A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Unemployment rate unchanged for October; holding at 4.5% according to state Center for Statistics

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The jobless rate was unchanged from September and was down 0.1 from the 4.6 percent recorded for October 2017. A total of 1,590 were added to the civilian labor...

Keeneland ends November Breeding Stock Sale, 12 days of robust trade with top sale of $4.2 million

Confidence in the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry translated into healthy returns for Keeneland’s 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale, which ended today following 12 days of robust trade. The trend of spirited competition among domestic and foreign buyers for quality individuals continued from the September Yearling Sale, resulting in eight horses sold for $1 million or more, among them champion...

National-model partnership means KY’s universities can increase commercialization of innovations

Gov. Matt Bevin announced formation of the Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3), a national-model partnership between Kentucky’s universities and colleges to translate intellectual property and innovations into market-ready products and startups while providing businesses access to collective public resources. Led by the Cabinet for Economic Development’s KY Innovation office, the University...

KG&E, Kentucky Utilities join Utilities United Against Scams to remind consumers to scammers’ tactics

As a member of the award-winning Utilities United Against Scams, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are continuing efforts to remind consumers of the tactics scammers use to steal money and to educate consumers on how they can guard against falling victim to impostor utility scams.   UUAS, a consortium of more than 100 U.S. and Canadian electric, water, and natural...

Keven Moore: Let’s talk turkey — and the hazards of the Thanksgiving Holiday season

This Thanksgiving Day holiday is a day for families and friends to come together to celebrate and be thankful for our many blessings. But it is also a day of many hazards where amateur cooks venture back into the kitchen in an attempt to work miracles as they begin wielding sharp knives and handling hot pots and pans. Where on average many of us will gobble until we wobble consuming on average 3000-calorie...

Cal Turner Jr. will discuss ‘My Father’s Business,’ Dollar General, at Commerce Lex’s Spotlight event

Author Cal Turner Jr. will be special guest at Commerce Lexington’s Spotlight Series on Friday, 8-10 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Lexington. Turner will discuss his latest book entitled My Father’s Business: The Small-Town Values That Built Dollar General Into a Billion-Dollar Company.  In the book, he shares his extraordinary life as heir to the company founded by his father, covering his...

Kentucky Lottery has most successful sales month in its history; means $34.4m net income in the month

The near-world record Mega Millions jackpot run – in tandem with a Powerball jackpot run that rose to more than $680 million – led to the most successful sales month in the nearly 30-year history of the Kentucky Lottery. Overall sales for the month were $115.5 million, which is $33.2 million (or 40.3%) more than budgeted. This shatters the previous record sales month from January 2016, when a...

KTO’s Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award goes to Bill Landes of Hermitage Farm

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners’ 2018 Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award doesn’t just honor the late founder of Oldham County’s Hermitage Farm. This year the prestigious award also recognizes Jones’ long-time chief lieutenant: Bill Landes, who has worked for Hermitage for 41 years, including almost a quarter-century as general manager. Landes is the featured honoree at the KTO’s...

Finalists named for Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2018 Outstanding Young Farm Family award

Each year, Kentucky Farm Bureau recognizes an individual or couple between the ages of 18 and 35 as the Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF) of the year. County Farm Bureaus across the state are encouraged to promote the competition, which recognizes individuals and families who have strong farm management skills, a high level of involvement in Farm Bureau and in their community, and have exhibited...

Startup Weekend — Lexington steps into ring for international entrepreneurial battle Nov. 16-18

From Nov. 16-18, 70 like-minded attendees will gather in Lexington for a 54-hour event that gives Lexingtonians a chance to bring their entrepreneurial ideas to life. Startup Weekend is a global event where select cities around the world host a weekend for like-minded individuals to help their business ideas flourish. Attendees will gather at Awesome Inc to brainstorm business ideas, create a team,...

Keven Moore: ‘Scooter-Mageddon’ aside, just how safe are E-Scooter ride-sharing services?

Just like that for those of us who live in an urban city, we now have a new ride-sharing transportation option, and it isn’t called Uber and Lyft. The recent craze spreading across America is E-Scooter ride-sharing service in which electric motorized scooters are made available to rent from an app from your phone to use for short-term rentals. This sharing of scooters is similar to car sharing or...

Marquee Miss brings $750,000 to top Tuesdays first book 2 session at Keeneland November sale

Multiple stakes winner Marquee Miss, a half-sister to 2018 Grade 1 winner Promises Fulfilled, sold to WinStar Farm for $750,000 and led a strong day of commerce on Tuesday at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. On Tuesday, the first day of the two-session Book 2, Keeneland sold 223 horses for $34,942,000 for an average of $156,691 and a median of $125,000. There are no comparable figures from...

Champion Lady Eli, My Miss Sophia bring top prices during opening day of Keeneland November Sale

Champion and five-time Grade 1 winner Lady Eli and Grade 2 winner My Miss Sophia, both in foal to leading sire War Front, were among eight horses to bring $1 million or more during a robust day of trade to open Keeneland’s 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale. Monday’s session featured an exclusive Book 1 with graded stakes-winning fillies and mares and exceptional weanlings cataloged. Keeneland sold...

Baptist Health named ‘Most Wired’ hospital by national organization of healthcare executivess

Baptist Health has achieved a long-held goal with its recognition as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospital systems, according to the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Healthcare’s Most Wired survey. The award announcement will appear in the November issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Only 254 hospital systems earned the recognition this year,...

Kentucky residents to see lower prices for natural gas at start of heating season

Kentucky residents who heat their homes with natural gas will see somewhat lower prices at the start of the 2018-19 heating season than they did a year ago, according to the Kentucky Public Service Commission. Natural gas prices have fallen, on average, about 13 percent from this time last year, and are now about 64 percent below their level 10 years ago. When base rates – which include monthly customer...

Awesome Center for Entrepreneurship to lead Central Kentucky regional business innovation hub

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that the KY Innovation office has selected Awesome Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) as the leader of a regional hub to serve, attract and develop more innovative entrepreneurs and startup businesses. ACE will spearhead the second of KY Innovation’s newly formed Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs (RISE) partnerships, part of KY Innovation’s 120-county...

Lextran to offer free bus service November 6 in an effort to increase access to polling locations

All Lextran routes will be free of charge on Tuesday, Nov. 6 to increase access to polling locations for the general election. The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement estimated that nearly 15 million people between the ages of 18 and 29 didn’t vote in the 2016 Election because of a lack of transportation to their polling location. “Transportation can be a barrier...

Airbnb delivers $2.1 million in tax revenue to Kentucky in first year of agreement

Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, announced Tuesday that it remitted more than $2.1 million in home sharing tax revenue on behalf of its Kentucky hosts in the first year of its tax agreement with the state, greatly exceeding initial projections. In September 2017, Airbnb and the Kentucky Department of Revenue announced a historic tax agreement, allowing the home sharing...

Canada-based Pounds of Plastic Inc. announces plans for $4.1 million facility in Owenton

Pounds of Plastic Inc., a supplier to the automotive and general manufacturing industries, has announced it will locate in Owenton with a more than $4.1 million investment expected to create 54 full-time jobs. “We are truly excited to become part of your community and look forward to a mutually prosperous partnership in the years ahead,” said Richard Pounds, owner and president of Pounds of Plastic....

Norton Healthcare celebrates ribbon cutting for new $38 million Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro

Norton Healthcare leaders, providers, patients and supporters cut the ribbon last week for Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro. This new $38 million comprehensive cancer care center in northeastern Jefferson County represents an investment that brings all Norton Healthcare oncology subspecialties and services together for the first time in one location. “We thank our Board of Trustees for their...