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Keven Moore: Like everything else in life, your backyard comes with its share of safety concerns

If your family is like mine, with the COVID-19 restrictions this year, your backyard has become an oasis and a very popular place for you and your family to enjoy and experience. If it’s sitting on your deck in the morning, drinking a good cup of Joe and reading a book, to swimming, playing on swing sets, or cooking out this July 4, the backyard provides a great place to enjoy the outdoors with family...

Trapezium brings $327,000 to top Keeneland’s inaugural online Select Horses of Racing Age Sale

Trapezium, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Honorable Duty, sold for $327,000 to St. Elias Stables to top Keeneland’s inaugural June Select Horses of Racing Age Sale, the first stand-alone online auction held today via the new Keeneland Digital Sales Ring platform. Consigned by Juddmonte Farms, Trapezium is a 3-year-old filly by Hard Spun out of the A.P. Indy mare Mesmeric. Her second...

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce ‘Who’s Hiring’ campaign identifies Fair Chance Employers

Finding employment is a critical part of an individual’s journey to recover from substance use disorder or re-enter society after serving a prison sentence. A good job offers income, stability and helps build self-esteem, feelings of self-sufficiency and a sense of independence. To help lessen the stress a job search can create for people in recovery or who were recently released from prison, the...

Gas price increases slow nationally as demand dips; Kentucky prices at pumps only a penny higher

After weeks of watching prices tick upward with the reopening of the economy, the rate at which gas prices are increasing across the country is slowing. Thirty states only saw an increase of a penny or two over the past week, including Kentucky, causing the national average to push more expensive by just three cents to $2.13 since last Monday. In Kentucky, the average for regular unleaded inched up...

Ky. Chinese American Association, LBX and Aetna Better Health raise $20,000 to purchase PPE

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has been coordinating efforts to support Kentucky’s medical professionals by collecting critical personal protective equipment. On Sunday, they announced that their members, including the Kentucky Chinese American Association (KYCAA), LBX Company LLC and Aetna Better Health of Kentucky have collectively raised more than $20,000 to supply medical equipment for Kentucky-based...

Frontier Airlines restores popular flights from CVG, increases frequency of others — with low rates

Low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines is expanding its service from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) with reinstated nonstop flights to six cities: Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Sarasota, Florida. The airline is also increasing frequency to five destinations with up to two daily flights from CVG to Denver, Fort Myers, Las Vegas and Tampa, Florida, plus,...

Hundreds stand in line for hours this week to get resolutions to unemployment insurance claims

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Hundreds of Kentuckians stood in line for hours on successive days this week trying to resolve unemployment insurance claims at the state Capitol. 
According to figures released earlier this week by Gov. Andy Beshear, more than 52,000 had their cases held up for one reason or another from March, April and May. Although more than 1,100 had their claims resolved on Tuesday...

Advantage Kentucky Alliance, WTC-KY partner to help state manufacturers become export proficient

Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA) has announced a new partnership with World Trade Center Kentucky (WTC-KY). This partnership brings together experts in manufacturing consulting and training services with international and domestic trade professionals providing customized trade advocacy, practical education seminars, multi-sector trade missions, and networking events that will help Kentucky businesses...

Keven Moore: Raising backyard chickens has its benefits but comes with risks — follow guidelines

Raising backyard chickens is becoming increasingly popular in urban and suburban American. For some, keeping a small flock of chickens in your backyard has many benefits from enjoying and caring for these pets, for eggs, for meat, or for eating pests. While some people will sell the eggs for side income. Keeping chickens in an urban environment is a type of urban agriculture, important in the local...

Kentucky Children’s Hospital nationally ranked in heart care, orthopedics by U.S News & World Report

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital is ranked nationally in two specialties in the 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published online Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice. KCH and Cincinnati Children’s Joint Pediatric Heart Program is ranked 14th in the country...

