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Wildcats go to Lynn Bowden in come-from-behind win over Razorbacks to end three-game slide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops put the ball in Lynn Bowden’s hands and the Wildcats ran with it, ending a three-game losing streak with a 24-20 win over Arkansas Saturday night. Stoops and his staff made the decision to make a switch at quarterback to give Sawyer Smith more time to heal in preparation for the remainder of the season. Bowden, who also fielded a punt return, rushed for...

Old friends meet again to share a meal, music and memories; parting, they know there’ll be a next time

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders shares the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life — every Sunday with the Northern Kentucky Tribune. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to KyForward The last time Charlie Rafferty and I were together was atop the bonnet on the smokestack of the DELTA QUEEN over 41 years ago. John...

Kentucky Distillers move toward next-generation hospitality with third annual ‘Mocktober’ campaign

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) and The Mocktail Project have announced their third annual “Mocktober” campaign, designed to celebrate the role of low and no-ABV cocktails in creating a safer, more inclusive drinking culture. From Oct. 14-20, Kentuckians are encouraged to enjoy a mocktail – often referred to as a zero-proof or alcohol-free cocktail – at one of the more than 40...

Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes participates in 100th naturalization ceremony

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes took part in her 100th naturalization ceremony since taking office in Louisville Friday. She welcomed 98 new citizens from 31 countries. The ceremony included the administration of the oath of citizenship required to become Americans. Grimes spoke to the new citizens and their families about the duties of civic engagement, voter participation, and commitment...

National report shows Kentucky is a freight leader, but underfunded transportation could hinder growth

Kentucky freight shipments are currently among the nation’s highest and are expected to increase by nearly two-thirds in the coming years. However, without adequate infrastructure funding for needed transportation improvements, Kentucky’s continued economic growth could be at risk. Kentucky’s freight system currently moves more than $578 billion worth of freight each year, the 14th highest rate...

U.S. Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments Friday related to Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirement

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., will hear oral arguments today in a case concerning Gov. Matt Bevin’s changes to Kentucky’s Medicaid program, known as Kentucky HEALTH. Earlier this year, a federal judge blocked the new rules, which would have required Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer for 80 hours a month in order to receive...

Early week rainfall a welcome reprieve in Central and Eastern Ky., but more is needed to bust drought

The weekly U. S. Drought Monitor shows improvement in most of the state. Rain forecast Friday into Saturday could help even more. The key to colors: White indicates no drought, yellow is abnormally dry, tan is moderate drought, orange is severe drought and red is extreme drought. By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While rain that fell Sunday and Monday in Kentucky was very welcome, it wasn’t enough to be...

Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball announces return of record $84 million in unclaimed property

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, whose office operates what may be called the state’s Lost and Found Department, has returned $84 million in unclaimed property – more than any State Treasurer in Kentucky history in a four-year term – it was announced on Wednesday.

 Since taking office, Ball has revamped the unclaimed property process at the Treasury...

Kentucky’s 26 member-owned nonprofit electric cooperatives part of state’s clean energy future

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service This month is National Cooperative Month, and Kentucky’s 26 electric co-ops supply power to 1.5 million Commonwealth residents in all 120 counties. Electric cooperatives are member-owned, not-for-profit utility companies, often serving rural areas. Unlike a traditional utility that is beholden to its stakeholders, said Rachel Norton, an energy specialist...

KHRC unanimously approves CDI request to purchase Turfway Park; details, renderings revealed

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) Tuesday unanimously approved a Change of Control Request that will allow Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) to purchase Turfway Park. The request was supported by Jack Ohio LLC, an affiliate of JACK Entertainment LLC (“JACK”) and Hard Rock International. The Turfway Park Grandstand as it exists today is seen in the top...

Study says 16 rural hospitals in Kentucky at high risk of closing; another found 35 in poor financial health

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Many rural hospitals across Kentucky are struggling to keep their doors open. And though the numbers vary on just how many are in dire financial straits, the conclusion is the same: in much of rural Kentucky, health care as we know it is in trouble. “We can’t keep doing health care the way that we’ve done in the past, and that’s the bottom...

Daily Yonder: Project aims to make Paducah, other Mississippi Delta region cities into rural tech hubs

By Bryce Oates Special to KyForward A tech project that has helped train young people and created jobs in southeast Missouri has received funding from a competitive federal grant program to expand its work into the Mississippi Delta. “Being selected is just validation that our vision to help improve our region and all the hard work of our partners and staff is moving our region in the right direction,”...

Kentucky jobs rely on Congressional leaders coming to terms on trade agreement with Canada, Mexico

By Mary Schuermann Kuhlman Public News Service Congressional leaders still are trying to hammer out a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, and there’s a lot on the line for workers in Kentucky. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) would replace the 1994 agreement known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Nearly 151,000 Kentucky jobs are supported by exports...

New beverage recommendations for kids say avoid all drinks with sugar — and all plant-based milks

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Health experts from four of the nation’s most prominent health organizations have created a new set of beverage recommendations for children under the age of 5 that basically recommends breast milk and infant formula for infants under the age of 1 and water and cows’ milk for older children. The experts strongly caution against drinks with added sugar,...

BBB Trends: New research shows how scammers victimize consumers — and what you can do about it

Better Business Bureau New fraud research shows that people who live alone or have low financial literacy levels are more likely to lose money to fraudsters. The research also shows that the highest engagement and victimization rates involve online purchases and social media—outpacing telephone, mail and email fraud. Click image to download full report The report, “Exposed to Scams: What Separates...

Monday by 4 p.m. — the deadline for registering to vote in Nov. 5 election; check ‘inactive voter list’ too

Monday, October 7, is the last day to register to vote in the November 5 election. And it’s also the last day to be sure you are not one of the 175,000 Kentucky voters who have been removed from the voting lists, declared “inactive” by Kentucky’s State Board of Elections. Objections have been raised over this unilateral action but Kentucky voters must check the records to be...

UK Basketball: Immanuel Quickley becoming ‘that guy’ for Wildcats and the transformation is evident

One of an occasional series of profiles on the UK men’s basketball team. By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley has changed and that transformation has been evident during preseason workouts.   “Immanuel (Quickley) is not even the same player,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “I had someone come in and watch us practice and say, ‘he’s not even the same guy.’”   Following...

Kentucky agriculture dealing with worsening drought conditions and the summer that never seems to end

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky It is the summer that never seems to end. Already into October, and much of Kentucky is still dealing with temperatures in the 90s. Coupled with the driest September since the 1800s, Kentucky farmers know something must give. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than half of Kentucky is in the severe drought category and some areas of southeastern Kentucky...

Al Cross: As political earthquake shakes Washington, how will it tilt Kentucky’s political landscape?

A political earthquake is shaking Washington. How will it tilt Kentucky’s political landscape? The quick and easy answer – and for now, probably the right one – is that the impending impeachment of President Trump will rally his Kentucky supporters and help re-elect unpopular Gov. Matt Bevin. As soon as the Democrat-controlled U.S. House announced its impeachment inquiry, the Kentucky Republican...

Food and Drug Administration stressing importance of vaccination in wake of measles outbreaks

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reiterating the importance of vaccinations, such as the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella. According to the FDA, the U.S. continues to experience cases and outbreaks of measles, largely due to unvaccinated or under-vaccinated segments of the population. The MMR vaccine is being stressed to protect against...