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BBB Trends: Here’s the list (check it twice) wishing consumers to stay scam-free this Christmas

BBB’s Christmas wish this year is for consumers to stay scam-free this holiday season. Report any suspicious activity to www.scamtracker.org. Your BBB is located at 1 East 4th Street Suite 600 Cincinnati, Ohio 45202—to reach the office, call (513) 421-3015.

Despite trade concerns, Kentucky agricultural receipts hold steady for third year, net incomes up

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky agricultural receipts will likely hold steady for the third consecutive year despite trade concerns and relatively low commodity prices. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2019 farm cash receipts to be $5.9 billion, equaling the past two years. Kentucky producers saw increases...

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce releases legislative agenda detailing priorities for 2020 General Assembly

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday released its 2020 Legislative Agenda detailing the legislative priorities of the business community for the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly. (Click to view full report) The Chamber’s legislative agenda is developed by several policy councils comprised of member businesses with final approval given by the organization’s Board of Directors....

Keven Moore: Parades are risky; moving vehicles, floats, balloons, crowds — what can go wrong?

Every Thanksgiving Day our family has always had a long-standing family tradition of watching the Macy’ Thanksgiving Day Parade while the meal is being prepared. It’s been a staple for our family going way back to the day when there was much anticipation and buildup for the final float to arrive where Santa comes riding into town to kick off the Christmas season.    This parade had had a long...

Medicaid Services study shows pharmacy carve-out from managed care would save Kentucky millions

The Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has completed an analysis that shows moving outpatient pharmacy services from Medicaid managed care to the Medicaid fee-for-service program would save the state millions of dollars. The study examined figures from 2017 and 2018. The two-year study conducted by Myers and Stauffer shows a Medicaid pharmacy carve-out would generate $237.5 million in...

BBB Trends: Don’t fall victim to porch pirates — get ready to protect your packages from theft

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Online shopping is a great time saver during the holiday season, but the packages shipped are providing a great opportunity for theft. This year the US Postal Service is projecting 800 million package deliveries between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. According to insurancequotes.com and Consumer Affairs reports, almost 26 million packages from the USPS, FedEx...

Jefferson, Fayette sites among those selected by Kentucky PDI for upgrades, consultations

Dozens of Kentucky communities will be better positioned to attract jobs and business investment following the first round of the Kentucky Product Development Initiative – or PDI – a new program implementing a proactive approach to enhance the state’s site-and-building inventory. Through PDI’s objective, third-party process, Dallas-based Site Selection Group (SSG) recommended nine communities...

Les Fugate named director of state and local government relations at Brown-Forman Corporation

Les Fugate has been named director of state and local government relations at Brown-Forman Corporation, effective Dec. 9. Fugate succeeds Rusty Cheuvront, who is retiring from Brown-Forman on Dec. 31. In this role, Fugate will establish and strengthen relationships with key industry and government officials and trade organizations in all 50 states. As part of the largest American-owned spirits company,...

Eastern Kentucky advocate Lora Smith named to Federal Reserve’s Community Advisory Council

The rural communities of Eastern Kentucky will have a seat at the table as the Federal Reserve considers future U.S. financial policies, with the recent appointment of Appalachian Impact Fund Executive Director Lora Smith to the Fed’s Community Advisory Council. Smith is among three new appointees to the council, announced recently by the Fed – the nation’s central bank that conducts U.S. monetary...

Lexington symposium on Dec. 3 to highlight statewide initiatives linking employment, recovery

Kentucky’s health policy and business leaders are bringing together treatment providers and community organizations for an employment symposium on Dec. 3 at the Lyric Theater in Lexington. The Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) is coordinating the event with support from the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center and the Strategic Initiative for Transformational Employment (SITE). This symposium will...

