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Kentucky’s Mitch Barnhart honored with AD of the Year award by Sports Business Journal

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mitch Barnhart was in the spotlight in the Big Apple this week. The University of Kentucky Athletics Director was named AD of the Year by the Sports Business Journal on Wednesday night. Barnhart was among five finalists for the award during a ceremony by the organization in New York. Mitch Barnhart and Mark Stoops celebrate after the Wildcats defeated South Carolina last...

Kentucky Auditor announces his coming audit of Bourbon-Nicholas Regional Jail Authority

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky State Auditor Mike Harmon announced Wednesday his office will audit the Bourbon County-Nicholas County Regional Jail Authority. State Auditor Mike Harmon will look at the Bourbon-Nicholas Jail Authority soon. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today) “We discovered the Bourbon-Nicholas Regional Jail has never had an audit since it was formed nearly a decade ago,”...

Audit of Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources reveals two areas of fault

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Auditor Mike Harmon found fault in two areas in an audit of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. 
According to one finding in the report released on Monday, the department failed to transfer funds from outside bank accounts to Kentucky’s state treasury in a timely manner.  In one case, the money was not deposited for 263 days. A state audit...

UK women’s baseball team going to Super Regionals’ second round of NCAA Tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is going to the Super Regionals for just the seventh time in school history.   The Wildcats punched their ticket to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with an 11-1 win over Virginia Tech in six innings Sunday at Joe Cropp Field. Kentucky (36-22) will face the winner of the Seattle Regional between Mississippi State and No. 3 seed Washington.   The Wildcats...

More contention arises over public pension bill; are there sufficient votes for the measure to pass?

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another point of contention has arisen between Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly during talks over a public pension bill for the regional universities and quasi-governmental agencies. 
The question: How many votes are needed for passage? 
Under the state Constitution, during budget years, it only takes a simple majority to approve appropriations bills,...

University of Kentucky softball to open tournament play at home for fourth consecutive year

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky softball team will open play in the NCAA Tournament at home. The Wildcats (33-22) will host Toledo (29-26) at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Joe Cropp Stadium. It marks the fourth consecutive season Kentucky has been selected as a host sight in the opening round. The Wildcats are a No 14 seed and will open the tourney following the Illinois-Virginia Tech...

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear files two additional lawsuits against drug manufacturers

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two more lawsuits against drug manufacturers, which include allegations of overcharging for insulin, were filed Monday by Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear. 
One suit, filed at Franklin Circuit Court, alleges insulin manufacturers Eli Lilly, Sanofi-Aventis and Novo Nordisk, who control 96 percent of the world’s insulin market; have increased the cost of the drug...

Johnny Juzang is chasing his dreams all the way from California to play basketball for UK’s Calipari

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Johnny Juzang will start chasing his dream at the University of Kentucky.   “I’m a dream chaser, go-getter, always will be,” he said Friday.   The four-star perimeter guard from Studio City California’s Harvard Westlake, announced his college choice in Instagram Friday night. Juzang chose Kentucky over defending national champion Virginia.   “I’m going...

Lawmakers from both sides aren’t sold on Bevin’s pension proposal, say they have their own ideas

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Lawmakers from both parties and both chambers still say the votes are not yet there to pass Gov. Matt Bevin’s bill to address the public pension crisis, especially as it affects the state’s regional universities and quasi-governmental agencies. Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, who says he supported the bill lawmakers approved earlier this year but was vetoed by the governor,...

UK Notebook: Coach John Calipari completes successful first decade at helm of Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari just completed his first decade at Kentucky and has enjoyed a memorable run since he was hired in 2009. The Kentucky coach led the Wildcats to a 30-7 record, the fifth time Kentucky has recorded 30 or more victories during his tenure in Lexington. During that same span, Kentucky has won 31 games in the NCAA Tournament, made four Final Four appearances, made...

As special session looms, Ky. House Democrats are still not sold on Governor’s pension proposal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s still no word on when Gov. Matt Bevin will call a special session of the General Assembly to address a public pension bill because he doesn’t appear to have enough votes to pass his proposal. The governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Bryan Sunderland, Budget Director John Chilton and Kentucky Retirement Systems Executive Director David Eger spent more than two hours...

NFL dream comes true for former Madison Southern High School, Alabama running back Damien Harris

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A lifelong dream finally came true for Damien Harris. The University of Alabama running back and former Madison Southern High School standout was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft Saturday as the 87th overall selection by the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. “I’ve been waiting on this moment for I don’t even know how long, since I first...

Governor Matt Bevin holds ceremonial bill signing for selective abortion bill, says ‘hypocrisy’ must end

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin held a ceremonial bill signing on Monday for one of four pro-life bills that passed the 2019 General Assembly. House Bill 5, known as the “Human Rights of the Unborn Child and Anti-Discrimination Act,” sponsored by Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty, R-Belton, bans an abortion based upon the gender, race or perceived disability of an unborn child. Gov. Bevin...

George Rogers Clark High School basketball standout to fulfill lifelong dream, walk-on at UK

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brennan Canada will be wearing a blue uniform next season. The George Rogers Clark senior forward will walk-on at the University of Kentucky next year, fulfilling a life-long dream of playing for the Wildcats. Canada helped lead the Cardinals to an 26-8 record and a runner-up finish in the 10th Region Tournament. Clark lost to Campbell County in the regional finals. George...

Former Tates Creek star, Western Kentucky coach Horn takes over at Northern Kentucky University

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Northern Kentucky University didn’t take long to find its next head men’s basketball coach. Less than two weeks after John Brennan left to take over at the University of Cincinnati, the Norse hired former Tates Creek High School product Darrin Horn. For the past four seasons, Horn as served as associate head coach at the University of Texas under Shaka Smart. Darrin...

Labor cabinet denies Beshear request to rescind subpoenas; attorney general prepared to file suit

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has denied a request by Attorney General Andy Beshear to withdraw subpoenas to 10 local school districts seeking teacher attendance records. And if they don’t, the attorney general says he will sue. “I will not allow this governor to bully our teachers and fine them up to $1,000 a day,” Beshear said in a statement. “If the governor’s...

Beshear demands Kentucky teacher attendance record subpoenas issued by state be rescinded

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has threatened to take the Administration of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin to court if subpoenas seeking teacher attendance records are not rescinded. 
Earlier this month, the Labor Cabinet issued the subpoenas to at least six local districts, seeking the names of teachers who might have used sick days to attend rallies at the Capitol...

Keldon Johnson announces he will declare for NBA draft, but leaves door open to return next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson has decided to test the waters before determining his next career move. The Kentucky freshman guard declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday but is leaving the door open for a second tour of duty with the Wildcats. Johnson can sign with an agent certified by the NCAA and can return for a second season if he decides to forgo the NBA Draft and return to play...

UK’s PJ Washington going to NBA draft, ‘ready for next step’; Hagans returning next year

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington has decided to enter the NBA Draft and this time for good.   
“It’s been a little over a week since our season ended but it still hasn’t hit me that I’ve played my last game with Kentucky across my chest,” Washington said. “This place has been my home for two years and it’s hard for me to put in words how much I’ve grown in my time at...

Governor vetoes public pension bill, plans to call for special session to address the issue

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday vetoed a public pension bill approved on the final day of the 2019 General Assembly and vowed to call a special session to address the issue. During the 11 p.m. hour on the last day of the session, lawmakers passed public pension legislation that would have affected the regional public universities, as well as quasi-governmental agencies, such...