A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

UK Gluck Equine research Foundation inducts three notable scientists into Research Hall of Fame

The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation will induct three scientists into the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame Oct. 31, at the Hilary J. Boone Center on the UK campus. Thomas Divers, Steeve Giguère (a posthumous inductee) and Dickson Varner were selected for their contributions to equine science and research. Nominated by their peers and colleagues, Divers, Giguère and Varner...

Trump in Richmond to support Congressman Andy Barr; Joe Biden rallied for Amy McGrath Friday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today RICHMOND, Ky. (KT) – President Donald Trump urged his supporters to re-elect U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in the November midterm elections on Saturday at a raucous campaign rally and underscored the reason why. 
“The election of Andy is a really important thing,” Trump told the crowd of 6,100 in Alumni Coliseum on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. “It could...

Fragipan Field Day at UK’s Research and Education Center farm shows research breakthrough to farmers

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Row crop producers recently got a first look at the results of a groundbreaking University of Kentucky research project that should increase production on their farms and their bottom lines. UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment soil scientists Lloyd Murdock, Tasios Karathanasis, Chris Matocha and John Grove found that annual ryegrass broke down soil...

Electric Cooperatives send 80 workers to help with Hurricane Michael devastation in Florida

As Hurricane Michael makes its way across several lower southeast states, it continues wreaking havoc and leaving thousands without power. Crews from 11 Kentucky electric cooperatives are on their way to Georgia to help with power restoration efforts.  Thursday morning, just one day after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida, the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives deployed 80 lineworkers,...

Chef John Foster: Don’t just wonder about the strange things you see at the market, try them

Ever wonder about some of the strange things you see at the market? The odd little basket of this or that that never fills a table, because very few people will even know what it is much less purchase it. The colors are different, the shape is strange, sometimes the smell drives people away. Your farmer will know what it is, may even attach some sentimental value to it. They won’t grow it to feel...

Western District of Kentucky add five federal prosecutors boosting ability to target violent crime

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Five new federal prosecutors have been added in the Western District of Kentucky, boosting their ability to tackle violent crimes through the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative and to combat fraud against taxpayers. U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman announced the hirings on Wednesday, part of what he calls a promise to crack down on violent crime in his 53 counties. U.S....

Kentucky Downs files application to build harness track; plans major expansion to existing facility

The ownership of Kentucky Downs has filed an application with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to build a standardbred track to be named Oak Grove Meadows on 80 acres near the intersection of Interstate 24 and U.S. 41-A in close proximity to Fort Campbell and Clarksville, Tenn. Kentucky Downs is committing $45 million to the Oak Grove project and plans to spend an additional $25 million in a major...

Democrats Beshear, Adkins spar over fundraising strategies ahead of Nov. 6 General Election

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two of Kentucky’s top Democrats are sparring over fundraising priorities one month before the November general election. After Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear reported to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance he had raised nearly $700,000 in his run for governor next year, House Democratic Floor Leader Rocky Adkins of Sandy Hook said Beshear’s fundraising...

Safety experts promote ABCs of safe sleep to curb instances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Hundreds of babies die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in the U.S. each year, and Kentucky safety experts are sharing valuable information to help prevent future tragedies. Pam Darnall is president and CEO of Family and Children’s Place, which runs a local HANDS program. HANDS provides in-home support to new and expectant parents. The risk of SIDS can be greatly reduced by always placing babies...

Trump, Biden coming to Kentucky for candidates Barr, McGrath in hotly contested congressional race

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s heated Sixth District Congressional race, which has already been receiving some national attention, will soon be getting even more. 
The campaigns of Republican incumbent Andy Barr and Democratic challenger Amy McGrath both announced some high-profile people who will be coming to Kentucky next week on back-to-back days to stump on behalf of their candidate. 
Former...

