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Keven Moore: There are risks associated with a Disney vacation, but don’t let that stop you

It’s that time of the year where many of us are finalizing our summer vacation plans and dreaming of some far away tropical Caribbean beach somewhere. Then there are those of you like my childhood classmate, Kevin Fugette, who is a self-professed “Disney Crusader” who is always planning their umpteenth Disney vacation trip. As I write, he is actually visiting Disney World for his 30th visit....

UK women’s baseball team going to Super Regionals’ second round of NCAA Tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is going to the Super Regionals for just the seventh time in school history.   The Wildcats punched their ticket to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with an 11-1 win over Virginia Tech in six innings Sunday at Joe Cropp Field. Kentucky (36-22) will face the winner of the Seattle Regional between Mississippi State and No. 3 seed Washington.   The Wildcats...

A heartfelt tribute to Hollywood legend Doris Day — from hometown Cincinnati girl to super star

By John Schlipp
 Special to KyForward Que será, será 
Whatever will be, will be
 The future’s not ours to see 
Que será, será
 What will be, will be
 Those are the familiar lyrics of the Academy Award-winning song, “Qué Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”, by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. It will be forever associated with the voice of one of Cincinnati’s most famous...

War of Will wins $1.5m Preakness; three Keeneland sales graduates take top three spots

Keeneland sales graduates swept the top three spots in Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness (G1) at Pimlico as Gary Barber’s War of Will won the race by 1¼ lengths over Calumet Farm’s Everfast with Rupp Racing’s Owendale finishing third. This was the first Preakness in 23 years not to include a Kentucky Derby winner. Keeneland sales have produced 25 Preakness winners, including 10 of the...

Leapfrog Group rates state hospitals; most get Cs but 11 get As, including Baptist, Clark, Georgetown

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News For the second grading period in a row, a nonprofit group that rates hospitals has given Cs to most of the 52 Kentucky hospitals it rated; and for the first time since 2015, one hospital got an F, along with only nine other hospitals nationwide. In the percentage of hospitals with A grades, Kentucky continues to rank 33rd among the states. St. Elizabeth Healthcare-Edgewood,...

Kentucky Today: Where the two Republican candidates for governor stand on important issues

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The gubernatorial primary is Tuesday and here is a look on how the major gubernatorial Republican candidates stand on some key issues.    
The responses are based information gained from a variety of sources, including responses to a questionnaire, public statements, the candidate’s website and past news reports. Candidates: Gov. Matt Bevin and Rep. Robert Goforth. 
The...

Harvard’s Institute of Politics releases its poll on what young Americans thinks about politics, public service

The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School has released new findings from the Harvard IOP Youth Poll. For nearly twenty years, the Harvard Public Opinion Project has provided the most comprehensive look at the political opinions, voting trends, and views on public service held by young Americans. The latest Harvard IOP Youth Poll indicates young voters between 18 and 29 years old are...

DOCJT recognizes 22 officers from across Kentucky who graduate from the sergeant’s course

Law enforcement officers from agencies across the Commonwealth were recognized today for completing the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Academy of Police Supervision. APS, also called the sergeant’s academy, is a three-week, 122-hour training program targeted for newly promoted sergeants or officers who are on their agency’s promotion list to become sergeants. While in APS,...

Fayette County Public Schools offer Countown to Kindergarten — free, fun activities all summer

This summer, children who have registered for kindergarten in 2019-20 have a chance to attend a variety of fun, free, and educational activities through the Fayette County school district’s Countdown to Kindergarten program. Many community organizations partner to offer these countywide opportunities. To participate, simply register your child for kindergarten at your assigned elementary school....

Kentucky Today: How the three democratic gubernatorial candidates stand on key issues

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The gubernatorial primary is Tuesday and here is a guide on how the major Democratic candidates stand on some important issues. The responses are based on information gained from a variety of sources, including responses to a questionnaire, public statements, the candidate’s website and past news reports. The major candidates are defined as those who have raised at...

