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Here are your choices for the constitutional offices you’ll be voting for on Election Day, November 5

First of two parts: Governor/Lt. Governor and Attorney General tomorrow as well as special local elections On Tuesday, November 5, voters will be choosing from these candidates to fill the constitutional offices of Auditor, Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner and Secretary of State. If you need specific information about your polling place or to find your local ballots, visit GoVoteKy.com. Northern...

Kentucky’s distilled spirits industry tops 9 million total barrels for first time in modern era

Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry set two modern era records last year by filling more than 2.1 million barrels of Bourbon and aging 9.1 million total barrels of spirits, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association has announced. That’s the highest inventory in the 52 years that barrel inventory records have been kept at the KDA, a nonprofit trade group. It’s also the first...

Republican representative Jason Nemes proposes legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Republican lawmaker from Louisville is proposing legislation for the 2020 General Assembly that would legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky. Rep. Jason Nemes, whose district includes parts of eastern Jefferson County and Oldham County, introduced similar legislation during the 2019 session, which had 53 bipartisan co-sponsors. It won near-unanimous passage in the Judiciary...

Al Cross: The values that drive voters will be the key as Kentuckians prepare to head to the polls Tuesday

Gov. Matt Bevin told The New York Times that Tuesday’s election won’t be close – that he will beat Attorney General Andy Beshear by 6 to 10 percentage points. “I think you’re going to be shocked at how uncompetitive this actually is,” he told reporter Jonathan Martin, who has a knack for getting politicians to say what they think. Bevin may have based his prediction on what happened four...

Today is DAY ONE of KyForward’s NewsMatch campaign, reaching out for reader support

By Judy Clabes KyForward founder Our readers should already know, but in case you don’t, KyForward is a nonprofit newspaper, one of a growing body of nonprofit newsrooms across the country. Our emphasis is on local news and local public service. We are published by the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism. We are a group of professional journalists who believe in the importance of an...

Churchill Downs announces plans for $300 million renovation project set to begin in December

Churchill Downs Racetrack on Wednesday announced a number of major capital investments to offer a variety of new VIP guest experiences, including the construction of permanent stadium seating, a hotel and historical racing machine (HRM) facility in the first turn at the racetrack as well as a renovation project of Millionaires Row. Hotel, HRM Facility and New Permanent Seating Pending final approval...

Report card: Georgetown University report finds progress has stalled for Kentucky Kids Health

The number of uninsured children nationwide increased by about 400,000 in the past two years, reversing nearly a decade of gains, according to a new report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. An estimated 4 million children were uninsured nationwide in 2018, the highest levels since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014.   In Kentucky, the analysis shows progress...

Bevin and Beshear take on a wide range of topics in televised debate at NKU, find little common ground

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear squared off in a Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate at Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union Tuesday evening. The fifth televised debate in the series between Bevin, the Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger Beshear, is the last before voters go to the polls in less than a week. WLWT photos NKU...

U.S. Department of Agriculture rolls out proposed regulations for hemp mandated by Farm Bill

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday issued its proposed regulations on hemp production as mandated by the 2018 Farm Bill. The USDA established the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program through an interim final rule, which outlines provisions for federal agriculture officials to approve plans submitted by states for the domestic production of hemp. Kentucky was...

Today is deadline to apply for mail-in absentee ballots for Kentucky’s November 5 General Election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentucky voters that absentee voting by mail is underway for Kentucky’s November 5 General Election. The deadline to apply for a mail-in absentee ballot with the county clerk is Tuesday, October 29. “Voting in our elections is both a right and a responsibility,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official. “If you...

Open enrollment for federally subsidized health insurance begins this Friday, runs through Dec. 15

Open enrollment for federally subsidized health insurance in Kentucky next year will begin this Friday (Nov. 1) and run through Dec. 15. Plans will cost more or less than this year, depending on the insurer and the type of plan. And many consumers will have more choices. (Click for larger image) Policies offered on the federal insurance exchange by Anthem Health Plans of Kentucky will be an average...

Lynn Bowden pleased with SEC Co-Player of the Week honor, but winning remains his main focus

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden Jr. doesn’t mind accolades, but he enjoys winning football games much more than individual honors. No one had more fun than Bowden after the receiver turned quarterback rushed for a career-high 204 yards on 21 carries, complete with two touchdowns, to lead the Wildcats to a 29-7 win over Missouri last Saturday night. The junior all-purpose player was named...

Keeneland wraps fall meet Saturday with increase in average attendance, record for all-sources wagering

Keeneland closed its 2019 Fall Meet Saturday with increases in on-track attendance and record all-sources wagering. “We remain humbled by the depth of support from our fans, our horsemen and our sponsors,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “The combination this fall of lovely weather and community engagement through events such as Make-A-Wish Day and Heroes Day helped to showcase...

Healthy Headlines: Breast cancer genetic testing: What you need to know to make an informed decision

At St. Elizabeth Healthcare, we know that a breast cancer diagnosis can be shocking and overwhelming. We offer comprehensive care from the moment of your breast cancer diagnosis through your surgery, treatments, recovery and beyond. Our breast cancer care protocol has recently expanded to include meeting with a genetic counselor shortly after your diagnosis. New guidelines recommend multi-gene panel...

Cats lose Nick Richards to ankle injury, but have little trouble with Georgetown College in exhibition opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky had no trouble with Georgetown College in the first of two exhibition games Sunday night. 
Although the Wildcats rolled past the defending NAIA national champions 80-53, the team’s roster dwindled after junior forward Nick Richards suffered a lower leg injury early the second half and didn’t return. Prior to the injury, Richards made all three of his attempts...

Lynn Bowden’s rain dance leads Kentucky to 29-7 victory of Missouri in wet one at Kroger Field

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Not even a driving rainstorm could stop Lynn Bowden Jr.

 The Kentucky junior quarterback rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 29-7 victory over Saturday night. Bowden’s performance was impressive considering a steady rain that soaked  Kroger Field. 
 “What can you say about Lynn?” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “Amazing....

Kentucky author Wendell Berry receives inaugural Kentucky Humanities Carl West Literary Award

Kentucky author Wendell Berry received the inaugural Kentucky Humanities Carl West Literary Award, presented in a ceremony last week at the Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort. Presented by Kentucky Humanities, the literary award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact on the literary culture of the Commonwealth. The award is named in honor of Kentucky journalist Carl West,...

Murray State University grant funds student project to build GPS trackers to locate box turtles

Murray State students in a wildlife techniques course taught by assistant professor of wildlife biology Dr. Andrea Darracq are combining technical skills with field experience through a new box turtle tracking project. Through the University’s Bring Learning to Life Grant, Darracq’s students soldered together open-source GPS tracking devices, then located box turtles on an off-campus Murray State...

Increase in Ky’s Adoption Benefit Program aims to ease burden, reduce number of kids in foster care

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Increases to the state Adoption Benefit Program, aimed at lowering the number of children in Kentucky’s foster care system and aiding state employees with the financial costs of adoption, were announced Friday by Gov. Matt Bevin. For the first time, employees will have the option of a stipend and/or reimbursement, based on the needs of the family. State employees who adopt...

Al Cross: McConnell cares most about the state Attorney General race, and things are looking up

For Mitch McConnell, things in Kentucky are looking up. In Washington, not so much. The races are close, but the Senate majority leader’s state appears likelier than not to elect Republicans to the state’s top offices Nov. 5. McConnell and Gov. Matt Bevin, former rivals, have learned how to get along and stay out of each other’s way, and a Bevin victory should increase McConnell’s chances of...