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Al Cross: More questions arise about governor’s race as Bevin continues to dig hole and Beshear advances

When America’s most unpopular governor limped through last month’s four-way Republican primary with 52 percent of the vote, losing 31 counties to an obscure legislator, some of us still thought – and said publicly – that Matt Bevin was still the favorite in the general election. We had plenty of reasons: Kentucky’s encouraging economy; Bevin’s incumbency and personal wealth; the strong...

Ky. Supreme Court affirms decision striking down constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously affirmed a lower court opinion that invalidated the language of a Constitutional Amendment known as Marsy’s Law, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters last year. Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Crofton, introduced Senate Bill 3 on the first day of the 2018 General Assembly, the title of which was, “AN ACT proposing...

Exhange of letters between Bevin, lawmakers fails to end stalemate over pension legislation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An exchange of letters this week between Gov. Matt Bevin and state lawmakers has failed to break the impasse in finding a solution to solving the pension problems of the state’s regional universities and 118 quasi-governmental organizations. 
Those agencies face a near doubling of their pension costs July 1 if no action is taken, which could cause some of them to make...

Improved health is community undertaking, according to six-year FHK initiative

If more Kentucky communities tackled their health issues as communities, the overall health of the state could be improved. That’s one lesson of a six-year program that the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky recently completed in seven counties. The “Investing in Kentucky’s Future” initiative focused on children. It “improved student eating habits, increased youth physical...

Nick Richards up to the challenge of becoming top post player in nation after opting to return to UK

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards wants to get better and that’s the main reason he opted to return to Kentucky for a third season. “That’s one of the reasons I came to this school is to improve on my basketball skills and get ready for the next level,” Richards said. “I thought that coming back for an extra year would just benefit that.” Kentucky sophomore Nick Richards declared...

Commonwealth Fund’s state scorecard finds deaths from suicide, alcohol, drugs, are regional epidemic

KyForward staff Deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drugs have reached an all-time high, but affect states in different ways, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s just released 2019 Scorecard on State Health System Performance. “What we’re seeing is a regional epidemic when it comes to premature deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drugs,” said Dr. David Blumenthal, Commonwealth Fund President....

Kentucky Teacher: Russell Independent school’s KRUSH program helps erase stigma of Incarceration

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Teacher Kids Rising Up through Support and Healing (KRUSH) has cultivated a sense of family for students that have seen their own families affected by the harsh reality of incarceration. A reality that has become far too common in the Commonwealth. According to data accumulated by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that focuses on child welfare, 15%...

Daily Yonder: Eula Hall’s Mudd Creek Clinic: 40 years of helping the people of Floyd Co. with quality care

At 91, Eula Hall still goes to the Mud Creek Clinic, now the Eula Hall Health Center, each day to help care for patients in her rural Kentucky community. (Photo by Taylor Sisk/100 Days in Appalachia) By Taylor Sisk Special to KyForward Six of Eula Hall’s 10 full siblings lived into adulthood. Her family was among the more fortunate. Growing up in rural Appalachian Kentucky, Eula has witnessed poverty;...

DV8 Kitchen SoulFull Enterprise Event will teach other Ky. businesses how to help those in recovery

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service DV8 Kitchen, a restaurant and bakery focused on hiring and training people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, is now teaching other Kentucky businesses how to do the same. The two-day SoulFull Enterprise Event begins Tuesday in Lexington. Owner Rob Perez says he hopes to lessen the stigma for other business leaders about the idea of hiring “second-chance”...

Rural Blog: McConnell touts efforts to manage Asian carp, including corraling and electroshock harvesting

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whom The Economist dubbed one of the 100 most important people in the world, has many concerns, from dealing with President Trump to keeping a Republican majority in the Senate next year. But he spent much of a day last week talking about fish. And that is likely to be part of his re-election campaign in Kentucky. McConnell’s efforts to keep invasive, voracious...

