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Keven Moore: As New Year’s Eve celebration looms, be careful of those flying champagne corks

If your New Year’s Eve plans this year includes shaking up a good bottle of champagne, popping the cork with two thumbs, and spraying nearby partygoers in a wild frenzy as you bring in the New Year you might want to reconsider. Popping open a bottle of champagne always seems very glamorous on TV, but if you’ve done it in real life, it can cause a serious injury. The fact is every year...

President signs provision to extend tax depreciation for racehorses; measure had bipartisan support

A key provision that extends three-year tax depreciation for all racehorses through 2020 was signed into law by President Trump last week. The racehorse provision, which received bi-partisan support within both Houses of Congress, was passed by the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 71-23 and passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday by a vote of 297-120. “We are very pleased that Congress...

Kentucky, Indiana prices increase slightly as holiday travel week begins; Ohio gas prices hold steady

More than 100 million Americans are taking to the roadways to travel for the holidays, but that hasn’t had a large impact on gas prices. At the start of the work week, only about a dozen states including Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan are seeing more expensive gas prices with increases of less than a dime. Ohio gas prices are holding steady on the week to week. “AAA forecasts that 104 million Americans...

BBB Trends: You will resolve to get fit, lose weight, etc., but fully understand the gym membership

Is a gym membership on your list of New Year resolutions? If so, you’re not alone. Gyms and fitness centers experience a surge in new memberships every January. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, build muscle, or adopt a healthier lifestyle, committing to a gym can be a challenge–especially when there are so many options available. How do you know which gym is the best fit for your needs?...

Keven Moore: Half of all eye injuries occur at home, just as Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie

If you are a fan or viewer of The Today Show then you probably noticed that anchor Savannah Guthrie was absent from the NBC morning show last week while she underwent eye surgery after injury. She is still working to repair the retina in her right eye, which tore last month while she was playing with her 3-year-old son Charley, after the toddler threw a toy train at her eye. Such injuries at home occur...

World Trade Center Kentucky announces winners of 2019 Martha Layne Collins international trade award

The World Trade Center Kentucky (WTC-KY) has announced the four winners of the 2019 Martha Layne Collins Award for Excellence in International Trade. WTC-KY now celebrates 27 years of honoring Kentucky companies for the Governor’s Award. Named after the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s 56th Governor, this annual award is given to companies who were chosen for their accomplishments in international...

BBB Trends: Beware of Gift chains like ‘Secret Sister’ for the holidays; they are pyramid schemes

The Better Business Bureau is reminding you again this year not to add items for the online “Secret Sister” gift exchange to your holiday shopping list — the exchange and other similar invitations are illegal. The campaign, which began making the rounds in 2015, has again been circulating on social media sites, in particular, Facebook. The post claims that participants will receive dozens...

Better Business Bureau study shows rental fraud pervasive among home, vacation property listings

The place seems like a dream come true: the right space, the right location, the right price. But is it really for rent? Or will the renter or traveler arrive to find their money gone with nowhere to stay? An in-depth investigative study by Better Business Bureau (BBB) finds that fraud is widespread in the online rental home and vacation rental market, with 43 percent of online shoppers encountering...

Keven Moore: ‘Tis the season for the ghost of Christmas party litigation — a workplace risk

The Christmas season is in full swing and with it comes the “Ghost of Holiday Party Litigation” increasing the risk of a workplace claims arising from inappropriate workplace conduct such as harassment, sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination, and workplace health and safety issues. Injuries suffered at the Holiday party or other workplace event can be the subject of a workers’ compensation...

Keeneland catalogues more than 1,800 for January Horses of all Ages Sale set for January 13-17

Keeneland has cataloged 1,827 horses for its 62nd January Horses of All Ages Sale, which will cover five sessions from Jan. 13-17. January Sale catalogs are available online at Keeneland.com. Print catalogs are scheduled to be delivered around Dec. 20. The catalog includes 800 newly turned yearlings, 780 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 190 racing and broodmare prospects, 29 racing and stallion...

KentuckyWired activates first site in Owenton; all rings expected to be operational by October

KentuckyWired, the Commonwealth’s high-speed fiber optic cable network, activated its first site on Dec. 5 when the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) office in Owenton transitioned their services to the KentuckyWired network. Deck Decker, Interim Director of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA), which oversees the KentuckyWired project, said the transition went smoothly....

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...