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Keven Moore: Standing desk converter healthy alternative to sitting in chair all day at work

For thousands of years, the vast majority of humans spent most of their lives on their feet. Flexispot standing desk converter in Moore’s office. In the mid-20th century, however, rapid technological advances (cars, TVs, computers, etc.) began decreasing the physical activity demands, and many of us have become increasingly more sedentary. This lifestyle change can be attributed to many health...

NKY Health Department launches hepatitis A prevention plan in wake of state’s declared outbreak

The Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) has initiated efforts to prevent the statewide spread of Hepatitis A from expanding to the region. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by a virus. Dr. Saddler When infected, the liver becomes inflamed or damaged and does not work properly. Although rare, death can occur from this infection. The Kentucky Department for Public...

Learn about Kentucky’s hemp history in events at White Hall and Waveland State Park historic sites

Plots of hemp are growing again at two Kentucky State Park historic sites where the plant was once the leading crop. The 10 foot by 10 foot plots are located at White Hall State Historic Site near Richmond and Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington. They are part of a pilot program being featured during Hemp History Week June 5-10. The two estates grew hemp before the Civil War when it was used...

Triple Crown on the line as undefeated Justify faces nine in Belmont; here is a breakdown of the field

By Liane Crossley Special to NKy Tribune Three years ago, thoughts of a Triple Crown seemed virtually impossible after nearly four decades without a winner, but American Pharoah proved the dream could become reality. Justify (Photo courtesy Benoit Photography)  Now Justify stands ready to join the elite 12 Triple Crown winners or add his name to a long list of Thoroughbreds who won two of the three...

Bill Straub: McConnell to become longest-serving GOP boss, takes home-run trot as ‘Rome’ burns

WASHINGTON – Back in January 2007, when Mitch “Root ‘n Branch’’ McConnell was just beginning what will become his historic run as the longest serving Senate Republican leader in history, Congress was held in broad contempt by the American public with only 35 percent of those questioned in the Gallup Poll expressing approval. Sen. Mitch McConnell Under McConnell, first as the minority leader...

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals gets Governor’s Safety and Health Award for eighth time in nine years

Labor Cabinet Acting Secretary Mike Nemes visited Sekisui Specialty Chemicals in Calvert City today to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 1,755,643 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “Today marks the eighth different Governor’s Safety and Health for Sekisui in the last nine years,” Nemes stated. “That is a remarkable feat and it is something...

Corvac Composites plans $6.1 Million Investment in Morgantown, will add 30 Full-Time Jobs

Automotive supplier Corvac Composites LLC will expand production in Morgantown with a $6.1 million investment expected to create 30 full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin has announced. Gov. Bevin “When a company makes the decision to locate in Kentucky, they often end up deciding to also expand here. That’s the case with Corvac Composites, who first opened their Morgantown facility 13 years ago,” Gov....

With final spending numbers in, lobbying hits all-time high for 2018 General Assembly session

The final lobbying spending numbers for the 2018 General Assembly are in, and spending hit an all-time high of $10.67 million, putting Kentucky on track for a record-breaking year in which more than $22 million will be spent on lobbying. The lobbying spending reports filed by a wide array of businesses and organizations give another clear picture of the increasing importance of public policy to the...

Former Lexington-Fayette Councilman Myers named director of PACE Financing for Energize Kentucky

Former Lexington-Fayette Urban County Councilman George Myers has been tapped to serve as Director of PACE Financing for Energize Kentucky. Myers A non-profit organization, Energize Kentucky  helps commercial, office, industrial, agricultural, and multi-family building owners and developers secure financing to make energy-efficiency improvements to their buildings and projects. In April, the Lexington-Fayette...

Woodford Reserve Distillery features Best of Kentucky Summer Dinner Series

Food and bourbon lovers can celebrate the best of both with a new summer dinner series at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, set amid the thoroughbred pastures of central Kentucky. The Best of Kentucky Dinner Series — held one evening in June, July, and August — will feature classic Kentucky fare with special bourbon tastings and cocktails. The events includes live music, distillery...

