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Keven Moore: Cycling has increased during COVID-19 pandemic, and so have the safety risks

As a pre-teen and teenager growing up in the 1970s before my first car, my bicycle was the most valued asset that I ever owned. It provided freedom from my boring life of only three channels on TV at home. It also allowed me to get to baseball practice, play at the park, go swimming at the local city pools, and ride to the arcade in the mall. It provided a way to deliver newspapers and visit friends...

AAA: Gasoline prices remain mostly steady, despite demand at highest level in four nearly months

Gasoline demand increased on the week to the highest level (8.7 million barrels per day) since March as stocks decreased, but the combination still wasn’t enough to significantly impact gas price averages in Kentucky or across the country. On the week, the national gas price average only increased a couple of pennies to land at $2.20. That is 10 cents more than last month and nearly 60 cents less...

Beshear furthers commitment to supporting innovators, small businesses across Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear has taken another step in growing Kentucky’s startup ecosystem, announcing KY Innovation – the commonwealth’s office for entrepreneurial and small business support – and authorized an additional $2.6 million in funding to six public-private partnerships focusing on key regions throughout the state. Known as the Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs (RISE) program,...

Keeneland concludes historic five-day summer meet with total handle of $63 million

Keeneland successfully closed its unprecedented five-day Summer Meet on Sunday with all-sources wagering of more than $63 million. Driving robust wagering were top-quality race fields and the enthusiastic support of fans who were watching and wagering remotely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All-sources wagering on the Summer Meet, held July 8-12, totaled $63,299,331. Average daily all-sources...

Louisville business students start company to meet demand for comfortable, reusable face masks

By Jim Warner University of Louisville The most successful entrepreneurs will always point to their capacity to recognize opportunity as a fundamental element of their success. Founded by College of Business undergrads Pablo Hernandez and Matthew Brown, The Secure Mask company was founded to meet the public demand for comfortable, reusable face masks in the wake of COVID-19. But it can’t just be...

Circuit Judge enters temporary restraining order against Beshear administration in KDA lawsuit

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced Thursday that a Scott County Circuit Judge entered a temporary restraining order against the administration of Gov. Andy Beshear in a lawsuit brought by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, LLC. The lawsuit challenged the constitutionality and legality of Beshear’s use of executive power during the coronavirus...

BBB Scam Alert: Social Security impersonation calls hitting Central and Eastern Kentucky areas

Better Business Bureau serving Central and Eastern Kentucky is hearing from senior citizens about scammers calling them pretending to be with the Social Security Administration. Seniors reporting these calls say they’re told their numbers have been used in “criminal activity” and must call a number to keep their benefits from being suspended. “This is an old scam, but is hitting Central and...

Technology to enhance Who’s Hiring connections between Kentucky job seekers and employers

Enhanced technology will enable Kentuckians looking for work and employers with available jobs to connect with each other more effectively through the Who’s Hiring campaign of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Workforce Center. In partnership with the state Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, the Workforce Center launched the online Who’s Hiring campaign in March in response to the shutdowns...

Kentucky home buyers push prices higher as slower pace of new listings forces bidding wars

Forty-five percent of Kentucky Realtors said that a greater number of their buyers were returning to the market according to the June 2020 edition of the HousingIQ Survey of Kentucky Realtors. Sixty-five percent of the 344 Realtors from across Kentucky reported that their buyers were not expecting lower prices. “Home prices will be pushed higher as investors and consumers compete in a low inventory...

BBB Trends: Moving scams cause financial anguish; research company, beware of fraudulent movers

Allowing someone you don’t know to drive away with your belongings is among the many stressful aspects of a long-distance move — especially if that move is complicated or may be prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, some consumers find their stress compounded by fraudulent movers who charge them many times the amount quoted, subject them to unreasonably long delivery windows, or even...

AAA urges motorists to take every precaution to avoid car breakdowns in summertime heat

When the mercury in the thermometer goes up, so does the call volume for AAA emergency roadside service, so AAA is urging motorists to take every precaution in an effort to avoid a true emergency. Because of the pandemic-related shut down, many vehicles have been sitting idle for a prolonged period of time, which can lead to car trouble in itself. Now, the heat of the summer is upon us, when all drivers...

Horse care apprenticeship program registered in Kentucky; provides ‘earn and learn’ training

Through collaboration with employers and educational entities, a new horse care apprenticeship program has recently been registered with the Kentucky and United States Departments of Labor. This opportunity, aimed at providing “earn and learn” training in horsemanship, is an Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program for individuals interested in working in the horse industry. Given the...

Kentucky Realtors report home sales down in May — but pending sales will show up stronger in June

Home sales numbers were down as expected in May — 3,894 closings took place, down 23% from the 5,051 homes sold in May of 2019. The best way to measure what the next month will look like, however, is to look at pending sales (homes under contract). Last year, that figure for May was 7,311. This May saw that indicator rise by over 16% to 8,511. This indicates that June could emerge much stronger. (Click...

Kentucky Chamber announces new accident and critical illness insurance program for businesses

In an effort to help businesses and their employees be better prepared for the unexpected, the Kentucky Chamber has announced a partnership with The Standard to offer members accident and critical illness insurance for their employees. Critical illness insurance gives employees a choice of affordable options for easing the financial burden that can come with a serious illness. Accident insurance can...

Keven Moore: Throwing a Fourth of July party is fun — but fireworks bring plenty of safety hazards

Is it just me, or does it seem like the fireworks season has begun much sooner than the July 4 holiday? Not one to be a fireworks snob who has been known to partake in such celebration over the years, going way back to my pre-teen days, but I have been listening to fireworks go off every night for the last two weeks. One night last week at 11:30 p.m., I was awakened by fireworks going off in a nearby...

KCTCS president supports Trump’s call to invest in America’s workers, expedite economic recovery

The president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System is supporting President Donald Trump’s call to action by the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board to invest in American workers and expedite the country’s economic recovery. Dr. Jay Box, president of the 16-college system, was in Washington, D.C., on Friday to attend a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board...

Kentucky sees largest jump at pump in the nation; significant increase in gas demand last week

Demand for gasoline across the the country is signaling that Americans are filling up more, according to AAA. For Kentuckians, that’s also meant higher prices at the pump. In the past week, the average gas price for unleaded in Kentucky has jumped 9 cents to land at $2.10. That’s the biggest leap of any state in the nation, week over week. It also lands Kentucky the number five spot on the leaderboard...

UFCW Union calls for action in protecting health, lives of frontline workers as COVID-19 cases increase

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents 1.3 million workers – including more than 25,100 Kentucky workers in grocery stores, meatpacking plants and other essential businesses across the state, called on Gov. Andy Beshear for action to protect workers and consumers. UFCW announced that among its members, 238 frontline workers have died and nearly 29,000...

BBB Trends: Face mask exempt cards are phony; DOJ issues warning to consumers about frauds

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a warning regarding phony face mask exemptions cards. These printable cards found on social media from the Freedom to Breathe Agency claim to be issued by the Americans with Disabilities Act for citizens to be exempt from wearing face masks in public. One card read: “I am exempt from any ordinance requiring face mask usage in public. Wearing a face mask...

Pending real estate sales surge in May, signals strong summer market; traffic resumes as economy opens

Pending sales in May reversed course from a month prior. April saw pending sales down 16 percent year over year, while May saw pending sales jump 8 percent, with 1,634 properties under contract, an all-time high, compared to 1,517 in 2019. This is a positive sign for how the summer months may play out for the real estate market. The volume of transactions that are under contract for the month comes...