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Mucho Gusto dominant in $3M Pegasus World Cup win; Maker’s Zulu Alpha takes $1M Pegasus Turf

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Mucho Gusto won with complete authority Saturday at Gulfstream Park, giving his Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his second victory in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) presented by Runhappy. Jockey Irad Ortiz leads Mucho Gusto into the Winner’s Circle following a dominant win in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) presented by Runhappy at Gulfstream...

Nick Richards comes to rescue with 25 pts., 14 rebounds as Cats win in OT over Texas Tech

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The amazing transformation of Nick Richards continues. The Kentucky junior forward scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead No. 15 Kentucky to a 76-74 win over 18th-ranked Texas Tech Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge in Lubbock, Texas. Richards scored the first five points in overtime to give Kentucky a 69-64 lead and drained a pair of free throws with 10.3...

Kentucky falls short, Florida wins Big Blue Slam, 1237-1229; Kentucky Blood Center wins too

Kentucky had its best day of the week, but came up 8 donors short of completing the comeback, losing the 12th annual Big Blue Slam to Florida, 1237-1229. Kentucky Blood Center saw 331 donors roll up their sleeves for the event’s final day, while 246 Gator fans donated for Lifesouth Community Blood Center Friday. “Big Blue fans really came out strong,” Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing...

Analysis: Investing in education for Kentucky’s single mother students will strengthen state’s economy

Kentucky’s economy is changing. This year, an estimated 60 percent of jobs will require post-secondary education. Accordingly, Kentucky has set an ambitious goal to graduate 60 percent of Kentuckians with a college credential by 2030. To meet this goal, Kentucky must recruit and graduate “non-traditional” students, who are often part-time students, working adults and/or parents and encompass...

Kentucky unemployment rate drops 0.1 percent in December; jobless rate now at 4.3 percent in state

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December 2019 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary December 2019 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from the 4.4 percent recorded for the state in November 2019. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate...

UK celebrates 28 years of partnership with Lloyd’s of London in support of horse industry

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Lloyd’s of London and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment have celebrated a 28-year partnership in support of the horse industry. Representatives of Lloyd’s recently presented a $50,000 check to UK for continued funding of the international publication, the Equine Disease Quarterly. “Lloyd’s is very pleased to have...

Kentucky Lottery President, CEO Tom Delacenserie to retire; sales increased dramatically on his watch

Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie has announced his retirement, effective March 6. Delacenserie, who turns 72 this year, assumed the top job in May 2017. Sales from FY17 through FY19 rose from $1,000,501,000 to $1,129,655,000, a $129.1 million (12.9 percent) increase during his tenure. “We’ve accomplished a tremendous amount in the last two and a half years,” Delacenserie said....

Planned Parenthood re-applies for clinic license for EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An action by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to end a lawsuit filed by the administration of former Gov. Matt Bevin could open the door to at least one more abortion clinic in Kentucky. The lawsuit had claimed that Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky had illegally performed abortions in December 2015 and January 2016. However, in a January 3 letter sent...

Rep. Kim Moser’s bill for mental-health first aid training program passed unanimously by House

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A bill to create a training program for mental-health first aid has unanimously passed the state House and is in the Senate. House Bill 153, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, would train people in how to best address the needs of someone experiencing a mental-health or substance-use crisis. “The Mental Health First Aid Act will put this evidence-based...

Ralph Alvarado: It’s time for lawmakers to embrace school choice for the benefit of all Kentucky students

The classic movie Field of Dreams popularized the slogan: “If you build it, they will come.” That motto certainly applies to school choice nationwide, which has grown immensely over the past three decades. While Kentucky has yet to enact a school choice program, the movement for increased opportunity in the Bluegrass State is on the rise. This National School Choice Week, we should celebrate the...

