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Forecasting group predicts $456M budget shortfall for state, due to COVID but also delayed tax filings

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Consensus Forecasting Group has painted a bleak outlook for state revenue during the remainder of the 2020 Fiscal Year that ends June 30, but not quite as bad as predicted earlier this spring. 
The group, which is made up mostly of economists from the state’s universities, met via teleconference last week in Frankfort and predicted general fund revenue would total...

TODAY is the deadline to register to vote in June 23 primary; state portal open to ask for mail-in ballot

Today is the deadline to register to vote in the June 23 primary. You can register online at GoVoteKy.com but you must do that by 4 p.m. local time. Registering now will permit you to vote in the primary election and also in the general election to be held Nov. 3. Because there are no local or independent races this time only registered Democrats and Republicans can get a ballot for the Primary election....

Billy Reed: College athletics directors need to think outside box in this brave new world of coronavirus

So here we are at Memorial Day weekend, and there’s no baseball being played in the major leagues because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Not only that, but the sleek racing cars won’t be vroom-vrooming around the Indiana Motor Speedway in the classic Indy 500, a Memorial Day staple since Ray Harroun dove something called a Marmon Wasp into victory lane. As actor William Bendix would have put in “The...

Analysis of social media shows ‘confusion reigns’ around COVID-19 in rural swing state communities

By Tim Marema The Daily Yonder Social-media users in rural areas are increasingly confused by contradictory information about Covid-19, including whether the disease is as deadly as reported, how effective protective gear is, and whether untested treatments are effective. But the confusion has not decreased the large proportion of social-media posts that criticize President Donald Trump for the way...

What you should know about pediatric multi-symptom inflammatory syndrome and COVID-19

By Dr. Sean McTigue Kentucky Children’s Hospital There have been reports coming out of New York and other states that have been hit hard by the coronavirus about a complication experienced by children who have tested positive for COVID-19. Known as pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome (PMIS), doctors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have made a connection between this...

University of Louisville interior design students gain experience through homeless veterans project

By Alicia Kelso University of Louisville In the fall of 2019, Valerie Fuchs, a part-time professor at the Hite Art Institute in the University of Louisville’s Department of Fine Arts, tasked her interior design students with designing a few rooms and raising funds for the Louisville Hotel for the homeless. Unable to reach anyone in time, that project was put on hold. But the fire had been ignited...

Former UK head coach Eddie Sutton dead at age 84; led Wildcats to 32-4 record in 1985-86

KyForward staff Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Eddie Sutton died at the age of 84 on Saturday. Sutton’s family said the Hall of Fame coach died of natural causes at his home near Tulsa, Oklahoma. “Dad and Mom treated their players like family and always shared the belief that his teachings went beyond the basketball court,” the family wrote. “He cherished the time...

Stuart Sanders: Post-World War II ‘Greatest Generation’ teaches resilience amid pandemic

For some of us, our resolve is cracking. Weeks spent at home avoiding the coronavirus has been tiring. We’re depressed. Our resilience is fading. To bolster my patience, I remember the Americans who endured the Great Depression and the shortages and horrors of World War II. Specifically, I think about my wife’s paternal grandfather and how he spent the first twenty years of his life. D. C. Neighbors...

Lexington Parks and Recreation provides monthly update on openings/closings for June

Monica Conrad, the director of Lexington Parks and Recreation, has provided an update on plans for what’s open, and what’s closed in June. The city is making changes to parks programming and facilities on a monthly basis because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes are based on Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive orders and state and federal guidance. Here’s what’s open: • Disc golf • Dog...

Memorial service for Phyllis George, former Kentucky First Lady, to be livestreamed on KET Monday

KET will livestream the memorial service for Phyllis George, the former Kentucky First Lady, Miss America and pioneering female sportscaster, on Monday (May 25) at 3/2 p.m. at KET.org. George, who died May 14 of complications from a rare blood disorder, became one of the first women to have a prominent role in televised sports when she was hired by CBS Sports in the 1970s. In 1979, George married John...

