effective immediately but keep his seat in the House at a press conference Sunday afternoon at the State Capitol. The press conference came 24 hours after Gov. Bevin called for the resignation of anyone involved in secret coverups of sexual harassment. The Courier-Journal first reported that Hoover settled an allegation by a woman...

Fans, handicappers, make the trip from Kentucky and throughout the region for Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward Del Mar, CA – Kentucky was well-represented with owners, jockeys and trainers at the Breeders’ Cup in Del Mar and some fans from the region also made their way out to California for horse racing’s big day. A group made the trip to Del Mar California for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Pictured (l to r) Joyce Clark of Louisville, Blaine Morris...

Gov. Bevin issues strong statement on sexual harassment allegations, without mention of Hoover

Staff report Gov. Matt Bevin added fuel to the fire of sexual harassment allegations in Frankfort without mentioning House Speaker Jeff Hoover’s name. Bevin held a news conference on Saturday at the state Capitol and his communications office issued this statement late Saturday afternoon: “These alleged actions, which haven’t been denied, are reprehensible, indefensible and unacceptable....

Family and consumer sciences a perfect fit for Washington County teacher Sarah Raikes

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward Sarah Raikes found her niche long ago, and it’s just as comfortable today as it ever was. Raikes is in her fourth decade as a family and consumer sciences teacher, a career she chose because of her involvement in a student organization that she says brought out the best in her. Sarah Raikes, the family and consumer science teacher at Washington County High School,...

Good Shepherd, Rotary Club are faithful backers at FCPS Booker T. Washington Elementary

Dozens of community members volunteer countless hours to give extra attention to the children and support to the staff at Booker T. Washington Elementary. Monica Hall, the school’s Family Resource Center coordinator, certainly appreciates all their efforts. “The relationships are huge,” she said. Two of those groups – the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and the Rotary Club of Lexington...

Early competition bringing out the best in young Wildcats during preseason workouts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Competition is a good thing and it’s bringing out the best in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Quade Green. The two Kentucky newcomers have been vying for the starting job at point guard during preseason workouts. Although Green is the favorite to succeed De’Aaron Fox, Gilgeous-Alexander has been building his own case behind the scenes, a process Wildcats assistant coach...

First ever Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar starts today; Kentucky’s Bob Elliston helped make it happen

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward Del Mar, CA – The 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which consists of 13 Grade I races with purses and awards totaling more than $28 million, kick off today at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Bob Elliston was instrumental in bringing the Breeders’ Cup to Keeneland in 2015 and to Del Mar this year. Elliston, shown here in his office at Keeneland...

UK, Toyota partner to offer unique engineering program to address automotive industry needs

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward Two of Kentucky’s economic engines are collaborating to graduate more engineers with automotive production training already under their belt, addressing a significant industry need in the nation’s third-largest auto-producing state. Toyota Motor Engineering North America announced today at its Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center grand opening...

A personal memory of legendary horseman Tom Gentry, ‘master of sales party,’ who died Tuesday

In May of 2012, our then-regular columnist Robert Treadway wrote a terrific series of columns on the Kentucky horse industry as he lived it and remembered it. Among those was this memory of legendary horseman Tom Gentry. We are sharing it in the wake of Tom Gentry’s death on Oct. 31 at age 80. He was an owner, breeder, consignor and racing official over a long and celebrated career. He is...

Public employees, teachers rally at State Capitol in opposition to public pension reform plan

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Hundreds of public employees and teachers rallied at the State Capitol on Wednesday in opposition to the public pension reform plan revealed by Gov. Matt Bevin and Republican legislative leaders late last month.   Chanting “Find Funding First!” and “We Are Kentucky!”, the crowd braved chilly temperatures and intermittent drizzle to protest the plan. 
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Liane Crossley: International racing stars to shine in California at Breeders’ Cup World Championships

Thoroughbred racing’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships is often compared to the Super Bowl and the World Series—the sport’s unofficial grand finale that showcases the very best. The two-day Breeders’ Cup is 13 races with total prize money of $28-million. Races comprise virtually every division in Thoroughbred racing—dirt, turf, age, male and female horses, sprint and distance. Designed...

UPike dedicates new Health Professions Building, home of Kentucky’s only college of optometry

The University of Pikeville’s Health Professions Building is home to the Kentucky College of Optometry, the only college of optometry in the Commonwealth and the 22nd in the nation (Photo from UPike) More than 650 people gathered on the University of Pikeville campus last week for the ribbon cutting and dedication of the institution’s newest facility, the Health Professions Education Building...