Bill Straub: Making a hash of impeachment hearings — and of country; thanks McConnell, Barr and Paul

It’s no secret that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has made a hash of the impeachment proceedings against President Donald J. Trump but less noticeable thus far is Sen. Rand Paul’s determination to sling the same mélange out like a short-order cook at the corner greasy spoon. Paul, of Bowling Green, drew attention four years back when he emerged as one of the Republican Party’s biggest...

Shelley Shearer: Oral cancer may be more common than you think; self-check and consult your dentist

There are nearly 50,000 new cases of oral cancer in the United States each year, accounting for three percent of all cancer diagnoses. Most are discovered in a dental office. Oral cancer is caused by the uncontrolled growth and reproduction of cells in some regions of the mouth. It can occur inside the cheeks, under the middle and front of the tongue, or on the tissue lining of the mouth or gum. That’s...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about free enterprise, freedom and hope

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We want an economic system that features hope because hope propels us forward and it leads to perseverance in difficult circumstances. We write to make a case for promoting freedom and capitalism because they have helped provide hope to hundreds of millions of Americans. In a free market system, productive effort usually leads...

Charlotte Whittaker: Big Pharma’s prices just keep going up and up — Senate needs to pass HR 3

The price of a new invention usually falls as more people adopt it, but prescription drug prices somehow defy gravity. Kentuckians, like all Americans, pay among the highest drug prices in the world, and prices keep climbing. We can’t change the laws of physics, but we can and must change federal law to bring needed relief. For prescription drugs on the market, you might expect any price increase...

Bill Straub: Sanctuary Cities — now, is this really the No. 1 problem facing a state like Kentucky?

It’s no secret that Kentucky, sadly, has been a bottom feeder among the states for so long that it swims almost undistinguished from the carp and the flounder. Consider just a few items. The Commonwealth ranks 46th in per capita income, 46th in residents with a high school diploma or higher (48th with a bachelor’s degree for those keeping score at home), 43rd in child poverty, 48th in a measure...

Keven Moore: Driving with snow and ice on top of your hood is dangerous and may be illegal

It’s January and once again it’s that time of the year in Kentucky when we are most at risk to receive a major snowfall for our region, and unlike our childhood, many of us don’t get the luxury of staying home on a snow day.  For those less fortunate and don’t have the luxury of a garage for your vehicle, scraping the ice and snow off of your windshield is pretty much the last thing many of...

KCTCS preparing students for the high-tech world of manufacturing (not your grandfather’s factory work)

In today’s world of work, manufacturing requires workers to be tech-savvy. This is no longer your grandfather’s dirty, dark and dangerous factory work. Today’s manufacturing facilities are bright, clean and high tech. You’re more likely to see employees using consoles to direct the work of robots, instead of doing back-breaking manual labor. The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and...

Bricks and Mortar, Maximum Security, Mitole contend for Eclipse Awards Horse of the Year

Led by Horse of the Year candidates Bricks and Mortar, Maximum Security, and Mitole, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) has announced the finalists for the 2019 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing. Winners in 17 horse and human categories will be announced at the 49th annual Eclipse...

KY History: Newport’s John T. Thompson was renown firearms inventor; have you heard of ‘Tommy gun’?

By Jacob Koch Special to KyForward The Thompson Submachine Gun, also known colloquially as the “Tommy Gun,” is perhaps one of the most recognizable weapons in pop culture. From its use by the mob in the 1920s to the battlefields of Europe in World War II, this firearm has made an enormous impact in history. The man behind the gun, however, is perhaps equally interesting. He not only made significant...

Kentucky Humanities adds KyForward columnist Constance Alexander as featured speaker to its roster

KyForward columnist Constance Alexander, award-winning columnist, poet, and playwright from Murray, was chosen by Kentucky Humanities as a presenter, statewide, on the organization’s Speakers Roster. Alexander has been a featured speaker since 2009. In 2020, her two presentations focus specifically on Kentucky topics. One relates to Kentucky poets and their works, and the other highlights the experiences...