A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

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...

Warning and tips — Take extra care on the roadways as it’s the time of year for deer-vehicle collisions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Transportation Cabinet officials are warning drivers to be extra aware of deer on roadways this time of year. “October, November, and December account for more than half of all reported deer-vehicle collisions,” said Deneatra Henderson, chief engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Madisonville office. “We’re taking time to alert drivers to use...

New report explores barriers facing young families, offers potential solutions to help them thrive

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service For some of Kentucky’s young adults, the already challenging transition to adulthood is complicated by becoming a parent. And a report released today explores the unique opportunities to help young adult parents during this period of growth. According to the findings, 57,000 Kentucky kids have a parent between the ages of 18 and 24, and 80 percent of those...

Confident Kentucky: Transportation Cabinet unveils new driver’s licenses, permits, personal ID designs

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet unveiled the design of the 2019 driver’s licenses, permits, and personal IDs today and walked through the evolution of credentials at a press event at the Louisville International Airport. Kentucky’s new issuance system and updated identity credentials, known as Confident Kentucky, offer increased counterfeit protection and showcase a new, modern look that gives...

UK/NFL football star Jacob Tamme taking his MBA to family farm in Boyle County, building cattle operation

After spending nine seasons in Indianapolis, Denver and Atlanta as a tight end in the National Football League (NFL), former University of Kentucky football star Jacob Tamme decided to take on a new challenge — building and running a farm on his family’s land in Boyle County. But it’s not just any farm. He and his wife, Allison Tamme, are building a registered Angus cattle operation from the...

USDA launching new anti-vaping campaign aimed at an epidemic among teens; educating on the risks

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is launching a new anti-vaping campaign aimed at teens. The campaign, “The Real Cost,” will target nearly 10.7 million students through hard-hitting advertising on digital and social media sites that are popular among teens, like YouTube and Instagram, and by placing ads at least 10,000 high-school bathrooms. The...

Beshear wins fight to keep four opioid lawsuits in Kentucky courts; updates available online

In an effort to halt the drug epidemic in Kentucky, Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing seven opioid manufacturers and distributors that have fueled and profited from the state’s opioid crisis – and now he is asking Kentuckians to follow each case by visiting ag.ky.gov. Andy Beshear Beshear’s office announced its ongoing commitment to transparency with the website at a South Louisville Opioid...

Life after the Carrollton crash: It goes on, but now-Principal Jason Booher has a purpose and motivation

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Jason Booher’s life has a definitive marker:  There were the 13 years before May 14, 1988 and the 30 years after. 
That’s the day a fiery church bus crash claimed 27 lives, including that of his best friend since first grade, on a rural stretch of interstate near the Ohio River town of Carrollton.  

Booher survived that crash and went on to become a career...

David Dooley’s attorneys claim vindictive prosecution in motions to dismiss recent sex charges against him

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor David Dooley’s lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss the sex charges recently levied against their client, alleging vindictive prosecution and lack of prosecutorial jurisdiction. David Dooley at a 2017  hearing to determine if he would be granted a new trial in the 2012 killing of Michelle Mockbee. He was ultimately granted a new trial because it was determined...

Environmental groups urge leaders to use VW settlement funds wisely, invest in EV technology

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Kentucky is expected to get millions of dollars as part of the Volkswagen emissions settlement, and environmental groups are asking state leaders to spend the money wisely. After admitting to cheating on emissions tests and deceiving customers, the automaker agreed to a nearly $15 billion settlement. Of that, $4.7 billion will be going to states to reduce nitrogen...

More Kentuckians are heading to Carolinas to offer aid in wake of flooding caused by Hurricane Florence

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today More Kentucky aid workers headed to the Carolinas to help recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief deployed on Sunday, said Director Coy Webb, and a mobile kitchen and shower unit were set up in Jacksonville, N.C., on Monday. The all-volunteer teams will be providing 25,000 meals daily, offering homeowners professional damage assessments...