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EKU student Stephen Jones overcomes gun violence, football injuries to succeed in classroom

By Madison Harris Eastern Kentucky University Seven years ago, Stephen Jones stepped outside his west Louisville home and was grazed by a bullet from a drive-by shooter. Today, he steps outside his comfort zone to seize opportunities at Eastern Kentucky University. The story of Jones’ life reads like a movie script. When Jones was 9, his parents separated, leaving him without a father figure. When...

More than 1,000 acres conserved in Hancock and Bullitt counties by KHLCF program

The Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves’ Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF) program conserved more than 1,000 acres of forest in October for both habitat and hiking. The Jeffrey’s Cliff Natural Area was created in Hancock County, along with additions to both Knobs State Forest and the neighboring Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Bullitt County. The 494-acre addition to...

Stoops, Cats set to kick off second half of season against hungry Vandy

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson celebrates with the rest of his teammates in a win over South Carolina earlier this the year. Wilson and the Wildcats open the second half of the season against Vanderbilt Saturday in Lexington. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops hasn’t forgotten how Kentucky opened the second half of the season last year. The Wildcats (5-1,...

Secretary of State reports more than 3.4 million Kentuckians registered to vote in Nov. 6 election

More than 3.4 million Kentuckians are registered to vote ahead of the General Election on Nov. 6, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Thursday.   Democrats represent the plurality of the electorate with 1.68 million registered voters, or 49.6 percent of voters. Republicans total about 1.41 million, around 41.7 percent of voters, and more than 295,400 voters, about 8.68 percent, are...

Chef John Foster: Apples, apples, apples — so many ways to use and enjoy this great fruit

Last week I wrote about the strange and wonderful tidbits you can find in the corners and crevices of the farmers’ markets around town. It’s just such an adventure that keeps drawing me back each week to see what else might have popped up. But there is also a practical reason for my weekly visits and that is to stock a farm to table restaurant for 5 days of service. I will admit that most...

New data reveals Kentucky is making progress in fighting after-school hunger for children

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Kentucky is making progress in ensuring kids don’t go to bed on an empty stomach. According to new data from the Food Research and Action Center, more than 17,000 low-income children participated in after-school supper programs each day on average in October 2017. That’s a 16 percent increase from 2016. Elizabeth Fiehler, child and adult care food program...

New data shows number of Kentucky kids being raised by relatives has nearly doubled since 2013

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Thousands of Kentuckians open their hearts and homes to help the children of loved ones during times of crisis. And new data highlights the need to better assist these kinship families. According to Census data, there are 96,000 Kentucky kids being raised by a relative, nearly double the number in 2013. That includes about 15,000 children who were removed from their...

Although favored to win the Southeastern Conference, Calipari, Cats know task won’t be easy

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is used to being the favorite in the Southeastern Conference and this season will be no different. The Wildcats were picked to finish first in the league by media members Wednesday. Kentucky was selected ahead of Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi State, Florida, LSU, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Ole Miss....

Public can now comment on Trump administration proposal to limit green card, visa applications

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service People can now officially weigh in on a proposal by the Trump administration to punish legal permanent residents who have used certain public benefits by making it harder for them to get a green card or visa. The proposal comes despite studies that show legal permanent residents use benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid...

Report indicates Kentucky one of 19 states whose voter information being sold on the dark web

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky is one of 19 states whose voter information is being sold on the Dark Web, according to a report by a website that covers news for IT professionals and decision-makers. 
ZDNet reported Monday afternoon voter information for approximately 35 million U.S. citizens is being peddled on a popular hacking forum. A screenshot from ZDNet of the hacker’s post that is...

UK Notebook: Calipari glad to see Big Blue Nation develop passion for football team

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari understands why Kentucky’s fan base was not happy following Kentucky’s 20-14 overtime loss to Texas A&M two weeks ago. “Do you remember where two years ago we’d be sad and disappointed? Wasn’t no sad now,” the Kentucky men’s basketball coach said. “Everybody, their staff was mad, their players were mad, our fans were mad, the...

Walter ‘Dee’ Huddleston, former U.S. Senator, dies at age 92 at son’s home in Warsaw

Staff report Former Kentucky U.S. Senator Walter ‘Dee’ Huddleston has died at age 92 at his son’s home in Warsaw. Huddleston, a Democrat, began two decades in politics in 1965 in the Kentucky Senate and ran Wendell Ford’s successful campaign for Governor in 1971. He subsequently ran for John Sherman Cooper’s vacated but long-held U.S. Senate seat and won handily. But...

Sen. Whitney Westerfield plans to appeal circuit court ruling on Marsy’s Law to Kentucky Supreme Court

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today State Sen. Whitney Westerfield said he will appeal a Franklin County judge’s ruling that orders election officials in Kentucky not to certify results of a referendum on whether to change the state’s constitution to guarantee the rights of crime victims. Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Monday that the measure, known as “Marsy’s Law,” was not worded...

Wildcats used bye week to rest, get healthy, get a jump on Vandy

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops took a break from football last weekend but kept tabs on other college football teams during Kentucky’s only bye week of the season. “It was a wild weekend that’s for sure,” Stoops said, referring to Georgia’s 36-16 loss to LSU and Tennessee’s 30-24 triumph over Auburn. “It was good to sit there and be stress-free for a day. I enjoyed that. You...

Horsewoman Bellocq earns NTWAB Bill Mooney Award; burned saving horses at San Luis Rey fire

The National Turf Writers and Broadcasters will present Martine Bellocq, a lifelong horsewoman who rushed into a burning barn trying to save her horses in a wildfire that decimated much of the San Luis Rey Downs training center last December, with the Bill Mooney Award for displaying courage in the face of tremendous adversity. Bellocq (courtesy of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club) Bellocq suffered severe...

‘Horses Speak of God’: Priest Laurie Brock finds self and spirtuality in her relationship with horses

By Vicki Prichard KyForward reporter In the crisp chill of an October weekend, many Kentuckians will make their way to Keeneland to gather around the track and place their bets on sleek, powerful horses to be the first to nose their way beyond the finish line. Laurie Brock, an Episcopal priest serving at St. Michael of the Archangel in Lexington, sees many reasons to celebrate these majestic creatures,...

Trump in Richmond to support Congressman Andy Barr; Joe Biden rallied for Amy McGrath Friday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today RICHMOND, Ky. (KT) – President Donald Trump urged his supporters to re-elect U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in the November midterm elections on Saturday at a raucous campaign rally and underscored the reason why. 
“The election of Andy is a really important thing,” Trump told the crowd of 6,100 in Alumni Coliseum on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. “It could...

A decade later, John Calipari says Kentucky still the “greatest of them all”

Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari addresses the crowd during Big Blue Madness Friday night at Rupp Arena. Calipari is entering his 10th season as coach of the Wildcats. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s been a decade since John Calipari made his first appearance at Big Blue Madness and the Kentucky coach looked ahead to his second decade Friday night. Prior...

Wildcats have the competitive edge John Calipari is looking for in preseason

Kentucky coach John Calipari answers a question during Media Day Thursday at Memorial Coliseum. Calipari is entering his 10th season as coach of the Wildcats. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Competition is good and Kentucky has plenty of competitors on the roster. It’s given John Calipari a chance to sit back and coach rather than spend his time motivating the Wildcats...

Western District of Kentucky add five federal prosecutors boosting ability to target violent crime

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Five new federal prosecutors have been added in the Western District of Kentucky, boosting their ability to tackle violent crimes through the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative and to combat fraud against taxpayers. U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman announced the hirings on Wednesday, part of what he calls a promise to crack down on violent crime in his 53 counties. U.S....