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Appalachian residents more likely to die from smoking-related diseases; how to decrease smoking

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News It’s well documented that people in Appalachia die sooner than other Americans, and are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases. It doesn’t have to stay that way; a new report offers a detailed list of strategies and policies proven to decrease smoking, the cause of many premature deaths. The report was created by Appalachian Regional...

Prevention may ease bear issues for Kentucky residents; most problems with bears center around food

The arrival of spring means bear activity is on the rise in Kentucky. An increase in activity can also mean an increase in bear complaints for those living in areas with established populations. For those experiencing bear problems, it may be easier to change your own habits, rather than trying to change the bear’s habits. Most bear problems center around food, according to John Hast, bear program...

EPA awards $1.1 million to Kentucky to help address leaking underground storage tanks throughout state

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $1,170,000 grant to the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection to assist the state in cleaning up petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks throughout the state. This grant is funded through the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund to support state efforts to address this type of contamination. States...

Mitch McConnell: Kentucky on the frontline of opioid and addiction response; prevention will save lives

Coordinated efforts at the federal, state and local levels are making considerable progress in the fight against opioid and substance abuse. Unfortunately, Kentucky still ranks among the hardest-hit states in the nation. Reports continue to show record-breaking overdose deaths in our Commonwealth, and families are struggling as they watch their loved ones battle addiction. Our prevention, treatment...

Kentucky Senior Reid Travis returns to practice, expected to play when Cats tourney opener Friday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Reid Travis is expected to return to the lineup when Kentucky opens the postseason against Mississippi or Alabama Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Travis practiced with the team this week and was on the floor at Bridgestone Arena Friday morning. The senior forward has missed the past six games because of a strained knee. Travis...

Kentucky employment services available at Fort Campbell for transitioning military service members

The Kentucky Career Center is offering free employment and training opportunities to the approximately 400 service members who transition each month from Fort Campbell to civilian careers in Kentucky. KCC provides services for transitioning military soldiers and their spouses including job referrals, job search, training and educational opportunities, resume assistance, skills assessments and referrals...

Matt Bevin: We will fight with our intellect, our talent, and our heart to defend the innocent

At least now we have clarity on the issue. Now that the hard left has dropped the pretense of “safe, legal and rare” or “a collection of cells is not a fetus,” we can better see beneath their masks. With the passage of a barbaric new law in New York, we now see that the true agenda of pro-abortion advocates across this nation is the mass murder of innocent babies, even after they have been...

LSU lands top seed, Wildcats no. 2 in upcoming Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Four teams — LSU, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina — will receive a double-bye when the Southeastern Conference Tournament begins the week in Nashville. The Tigers (26-5, 16-2) edged out Kentucky (26-5, 15-3) and Tennessee (27-4, 15-3) to win the regular-season title for the first time in more than a decade. Kentucky is a No. 2 seed and will play at 7 p.m. Friday...

Kentucky caps regular season with 66-57 win over Florida on senior day at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari breathed a sigh of relief after sixth-ranked Kentucky closed out the regular season with a 66-57 win over Florida Saturday. Kentucky (26-5, 15-3 Southeastern Conference) captured its 16th win on the past 18 games and 12th consecutive win over an unranked opponent. Kentucky also swept Auburn, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt, while splitting with third-place...

Widespread flu activity in Kentucky reported for 10th consecutive week; not too late to vaccinate

The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, reports flu activity in Kentucky is at “widespread” for the 10th consecutive week. Widespread is the highest level of flu activity, indicating increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the state’s regions. “With the traditional flu season running from October through May, it is...

Wildcats hold off Rebels, reward Coach Cal with Mardi Gras milestone down in Oxford

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky remains undefeated in bounce-back games this season. The Wildcats improved to 5-0 in games coming off a loss with an 80-76 win over Mississippi Tuesday night in Oxford. Coming off a 71-52 setback to Tennessee, No. 6 Kentucky (25-5, 14-3 Southeastern Conference) limited the Rebels to just two field goals in the final two minutes to record its 10th consecutive...

Kentucky gets beat ‘every which way but loose’ in rematch with Tennessee Saturday in Knoxville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky was without its senior leader and it showed in a 71-52 loss at Tennessee Saturday. The fourth-ranked Wildcats (24-5, 13-3 Southeastern Conference) won two straight after Reid Travis went down with a strained knee in a 66-58 loss at Missouri on Feb. 19, but defeating the Volunteers for the second time this season proved to be a harder task without Travis. Kentucky...

Lucina Health to host preterm birth and maternal mortality event on March 12 in Louisville

Lucina Health, a women’s maternity analytics platform, will hold its inaugural event, Preterm Birth and Maternal Mortality: A Community Conversation, at 6 p.m. on March 12 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. Preterm birth and maternal mortality are national crises, with rates in the United States higher than any other developed country. Kentucky and the city of Louisville were both given...

Wet week intensifies stressed pasture problems, creating more challenges for Kentucky farmers

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Agricultural land in the Bluegrass state is saturated with abundant rainfall from recent weeks. A new system threatens to drop 3 to 5 inches on top of soaked pastures, creating more problems for farmers who are already facing weather-related challenges with nutrition and overall animal health. “Unfortunately, more rain is on the way,” said Matthew Dixon,...

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....