BBB Trends: Looking for seasonal work? It’s out there but be sure you aren’t tricked by a scammer

By Mallory Weidenbacher Better Business Bureau The holidays are an opportune time to pick up seasonal work and earn extra money for gifts. The National Retail Federation predicts that retailers could add as many as 590,000 new temporary positions this holiday season. Since scammers never take holidays off, BBB encourages you to be cautious of employment scams out in full force this time of year. How...

Kentucky Lottery sales dip from a year ago this time; no large jackpots main culprit in 2019

The Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors announced sales for the first four months of the fiscal year were lower than the same period last year – with the main culprit being a near-world record $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot that occurred in October 2018. Sales from July through October of this year were $353.3 million, which is $12.8 million (3.5 percent) less than the same period...

LBAR’s October housing report: Cooler months heat up for Bluegrass real estate sales

Homes in Central Kentucky sold much quicker in October this year than in 2018. Days on market throughout the region fell 20 percent, with homes selling in an average of 41 days in 2019 versus 51 in October last year. More than 61 percent of all transactions occurred in less than one month with only 8 percent taking longer than four months. With homes selling so rapidly, and total sales surging, the...

Kentucky launches selling farmers tax credit program to sustain agricultural industry

Kentucky has launched a new program offering farmers incentives for selling their property to beginning farmers, an effort to further sustain one of the state’s most important industries. Gov. Matt Bevin and partner organizations announced the Kentucky Selling Farmer Tax Credit (KSFTC) program, which will begin accepting applications Dec. 16. Gov. Matt Bevin “Farmers are a vital part of Kentucky’s...

Keven Moore: Fabulous (dangerous) E-Scooters — truly, some people just have no business riding them

On November 5th, a man riding a new Lime electric scooter (E-Scooter) in Lexington lost control and fell out of the bike lane crashing into the road and was struck by four passing vehicles, where he later died at a nearby hospital. Just a few days before that, another man near the University of Kentucky campus was struck by a drunk driver in the early morning hours of October 26th but did not suffer...

AAA: Gas prices lower going into the holiday; Kentucky average drops 12 cents in the past month

As motorists prepare their vehicles to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday next week, an increase in supply has helped the average Kentucky gas price drop 6 cents over the past week, landing at $2.36. After a number of fluctuations this fall, the current average price for a gallon of unleaded in the Commonwealth sits at 3 cents less than a year ago. Lexington saw even more dramatic drops in gas...

New report shows private equity creating jobs and driving economic growth across Kentucky

New research from EY and the American Investment Council reveals that across Kentucky, the private equity industry employs more than 102,000 workers—who, on average, earn $69,000 a year in wages and benefits. Beyond these direct jobs, the industry supports more than 327,000 jobs and generates $700 million in state and local taxes, a tremendous benefit to communities in every corner of the Commonwealth. “This...

BBB: Put these shopping tips on your nice list for this holiday season as you plot spending strategies

By Mallory Weidenbacher Better Business Bureau Black Friday and its popular sidekick Cyber Monday mark the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season. According to a Deloitte study, this year’s holiday retail spending is expected to exceed $1.1 trillion—almost $1500 per household. Mark your list, check it twice. With less than two weeks until Thanksgiving, Americans are plotting their...

Keeneland reports brisk commerce in 2019 Breeding Stock Sale: 2,667 horses sold for $200,139,400

Keeneland’s 2019 November Breeding Stock Sale concluded Sunday after 12 days of competitive trade fueled by a deep domestic and foreign buying bench. Kicking off the sale was the premier Book 1 catalog of stakes-producing mares, stakes-winning fillies and exceptional weanlings, which delivered 14 seven-figure horses led by the sale of champion Take Charge Brandi, in foal to 2018 Triple Crown winner...

Kentucky Downs steps into new era with groundbreaking for $25 million expansion

Kentucky Downs officially embarked on a new era under the ownership headed by Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone with Thursday’s groundbreaking for the $25 million first phase of the racetrack and year-round gaming and entertainment facility’s expansion and renovation. “Today was starting the process: We’re going to make it bigger and better from top to bottom,” Winchell, a prominent horse owner...