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Alltech donates more than $142,000 to Texas farmers and ranchers in wake of hurricane Harvey

As Harvey’s winds died down, and the waters were still rising, Alltech launched Hope After Harvey to raise support for Texas farmers and ranchers, who lead the U.S. in cattle, cotton, hay, sheep and goat production. Alltech committed to matching donations made to its 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Alltech ACE Foundation. As a result of the Hope After Harvey donation response, Alltech representatives presented...

Investigating hurricane destruction, UK professor Hopes to protect future storm victims

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward Devastating destruction, loss of life and crippled infrastructure, outside of the disaster zones, millions watched on TV screens and Twitter feeds the desolation left by natural disasters in recent months. And some, like civil engineer Mariantonieta Gutierrez Soto, an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, rushed to the hardest-hit areas. Traveling...

Gov. Bevin designates September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky to encourage disaster planning

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky. Kentucky Emergency Management urges Kentuckians to “BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A PLAN – MAKE A KIT.” Kentuckians face threats to their safety and property throughout the year; from tornadoes, flooding, straight line winds, lightning, winter storms, man-made hazards,...

State Revenue Department grants filing extensions for taxpayers impacted by hurricanes

The Kentucky Department of Revenue will honor the recent IRS announcements regarding special tax relief for taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida and any other natural disaster recognized by the IRS. Under the provisions of KRS 131.081(11), Kentucky honors federal extensions related to disaster relief for filing of income tax returns including payment of tax due....

In wake of massive hurricanes, AAA offers tips on how to spot a flood-damaged vehicle

Many Americans have been devastated by flooding in the past few weeks, thanks to a pair of huge hurricanes. In those regions, private vehicle owners, auto dealers and car auction managers face the dilemma of salvaging or restoring flood-damaged vehicles. AAA warns car buyers that flood-damaged vehicles can be shipped anywhere for resale, and they often continue to appear in the marketplace for up...

Bill Straub: Massie’s vote against hurricane relief for Texas shows unsettling lack of compassion

WASHINGTON – It appears our Wonder Boy, Rep. Thomas Massie, is making up for lost time, to the nation’s detriment. Congress abandoned the nation’s capital on summer recess for most of August, leaving Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, with few opportunities to bring shame to the Northern Kentucky region he allegedly represents. Now that the boys and girls have returned, the old Whiz Kid...

Calipari’s Team Up for Texas telethon effort raises over $1 million for Hurricane Harvey relief

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today John Calipari tweeted that Sunday’s Team Up For Texas telethon on WKYT and other television stations around the state surpassed the $1 million mark. The three-hour event started by the Kentucky basketball coach had a guest list of celebrities that included appearances from former UK players De’Aaron Fox, Nerlens Noel, Andrew Harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns, Eric Bledsoe,...

Watch for scammers using fake charities to profit from hurricane relief efforts, Beshear says

Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a scam alert to warn Kentuckians of fake charity scams related to Hurricane Harvey. Due to the lasting devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Beshear is asking Kentuckians to be wary of scammers attempting to profit from relief efforts. “The families and communities impacted by this deadly storm deserve our help,” said Beshear. “I am asking generous Kentuckians...

Hope After Harvey: Alltech launches relief efforts for Texas farmers and ranchers

To deliver relief specifically to Texas’ farm and ranch community, Alltech is launching Hope After Harvey. Alltech is donating $20,000 to kick off the relief fund and will then match all donations made to its 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Alltech ACE Foundation. To give to Hope After Harvey, visit this link. Additionally, the Alltech family has committed to donating $100,000 in value of animal...

More rescue workers from Kentucky headed to Texas to assist with Harvey cleanup effort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today More Kentuckians are heading to Texas to aid Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Forty-six airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard will join with 14 other members who were sent Sunday to perform rescue operations in the Friendswood area about halfway between Houston and Galveston. The additional airmen were sent Tuesday to George Bush International Airport in Houston where...

Keven Moore: Hurricane Harvey a reminder of the importance of being prepared for a disaster

Many of us have watched in disbelief the torrential rainfalls in southeast Texas that followed after Hurricane Harvey hit the region this past weekend. Over the past several days, I have kept up with my stranded and recently retired step-brother David Sanford and his wife Joy, who happened to be on vacation in the Houston area visiting family. Initially, he felt that he was at a fairly safe distance...

Strong winds, heavy rain from remnants of Hurricane Harvey will enter Kentucky late in the week

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky will be receiving some strong winds and heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey on Thursday and Friday. “But it’s not going to be like what Texas or Louisiana got,” said John Gordon with the National Weather Service office in Louisville. “It’s also not going to be like Hurricane Ike in 2008, with 70- to 80-mile-per-hour winds that came flying...

Kentucky Division of Forestry sends two fire crews to assist flood stricken Texas

Two 20-person interagency fire crews made up of Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF), Division of Mine Permits, and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), personnel are left Tuesday for the hurricane stricken areas of Texas. Although KDF firefighters are best known for their wildland fire suppression skills, they also have experience responding to all types of hazards and emergency scenarios, including the...

Kentucky Blood Center seeking donations this week to support storm-ravaged Texas residents

Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) will be providing blood components to storm-ravaged Texas and is asking Kentucky blood donors to come in this week to support Kentucky and Texas patients who need transfusions. With the catastrophic flooding, Gulf Coast Blood Center in Houston has suspended operations. Community blood centers, like KBC, are stepping up to help. While the torrential rains and destruction...

Legends partner with WKYT, American Red Cross to assist Texas victims of Hurricane Harvey

The Lexington Legends, WKYT and the American Red Cross are teaming up to help those in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Lexington Legends are giving back $1 for each ticket issued to Wednesday’s double header against the Augusta Greenjackets. Volunteers from the American Red Cross will also be at the game to collect money at the gates as fans enter Whitaker Bank Ballpark. In addition,...

Kentucky Air National Guard in Texas to assist with Hurricane Harvey rescue and recovery efforts

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today LOUISVILLE, Ky. –  Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard are in Texas, aiding rescue and recovery efforts from catastrophic Hurricane Harvey. Fourteen Airmen are among those deployed, where they will comprise two Personnel Recovery Teams. They all have expertise in swift-water rescue, confined-space operations and emergency medical care. Equipment they brought...