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Former Wildcat Walter McCarty returns to Rupp, leads Evansville to stunning upset of No. 1 Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A week after Kentucky beat the No. 1 team, the Wildcats lost as the top-ranked team. Kentucky’s stay atop the Top 25 will last less than a week after the Wildcats dropped a stunning 67-64 decision to Evansville Tuesday night, ending the school’s 52-game winning streak against non-conference, unranked opponents. Much like their coach — Walter McCarty, who played...

State Representative Charles Booker announces intent to challenge McConnell in 2020 Senate race

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A freshman state lawmaker from Louisville is the latest Democrat to announce their intent to explore a run against U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in the 2020 race. State Rep. Charles Booker was elected to the House in 2018, becoming the youngest black state legislator in 90 years. During his term, Booker has championed gun reform, voting rights, labor laws, and criminal justice;...

Owsley County High School student leaders working with officials and the community to rebrand county

Owsley County students (L-R) Abby Oliver, Keely Begley, Shelly Campbell, and Amelia Murray are among the students involved in the rebranding project. (Photo provided) By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Owsley County High School students are leading the effort in their community to highlight the positive assets of their local area and re-brand their county. Working with several groups in the county,...

Lexington preparing for forecasted winter weather; drivers urged to use caution during a.m. commute

With a rain/snow mix expected in the evening hours combined with temperatures expected below freezing, the City is urging drivers to use extra caution on their morning commute. The City will be responding to calls for emergency treatment on roadways, bridges, hills and overpasses to ensure safe travel. As winter weather approaches, the City of Lexington is prepared. “Kentucky weather is oftentimes...

Kentucky Humanities 38th annual Kentucky Book Fair at Alltech Arena anchors week-long literary festival

Kentucky Humanities will present the 38th Annual Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday, November 16, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. The Kentucky Book Fair is the anchor event of the Kentucky Book Festival taking place Nov. 10-16. “The Kentucky Book Fair is among the longest-running events of its kind in the country,” said Kentucky Humanities Executive Director...

Sunrise Children’s Services celebrating 150th anniversary, reaches 500 adoptions since 2006

Macedonia Baptist Church in Kuttawa has been a model for Sunrise Children’s Services’ foster care and adoption programs with 11 adoptions. (Submitted photo) By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today In a milestone year, Sunrise Children’s Services has even more to celebrate. The Christian organization that is celebrating its 150th year of working with Kentucky’s most vulnerable children, announced...

Pew Trusts: Many farmers struggle as hemp harvest winds down and markets suffer growing pains

By Sophie Quinton and April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts Ajit Singh strode across his 16-acre hemp field toward a broken-down harvester. He’d been hoping all day that the mechanic now crouched beside the machine could get it back up and running. It was late October and Singh still had thousands of stinky green and purple cannabis plants across 425 acres to pick, dry and sell before winter. Like...

Path to fourth straight postseason more difficult for Kentucky after crushing 17-13 loss to Volunteers

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s path to the postseason took a hit with a 17-13 loss to Tennessee Saturday night. The Wildcats (4-5, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) have to win two of their last three games to reach the postseason for a fourth straight season. The Volunteers (5-5. 3-3) continued their recent surge by winning their fourth game in the last five games after starting the season...

Kentuckians left in election fog as Secretary of State prepares for Nov. 14 recanvass of gubernatorial vote

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Preparations continue for the recanvass of the votes in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race, where unofficial results show Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat, captured a razor-thin win over incumbent Republican Matt Bevin. Those results showed Beshear had a margin of 5,189 out of 1.4 million votes cast, although the GOP candidates handily swept the rest of the constitutional...

Al Cross: For Andy Beshear, ‘I’m not Matt Bevin’ actually mattered; Bevin now knows words matter too

What seemed like Andy Beshear’s unspoken campaign theme – “I’m not Matt Bevin” – turned out to be sufficient after all, contrary to opinions expressed in this space more than once.                The Democratic attorney general ran a solid, steady campaign that gave voters little to fear – contrary to the alarmist, abusive rhetoric of the governor, which only confirmed the...