Bridging Kentucky: More than 1000 bridges across state will be restored over next six years

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The first step in a massive project to restore more than 1,000 bridges in Kentucky over the next six years is underway. 
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the Bridging Kentucky program is currently laying the groundwork for 2019 to be one of the busiest bridge-building years in the state’s history. 
Since the program was launched in June, teams have evaluated...

Secretary of State Alison Grimes fires back against allegations as ‘political,’ focusing on becoming mom

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes fired back on Wednesday against allegations of wrongdoing, including on Attorney General Andy Beshear, a fellow Democrat, naming an independent counsel to investigate her. 
“People are fearful of what might come their way come 2019 and are seeking to do harm this year,” she said while also referring to Beshear in her response. Alison...

Department of Justice grant to provide $3.7 million to combat the opioid crisis crippling Eastern Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The U S. Department of Justice has earmarked more than $3.7 million in federal grants to combat the opioid crisis in eastern Kentucky. 
The DOJ awards, which will go to six agencies involved in the fight, are part of $320 million in nationwide grants, which coincide with October being observed as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. 
”President Trump has...

KCADV Purple Purse Challenge seeking support this month for emergency assistance programs

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service It can take more than courage to leave an abusive situation, as money concerns often prevent survivors of domestic violence from getting away from their abuser. And this month, the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence is asking folks across the Commonwealth to help raise money to provide emergency assistance for survivors of domestic abuse. A lack of financial...

Anita Madden, socialite and horsewoman, dies at 85; visitation to be Thursday at Milward Funeral Home

Staff report Anita Madden, 85, died Thursday at her Hamburg Place home. Her funeral will be private but visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2-6 p.m. at Milward Funeral Home, 1509 Trent Boulevard in Lexington. She is survived by her husband, Preston Madden, and son Patrick, his wife Jennifer, grandchildren Caroline Winchester Madden and Michael Rawlings Madden; brother Marc (Terry) Stuart, Plano,...

Pew Trusts: With Congress on the brink of fully legalizing hemp, legal challenges still remain

By Sophie Quinton Pew Trusts It’s a giddy time for the U.S. hemp industry. Farmers are planting more acres. Businesses are selling more products. And with Congress on the brink of fully legalizing hemp, industry insiders are eagerly anticipating a boom. But even if the legalization provisions in the 2018 farm bill pass, hemp will remain a tightly regulated crop facing plenty of regulatory and legal...

Nicholasville teens sentenced to federal prison for Snapchat cyberstalking; threatened school shooting

Kentucky Today Two Nicholasville teenagers sentenced to federal prison for using social media to harass and intimidate an acquaintance and threaten a shooting at a Jessamine County school.    
On Friday, U. S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves sentenced 18-year-old Tristan H. Kelly to 21 months and 19-year-old Cody T. Ritchey received 27 months after they each pleaded guilty in June to one count of...

Dr. Gil Friedell, a champion for Kentucky healthcare justice, healthy communities, dies in South Carolina

Staff report Dr. Gil Friedell, a champion of health and well-being in Kentucky, has died in South Carolina, the Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation announced. There will be a memorial event in Charleston later in October or early in November, the family said. Condolence cards can be sent to his wife, Jan Friedell, at the following address: 7 Harlston Place, Charleston, S.C. 29401.   For...

Rural digital divide in Ky. a two-fold problem; state’s high speed internet plan remains behind schedule

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service The Internet is an essential tool in the daily lives of many Americans – however, Kentucky’s challenges in closing the rural digital divide are two-fold. An estimated 22 percent of Kentuckians have access to two or fewer broadband providers in their area, and the Kentucky Wired plan to ensure high-speed access in every county is behind schedule. Tim Marema,...

Lexington seeking two large evergreen trees for downtown holiday season celebration

Do you have a large evergreen tree that is nicely shaped and that you want removed from your property? If so, consider donating it for the City to use for Lexington’s holiday season celebration. City officials will evaluate all trees submitted for consideration. If your tree is chosen, the City and Kentucky Utilities will coordinate with the property owner to remove it in early November. There’s...