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Texas Tech embraces rare encounter against Kentucky in Saturday’s Big 12/SEC Challenge

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Texas Tech and Kentucky have played just four games against each other and the two teams haven’t met in more than two decades. A fifth meeting will take place this weekend. For the first time since 1965, the 15th-ranked Wildcats will take on the No. 18 Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas in the Big 12/SEC Challenge Saturday. The two programs haven’t played since Kentucky...

Bill affecting state’s growing industrial hemp industry is first to pass Kentucky House Tuesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation affecting Kentucky’s burgeoning hemp industry is the first to clear the Kentucky House during the 2020 General Assembly. 
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Matthew Koch, R-Paris, told his colleagues it has the endorsement of The Kentucky Hemp Association and Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. 
“This bill incorporates language and recent guidelines issued...

With family looking on, Ashton Hagans puts on a show as Wildcats complete sweep of Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans always seems to turn it up a notch against Georgia. With several of his family members in attendance, including his mother, Hagans scored 23 points and just missed a double-double with nine assists to lead No. 15 Kentucky to an 89-79 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday night to complete a regular-season sweep. “It’s always good to go against my home state...

Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans expecting another tough contest against struggling Georgia Bulldogs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans doesn’t think much will change when Kentucky takes on Georgia for the second time this season Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. “It was good to be back at home, but now we’re back in Lexington playing them,” said Hagans, a former Georgia Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year winner. “It’s the same game plan. We just go out there and play...

Kentucky freshman Keion Brooks grew up, made major strides in Cats win over Razorbacks

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keion Brooks Jr. passed a major test during Kentucky’s 73-66 win over Arkansas Saturday in Fayetteville. Brooks scored 10 points — the most since he tallied 10 in Kentucky’s 67-53 win over Georgia Tech on Dec. 14 at Rupp Arena. Brooks also added seven rebounds against the Razorbacks, marking the second straight game he has collected seven boards. Kentucky associate...

John Calipari’s ejection gives Wildcats the spark they needed in 73-66 win over Arkansas in Fayetteville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The message was simple and Kentucky responded to adversity with ease in a 73-66 win at Arkansas on Saturday. That message came after Kentucky coach John Calipari was ejected following a double technical foul with 8:19 remaining and the Wildcats in a 44-44 deadlock. The Razorbacks took a 47-44 lead after making three of four free throws, but Kentucky went on a 15-2 run...

Beshear says criminal justice reform needed as prison costs, number of incarcerated continue to rise

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear says criminal justice reform is needed since prison costs and the number of those incarcerated is increasing, while at the same time the prison infrastructure is crumbling. During a Friday afternoon press conference at the Capitol, Beshear said, “Criminal justice reform isn’t just the right thing to do, but we must do it based on our current reality...

Sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley has no regrets after returning to Kentucky for second season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley has no regrets coming back for his sophomore season. “I’ve said that multiple times, I’m so glad I came back,” he said. “Even at the start of the season coming back into my sophomore year, not even basketball-wise, but it’s great because now I really know where all my classes are. I know time management, I know when I need to be places and...

Kentucky’s 2020 General Assembly gets underway in Frankfort with leadership and procedural changes

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 2020 General Assembly was gaveled in at noon in Frankfort on Tuesday, with lawmakers meeting on 60-days before wrapping up on April 15. There was a new look in House Leadership for both Republicans and Democrats on the opening day. Speaker Pro Tem David Meade, R-Stanford, took over the duties as Majority Leader from Rep. John “Bam” Carney, who has been hospitalized...

Big second half from Wildcats in Athens hands Bulldogs first home loss of the season

Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans takes a shot against Georgia (Photo from UK Athletics, Guy Ramsey) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky survived its first true road game of the year and handed Georgia its first home loss of the season in Athens Tuesday night. The 14th-ranked Wildcats (11-3, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) notched their third consecutive victory with a 78-69 win over the gritty Bulldogs....

