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Bevin appoints Gail Russell as PPC Secretary, David Dickerson as Labor Secretary

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced the appointment of two top administration officials to permanent leadership posts — Gail Russell as Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet (PPC), and David Dickerson as Secretary of the Labor Cabinet. Both Russell and Dickerson have served their respective cabinets as acting secretaries during the past several months. “The Commonwealth is extremely blessed...

Keith Taylor: Tennessee tough, but Wildcats are good at bouncing back from losses this season

Kentucky has been good at bouncing back this season and as history suggests, that’s good news going into its showdown against top-ranked Tennessee Saturday. The fifth-ranked Wildcats had a 10-game winning streak snapped in a 73-71 loss to No. 19 LSU earlier this week. Losses aren’t good, but they can be learning lessons. Kentucky has taken a live and learn approach during its of its setbacks this...

Applications now being accepted for 10th annual Venture Sharks business pitch competition

Venture Connectors has announced that applications for its 10th annual Venture Sharks business competition are now open. Early-stage companies and entrepreneurs are invited to compete for a $5,000 cash prize, one year of startup coaching and thousands of dollars of in-kind services, provided by the competition’s sponsors. Vogt Invention & Innovation Fund returns this year as the competition’s...

Kentucky holds off Mississippi State in Starkville to capture 20th win of the season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The streak continues for Kentucky. The fifth-ranked Wildcats (20-3, 9-1 Southeastern Conference) staved off a furious rally by host Mississippi State and held on for a 71-67 win over the Bulldogs Saturday in Starkville. Kentucky recorded its 10th consecutive victory and completed a regular-season sweep of the Bulldogs. Kentucky defeated Mississippi State 76-55 on Jan....

P.J. Washington posts second straight double-double as Cats capture lopsided win over Commodores

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt was no match for Kentucky and fast-improving PJ Washington. The seventh-ranked Wildcats showed no signs of a letdown after their win over No. 11 Kansas and rolled to an 87-52 rout over the Commodores Tuesday night in a game that was never close. Kentucky (17-3, 6-1) led Vanderbilt 45-15 at the break and kept the foot on the pedal in the second half to record...

Bevin releases online annual report highlighting Kentucky’s 2018 economic growth, accomplishments

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced the launch of an interactive website — www.BevinAnnualReport.com — highlighting the accomplishments of year three of the Bevin Administration. Gov. Matt Bevin “In just three years’ time, Kentucky has moved to the forefront of national influence, steadily gaining recognition as America’s center for engineering and manufacturing excellence,” said Bevin....

Damaging effects of Arkansas’ Medicaid reporting requirements a warning sign for Kentucky

According to a new report by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Kentucky’s recently approved 1115 Waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH will lead to significant coverage losses and other unintended consequences. The Bevin Administration received approval in November for the waiver, which allows Kentucky to take away Medicaid coverage from people who don’t report at least...

Late Kentucky rally doesn’t pull it out — Cats lose to Alabama in SEC opener in Tuscaloosa, 77-75

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It took Alabama six years to beat Kentucky. The Crimson Tide did just that Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.   The 13-ranked Wildcats (10-3) had a 10-game winning streak to Alabama snapped following a 77-75 setback as the Crimson Tide extended their winning streak to five games. Kentucky had a modest three-game winning streak come to an end.   “We...

Kentucky makes decisive statement with win over in-state foe Cardinals, 71-58, in Louisville Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LOUISVILLE (KT) — Kentucky didn’t overlook Louisville and simply took care of business Saturday, posting a 71-58 win over the Cardinals, giving Big Blue Nation one more reason to trust the process.   A season-opening 118-84 loss to Duke in the season opener, coupled by an 84-83 overtime loss to Seton Hall earlier this month, sowed seeds of doubt within a small segment...

Kentucky rips Louisville, 56-10, as sophomore quarterback Terry Wilson shines to deliver ninth win

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Rarely in the history of the Governor’s Cup has Kentucky had the luxury of being so comfortably ahead of Louisville late in the game that the coaches could play their second- and third-stringers. 
But that was the case Saturday night in Cardinal Stadium after Terry Wilson, Benny Snell Jr., Lynn Bowden Jr., A.J. Rose Jr. and the UK defense...

