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Kentucky crafted beers infused with Kentucky Proud products on tap for Oct. 28 release in annual series

Crafting Kentucky Proud beers with Kentucky agricultural products is the focus of this year’s Kentucky Proud Beer Series, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced. Now in its fifth year, the beer series combines the best of what Kentucky has to offer from its breweries with its farms. “Every October, Kentucky’s craft brewers use locally grown products to brew one-of-a-kind beers...

Kentucky gas prices drop another 5 cents; U.S. gasoline demand, supply and imports decline

Gasoline demand back-tracked for the week ending Oct. 9, decreasing from 8.90 million barrels per day to 8.58 million barrels per day, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Demand has decreased, even as total domestic stocks fell by 1.6 million barrels to 225.1 million barrels. Meanwhile, imports fell to their lowest rate since Sept. 18. Combined, lower demand and imports have contributed...

MARS Equestrian Fellow at UK’s Gluck Equine Research Center continues to help older horses

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky Horses aged 15 and over make up between 20 percent to 30 percent of the U.S. equine population. An important milestone will be reached this year in the quest to learn more about this population. October marks the one-year anniversary of Amanda Adams, associate professor at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center specializing in aged horse research,...

University of Louisville-born company secures additional $115 million to advance cell therapy

By Baylee Pulliam University of Louisville A company born at the University of Louisville has raised an additional $115 million to further develop a therapy that could improve the lives of kidney transplant recipients. The company, Talaris Therapeutics Inc., plans to use the series B funding to support a Phase 3 clinical trial — the last step before applying for FDA approval. This follows a $100...

Republic Bank’s $3 million Community Loan Fund helping small businesses in challenged communities

The $3 million Community Loan Fund that Republic Bank and Trust Company announced this summer is putting dollars into the communities the bank serves. “We’re off to a great start,” said Steve Trager, Chairman and CEO of Republic. “Ninety days ago, we decided we needed to provide more support and promote business development and job creation in low-to-moderate income communities and in just...

Ashli Watts: Women, the workforce and the pandemic, a crisis that needs immediate attention

As a female executive, I have had to answer the same question for many years: “How are you able to balance your work and family?” Honestly, those questions have always frustrated me because they have never been asked of my husband. And I have been fortunate until recently, with a lot of help, to make it work. I like to think I’ve always worked hard. But like the experiences of many other people...

Keven Moore: As Halloween approaches, is it a safety hazard to visit haunted houses during a pandemic?

Well, if 2020 hasn’t been scary enough for you, here comes Halloween during a pandemic. This is the season in which many of you are seeking out a haunted attraction to fuel that jolt of adrenalin while being scared out of our wits. However, how will COVID-19 come into play, and will many of our usual haunted attractions even be open this season? Will it minimize how scary they can be while visiting...

AAA offers safety tips on avoiding animal-vehicle collisions; fall months most dangerous in Kentucky

Fall is officially here and AAA is warning drivers to be more cautious on the roads. Deer mating season is beginning, with October, November and December the most dangerous months in Kentucky for motor vehicle collisions with animals. A collision with a deer or other animal can put a serious dent in a vehicle, if not destroy it completely, and possibly result in serious injuries or fatalities. “Animal-related...

Kentucky home sales rise for third consecutive month; end of summer jump could lead to record year

Home sales were up for the third consecutive month since the housing market roared back to life in June. 5,475 closings took place in Kentucky, up almost 7 percent over August of 2019. That follows an almost 15 percent increase experienced in July. Year-to-date sales surged to 35,705, up 4 percent from August of last year. Nationally, total existing-home sales, completed transactions that include...

Kentucky Electric Cooperatives deploy 70 employees to Louisiana to assist in hurricane Delta recovery

In response to a request from an electric cooperative in Louisiana, at least 70 electric co-op employees from Kentucky are joining power restoration efforts after Hurricane Delta brought even more damage to the same area devastated by Hurricane Laura in August. Delta made landfall late Friday night as a strong Category 2 hurricane and swept through southwest Louisiana. At the peak of the storm, more...

