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AG Andy Beshear vows to protect Kentucky workers in bankruptcy action by BlackJewell mines

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Andy Beshear is weighing in after his office received complaints about a major West Virginia coal producer that declared bankruptcy earlier this week.

 Charleston-based BlackJewel LLC, which operates mines in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, with CEO Jeff Hoops saying there wasn’t...

Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint winner to get $1m bonus if it sweeps Keeneland’s Woodford, Breeders’ Cup

The Grade 3 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint already is America’s most lucrative race for sprinters on grass outside the Breeders’ Cup championship races. Now its winner could earn an additional $1 million. The $700,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint winner will earn a $1 million bonus if the horse goes on to capture Keeneland’s $200,000 Woodford and the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. The Grade...

Several buildings at UK to remain closed through weekend after faulty transformer causes small fire

Four buildings near the center of the University of Kentucky campus will be closed until Monday after a damaged transformer caused a fire in one of the structures Thursday morning, resulting in a power outage impacting several facilities. About 10 a.m. Thursday morning, a transformer in Bowman Hall caught fire, causing a power outage in that facility, as well as a number of buildings along Rose Street....

Pew Research Center: What makes a good citizen? Top responses: Voting, paying taxes, following law

By John Gramlich Pew Research Center In a Pew Research Center survey in early 2018, around three-quarters of Americans (74%) said voting in elections was very important to what it means to be a good citizen, and around seven-in-ten said the same about paying taxes (71%) and always following the law (69%). But Democrats and Republicans – as well as younger and older adults – didn’t see eye...

Hundreds of veterans from across U.S. coming to Louisville for 39th annual Wheelchair Games

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Hundreds of veterans will be in Louisville next week to compete in the 39th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Men and women with spinal-cord injuries, amputations and other impairments will compete in a variety of sports. U.S. Army veteran Ted Rake is coming from Indiana to be part of the games. Rake was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his 40s, and...

Sports community saddened by the loss of former Highlands, UK quarterback Jared Lorenzen

By Terry Boehmker KyForward sports reporter When word got out that Jared Lorenzen passed away on Wednesday, John Messmer got calls from family and friends because he was one of Lorenzen’s coaches and teachers at Highlands High School. “He was very much a competitor,” Messmer said. “He was all about team play and doing whatever he could to put his team in  position to be successful.” Jared...

Letcher Country residents stop Federal Bureau of Prisons from building on former coal mine site

By Nadia Ramalagan Public News Service Local activists in Letcher County have forced the Federal Bureau of Prisons to withdraw its intent to construct a new $510 million federal prison on a former coal mine site. Spearheaded by Rep. Hal Rogers, the facility would have been the fourth federal prison to be built in Eastern Kentucky’s 5th congressional district and the most expensive one in U.S....

Two vegetable product lines being sold in Kentucky could be contaminated; FDA officials urge caution

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Some vegetable products, including two product lines sold at Trader Joe’s stores in Kentucky, have been recalled due to possible Listeria contamination, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The products originated from a Growers Express production facility in Biddeford, Maine and the voluntary recall was issued as a precaution, as there have been no reported...

Kentucky Court of Appeals upholds NKY Health’s actions to control chickenpox outbreak

KyForward staff The Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) calls the Kentucky Court of Appeals’ Order issued on June 26 in the Kunkel litigation a resounding victory for public health in Kentucky. The Court of Appeals upheld the Boone County Circuit Court’s finding that the control measures implemented by the Northern Kentucky Health Department in response to the chickenpox outbreak at...

Court of Appeals sends open records fight over Lexington surveillance cameras back to lower court

The Court of Appeals on Friday required a lower court to again review the case involving Lexington Fayette Urban-County Government’s (“LFUCG”) refusal to release documents relating to 29 surveillance cameras owned and operated by the Lexington Police Department (“LPD”). Community activist Michael Maharrey was sued two years ago by the City of Lexington after he attempted to obtain the documents....

Google bringing economic opportunity initiative, ‘Grow With Google,’ to Erlanger, Bowling Green

Google is bringing its economic opportunity initiative, “Grow with Google,” to Kentucky in July with stops in Erlanger and Bowling Green. “Grow with Google” is hosting free, daylong workshops at libraries in Erlanger (July 17) and Bowling Green (July 19) to help local job seekers, small business owners, educators and entrepreneurs improve their digital skills. The July 17 session will take...

United States Court of Appeals denies petition to reconsider abortion ruling on ultrasounds

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied a petition for a re-hearing of pro-life legislation passed by the 2017 General Assembly. In April, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the measure requiring an abortion provider to provide mothers with an ultrasound and a description of what it depicts, as well as the opportunity...

U.S. District Judge returns ‘sickout’ lawsuit filed by Beshear, Jefferson Co. teachers to circuit court

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A federal judge has ordered a lawsuit challenging the use of Kentucky labor law to obtain names of teachers who were involved in “sickouts” back to state court. U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves on Thursday returned the case to Franklin Circuit Court. The lawsuit dealt with the subpoena of teacher attendance records during days when teachers called in sick to stage protests...

Governor Matt Bevin among first confirmed to speak at August 3 Fancy Farm Picnic in Western Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The first list of confirmed speakers at this summer’s Fancy Farm political stump speaking has been released and Gov. Matt Bevin is among those confirmed to attend. The Fancy Farm Picnic takes place on Saturday, Aug. 3, at St. Jerome’s Church in far western Kentucky, as it has since 1880, serving lots of barbeque as a church fundraiser. It did not begin serving as the...

Kentucky Center for Economic Policy report indicates staying in jail in Ky. may depend on where you live

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Where you live in Kentucky might determine whether you stay in jail before trial because you can’t afford the cash bail, according to a new report from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. Researchers found the number of people released from jail before their trial without monetary conditions differs drastically depending on the county – from just 5%...

After record rainfall in 2018, most Kentucky cities nearing new milestones for 2019 precipitation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Several Kentucky cities had their wettest year ever in 2018 and, according to the latest data from the National Weather Service, rainfall this year in some areas is ahead of last year at the same time. Last year, Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort and Jackson all set records for annual precipitation, while the Huntington/Ashland area had their second-wettest year and Covington...

Kentucky Attorney General warning current, former college students of student loan debt relief scam

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Attorney General’s office has issued a scam alert to current and former college students regarding companies offering student loan debt relief for a fee. Residents of Allen, Breckinridge, Clark, Daviess, Fayette, Jefferson, Kenton, Mason and Warren counties have recently reported receiving strange calls and voicemails from a woman claiming she needs to discuss...

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Auditor Mike Harmon announce changes to high-level staff

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two state constitutional officers announced changes to their high-level staffs on Thursday. 
State Auditor Mike Harmon introduced Andrew English as his new General Counsel. English will also serve as the executive director for the Office of Technology and Special Audits, overseeing the division responsible for recent special examinations like the Administrative Office...

Kentucky officials announces six counties selected for audits following May 21 primary election

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Six Kentucky counties have been randomly selected by state officials for post-primary election auditing. State officials will conduct post-primary election auditing in six Kentucky counties. (Photo from Adobe Stock, via PNS) Investigators will visit Bourbon, Carter, Fleming, Marion, Muhlenberg and Scott counties to inspect election forms and interview county officials....

Kentucky Court of Appeals upholds ruling that National College violated Consumer Protection Act

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that the Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld a Fayette Circuit Court’s finding that American National University, formerly known as National College of Kentucky, willfully violated the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act. Beshear said National broke state law when it published deceptive advertisements on its website regarding the employment success of its...