A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

LG&E, Kentucky Utilities Company making system-wide enhancements to further improve service

Most folks don’t realize the convenience of their natural gas and electric service until it’s not there. Fortunately, customers of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company have continued to experience safer, more reliable service thanks to additional improvements in the companies’ energy infrastructure. Overall, from January 2018 to October 2019, LG&E and KU are...

Marc Carey’s Steepleview Farm acquires Brosmore’s Pepper Jelly, expands into craft food industry

Beth Brosmore of Brosmore’s Pepper Jelly has announced that her successful craft jelly, sauce, and pickling business has been purchased by Steepleview Farm which is expanding its operations into the growing small batch and craft food industry. “I always felt we had a unique line of delicious food items and take great pride in how the business has developed,” Beth said, “But for the past six...

AAUW releases report on the gender gap for all 50 states; Kentucky deemed ‘weak’

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) used recently released Census Data to calculate the gender pay gap for all 50 states (including D.C.) as well as congressional districts in each state. The analysis also looks at the strength of each state’s current equal pay laws as well as current federal laws and what needs to happen for the state to truly have strong equal pay protections...

After four-year hiatus, Keeneland 2019 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale returns April 9

Keeneland officials announced Friday that the 2019 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held on April 9. The Preview Day, which will offer breezes over both the main dirt track and turf course, will be held on April 8. “Keeneland looks forward to the return of the April Sale, and we anticipate we will see several 2018 September Yearling Sale graduates participating,” said Bob Elliston,...

California-based utility truck rack manufacturer plans $1.35 million investment in Clinton County

Rack-It Truck Racks Inc., a utility truck rack manufacturer with operations in California, will invest more than $1.35 million and create 25 full-time jobs to establish a location in Clinton County. “Rack-It Truck Racks is very excited about the opportunity to expand our business into Kentucky and specifically the community of Albany,” said Van Thompson, president of Rack-It. “We have been warmly...

Keeneland records significant growth as September Yearling Sale book two comes to a close

Brisk trade spurred significant growth in results during Sunday’s sixth session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, marking the close of Book 2. The session was headlined by the sale of an Uncle Mo colt who is a half-brother to 2016 Belmont (G1) winner Creator for $875,000 to the partnership of Ron Winchell’s Winchell Thoroughbreds and Amer Abdulaziz’s Phoenix Thoroughbreds.  On Sunday,...

After one-day hiatus, Uncle Mo colt brings $1 million to top opening day of book 2 at Keeneland

After a one-day break at the conclusion of a blockbuster Week 1 of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale that produced gross sales exceeding $216 million, the momentum continued Saturday led by the sale of the Uncle Mo colt Wall Street Lion for $1 million. The colt, the 27th million-dollar horse of the 2018 September Sale, is the first seven-figure sale of the auction’s fifth session since 2011 and...

Churchill Downs opens its new Derby City Gaming in L’ville, a $65m historical racing entertainment facility

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) is celebrating the grand opening of Derby City Gaming, a $65 million state-of-the-art historical racing machine (HRM) facility located at 4520 Poplar Level Road in Louisville. Kentucky state and local officials and members of the horse racing community joined the CDI team today to officially open the entertainment facility to the public on Friday.   Derby City Gaming...

Medaglio d’Oro colt brings top price of $2.1 million as Keeneland wraps final book one session Thursday

Amer Abdulaziz’ Phoenix Thoroughbreds paid $2.1 million for a Medaglia d’Oro colt who is a half-brother to 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner Stopchargingmaria to top Thursday’s fourth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Six million-dollar horses were sold during the session, the final day of the premier Book 1, increasing the total number of seven-figure purchases to 26,...

First veteran business owner addresses legislative committee about ‘Boots to Business’ program

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joe Slaughter, the first veteran entrepreneur to start a business under the Secretary of State’s Boots to Business program that started last month, addressed a legislative committee on Thursday about the program as the nation recognizes the week of the 17th anniversary of 9/11. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes met with Slaughter last week as he and other...

Colt from first crop of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah tops Keeneland’s third session

Robust competition for Thoroughbred racing prospects among a global contingent of buyers continued Wednesday during the third session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where a colt from the first crop of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah brought $1.4 million and six other yearlings sold for more than $1 million each. The seven million-dollar sales increased the total number of yearlings...

Keven Moore: Playing golf can be hazardous to your health, especially when using a golf cart

According to statisticbrain.com, 9.6 percent of Americans (26 million people) have played 18 holes of golf at least once in the past 12 months. A lot of business is conducted on a golf course, but the industry itself is enormous business. According to a 2015 Forbes magazine article, it is estimated to be a nearly $70 billion industry, supporting two million jobs and $55.6 billion in annual wage income....

War Front colt brings $2.4 million on Keeneland’s second sale day; eight bring $1 million or more

A colt by War Front from the family of Hall of Famer Rags to Riches became the most expensive Thoroughbred yearling to sell anywhere in the world to date this year when he commanded $2.4 million from Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier during Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. War Front also sired the day’s top-priced filly, a half-sister to champion and Kentucky Derby (G1)...

Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame to induct three new members, honor Lifetime Achievement recipient

The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame will induct three individuals into its hallowed ranks on Sept. 14 in Louisville and bestow its prestigious Parker Beam Lifetime Achievement Award on one of the industry’s most successful leaders, visionaries and champions. “This year’s class truly shows the diversity of personas behind the growing Golden Age of Kentucky Bourbon, from a beloved tour guide whose...

$2.2 million American Pharoah Colt tops opening session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale

The highly anticipated first crop of yearlings by 2015 Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharoah, who won the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland to close his career, and the participation of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin highlighted Monday’s opening session of the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Godolphin paid $2.2 million for a colt by American...

Keeneland delays start of first four days of September Yearling Sale due to inclement weather

Keeneland has pushed back the start time for the Sept. 10-13 sessions of the September Yearling Sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. because Sunday’s inclement weather has affected buyers’ inspection of horses being offered these days in the premier Book 1.   “We want to give buyers sufficient time to inspect the horses in Book 1,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “The...

Nucor Corp. plans $650m, 70-job expansion at its Gallatin County plant, to increase capacity

Gov. Matt Bevin announced that Nucor Corp. plans a $650 million, 70-job expansion at its mill near Ghent, Nucor Steel Gallatin, and thanked the company for its ongoing commitment to the Commonwealth. “Nucor is doing incredible things at its Kentucky steel mill. We are excited that, after a substantial investment in 2017, the company has decided to move forward with its phase II project and create...

Calling all entrepreneurs: State wants to help you compete for federal research, development funds

The Cabinet for Economic Development will receive $125,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to launch a program preparing more entrepreneurs to compete for federal research and development funding. The SBA’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) partnership program funds initiatives that increase the number of proposals for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology...

Baptist Health names Elizabethtown physician Jody Prather as first chief strategy officer

An Elizabethtown physician who previously served as Baptist Health’s first chief medical officer is returning as chief strategy officer. Jody Prather, MD, who will begin work Sept. 17, is currently chief strategy officer and vice president, population health, for Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. In addition, he is chief medical officer for the HMH Medical Group with more than...

Keven Moore: At the office alone at night, women need to be alert for potential workplace violence

All of us are very aware of the risks that workplace violence plays in our society these days. Incidents of such crimes stream across our televisions and smart phones more frequently than ever before. And that trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down. When people hear or speak of workplace violence, most of us visualize an active shooter scenario, but it can come in variety of forms, especially for...