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass: It’s Older American Month and time to Connect, Create, Contribute

Each May the Administration for Aging leads our nation in the observance of Older Americans Month. This year the theme is Connect, Create, Contribute. This theme encourages our seniors to CONNECT with friends families and services, CREATE by engaging in activities that promote personal enrichment and CONTRIBUTE time, talents and life experience to benefit their community. Communities that encourage...

Al Cross: The primary looms and so do choices; voters may be asking, ‘Who am I most tired of?’

The race for governor of Kentucky is occasionally a harbinger of the contest that begins or ends the four-year election cycle, the race for president. In 1995, Democrat Paul Patton defeated Republican Larry Forgy, who had hoped to ride the GOP wave of 1994 but got caught in the undertow, and Bill Clinton carried the state in 1996. This year, Democrats see the possible ouster of Republican Gov. Matt...

KCTCS, Association of Manufacturers hold ‘Going Pro Signing Day’ for advanced manufacturing hires

Rookies in advanced manufacturing and the companies they’ll be working for participated in the first ever Kentucky Manufacturing Going Pro Signing Day. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) sponsored celebrations for new hires in advanced manufacturing at all 16 KCTCS colleges across the state. Signees are recent KCTCS graduates...

KDA, UK Cooperative Extension Service will transport exhibits to Kentucky State Fair this summer

Want to exhibit at the Kentucky State Fair but can’t make the trip? For the second year in a row, the state fair, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and the University of Kentucky (UK) Cooperative Extension Service will transport your best preserves, crafts, honey, vegetables, and other exhibits to Louisville from five locations across the Commonwealth. “Getting to the state fair is a challenge...

‘True mountain boy,’ 22-months-old, missing since Mother’s Day in rugged E.Ky. terrain, is found alive

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today HUEYSVILLE, Ky. (KT) – The 22-month-old boy who had been missing since the evening of Mother’s Day was found safe Wednesday afternoon after a frantic three days of searching. 
Kenneth Howard, whose parents said toddler who walked away from his house four days ago, was found on a 50-foot cliff along Raccoon Road in Hueysville, according to Magoffin Rescue Squad...

Keven Moore: How safe is your child’s summer camp; check it out and look for ACA accreditation

This time of the year parents everywhere are scrambling to plan out their summer schedule, including summer camps for the kids. Summer camps for kids today could mean weeks of wilderness immersion with time spent swimming, rock climbing, singing and making crafts and making wonderful memories. For many children, summer camp is a right of passage. There are camps for about every interest – swimming,...

Bill Straub: With King Coal’s reign about over in the Commonwealth (and elsewhere), it’s on to natural gas

To paraphrase that great American intellectual, Sarah Palin, how is that beautiful, clean coal stuff working out for ya? Well, not so hot, thanks. Cloud Peak Energy, the nation’s third-largest coal mining company, headquartered in Wyoming, where the mineral is still as plentiful as kudzu in Georgia, has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11. It was one of the last of the nation’s big energy players...

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos moves first load of dirt at groundbreaking of Prime Air Hub at CVG in Hebron

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Amazon broke ground Tuesday for its new $1.5 billion Prime Air Hub in Hebron, KY at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, driving a front loader, moved the first load of dirt at the groundbreaking for the $1.5 billion Prime Air Hub at CVG Tuesday (photos by Mark Hansel). Flanked by two Prime Air cargo planes, Amazon CEO...

Expanded gaming remains on minds of lawmakers as they look for new state revenue sources

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today   Solving the unfunded liability of Kentucky’s public pension systems can only happen with new revenue sources, according to two lawmakers who are leading a bipartisan effort to legalize expanded gaming in Kentucky. 
Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, sponsored legislation (House Bill 175) during the 2019 General Assembly that would allow sports wagering, online poker and...

The River: A lesson learned from grizzled Capt. Tate about the ‘Fool’s Knot,’ which any fool can tie

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This one of his stories. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to KyForward It happened on the bow of the DELTA QUEEN while splicing an eye into a busted line that the grizzled, cantankerous, old river pilot, Captain Howard Tate stopped,...