Beshear announces new coronavirus cases in Kentucky are ‘in a decline’ during Friday briefing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today “We now think we have not just plateaued, but we are in a decline,” Gov. Andy Beshear said on Friday during his daily press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic. “It doesn’t mean we are out of the woods, because we are changing our level of contacts, but it is really good news,” he said. “No one has actually seen what the decline looks like with this virus or...

University of Kentucky board plans to extend president’s contract; Capilouto requests pay cut

University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Vance apprised UK employees and students this week of plans to extend President Eli Capilouto’s contract and of Capilouto’s request that his annual pay be reduced by 10 percent in the coming year. Capilouto became UK’s 12th president July 1, 2011. Vance’s email message to campus is below: Dear Campus Community, On behalf of our Board...

UK’s Barnhart says ‘safety’ major priority as SEC gives green light to campus workouts starting June 8

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference has given member institutions the green light to allow student-athletes back on campus beginning June 8. University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart said the school will work with local and state officials to make a final determination when student-athletes can return to the school and resume voluntary workouts under “strict...

Al Cross: On Memorial Day, we will get to see a story that was almost never told

Fifty-one years ago last month, my Clinton County High School classmate Paul Conner and I got on a bus in Lexington for a 4-H trip to Washington, D.C., our first visit there. We rode up with his parents, Murl and Pauline Conner, whom I knew mainly as mainstays of the local Farm Bureau. I also knew Murl from my work at WANY in Albany, where we would often read a notice that he would be at the courthouse...

Harmon refers results of audits of three Kentucky county attorneys offices to federal law enforcement

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Auditor Mike Harmon has announced that a special examination of nine county attorney offices has turned up findings in three of them, including a six-figure bonus to a spouse, that are being turned over to state and federal law enforcement and other authorities. Harmon says his special examination was spurred by findings from an examination last year of the Cabinet...

April unemployment rate in Kentucky balloons to 15.4 percent — a 10.2 percent increase from March

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2020 unemployment rate was 15.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS). The preliminary April 2020 jobless rate was up 10.2 percentage points from March 2020 and up 11.1 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state in April 2019. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for April 2020 was 14.7 percent,...

Gov. Andy Beshear reports 135 new COVID cases, 10 deaths; talks more reopenings and food for kids

Gov. Andy Beshear reported in his daily briefing 135 new cases and 10 deaths, raising the state’s totals to 8,236 cases and 386 deaths. At least 3,008 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. Healthy at Work The Governor also announced auctions could be held starting June 1. Horse shows can be held again starting on June 8. Bars, gatherings with 50 people or fewer and venues that hold 50 people...

Kentucky soldier’s heroism, 20-year campaign for Medal of Honor, subjects of KET documentary May 25

As Americans honor patriotic sacrifice on Memorial Day, KET will premiere the story of a Kentucky soldier who repeatedly put his life on the line for his country – but wasn’t fully honored for it until 73 years later. “From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner,” airing at 8/7 p.m. ET/CT on May 25, tells the story of one of the most decorated soldiers of World War II – who received...

John Calipari disappointed London matchup with Michigan postponed, but pleased that series saved

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari will have to wait two more years to see the Queen. The Kentucky coach was disappointed after a three-game series against Michigan was postponed Wednesday. The Wildcats were scheduled to take on the Wolverines in the Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase in December but the series was put on hiatus because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m disappointed...

EKU’s Quantasia Perry enjoying challenges, rewards of being a student-athlete and mom

(On July 27, 2018, Quantasia Perry gave birth to her daughter, Kali… less than 10 months later, she lined up to race for an Ohio Valley Conference gold medal) Eastern Kentucky University’s Quantasia Perry stood in lane four and stared down the track. The redshirt freshman was 100 meters away from a gold medal at her first Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. But...