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Republican representative Jason Nemes proposes legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Republican lawmaker from Louisville is proposing legislation for the 2020 General Assembly that would legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky. Rep. Jason Nemes, whose district includes parts of eastern Jefferson County and Oldham County, introduced similar legislation during the 2019 session, which had 53 bipartisan co-sponsors. It won near-unanimous passage in the Judiciary...

Today is DAY ONE of KyForward’s NewsMatch campaign, reaching out for reader support

By Judy Clabes KyForward founder Our readers should already know, but in case you don’t, KyForward is a nonprofit newspaper, one of a growing body of nonprofit newsrooms across the country. Our emphasis is on local news and local public service. We are published by the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism. We are a group of professional journalists who believe in the importance of an...

Amid Kentucky’s heated pension debate, nearly $580 million in corporate tax subsidies remain untouched

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Funding for Kentucky’s pension system continues to be a fiercely debated topic, and some experts say putting an end to corporate tax breaks could help boost the revenue stream for public-employee retirement plans. Captain Brian O’Neill is a firefighter and president of the Louisville Professional Firefighters Union. He said he’s troubled by the...

Bevin and Beshear take on a wide range of topics in televised debate at NKU, find little common ground

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear squared off in a Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate at Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union Tuesday evening. The fifth televised debate in the series between Bevin, the Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger Beshear, is the last before voters go to the polls in less than a week. WLWT photos NKU...

Microloans, financial guidance set Ky. domestic violence survivors on path to financial independence

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and one survivor in Fayette County recalls how a microloan helped her get back on her feet after leaving an abusive marriage. Twenty-six-year-old Stacy says she initially used Facebook to reach out to the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence for financial guidance. “I started a microloan because I had...

Keeneland wraps fall meet Saturday with increase in average attendance, record for all-sources wagering

Keeneland closed its 2019 Fall Meet Saturday with increases in on-track attendance and record all-sources wagering. “We remain humbled by the depth of support from our fans, our horsemen and our sponsors,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “The combination this fall of lovely weather and community engagement through events such as Make-A-Wish Day and Heroes Day helped to showcase...

Increase in Ky’s Adoption Benefit Program aims to ease burden, reduce number of kids in foster care

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Increases to the state Adoption Benefit Program, aimed at lowering the number of children in Kentucky’s foster care system and aiding state employees with the financial costs of adoption, were announced Friday by Gov. Matt Bevin. For the first time, employees will have the option of a stipend and/or reimbursement, based on the needs of the family. State employees who adopt...

Agreement between Blackjewel, Department of Labor case will provide back pay to Eastern Ky. miners

An agreement has been reached between the United States Department of Labor, Blackjewel, LLC, and Blackjewel Marketing and Sales Holdings to pay back due wages to miners in Eastern Kentucky. “Today is a great day and one we’ve longed to see come,” said Dan Mosley, Harlan County Judge/Executive. “The order that has been signed to pay miners the wages they’re owed is the action...

Attorney General Andy Beshear announces $40 million in settlements in two drug lawsuits

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Andy Beshear announced settlements in lawsuits against two drug companies Wednesday that are worth nearly $40 million. “Oftentimes it takes years, sometimes it even takes almost a decade, to hold these large companies accountable for the harms they inflict on our families. Today, we have won two of those battles,” Beshear told a Capitol press conference...

Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, Campbellsville Junior College alumnus and CU Board of Trustee member, dies at 93

Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, Campbellsville Junior College 1949 alumnus and Campbellsville University Board of Trustees member as well as chancellor at the University of Richmond, died Saturday, Oct. 19. He was 93. Heilman served as a member of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees for over 25 years. He was the driving force for the construction of the E. Bruce Heilman Student Complex with a third...

Department of Justice providing $1.7 million to bolster school security in Eastern Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Monday $85.3 million to bolster school security, with $1.7 million earmarked for the Eastern District of Kentucky. The grants will go to the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, which serves 15 school districts with 155,000 students in north-central Kentucky; as well as the Campbell County Board of Education, Rowan County Schools,...