‘WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour’ to tape 1000th episode on November 19 featuring Riders In The Sky

WoodSongs creator and host Michael Johnathon (middle) with Kentucky’s acclaimed McClain Family Band. (Photo from Woodsongs) It’s an old-fashioned radio show, taped for television, in front of a theatre audience. Each week, hundreds of music lovers gather at the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington to experience the magic of “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour.” For 17 years, this home-grown...

Secretary Grimes receives recanvass request from Governor Bevin, will take place November 14

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin has formally filed a request to have a recanvass conducted of the results of Tuesday’s gubernatorial election. Unofficial results from the Secretary of State and State Board of Elections showed Democrat Andy Beshear, Kentucky’s Attorney General, defeating Republican Bevin’s re-election bid by a margin of 5,189 out of 1.4 million votes cast, although...

Large urban turnout leads Andy Beshear to victory in Tuesday’s governor’s race; Bevin not yet conceding

By Tom Latek and Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky voters turned out in bigger than expected numbers and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear may have shown incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin the door. Beshear took the lead around 8 o’clock and kept it the rest of the way in likely keeping Bevin from becoming the first Republican governor in Kentucky history from winning a second term. “I haven’t had...

Wildcats drop top-ranked Michigan State at Madison Square Garden on Tyrese Maxey’s big debut

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the first time in college basketball history, the second-ranked team in the nation defeated the No. 1 squad to open the season. Kentucky erased the pain of last year’s embarrassing showing in the State Farm Champions Classic with a 69-62 win over top-ranked Michigan State Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Wildcats came into the contest ranked No. 2 in...

Kentucky Teacher: New data paints grim picture, Kentucky is suffering a student outcomes crisis

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher When Kiley Whitaker wants to explain to schools why Kentucky’s graduation requirements have changed, he points to the numbers. Whitaker, the assistant director of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of Technical Schools and Continuous Improvement, has examined statistics that look into postsecondary outcomes for Kentucky students, and he didn’t like...

Secretary of State reminding Kentuckians of ‘dos and don’ts’ as they head to the polls this election day

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding voters of Election Day “Dos and Don’ts,” ahead of Election Day, on Tuesday, November 5. “Being prepared before going to the polls helps make Election Day run smoothly for everyone. This is an important election with races across the state that impact everyone in the Commonwealth. I encourage Kentucky voters to take note of these...

Calipari anxious to see how Wildcats will fare in blockbuster opener against Michigan State in N.Y.

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari doesn’t know what to expect from his team when Kentucky opens the season against Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden. “This is so early in the season, I can’t predict what goes on,” he said Sunday. “They have a have a couple of veterans, but really their veteran quarterback (Cassius Winston) makes them go....

Kentucky officials will be closely monitoring voting irregularities during Tuesday’s General Election

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service On Tuesday, Kentuckians will cast their ballots for the next governor. And as the rest of the country will be watching for the outcome, state officials say they will be taking complaints on Election Day seriously. Deputy Attorney General Michael J. Brown said his office has set up a task force to monitor the voting process. Michael J. Brown “All Kentucky...

Here are your choices in Tuesday’s election for Governor/Lt. Governor, local special elections

Staff report Second of two parts: Governor/Lt. Governor and local special elections On Tuesday, November 5, voters will be choosing from these candidates to fill for four-year terms as Governor and Lt. Governor, who are on the ballot as a team. A vote for one is also a vote for the other. If you need specific information about your polling place or to find your local ballots, visit GoVoteKy.com. Northern...

Here are your choices for the constitutional offices you’ll be voting for on Election Day, November 5

First of two parts: Governor/Lt. Governor and Attorney General tomorrow as well as special local elections On Tuesday, November 5, voters will be choosing from these candidates to fill the constitutional offices of Auditor, Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner and Secretary of State. If you need specific information about your polling place or to find your local ballots, visit GoVoteKy.com. Northern...