BBB Study: sweepstakes, lottery, prize schemes devastate older victims with evolving tactics

A new report by Better Business Bureau (BBB) says sweepstakes, lottery, and prize schemes are devastating victims financially and emotionally with ever-evolving methods. These frauds concentrate on seniors, targeting them by direct mail, cold calling, social media, even text messages and smartphone pop-ups. BBB warns consumers to be on guard against these serious and pervasive frauds and their perpetrators. The...

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill announces lineups for upcoming Well Crafted—Brews + Bands event

Bringing together a flavorful mix of popular breweries with favorite local musicians in a venue like no other, WELL CRAFTED—Brews + Bands is shaping up to be a spectacular event. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill today confirmed brewery, musician and food truck lineups for its fifth annual craft beer and music festival to take place Saturday, June 16. Gates open at noon, with the music beginning at...

Latest Commonwealth Fund health scorecard finds KY in bottom fifth of states again, but improving

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s ranking among the states rose from 46th to 42nd in the latest Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance, partly because it had fewer adults who lack health insurance or went without health care because of cost. The scorecard evaluates states on more than 40 indicators in five areas: care access and affordability; prevention...

Conn pleads guilty to new conspiracy charges before a federal court

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An eastern Kentucky attorney, who was already facing 12 years in prison for defrauding the Social Security Administration of more than $550 million, will likely get even more time behind bars. File photo Eric Conn, 58, of Pikeville, pleaded guilty on Monday before U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves at U. S. District Court in Lexington to conspiracy to defraud the United...

Pew Charitable Trusts: Kentucky at high-risk to see revenues decline if negotiations on NAFTA tank

By Dave Nycaepir Route Fifty Implementation of U.S.-China tariffs or withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement would have bigger economic effects on some states compared to the more limited impacts of other recent trade decisions, a new Moody’s Investors Service report found. U.S. talks with Mexico and Canada to renegotiate NAFTA though it remains unclear exactly when a new deal might...

Sec. Quarles: As we celebrate Hemp History Week; let’s help Kentucky make its own mark

This week Americans celebrate Hemp History Week. Here in Kentucky, we know industrial hemp is a crop that connects our past to our future. A quick survey of the crop’s history proves it is time for us to make our own mark on hemp history and allow it to flourish. Quarles The history of the United States is entwined with hemp’s history. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are believed to have...

Colon Cancer Prevention Project continues work to save lives; ACS reduces recommended screening age

The American Cancer Society responded to the increasing rates of early age onset colon cancer by pragmatically lowering the age of initial colon cancer screening for normal risk individuals from 50 to 45. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancers that effect both men and women with 43 percent of young onset patients diagnosed between the ages of 45-49. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky,...

Kentucky by Heart: Paris residents rescue small dog named Guy — now an adopted member of royalty

Paris residents Charlie and Elaine Fuerniss have made loving contacts with literally thousands of dogs while working as animal rescuers for more than three decades. This while both attend to full-time jobs in Lexington. Guy was adopted by actress Meghan Markle during the time she spent in Canada filming the TV show, Suits. The adoption, and Guy, became an international subject of conversation when...

Lexington’s Historic Courthouse restoration wins Kentucky Heritage Council preservation award

Lexington’s transformation of the Historic Courthouse on Main Street into a modern mixed-use office and event space earned one of the state’s most prestigious statewide historic preservation awards this week. The Historic Courthouse under renovation (file photo) The Kentucky Heritage Council, the state’s historic preservation office, said the rehabilitation of the Courthouse “required innovative...

Old Mulkey Celebration of Quilts and Quilting in Tomkinsville pays tribute to Lucille Page

Even when she was blind and suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, Lucille Page was able to check her grandchildren’s work when they made a quilt. Page “It was amazing to see,” said her grandson, Trevor Bean, of Tompkinsville. “She used her hands to see if I did it the correct way.” Quilting was a family tradition in Page’s family and she made sure to pass it along to her 10 grandsons and...