Caution: It’s about to start — the fall deer-vehicle collision season; Kentucky ranks 15th

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is warning drivers about the start of fall deer-vehicle collision season. In a recent ranking, Kentucky was 15th in the nation for crashes involving deer. The movement of deer along Kentucky highways increases in October, as shorter days and cooler evenings serve to kick off the fall deer mating season. Increased field activity by farmers...

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Warren Rosenthal dies at age 96; visitation, funeral services are Monday

Staff report Warren Rosenthal who served 5-cent hamburgers at his first 8-seat Jerry’s Restaurant in Lexington in 1948, built a lifetime of business successes and community service, leaving an amazing legacy in the Commonwealth. He died Saturday at the age of 96. He built his fast-food enterprises by expanding Jerry’s, starting a “fast fish” restaurant chain, Long John Silver’s,...

Trump campaign announces Keep America Great rally at Rupp Arena in Lexington on November 4

Staff report The Trump Campaign has announced that the President will host a Keep America Great rally on Monday, November 4, at 7 p.m. at Rupp Arena in Lexington. November 4 is the day before election day in Kentucky, when the constitutional offices — including governor — will be on the ballot. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for General Admission “Thanks to President Trump, Kentucky’s...

AccuWeather’s 2019 total hurricane damage estimate is $22 billion — and it likely isn’t over yet

AccuWeather’s 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is winding down as November nears, though it is certainly not over, as those in the South watching Tropical Storm Nestor in the Gulf of Mexico heading to Florida can attest.   Tropical storm warnings are in effect for portions of the northern Gulf coast of the United States, from the Mississippi-Alabama state border to Yankeetown, Florida.   “There...

Republican leaders Stivers, Thayer say any casino bill presented in their chamber is ‘dead on arrival’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two Republican senators have weighed in on one issue in the governor’s race by pronouncing any casino bill that arrives in their chamber “dead on arrival.” Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, made the comment while condemning a proposal by Democrat Andy Beshear to legalize casino gaming. Beshear says the revenue...

Two Jefferson County women plead guilty to multiple felony, misdemeanor counts of insurance fraud

The Division of Insurance Fraud Investigation of the Kentucky Department of Insurance (DOI) has completed a 19-month investigation resulting in the fraud conviction of two Jefferson County women on Oct. 8 by the Jefferson Circuit Court. Former insurance agent Adley Riley, 27, and roommate Kharis Montgomery, 28, pled guilty to multiple felony and misdemeanor counts of insurance fraud, totaling $50,939.99. DOI...

Governor’s race is a dead heat just three weeks from election day, according to Mason-Dixon poll

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – The governor’s race in Kentucky is a dead heat, according to poll results released on Wednesday, less than three weeks until the election. The Mason-Dixon Poll of likely voters shows 46 percent support Matt Bevin’s bid for re-election, and 46 percent for Democratic challenger Andy Beshear, the current Attorney General. One percent of respondents...

Bevin, Beshear share the gubernatorial debate stage at University of Kentucky; it’s mostly contentious

Staff report The debate between gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Andy Beshear got contentious Tuesday night, with heated exchanges on several subjects. The debate in Lexington was held at the University of Kentucky. The two will meet in NKY at the Northern Kentucky University on October 29. Incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear are facing off in the November 5 general election. (File...

Judge rules in favor of Democratic Party in lawsuit filed over 165,000 voters moved to inactive list

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Franklin Circuit Judge Monday afternoon ruled in favor of the Kentucky Democratic Party in their lawsuit filed over moving 165,000 registered Kentucky voters to an inactive list. The suit was filed at Franklin Circuit Court by the Kentucky Democratic Party against the State Board of Elections, and Attorney Anna Whites said following oral arguments Monday morning that while...