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Kentucky gas prices drop another 5 cents; U.S. gasoline demand, supply and imports decline

Gasoline demand back-tracked for the week ending Oct. 9, decreasing from 8.90 million barrels per day to 8.58 million barrels per day, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Demand has decreased, even as total domestic stocks fell by 1.6 million barrels to 225.1 million barrels. Meanwhile, imports fell to their lowest rate since Sept. 18. Combined, lower demand and imports have contributed...

Jobless rate in Kentucky drops 1.9 percent in September; unemployment rate now at 5.6 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary September 2020 unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary September 2020 jobless rate was down 1.9 percentage points from August 2020 and up 1.3 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year...

AAA offers safety tips on avoiding animal-vehicle collisions; fall months most dangerous in Kentucky

Fall is officially here and AAA is warning drivers to be more cautious on the roads. Deer mating season is beginning, with October, November and December the most dangerous months in Kentucky for motor vehicle collisions with animals. A collision with a deer or other animal can put a serious dent in a vehicle, if not destroy it completely, and possibly result in serious injuries or fatalities. “Animal-related...

Study: Nutrition education for low-income people in eight Southeast states results in healthier diets

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A little education goes a long way when it comes to helping people with limited budgets eat healthier and not run out of food before the end of the month. So says a study by the Public Health Institute’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition, published in the Journal of Nutritional Science. It found that residents with low incomes in eight Southeastern states,...

Public invited to give input on foster care system in virtual town hall meetings Oct. 13-21

The public is invited to virtual town hall meetings Oct. 13-21 to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system. Local Citizen Foster Care Review Boards statewide are hosting the four regional meetings. Registration is required to attend. The meetings are among the reforms called for in House Bill 1, which was passed in 2018 to address issues...

From neighbors to dentists: How everyone in Kentucky can help keep kids safe from child abuse

By Dr. Laura Hancock Jones, Dr. Christina Howard, and Keith Inman Special to KyForward In the last seven months, Kentuckians have heard a lot about how, even in these unprecedented times of physical distancing, we can come together to help protect our family and neighbors from the spread of COVID-19 and stay connected so no one feels alone. As a dentist, pediatrician, and nonprofit leader committed...

Fish and Wildlife offers virtual hunter education; exemption permit now free, limited time only

All of Kentucky’s hunter education requirements can now be fulfilled virtually, eliminating the need for in-person instruction. For those unable to complete the necessary requirements before going hunting, the department is now offering its one-year exemption permit at no cost, but only for a limited time. Hunter education, which covers the basics of hunting and provides valuable instruction on firearms...

Secretary of State says Kentucky voter registration gaining traction ahead of Oct. 5 deadline

Secretary of State Michael Adams announced that Kentucky continues to see an uptick in voter registration, with the state’s number of registered voters increasing to 3,517,567 as of Aug. 31. In the past month, there has been a rise of 19,626 registered voters, or 0.56 percent. Recently, the Secretary of State’s Office has partnered with the Lexington Legends for a voter registration night at the...

Beshear urges caution as wildfire hazard season begins Oct. 1; Kentucky outdoor burning law in place

Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman urged caution as the fall wildfire hazard season in Kentucky begins Oct. 1, bringing outdoor burning restrictions to the state. “We have predictions of a worse than average fire season this year and I’m especially concerned with Kentuckians’ health during this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Beshear. “I urge every Kentuckian...

Commentary: Federal aid hasn’t reached most Kentucky farmers, exposes fragilities of food system

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program has missed 70 percent of Kentucky’s farmers and has been largely inaccessible for direct market, small-scale, and specialty crop producers and farmers of color. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragilities of our food system. The pandemic has stretched or broken the value chains that bring food from the farm to our plates....

Multi-state settlement of more than $7 million in debt relief to help former ITT students in Kentucky

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced a multi-state settlement resulting in more than $7 million in debt relief for former ITT Technical Institute (ITT) students in Kentucky with loans from PEAKS Trust. The settlement resolves allegations that PEAKS, Deutsche Bank National Trust Company (DBNTC), Deutsche Bank Trust Company Delaware (DBTCB), and Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas (DBTCA) violated...

AAA: Kentucky sees second-largest drop in gas prices in nation; demand plummets to 12-week low

As demand dropped for a second week, so did gasoline supply levels – down nearly 3 million barrels to 231 million barrels. Despite consistently decreasing week-over-week, supplies remain at a 3 million barrels year-over-year surplus. “Typically lower supply levels translate into higher pump prices. However, even with consistent declines in gasoline stocks, that’s just not the case right now,”...

Kentucky sees third-largest drop in gas prices nationally in past week; low prices here to stay

Motorists saw plenty of savings at the pump from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The national gas price average during the unofficial start and stop to summer was $2.15 ― the cheapest since 2004. Demand was decimated this summer, which ultimately meant increased supply and cheap gas prices. That trend continues. In its latest report, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that demand...

Ryan Quarles elected president of National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles was elected president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) at its annual meeting. “I am grateful to my counterparts in the other states for selecting me to serve as president of NASDA,” Quarles said. “2020 has been a challenging year for all industries, but especially our agriculture sector. In this role, I...

Nursing homes ‘need help’ from state; residents account for 58.6 percent of Kentucky’s COVID deaths

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As they remain the main sites for deadly infections of the novel coronavirus, Kentucky’s nursing homes are asking for more help from the state, which says much of the help they seek has already been provided or can’t be rendered. At a legislative committee meeting Aug. 26, the head of Kentucky’s main nursing-home association said nursing homes...

UofL ranked as best college in Kentucky based on statistics from U.S. Department of Education

By Alicia Kelso University of Louisville Niche.com has ranked the University of Louisville as the best college in Kentucky based on key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews. UofL’s overall grade averaged an A-. This is based on high scores for athletics (A+), student life, party scene, location and campus food (A) and diversity and professors (A-). UofL also scored...

Kentucky shows fewer counties in ‘red zone’ last week, according to White House COVID-19 report

Kentucky got a better report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force this week, with 52 counties in danger zones for the reporting week of Aug. 15-21. The previous week, 63 of the state’s 120 counties were on those lists. (Click for larger image) Sixteen counties were in the task force’s “red zone” for places where new cases of the virus numbered more than 1 per 1,000 residents...

Kentucky’s drinking water demonstrates excellence in quality, reliability, annual report shows

Kentucky’s 2019 Drinking Water Compliance Report shows that the Commonwealth’s 434 public water systems consistently produce excellent quality water, and have a high rate of compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements. “This report shows that more and more of our people are getting exactly what they deserve: strong infrastructure and convenient, clean drinking water,” said...

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....

White House virus task force puts more than half of Kentucky counties in ‘red’ or ‘yellow’ danger zone

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The latest weekly White House Coronavirus Task Force report on Kentucky showed an increase in both red and yellow zones last week, with the number of counties in the red zone increasing by 54 percent. Twenty counties, up from 13, were in the task force’s “red zone” for places where new cases of the virus numbered more than 1 per 1,000 residents...