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Analysis: Investing in education for Kentucky’s single mother students will strengthen state’s economy

Kentucky’s economy is changing. This year, an estimated 60 percent of jobs will require post-secondary education. Accordingly, Kentucky has set an ambitious goal to graduate 60 percent of Kentuckians with a college credential by 2030. To meet this goal, Kentucky must recruit and graduate “non-traditional” students, who are often part-time students, working adults and/or parents and encompass...

Kentucky unemployment rate drops 0.1 percent in December; jobless rate now at 4.3 percent in state

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December 2019 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary December 2019 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from the 4.4 percent recorded for the state in November 2019. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate...

Kentucky no longer worst for animal protection laws; Mississippi ranked last in national report

For the first time in 13 years, Kentucky does not rank as the worst state for animal protection laws. That is according to the annual U.S. State Animal Protection Laws Rankings Report published by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a legal advocacy organization for animals. Instead, Mississippi now ranks 50th with the country’s weakest animal protection laws. The longest-running report of its kind, the...

Council on Postsecondary Education report: College still pays in Kentucky, for individuals and state

A new report issued by the Council on Postsecondary Education shows that college still pays for those who earn postsecondary credentials and state allocations for public higher education more than pay for themselves. Higher Education’s Return on Investment report examines the return on investment for both the individual student and the state as a whole. Using the Kentucky high school Class of 2010...

Kentucky enters multi-state settlement with PPGF to ensure donors receive adequate information

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced that Kentucky has entered a multi-state settlement with PayPal Charitable Giving Fund, Inc. (PPGF) to ensure donors receive adequate information and disclosures when making charitable contributions through the company’s online fundraising platform. Cameron joins 22 other state law enforcement partners in announcing this settlement. PPGF, the charitable...

Kentucky, Indiana prices increase slightly as holiday travel week begins; Ohio gas prices hold steady

More than 100 million Americans are taking to the roadways to travel for the holidays, but that hasn’t had a large impact on gas prices. At the start of the work week, only about a dozen states including Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan are seeing more expensive gas prices with increases of less than a dime. Ohio gas prices are holding steady on the week to week. “AAA forecasts that 104 million Americans...

Flu spreads in Kentucky as holiday season begins; best advice is to get vaccinated, don’t shake hands

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky has seen 785 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza since the flu season started in late September, and health officials say there are many more. So far the hot spot has been around Hazard. A recent uptick in cases has prompted the state health department to upgrade the state’s flu activity level to “regional,” a classification that...

Bowden carries UK past Louisville, 45-13, puts exclamation point on turnaround with four TDs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden Jr. may not be a serious contender for the prestigious Heisman Trophy Award, but there’s no doubt he is Kentucky’s most valuable player. The Kentucky receiver-turned-quarterback rushed for 284 yards and four touchdowns, including a 60-yard dash to the end zone to open the second half, to lead the Wildcats to a 45-13 win over rival Louisville in the Governor’s...

Kentucky launches selling farmers tax credit program to sustain agricultural industry

Kentucky has launched a new program offering farmers incentives for selling their property to beginning farmers, an effort to further sustain one of the state’s most important industries. Gov. Matt Bevin and partner organizations announced the Kentucky Selling Farmer Tax Credit (KSFTC) program, which will begin accepting applications Dec. 16. Gov. Matt Bevin “Farmers are a vital part of Kentucky’s...

Statewide testing indicates no PFAS health concerns in Kentucky’s public drinking water supply

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) has conducted a statewide study for the presence of Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the treated potable drinking water from municipal drinking water supplies. Based on the results of this study, and when compared to the federal Environmental Protection Agency health advisory of 70 parts per trillion, it has been determined that...

Gas prices stabilize nationally as demand becomes more seasonal; Kentucky average at $2.42

The average Kentucky gas price dropped a penny from yesterday, but remains 4 cents higher than a week ago. The modest fluctuations are reflective of more stable prices across the country, as demand becomes more seasonal. The current average gas price for Kentucky is currently $2.42, compared with $2.39 a month ago and $2.47 a year ago. The average price for Lexington dropped 3 cents from yesterday,...

Pew Trusts: Many farmers struggle as hemp harvest winds down and markets suffer growing pains

By Sophie Quinton and April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts Ajit Singh strode across his 16-acre hemp field toward a broken-down harvester. He’d been hoping all day that the mechanic now crouched beside the machine could get it back up and running. It was late October and Singh still had thousands of stinky green and purple cannabis plants across 425 acres to pick, dry and sell before winter. Like...

Modern gun season for deer opens Nov. 9; hunters can take advantage of full rut cycle over 16-days

One of the favorite times of the year for tens of thousands of Kentuckians begins Nov. 9 as modern gun deer season opens statewide. The 16-day season closes Nov. 24. The season sits squarely in the rut, when male deer are most actively pursuing does to breed. “Our modern gun season this year starts very early in November,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer and elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department...

Today is DAY ONE of KyForward’s NewsMatch campaign, reaching out for reader support

By Judy Clabes KyForward founder Our readers should already know, but in case you don’t, KyForward is a nonprofit newspaper, one of a growing body of nonprofit newsrooms across the country. Our emphasis is on local news and local public service. We are published by the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism. We are a group of professional journalists who believe in the importance of an...

Kentucky’s four state Veterans Long-Term Care Centers earn top ratings from federal agency

Kentucky’s four state Veterans Long-Term Care Centers have earned the top rating from the federal agency that oversees those facilities. “The very highest standard of care for our veterans is not just our goal but what we expect from our superb, dedicated staff every day,” said Benjamin Adams, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, which operates four state veterans centers....

Kentucky targets Illinois businesses in billboard campaign; Commonwealth boasts favorable tax rates

Changes improving Kentucky’s business climate have helped attract record corporate investment the past four years, paving the way for companies to announce 58,000 planned new jobs. Now the Commonwealth will drive that message home in Illinois. Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday that southbound commuters on I-57 from Chicago to the Kentucky border will see a series of billboards touting the commonwealth’s...

In-person absentee voting now open statewide for Kentucky’s Nov. 5 General Election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday that in-person absentee voting is now open statewide for Kentucky’s Nov. 5 General Election. All counties are required to open in-person absentee voting no later than Oct. 18. “Voters who are not able to vote at the polls on Election Day for various reasons can vote absentee before November 5, if eligible, either in-person or by...

Significant job growth expected for Kentucky, according to Occupational Outlook Dashboard

Each of Kentucky’s 10 Local Workforce Areas (LWA) is expected to have at least 33 occupations grow by 20 percent or more in the next 10 years. This growth will account for more than 280,000 total job openings, according to the Occupational Outlook Dashboard (2016-2026) from the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS) within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). Kentucky’s projected...

Kentucky’s average gas prices jump 20 cents over past week, experience largest price increase in nation

As gas prices rose in many areas across the country last week, Kentucky led the nation with the largest week-over-week rise in average gas price, jumping 20 cents. However, at $2.53, the current average in Kentucky for unleaded is still well below the $2.77 motorists were paying in Kentucky last year at this time. Despite the recent jump, Kentucky still has about the 17th cheapest average gas price...

As Wildcats and Gamecocks both look for first SEC win, the two teams share some similarities

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky and South Carolina haven’t won a Southeastern Conference game this season, but that will change when the two teams meet Saturday in Columbia. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops termed the Gamecocks as the best 1-3 team in the nation earlier this week and much like the Wildcats, South Carolina is trying to find its way after losing their starting quarterback. Ryan Hilinski...