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...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Big event, Garden 2018 — for tomatoes, it’s Burpee Steakhouse vs Big Zac

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune It’s that time of year when the big event, Garden 2018, is in its nascent stages.   The seed has been ordered and received.  As usual, I ordered an ungodly amount.   In order to make sense of all of this, I made a master list of my selections.  Tomatoes, of course, are first.  I have different categories that I like to raise to fulfill my different uses: ...

Jamie Vaught: Remembering the good old days of the colorful, innovative American Basketball Association

If you have followed my sports column over the years, you may have read some of the stories about the old American Basketball Association. I was a huge fan of ABA which included the Louisville-based Kentucky Colonels.  The colorful league had featured a couple of radical innovations – a three-point field goal (which at the time did not exist in the NBA or college basketball) and the red-white-blue...

‘Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children’ shows how to minimize impact of parental incarceration on kids

A new Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children issue brief by Kentucky Youth Advocates, Minimizing the Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children, shows three out of every five inmates in state custody have children, impacting approximately 32,700 Kentucky kids. The brief highlights the prevalence of parental incarceration in Kentucky, the impact it has on children, and the criminal justice policy changes...

UK, LCC agreement keeps Wildcats in Rupp Arena through 2033 season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky isn’t leaving Rupp Arena anytime soon. The University of Kentucky and the Lexington Center Cooperation executed a “right of use agreement” that will keep the Wildcats at Rupp Arena through the 2033 season. The current lease expires at the end of the 2018 season, but the new deal means Kentucky will use Rupp Arena for men’s basketball and select events...

University of Kentucky CBER issues report showing education is key to Kentucky’s economic future

By Michael Childress Special to KyForward Identifying education as the most important factor affecting Kentucky’s economic future, the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) — the applied economic research branch of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky — released its 46th Kentucky Annual Economic Report today. The report is one of the many ways...

Rural Blog: New book explores media’s failure to recognize rural voter impact on 2016 election

A new book published by Routledge — The Trump Presidency, Journalism and Democracy — includes a chapter about Donald Trump, rural America, its issues and the national news media’s failure to recognize the power Trump drew from rural voters. Written by Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, publisher of The Rural Blog, the chapter digs deep into the...

Calipari takes blame as Tennessee completes rare sweep of Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s been nearly two decades since Tennessee swept Kentucky. The surging Volunteers achieved that feat for the first time in 19 years with a 61-59 win over the Wildcats Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats (17-7, 6-5 Southeastern Conference) lost back-to-back games for the second time this season and struggled from the field against the Volunteers, who won their...

State opens Emergency Operations Center in advance of impending winter storms

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management opened the State Emergency Operations Center Tuesday evening with impending winter storms bearing down on the area. KYEM Spokesperson Monica French says, “Officials urge people to stay tuned to their local media for watches and warnings,” said KYEM spokesman Monica French. “This storm has the potential of dropping heavy...

Pew Trusts: This extract Is driving a hemp gold rush in states like Kentucky, but Issues of legality remain

By Sophie Quinton Pew Charitable Trusts In a few months, Dani Fontaine Billings will plant 80 acres of hemp at her farm in Longmont, Colorado, out behind a clapboard farmhouse with views of the Rocky Mountains. Some of the plants will grow tall, like bamboo, and yield grain and fiber for textiles and other industrial products. Others will look and smell like marijuana and yield a cannabis compound....

Lawrence Weathers named police chief of Lexington Police Department, takes office March 5

Mayor Jim Gray has announced that Lawrence Weathers, a former assistant Chief of the Lexington Police Department, will be Lexington’s next police chief. Weathers, 54, is currently Director of Law Enforcement for Fayette County Public Schools. He retired from the Lexington Police Department in 2016, after 27 years of service to the City. During his career, Weathers held a variety of assignments within...

University of Kentucky Family Center hosts annual Relationship Checkup just in time for Valentine’s Day

By Stephanie Swarts Special to KyForward Imagine having a car and not taking it to the shop for a service checkup. Whether it has 5,000 miles or 150,000 miles on it, service checkups and tune-ups are necessary to keep the car running smoothly and extend its life. Just like a car, human relationships need a checkup every once in a while to keep a couple moving forward. With Valentine’s Day just around...

From Jay Z to Super Bowl halftime shows, University of Kentucky grad engineers entertainment

Super Bowl halftime show set by All Access Staging Productions. (Photo by Brad Duns) By Amy Jones Timoney, Whitney Harder, and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward When people ask James Casalino, “What do you do?” he’s not always sure how to respond. “That’s a great question …” he replies. Entertainment engineering extraordinaire seems to be the best fit. Casalino turns...