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History Channel’s American Pickers are coming to Kentucky in October — got ideas?

Staff report The Pickers are on the road to Indiana and Kentucky in October — and are asking for your help in finding places they should visit. American Pickers, the popular History Channel Show, is looking for a real taste of Blue Grass — on the hunt for large and junkie private collections that will keep their guys busy. To offer suggestions: Email americanpickers@cineflix.com or Call...

BACK Construction named Small Business of Year at Commerce Lex’s annual awards luncheon

BACK Construction was named the 2018 Small Business of the Year at Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Salute to Small Business Awards luncheon Friday. The recipient of this year’s Business Success Category Award, BACK Construction was chosen for the honor from five different category winners. The company now has the opportunity to be considered for state and national recognition through the U.S. Small...

Representing yourself in small claims cases, you can now eFile in Fayette, Kenton and Hardin counties

Citizens representing themselves in small claims cases in Kenton, Fayette, and Hardin counties may now skip trips to the courthouse to file documents and instead file them electronically. The Administrative Office of the Courts recently began offering eFiling for self-represented litigants in small claims cases in the three counties, with plans to take the program statewide this year. 

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Recent survey shows new law supporting shared parenting is popular among Kentucky voters

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Kentucky became a national leader with a new law supporting shared parenting rights, and new polling shows it’s a policy supported by many Kentuckians. HB 528 went into effect July 1. And in cases of permanent separation, it makes joint custody the legal presumption if both parents are considered fit caregivers. Now a new survey of Kentucky voters by Public...

New research shows binge drinking increases after college instead of subsiding, as previously thought

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks Kentucky third in the country for its level of binge drinking, and new research indicates old habits die hard. Research from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) finds that binge drinking increases after age 21, instead of subsiding after the college years as previously believed. Researcher...

Be aware and prepared — Gov. Bevin proclaims September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky. Kentucky Emergency Management urges Kentuckians to “BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A PLAN – MAKE A KIT.” Visit www.ready.gov for a host of ideas throughout National Preparedness Month. Kentuckians face threats to their safety and property throughout the year, from...

Officials tell committee that sports betting, online sales tax are not the answer to state’s financial woes

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Neither sports betting nor sales tax for online purchases will solve Kentucky’s financial woes, a legislative committee was told on Thursday. Department of Revenue Commissioner Daniel Bork told the Appropriations and Revenue Committee internet retailers and mail-order companies weren’t required to collect sales tax on out-of-state sales until a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court...

Jury recommends life for Shayna Hubers; penalty phase includes emotional testimony from families

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor A Campbell County jury recommended a sentence of life in prison for Shayna Hubers at Wednesday’s penalty phase of her trial. A day earlier, the jury found Hubers guilty of murder in the killing of attorney Ryan Poston. Katie Carter, Ryan Poston’s sister, clutches the teddy bear she brought to the witness stand with her, as the family answers questions...

Demonstration planned in Louisville on Aug. 31 for FED UP! International Overdose Awareness Day

Advocates in concert with International Overdose Awareness Day will demonstrate for a more forceful federal response to the opioid addiction epidemic on Aug. 31 in Louisville. The rally will take place at Jefferson Park (corner of 6th and Jefferson) from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and is organized by Emily Walden with Stoppnow (Stop the Organized pill pushers now). It will be one of dozens that are scheduled...

ACLU of Kentucky prepares to fight back as religion becomes more prominent in state’s schools

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service A leading civil rights group says a new effort to have the motto “In God We Trust” displayed in Kentucky’s public schools is just the latest in a string of attempts to bring religion into the classroom. State Rep. Brandon Reed (R) of Hodgenville has pre-filed a bill that would require public schools to display the motto in a location of prominence,...

Jury finds Shayna Hubers guilty of murder in death of Ryan Poston, sentencing recommendation today

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor It took a Campbell County jury less than five hours to convict Shayna Hubers of murder Tuesday in the October, 2012 killing of attorney Ryan Poston in his Highland Heights apartment. A mugshot photo of Hubers (file photo). The two-week trial included defense claims of physical and mental abuse, testimony about Hubers’ failure to achieve orgasm and a claim...

Horse racing world mourns the death of Churchill Downs VP, Racing Communications John Asher

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Condolences are pouring in from throughout the thoroughbred horse racing industry and beyond after the unexpected death of Churchill Downs Vice President, Racing Communications John Asher. Asher Asher died Monday of an apparent heart attack while vacationing in Florida. Darren Rogers, Senior Director, Communications & Media Services for Churchill Downs,...

John Asher, VP, Racing Communications at Churchill Downs, winner of five Eclipse Awards, has died

KyForward staff John Asher, vice president, Racing Communications at Churchill Downs has died. Asher, 62, was one of the most recognizable faces in the industry, and condolences are pouring in from around the world on social media. Asher Asher, who has worked in the thoroughbred racing industry for more than 30 years, reportedly died of a heart attack while on vacation in Florida. Asher earned five...

Governor Matt Bevin tells crowd at Republican gathering he intends to run for re-election in 2019

Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin received a standing ovation from a Republican gathering upon announcing Saturday night that he was running for re-election as governor in 2019. Governor Matt Bevin Bevin, speaking at the Republican Party of Kentucky’s Lincoln Day Dinner, said at the end of his comments that he wanted to make clear about one particular matter. “You bet I’m running again,” he said. About...

Longtime Arizona Senator, presidential candidate John McCain, 81, loses battle with brain cancer

Staff Report U.S. Senator John McCain, 81, of Arizona, a Vietnam War hero and 2008 GOP presidential nominee, died Saturday, an aide announced. McCain’s family had announced on Friday that he had stopped treatment for an aggressive Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. “The progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render the verdict,” his family said. John McCain U.S....

Transportation Secretary announces $2.3 million for purchase of electric buses at Lexington event

At an event with the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced a $2.3 million grant to the Transit Authority of Lexington (LexTran) to purchase new battery electric buses. Elaine Chao “The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $2.3 million grant to improve the quality of life and access to transportation for this community,” said...

Lexington to serve as stop on 100-mile walk to raise awareness of firefighter cancer, PTSD and suicide

The Kentucky Fire Commission will serve as one stop on a six-day walk that began Sunday to help raise awareness about the leading causes of firefighter deaths in the United States. The Kentucky Fire Commission will host participants of the My Brother’s Burden walk at noon on Friday at its offices in Lexington, at 118 James Court. The day prior, the group will be at the Scott County Fire Department,...

Environmental Protection Agency admits Affordable Clean Energy Rule could be harmful to public health

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Calling the Clean Power Plan “overly prescriptive and burdensome,” the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released its plan for new rules to regulate carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. However, the proposal itself notes the changes could be harmful to public health. The Affordable Clean Energy Rule sets guidelines for states to develop...

Construction more than three months ahead of schedule on building to replace Capital Plaza Tower

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The project to replace the 26-story Capital Plaza Tower is ahead of schedule. Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William Landrum told Kentucky Today on Tuesday construction on a new building is three to three-and-a-half months ahead of schedule. He credits a lot of that to the contractors, CRM Companies and D.W. Wilburn, who built a similar sized structure, known...

Recently created adoption and foster care reform committee holds initial meeting in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A new committee created as part of the adoption and foster care reform legislation passed in the spring met for the first time on Monday. The committee selected co-chairman – Sen. Julie Raque Adams and Rep. David Meade – by acclamation. Meade, who was instrumental in moving the adoption foster care reform bill through legislation, said they are there to “give recommendations...