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Programming in packages: UK extension agents reaching clients through innovative ways

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, agents with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service are finding innovative ways to reach, educate and entertain their clients. One way they are doing so is by packaging up the extension office and making it available to their clients. “We are doing a lot of online program delivery during...

LG&E and KU to supply additional 100 megawatts of solar power to Kentucky customers

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company has filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission for approval of three contracts that could mean one giant step forward for solar energy generation in Kentucky, with construction of the largest solar array in the Bluegrass. The filing consists of two separate renewable power agreements with two of the utilities’ largest industrial...

DOI completes review of individual, small-group health insurance rate filings for 2020 benefit year

The Kentucky Department of Insurance (DOI) has announced that it has completed its review of the individual and small-group insurance rates filed in the Kentucky market. The rates will be used to calculate insurance premiums for the 2020 benefit year. Kentuckians in the individual market will once again experience changes in premiums and plan offerings. Kentuckians will see an average rate increase...

Baptist Health executes letter of intent to assume operations of Hardin Memorial Health

Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) and Baptist Health announced Monday they have now signed a Letter of Intent for Baptist Health to acquire and operate HMH. The Letter of Intent kicks off a formal due diligence process involving both entities, the negotiation of definitive transaction documents, and appropriate regulatory approvals. The Letter of Intent is a non-binding agreement, which follows a two-year...

Hardin County latest Kentucky school district to require students drivers to pass drug test

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Hardin County has joined a growing number of Kentucky school districts that require student drivers, and those who participate in athletics, to submit to random drug testing, Anna Taylor reports for the News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown. “We have traditionally done random drug testing with our athletes; however, it is a privilege to provide transportation services...

‘We will honor Cameron’: Lawmakers join trooper’s father to call for increased safety

  Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo talks to Joe Ponder, father of slain Kentucky State Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder, during a press conference in which they joined others in calling for increased safety measures for officers. (LRC Public Information photo)   Joe Ponder, the father of slain Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder, joined House Speaker Greg Stumbo and other state...