State lawmakers convene Tuesday for 60-day session — and two-year budget is at the top of the agenda

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State lawmakers return to Frankfort on Tuesday, January 7, with a two-year budget topping the agenda for the 60-day session. Both the House and Senate have a Republican supermajority, and the relationship with Republican Gov. Matt Bevin was still contentious at times. With Democrat Andy Beshear now in the Governor’s office, will the current cordial relationship last? Senate...

Kentucky House Democrats make history, name Joni Jenkins to become state’s first female floor leader

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A little bit of history has been made as Kentucky House Democrats have elected the first female floor leader. Rep. Joni Jenkins of Shively was elected Friday by the House Democratic Caucus. She replaces Rocky Adkins, who resigned his post to serve as Senior advisor to Gov. Andy Beshear. Since Jenkins had served as Minority Whip, Rep. Angie Hatton of Whitesburg was then elected...

Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen highlights first day of early signing for football Wildcats

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops addressed the crowd in Rupp Arena to thunderous applause at Rupp Arena last weekend. (Kentucky Today/Chris Reynolds) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops was all smiles following the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday. The Wildcats landed 19 prospects, including in-state prospects Lexington Catholic standout quarterback Beau Allen and Louisville...

Eastern Ky. representative Cluster Howard proposes legislation to legalize recreational marijuana

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An eastern Kentucky lawmaker is proposing legislation for the 2020 session that would legalize recreational marijuana, with much of the revenue to help the state’s ailing public pension systems. 
Rep. Cluster Howard, D-Jackson, says his bill would govern home use and commercial sales, while dedicating a sizable portion of tax and license revenues to the state retirement...

Governor Andy Beshear signs executive order rescinding Matt Bevin’s Medicaid waiver

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday he is rescinding former Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive order on the Medicaid waiver program and will protect the Medicaid expansion instituted by his father, former Gov. Steve Beshear, in 2014. “The last thing our families need is to pay more for their healthcare coverage, or even worser, to lose that coverage entirely,” Beshear told...

UK’s Rhyne Howard scores 26 points, but Louisville wins 67-66 at Rupp Arena on Sunday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Rhyne Howard was the best player on the floor and Louisville coach Jeff Walz was shocked after he watched Howard’s 3-pointer at the buzzer fall short in the Cardinals’ 67-66 win over Kentucky Sunday at Rupp Arena. “It wouldn’t have surprised me if it had gone in,” Walz said. “… it’s fun to watch her play (and) Rhyne Howard was the best player on the floor...

Beshear set to become Kentucky’s 63rd governor; full slate of public inauguration day activities planned

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A full day of activities is in store today as Andy Beshear assumes his duties to become the 63rd governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Beshear will follow in the footsteps of his father Steve, who was a two-term governor from 2007-2015. They are the first father-son to be governors in Kentucky. Andy Beshear Activities are free and open to the public, but some extra layers...

Stoops honored to accept Belk Bowl bid; Wildcats set to play Virginia Tech Dec. 31 in Charlotte

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky accepted its fourth consecutive bowl bid Sunday, this time the Wildcats will make an appearance in the Belk Bowl in a noon kickoff on Dec. 31 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops welcomed the invitation from the Belk Bowl, which will be the team’s first appearance in the postseason event. Kentucky finished 7-5 this past season and won its...

Mitch McConnell, Hal Rogers leading effort to rebrand Eastern, Southern Kentucky National Heritage Area

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The two senior members of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation are teaming up to advocate for progress in eastern and southern Kentucky to deem it a National Heritage Area. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville, and Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, filed companion bills on Thursday in the Senate and House, respectively, to begin the...

Wildcats in midst of ‘Camp Cal’ in preparation for Southeastern Conference play, winter grind

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari has been yearning for more time with his team this season. He will get that chance this month. The eighth-ranked Wildcats (6-1) will play five games in the month of December, starting with Saturday’s contest against Fairleigh Dickinson. Kentucky’s schedule also gets tougher as the Wildcats inch closer to the Southeastern Conference portion...