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Real estate sales spike to record high in July despite low inventory in Central Kentucky region

Despite record-low levels of homes for sale in the Central Kentucky region, real estate sales spiked to a new record high. Sales hit 1,583 in July, up 13 percent year-over-year when sales tallied 1,405, and up the same percent from the previous month. The monthly total was up 11 percent when compared to the previous sales record from June 2017 when sales topped out at 1,428. July’s total marks two...

Kentucky unemployment rate rises 1.3 percent in July; state jobless number now at 5.7 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary July 2020 unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary July 2020 jobless rate was up 1.3 percentage points from June 2020 and up 1.4 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The U.S....

Kentucky’s General Fund receipts for July up 7.0 percent from a year ago; totaled $905.1 million

State Budget Director John Hicks announced Monday that Kentucky’s General Fund receipts for July, the first month of Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21), totaled $905.1 million, a 7.0 percent increase compared to July 2019 receipts. Collections for the month were surprisingly strong given the general slowdown in consumer spending arising from the uncertainty of the novel coronavirus. The official revenue estimate...

Supreme Court cancels in-person bar exams in 2020 as precaution, announces remote bar exam Oct. 5-6

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has entered amended order 2020-50 canceling the July 28-29 and Sept. 30-Oct. 1 bar examinations due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. To protect the health and safety of bar applicants, employees and volunteers, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions will administer a remote bar examination offered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners on Oct. 5-6. All...

Allison Ball, Kentucky Saves 529, KHEAA partner for Treasurer’s Summer Challenge; set for July

Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball announced Monday a partnership with Kentucky Saves 529 and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to offer the Treasurer’s Summer Challenge that will take place July 1 through July 31. The Summer Challenge is a unique financial literacy educational course for students ages 13-17. One winner will be selected for a $5,000 college scholarship. Allison...

As Memorial Day weekend fast approaches, NFPA provides safety tips for outdoor grilling at home

While there may not be as many gatherings with family and friends this Memorial Day, many observances of the holiday this year will likely continue to involve outdoor grilling. The National Fire Protection Association reminds everyone to follow basic grilling safety precautions over Memorial Day weekend and beyond, particularly as people remain at home in response to COVID-19. “Whether you live in...

As Kentuckians welcome cooler temperatures and dryer air, exactly how hot has it been during July?

By Stuart A. Foster Kentucky State Climatologist At the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, the official source of temperatures collected by the National Weather Service for the city, the average temperature through the first 21 days of July has been 81.1 degrees, or 2.4 degrees above normal. Taking a closer look, however, tells a different story. The average daily high temperature has been...