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Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Terry Gill resigns, Gov. Bevin recommends Sarin as interim

Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday accepted with regret the resignation of Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, effective at the end of May. Terry Gill “The impact that Terry’s leadership has had on the economy of our commonwealth cannot be overstated,” Gov. Bevin said. “He brought to our economic development efforts the perspective of a business executive who knows...

KY Supreme Court rules in favor of Frost Brown Todd on Department of Revenue open records case

Kentucky taxpayers now have access to the state’s Department of Revenue (DOR) tax rulings. The case, Department of Revenue v. Mark F. Sommer,was successfully argued before the Kentucky Supreme Court by Frost Brown Todd (FBT) Member Jennifer Barber. The Court ruled that the state Department of Revenue took an “unreasonable and overly broad view” of public records statutes when they refused to...

Richmond soldier died in Iraq in non-combat incident; Gov. Bevin asks flags lowered on day of his interment

Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died in Iraq while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, of Richmond, died April 20 in Ninawa Province, Iraq, in a non-combat-related incident. The incident is under investigation. “Our hearts are broken for the family of this young Kentucky soldier,”...

Earth Day is celebrating its 49th year with the theme ‘Protect our Species’ — and work for everyone to do

Staff report The first Earth Day began on April 22, 1970, activating 20 million Americans from all walks of life and launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed.  Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, according to Earth Day Network, mobilizing...

Health department issues alert about Hepatitis A threat if you ate at Roosters on April 16

An employee at Roosters, 124 Marketplace Dr., has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of hepatitis A. As a result, customers who ate at the restaurant on April 16, 2019, may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus and are advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination. While it is relatively uncommon for restaurant customers to become infected with the hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler,...

Sen. McConnell aims to sponsor legislation making 21 the legal age to buy tobacco products in all states

By Al Cross and Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he would sponsor legislation to make 21 the legal age to buy tobacco products in every state – a change that 12 states have recently adopted, but one that failed to pass the Kentucky legislature this year. McConnell said at a Louisville news conference that his move was prompted by the epidemic...

KYTC names student winners of its Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest — winners are across the state

Students from four Kentucky counties earned first place in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) 2018 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest, which seeks to promote a clean environment. Winners represent Western Hills High School in Franklin County, Murray High School in Calloway County, Grace Academy in Allen County and Rich Pond Elementary in Warren County. “I am always impressed with the talent...

Jim Beam Bourbon donates $5 million to UK for the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits

Jim Beam® Bourbon will donate $5 million to the University of Kentucky to establish the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits. The institute will educate the next generation of distillers through a curriculum that covers the skills needed to succeed in the distilled spirits industry at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Seth Debolt, UK horticulture professor, will serve as...

Nearly 12,000 students headed to Rupp Arena for STLP State Championship on Thursday

Nearly 12,000 students, educators, volunteers, community members, and parents are expected to converge on Lexington for Kentucky’s annual Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship on Thursday. P-12 students from across the state will show what they know and can do with technology in arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and demonstrate many career-ready...

Legends ‘Summer Kickoff at the Ballpark’ features Ludacris and more; tickets on sale April 19

The Lexington Legends are excited to announce ‘Summer Kickoff at the Ballpark’ featuring Ludacris, Waka Flocka, Petey Pablo, MIMS, Twista, Do or Die and Shawnna. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 19 with prices as low as $39 and can be purchased online or in person at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. “After the sellout crowd to see Nelly last season, we are excited to be able to continue the tradition...

EPA awards $1.1 million to Kentucky to help address leaking underground storage tanks throughout state

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $1,170,000 grant to the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection to assist the state in cleaning up petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks throughout the state. This grant is funded through the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund to support state efforts to address this type of contamination. States...

Bluegrass Tomorrow presents IdeaFestival day for juniors; Astronaut Story Musgrave to speak

Famed NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave, who holds one of his several graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky, returns to Lexington to headline IdeaFestival (IF) Student Day on April 16 for nearly 1,000 Fayette County Public School juniors. Presented by Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, the program is designed for students to focus on the next step into their...

Chrysalis House to hold its annual R.J. Corman 5K Run/Walk benefit on May 18; register here

Chrysalis House Executive Director Lisa Minton announced that the R. J. Corman 5K Run/Walk benefit Chrysalis House will be held Saturday, May 18, at R. J. Corman’s in Nicholasville. Walkers and runners may register online at the website or call (859) 977-2502. Online registration will be available until 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 15. ($20). Early packet pickup will be Thursday, May 16 (11 a.m.-5...

Bob Brown House breaks ground for Independence Homes, expanding housing for special needs adults

The Bob Brown House officially broke ground for Independence Homes at 507 Rogers Road on Friday. For more than 40 years, the Bob Brown House has provided a unique environment that enables special needs adults to live independently and affordably. The current residents range in age from 21-80. Each has his or her own apartment, but they share all meals together in a common dining room. They are family...

Woodsongs host, folksinger Michael Johnathon, releases ‘Dazed & Confuzed,’ to perform in Ohio

Michael Johnathon is heading north, to celebrate the release of his new album “Dazed & Confuzed” (PoetMan Records). The Kentucky-based folksinger, who lives in a log cabin outside of Lexington, will headline an evening of music at Leo Coffeehouse in Cincinnati on Sunday, April 14, as part of the Queen City Balladeers’ monthly concert series. Johnathon is best known as host of the internationally...

Northern Kentucky nonprofit removing tattoos of formerly incarcerated citizens starting new lives

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A small nonprofit in Northern Kentucky is removing face, neck and hand tattoos for people starting a new life after serving time in prison. It all started several years ago when Jo Martin retired from a long corporate career and began tutoring GED subjects to people incarcerated at the Kenton County Detention Center in Covington. Martin realized that even with...

Churchill Downs and Keeneland break ground on $150 Million racing venue in Oak Grove

Churchill Downs Incorporated, in partnership with Keeneland Association (“Keeneland”), broke ground Tuesday on a $150 million, state-of-the-art, live and historical horse racing venue in Oak Grove. Exterior rendering of Oak Grove Racing and Gaming (Image provided) CDI and Keeneland also unveiled the name and branding for the venue, which will be called Oak Grove Racing and Gaming. The new facility...

McConnell touts Kentucky at forefront of hemp industry at Kentucky Exposition Center forum

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said hemp has a long and proud history in Kentucky and he envisions a bright future for it while addressing a forum Monday at the Kentucky Exposition Center. McConnell and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles were hosts for the hemp forum. They invited U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Marketing...

During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Kentucky urged to “face it,” reduce numbers

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Kentucky ranks number one in the country for cases of child abuse, according to the latest U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report. In response to the report, state organizations are banding together to raise awareness of child-abuse prevention. Carla Hay is a pediatric forensic nurse at Kentucky...

Older Kentuckians demanding lawmakers intervene to regulate high cost of prescription medications

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service AARP members in Kentucky are calling on lawmakers to stop price-gouging by pharmaceutical companies. New surveys from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and AARP show nearly three-quarters of Americans over age 50 worry about the rising cost of prescription drugs. Of those surveyed, 80% said they regularly take at least one prescription drug – yet...