Rose at 30: The landmark Supreme Court decision that changed the course of Ky public education

By Brenna R. Kelly Kentucky School Boards Association Jack Moreland had been expecting a call on the morning of June 8, 1989. It had been six months and one day since the Dayton Independent superintendent had watched an attorney representing his and 65 other school districts ask the Kentucky Supreme Court to force the state to adequately fund public education. As superintendent of Dayton Independent,...

Tacitus, War of Will headline Saturday’s Belmont Stakes to conclude unusual Triple Crown season

By Liane Crossley Special to KyForward Tactitus, third in the Kentucky Derby, is the 9-5 morning line favorite among 10 three-year-olds entered for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Preakness Stakes winner War of Will is second choice at 2-1. Previewing the race requires a brief recap of arguably the most talked first two legs of the Triple Crown since the Kentucky Derby and Preakness were inaugurated nearly...

Wildcat’s exhibition schedule to feature instate schools Georgetown College and Kentucky State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will play a pair of instate schools before officially opening the season against Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic. The Wildcats will take on Georgetown College at 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 and Kentucky State in a 7 p.m. contest on Nov. 1. Both games will be played at Rupp Arena and televised on the SEC Network. Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans offers a...

UK’s proposed budget decreases tuition for some, gives faculty and staff seventh straight pay increase

More than 6,500 University of Kentucky undergraduate students will see a slight decrease in their tuition in academic year 2019-2020 over last year, and tuition increases for the remaining undergraduate Kentuckians will be the lowest in more than 30 years. And for the seventh year in a row, UK faculty and staff will experience a pay increase. UK President Eli Capilouto (Mark Cornelison, UK Photo.) Those...

Despite governor’s changes to the legislation, lawmakers still lack votes for pension reform

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It appears lawmakers still lack the number of votes needed to pass a bill to reform the pension system affecting the regional public universities and 118 quasi-governmental agencies. Gov. Matt Bevin, who has made four changes to his original proposal, has said he wants to call a special session to enact that legislation by July 1, the start of the state’s new fiscal year. Senate...

UK grad Chad Sanders plays big role with NBA’s Toronto Raptors, learned ‘a lot from Mr. Wildcat’

By Carl Nathe University of Kentucky “Don’t have a one-track mind … you might choose a path you weren’t planning on taking, and your passion could become a career.” These words of advice for young college students come from University of Kentucky alumnus Chad Sanders, 32, general manager (GM) for the G League team Raptors 905, affiliate of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, who are currently...

Keeneland mourns death of longtime starter and track ambassador Robert Lee “Spec” Alexander

Lifelong horseman and longtime Keeneland Starter Robert Lee “Spec” Alexander, widely respected for his skill with Thoroughbred racehorses and a beloved ambassador of Keeneland, died Monday. He was 80 years old. Alexander at Keeneland’s 2018 Fall meet (provided photo). “Spec was a Keeneland institution, an unquestioned master of his craft,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said....

Inaugural Ohio River Recreation Trail Paddling and Cycling Adventure spotlights new tourism effort

Staff report An inaugural Ohio River Recreational Trail Paddling and Cycling Adventure started off Friday in Portsmouth, Ohio and will end June 9 in Louisville. The group was in Northern Kentucky Tuesday, staying overnight at the Thomas More Biology Station in California. Yesterday, it made a stop at the Rosemary Clooney House in Augusta and on Wednesday it will be in Gilday Riverside Park in Cincinnati...

BBB Trends: Be aware of some common summertime scams — and please avoid them; here are some tips

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Before stowing the winter coat and slathering on the sunscreen, read up about some common summertime scams, and be on the watch for those that might be targeting you. Concert and Festival Tickets Food, fun and music just go together during the summer months. If you haven’t already, you’ll be seeing plenty of postings for food, art and music events on various...

Kentucky Air National Guard unit to be part of the 75th anniversary D-Day ceremony in Normandy

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing is deploying more than 30 Airmen and two C-130 Hercules aircraft to Europe on Saturday where they will be the only National Guard unit in the country that will take part in the 75th-anniversary reenactment of D-Day. 
On June 9, the Kentucky Airmen will airdrop U.S. Army paratroopers over Normandy, France, in commemoration...