Gasoline demand steadily increasing as pump prices climb, but costs remain mostly steady in Kentucky

Just like Americans across the country, Kentuckians are filling up at the pump more and more. Despite the increased demand, the Bluegrass saw only modest increases in the average gas price during the past week. That’s not been the story everywhere, however. The slow, but steady, rise in demand has pushed the national pump price more expensive by 13 percent since mid-May. Today’s national average...

Ellis Park asks Horse Racing Commission to delay opening to July 2 to ensure health protocols are met

Pending approval by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, live horse racing will return to Ellis Park in Henderson on Thursday, July 2. Originally scheduled for Sunday, June 28, Ellis made the request to move the date four days to ensure all health and safety protocols are met following the COVID-19 pandemic. The summer meet will be highlighted by a pair of stakes-laden programs on Aug. 2 and 9. Ellis...

AAA warns motorists against falling back into dangerous driving habits as economies reopen

After three months of staying at home, AAA warns motorists against falling back into dangerous driving habits. As economies reopen and more drivers get back on the road, new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows why motorists may not be as focused on good driving behavior when they get behind the wheel. The latest AAA Traffic Safety Culture Index finds drivers who have been in at...

Kentucky Downs’ live meet in September to include $12 million in purses, 16 stakes over six days

With the addition of a sixth day of racing, Kentucky Downs’ 2020 live meet in September will offer about $12 million in purses, including 16 stakes. Non-stakes purses were reduced in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown but remain the highest in North America. The elite all-turf RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs runs Sept. 7, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 16. The stakes, including five with Grade 3 status, total...

Keven Moore: When events and festivals go horribly wrong — and they can; plan for all contingencies

Across America cities, counties, schools, businesses, committees, groups, nonprofit organizations…etc.; are actively planning and hosting events. These events can range from festivals, concerts, fairs, fundraisers, homecomings, pep rallies, car shows, parades, carnivals, parties, social events, auctions, ceremonies, …etc. and many will fail to recognize the unique risk exposures that each will...

Central Kentucky native Mike Inman inducted into Hall of Fame for National Association of Realtors

The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors has announced that Mike Inman has been inducted into the National Association of Realtors Hall of Fame. He joins an elite group across the country to earn such an honor as only a fraction of all realtors nationwide receive this honor and recognition. The National Association of Realtors Hall of Fame recognizes dedicated members who go above and beyond...

AAA: National gas price rises above $2 per gallon; Kentucky current average at the pump is $1.94

For 66 days, the national gas price average held below the $2/gallon mark, pushing as cheap as $1.76. But, in the past week, the national average has inched up to $2.03. That increase is evident in Kentucky as well, where the current average is $1.94, up a dime since a week ago. The Bluegrass region in particular has seen gas prices climb at twice that rate in many communities. U.S. gasoline demand...

Creating resiliency through adversity: UK Career Center helps students navigate uncertain job market

By Ryan Girves University of Kentucky For the 2020 graduating class at the University of Kentucky, their last semester has been nothing short of a whirlwind. Due to the global pandemic, they have faced a quarantine, conquered remote learning and many experienced virtual or social distanced graduation recognitions. While they are surely trailblazers, the harsh reality of the pandemic and its economic...

Ellis Park reopening Monday for HHR gaming; 33 percent occupancy limit, terminals 6-feet apart

Ellis Park will reopen for Historical Horse Racing gaming this Monday at 10 a.m. Central. Following coronavirus safety protocols, the facility will be limited to 33 percent occupancy, and every employee and guest will have their temperature measured before entering. Ellis Park has been closed since March 16 because of the global pandemic. Gov. Andy Beshear late Thursday afternoon approved the opening...

Louisville-born startup helps companies understand and improve cultural well-being, drive innovation

By Baylee Pulliam University of Louisville A new University of Louisville research-born startup is helping companies assess and improve organizational culture and drive innovation — even while navigating the myriad of culture shocks caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The startup — called UPOP, for “Underestimated People Of Purpose” — is built around a new cultural well-being survey and predictive...