Cox to co-chair blue-ribbon nominating committee formed to select HISA Authority board members

Supporters of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) have announced the formation of a blue-ribbon nominating committee that will be responsible for selecting members of the board of directors of the HISA Authority as well as members of its two standing committees: Anti-doping and Medication Control, and Racetrack Safety. Nancy Cox, vice president for land-grant engagement and dean of the...

LG&E and KU listed among Top 20 U.S. utilities for corporate facility investment, job creation

Site Selection Magazine, an international publication focused on economic development, has named Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities Company among an elite group of the Top 20 utilities in the United States for corporate facility investment and job creation in 2019. The evaluation included a field of approximately 3,300 electric utilities across the country. Eileen Saunders “It’s...

Dave Hatter, TechSide: Google it! Or even better, set up Google Alerts so you can be specific

The amount of information available on the Internet is mind-bogglingly vast and growing exponentially. According to the Netcraft 2020 Web Server Survey, there are 1.2 billion web sites as of September 2020. How many individual web pages are there? No one knows exactly, but educated estimates put the number more than a trillion. Despite the explosion of content, it has never been easier to research...

Keeneland catalogs 3,777 horses for November Breeding Stock Sale; online, phone bidding available

Keeneland has cataloged 3,777 horses for the 2020 November Breeding Stock Sale, which opens Nov. 9, two days after Keeneland hosts the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for the second time. Buyers will be able to participate in the auction remotely through online and telephone bidding options successfully introduced at the September Yearling Sale, while the new bidding location at the Show Barn next...

Woodford Reserve launches Baccarat Edition; marries world’s finest bourbon, world’s finest crystal

Woodford Reserve has announced the ultimate expression of American Whiskey — Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition, which marries the world’s finest bourbon with the world’s finest crystal. The exclusive whiskey is Woodford Reserve Bourbon that has been aged an additional three years in XO cognac casks from France. It is bottled in a handmade crystal decanter that took five days to create in Baccarat,...

Kentucky Realtors report tightening mortgage standards discouraging potential buyers

Twenty-nine percent of Kentucky Realtors reported that tightening mortgage standards were discouraging their buyers, according to the September 2020 edition of the HousingIQ Survey of Kentucky Realtors. Twenty-eight percent of the 204 Realtors across Kentucky expect an increase in the number of price reductions. “House price appreciation has outstripped the benefit of record-low mortgage rates,”...

Kentucky Proud sponsors women’s business conference; virtual event set for Oct. 6, 13, and 20

As part of its ongoing effort to support international trade, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is sponsoring the World Trade Center of Kentucky’s (WTC-KY) eleVate Women’s Breaking Barriers Conference, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced. “Women make up about 35 percent of Kentucky’s agricultural producers according to the latest agricultural census conducted by the...

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives name Deanna Herrmann 2020 Executive of the Year

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) announced the 2020 KCCE Annual Excellence Awards on Thursday. These awards pay tribute to local chambers of commerce in areas of operational excellence that include membership growth and retention, website, social media, special publication and newsletter communications, and special events. This year two additional awards were added: excellence in...

Keven Moore: Boating hazards include carbon monoxide poisoning, which recently caused tragedy

Last week as I was skimming through social media, I stumbled across a news article from Hill Country Community Journal dated Sept. 15 on a very tragic and unimaginable situation in which a 9-year-old boy lost his life while water skiing with his family. As it turns out, Andrew Brady (Free) died on June 6, and his mother, Cassandra Free, opted to share the results of her son’s autopsy to prevent any...

Laurel Grocery Company CEO Winston Griffin elected chairman of Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Winston Griffin, CEO and chairman of Laurel Grocery Company, has been elected to serve as chairman of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for the 2021 term. Griffin succeeds Nick Rowe, president of Kentucky American Water and senior vice president southeast division of American Water, whose term expires Sept. 30. Griffin began his career in 1997 at Laurel Grocery Company, a family-owned grocery wholesaler...