New report shows obesity rates on the rise among Kentucky teens, improving for younger kids

A new report shows fewer young Kentuckians are obese, but the opposite is true for local adolescents. According to latest State of Obesity Report, more than 20 percent of Kentucky teens are obese, the third-worst rate in the country. That number has grown from just more than 18 percent a year ago. Meanwhile, obesity rates for younger kids are improving. Roughly 13 percent of Kentucky children ages...

Kentucky among worst states for children left in hot cars; why it happens and how to avoid it

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Temperatures continue to be hot and humid across Kentucky, and with that comes concerns about children being left in cars. Already this year, 25 children across the country have died of heat stroke after being left in a hot vehicle, including a 3-year-old in Franklin County in July. Ari Finkelstein, a spokesperson for the organization “Kars for Kids,”...

Rural Blog: One in five Appalachian miners who have worked at least 25 years diagnosed with black lung

One in five coal miners in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia who have worked at least 25 years has black-lung disease, according to a new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. That’s the highest reported rate in a quarter-century. “We can think of no other industry or workplace in the United States in which this would be considered acceptable,” NIOSH...

Pew Trusts: Public Health officials say commonly prescribed drugs could be next drug epidemic

By Christine Vestal Pew Charitable Trusts The growing use of anti-anxiety pills reminds some doctors of the early days of the opioid crisis. Clonazepam (traded as Klonopin), diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax) are among the most sold drugs in a class of widely prescribed anti-anxiety medications known as benzodiazepines. Public health officials warn the pills should be used only in the short...

Mitch McConnell: Visits with constituents back home help to guide Kentucky’s priorities in Washington

Whenever the Senate is not in session, I enjoy working at home in Kentucky and hearing first-hand from my constituents. During the July state work period, I again traveled across Kentucky to meet with families, veterans, workers and students. I’m proud to represent them in Washington and always appreciate spending time with them in the Commonwealth. These conversations help me – as Senate Majority...

Jamie Vaught: Kentucky sophomore PJ Washington settling into role as one of the ‘old guys’ for Wildcats

In the one-and-done era, especially at Kentucky, PJ Washington is now considered one of the old guys. Even though the 6-7, 236-pounder from Dallas will be a sophomore, he will be expected to provide some guidance and leadership for UK’s 2018-19 squad which is loaded with a super crop of highly-regarded freshmen as well as a couple of key sophomore returnees Quade Green and Nick Richards. In addition,...

Wiedemann appointed Chief Executive Officer for AAA Club Alliance

AAA Club Alliance has announced the appointment of Thomas C. Wiedemann as Chief Executive Officer. Wiedemann replaces Bernhard “Berni” Koch, who had been with the organization since 2002 and had served as CEO since 2012. AAA Club Alliance, Inc. is the third-largest AAA club in the national AAA federation and serves more than six million members in Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky,...

Pew Charitable Trusts: Kentucky at high-risk to see revenues decline if negotiations on NAFTA tank

By Dave Nycaepir Route Fifty Implementation of U.S.-China tariffs or withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement would have bigger economic effects on some states compared to the more limited impacts of other recent trade decisions, a new Moody’s Investors Service report found. U.S. talks with Mexico and Canada to renegotiate NAFTA though it remains unclear exactly when a new deal might...

Rural Blog: As black-lung cases have surged in Central Appalachia, so have lung transplants

A new study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine shows that, as black-lung cases have surged in the Central Appalachian coalfield, so have lung transplants. The expensive surgery can be risky, and most transplant recipients die within five years. The study, conducted by researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, “found that 62 black lung patients...

Kentucky by Heart: Some thoughts and musings about Kentucky, the special place we call home

In the course of writing a weekly column called Kentucky by Heart, a book series about everyday heroes in Kentucky, reviewing books of Kentucky’s authors or about the state, and just plain possessing a deep affinity for the place I’ve lived most of my life, you might guess that my Bluegrass mind-set hums continuously. You would be correct. This week, I’ll share some of my thoughts about this...