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No letdown for Stoops, Wildcats in dominating victory over Murray State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky was coming off the biggest win of the Mark Stoops era and could have easily overlooked Murray State on Saturday. It didn’t happen. The Wildcats took the Racers seriously and showed no signs of a letdown following last week’s 27-16 win over Southeastern Conference foe Florida, the team’s first victory over the Gators in more than three decades. Kentucky...

Churchill Downs opens its new Derby City Gaming in L’ville, a $65m historical racing entertainment facility

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) is celebrating the grand opening of Derby City Gaming, a $65 million state-of-the-art historical racing machine (HRM) facility located at 4520 Poplar Level Road in Louisville. Kentucky state and local officials and members of the horse racing community joined the CDI team today to officially open the entertainment facility to the public on Friday.   Derby City Gaming...

New report shows obesity is still major crisis; Ky. ranks eighth among states with highest obesity rates

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Obesity is a crisis that continues to plague Kentucky and the rest of the country, according to data released this week. An annual report by the health policy group Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows the Commonwealth is ranked eighth nationally among state for the highest obesity rate, with 1-in-3 adults considered obese....

Chef John Foster: Having two jobs (teaching, owning a restaurant) means work is always on the mind

As I write this, Sullivan University is on break. I find myself at a loss for what to do as my work often dictates what I do with myself when I’m on break. I know I’ll be at work in the restaurant tonight, but what to do with the rest of my day? The answer is complex, and multilayered, nothing as simple as lying in bed until noon eating bonbons (not that I ever did that!). And yes, the answer...

Kentucky chipping in to help those impacted by hurricane; discounts at parks, KYTC lifts restrictions

KyForward staff Kentucky agencies are offering relief to those fleeing areas in the path of Hurricane Florence or truck drivers headed to affected areas to deliver supplies. Kentucky State Resort Parks offering discounted rate for East Coast residents seeking shelter Kentucky State Resort Parks are offering a discounted rate of $49.95/night on lodge rooms to residents of any East Coast state seeking...

Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy Jaime Morales critical after shooting at I-75 rest stop, fugitive killed

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Scott County sheriff’s deputy was in critical condition Wednesday following an officer-involved shooting late Tuesday night that left one suspect dead, the Kentucky State Police said. 
The sheriff’s deputies and Georgetown police officers were helping federal agents from the U.S. Marshals capture a fugitive from another state, the state police said. The incident...

1000 Duke Energy workers headed to restoration efforts from Hurricane Florence, a disaster in motion

Staff report Duke Energy deployed over 1,000 employees and contract workers from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to help with restoration efforts from Hurricane Florence. The team left yesterday morning from the Florence rest area with 30-40 bucket trucks headed for Raleigh. They are expected to arrive Thursday. From there they will be dispatched to the hardest hit areas in the Carolinas to help restore...

CommerceLex’s Kentucky Regional Tour going to Bowling Green area October 29-30

In 2009, Commerce Lexington Inc. revived a long-ago tradition of visiting other regions of Kentucky with the intention of listening and learning from business leaders and elected officials in other communities. This year’s Kentucky Regional Tour on October 29-30 will take Central Kentucky leaders to the Bowling Green area. Bowling Green is the third-largest city in Kentucky and serves as the center...

Canine ‘Lucy Lou’ Kayser, former Rabbit Hash mayor and write-in presidential candidate has died

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Former Rabbit Hash mayor and write-in presidential candidate Lucy Lou has died. Mayor Lucy Lou (photos courtesy of Bobbi Layne Kayser) The 12-year-old border collie died Monday from kidney failure attributed to her age, according to the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. Lucy Lou lived her whole life in Rabbit Hash and was a familiar face in the community, with...

State budget figures show 4.3 percent increase in revenue in first two months of fiscal year

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There was more good news for state revenues in the first two months of the 2019 fiscal year. Figures released by State Budget Director John Chilton on Monday show General Fund receipts increased 4.3 percent in August compared to last year. Total revenues for the month were $759.9 million, compared to $728.3 million during August 2017. So far in the fiscal year, General...

New state health commissioner Jeffrey Howard’s sincerity, passion ‘a breath of fresh air’ for Kentucky

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s recently installed health commissioner is a 30-year-old doctor, two years short of being a surgeon, a goal he still plans to achieve. But right now he’s in charge of public health in a state with huge health issues, and local health departments with big financial issues. Dr. Jeffrey Howard is still learning. He will graduate from Harvard...

$2.2 million American Pharoah Colt tops opening session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale

The highly anticipated first crop of yearlings by 2015 Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharoah, who won the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland to close his career, and the participation of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin highlighted Monday’s opening session of the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Godolphin paid $2.2 million for a colt by American...

Stoops ready to move past Gators as Cats shift attention to Murray State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops is used to a short memory and the Kentucky coach is ready to put aside his team’s upset win at Florida last weekend in Gainesville. The Wildcats broke a 31-game losing streak to the Gators with a 27-16 victory Saturday, ending more than three decades of misery against Florida, despite three near-misses during the past five years. Stoops received calls, text...

KyForward will join with 150 other nonprofit newsrooms in national NewsMatch campaign

More than 150 nonprofit newsrooms across the country — including the KyForward — will participate in this year’s NewsMatch, the largest grassroots fundraising campaign to support nonprofit news organizations. The national call-to-action will launch on November 1, 2018. In 2017 NewsMatch helped to raise more than $4.8 million from individual donors and a coalition of private funders. This...

Cats drain the swamp, end 31-game losing streak to No. 25 Gators

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 175 yards in Kentucky’s 27-16 win over Florida Saturday night in Gainesville, ending a 31-game losing streak to the Gators. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky drained the swamp and ended 31 years of misery to Florida in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams Saturday night in Gainesville. The Wildcats (2-0) snapped...

Rick Pitino’s new book: Defending himself (again) against the scandals at UofL, telling ‘his story’

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Rick Pitino’s new memoir, Pitino: My Story, hit the bookshelves and internet booksellers’ websites this week, and it’s sure to receive a lot of interest and conversation from college basketball fans and the media.   In many ways, the overriding thread of the book isn’t surprising. The former Louisville coach continues to play the role of victim,...

Calling all entrepreneurs: State wants to help you compete for federal research, development funds

The Cabinet for Economic Development will receive $125,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to launch a program preparing more entrepreneurs to compete for federal research and development funding. The SBA’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) partnership program funds initiatives that increase the number of proposals for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology...

Lawmakers already preparing legislation for 2019 General Assembly; take a look at what’s in the hopper

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 2019 General Assembly doesn’t convene until January, but lawmakers have already prepared more than 30 pieces of legislation for consideration. The topics range from gun safety to sports wagering and from utility rates to tax exemptions. Here is a look at some of them: – Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, has proposed a bill dealing with unlawful storage of a firearm....

Georgetown College’s President M. Dwaine Greene to retire at the end of the academic year in 2019

Dr. Michael Dwaine Greene, president of Georgetown College, announced Thursday that he will be stepping away from his presidency at the close of the 2018-19 academic year. Greene declined the wish of the College’s Board of Trustees to extend his contract, citing a desire to relocate closer to his family. Greene wrote in his letter to the College’s staff: “With every good wish for Georgetown...

Chef Foster: On college trip with son, we discovered while food can be great — service really matters

It isn’t often that I get a chance to sit and observe from the other side of the kitchen door. Most of my life and career has been spent in a kitchen or a classroom, playing an active role in the process of making and serving food to the general public. Even in my other food-related activities, like writing this column or helping out in a community garden, it is an action taken, not observed...