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Pew Trusts: Exchange programs helping Kentuckians embrace new areas, think beyond urban vs. rural

The Rural-Urban Exchange steering committee at the University of Minnesota, Morris, in 2017. RUX brings together Kentuckians interested in getting to know different areas of the state while developing their professional and leadership skills. Participants build connections across cultural, racial, economic and geographic divides. (Courtesy of Gerry Seavo James, via Pew Trusts) By April Simpson Pew...

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence names Angela Yannelli as new Chief Executive Officer

The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence has announced that Angela Yannelli is its new Chief Executive Officer. Yannelli, who worked at KCADV from 1997 to 2012, is returning after serving for seven years as a Senior Family Violence Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. She has worked to end intimate partner violence for more than 22 years,...

Venture Connectors Aug. 7 luncheon to feature financial technology startup success story in Carla Dearing

The Venture Connectors monthly luncheon on Aug. 7 will feature Carla Dearing, who is the founding CEO of Sum180 and head of product for FlexWage Solutions LLC. Venture Connectors luncheons are held at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St., in Louisville on the first Wednesday of the month. Doors open at 11:45 a.m., and the meeting runs from noon-1 p.m. Networking takes place after the lunch. Dearing...

Wellness Center dedication, groundbreaking ceremony to honor ‘southern lady’ on Saturday at Campbellsville

By Nicholas van der Meer Campus Times staff writer Dr. E. Bruce Heilman and Betty Dobbins Heilman, his late wife, are no strangers to Campbellsville University. Both are alumni of the university and are known for a number of sizable donations to its benefit. While Bruce is certainly the more prolific of the two, Betty is no less remembered. She was born Betty June Dobbins on Aug. 9, 1928, in Louisville...

New Urbanism and Louisville as a Microsoft regional hub for AI, Internet of Things, data science

By Adam Bruns Site Selection Magazine Among the topics at the 27th annual Congress for the New Urbanism in mid-June in Louisville, Kentucky was a panel discussion on “How Smart Do Cities Really Need to Be, and Does Being Smart Really Make Cents?” The timing couldn’t have been better, as Microsoft on June 7 announced that Louisville will become a Microsoft regional hub for artificial intelligence,...

Hundreds of veterans from across U.S. coming to Louisville for 39th annual Wheelchair Games

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Hundreds of veterans will be in Louisville next week to compete in the 39th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Men and women with spinal-cord injuries, amputations and other impairments will compete in a variety of sports. U.S. Army veteran Ted Rake is coming from Indiana to be part of the games. Rake was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his 40s, and...

UK graduate Elizabeth Woodward selected president of Kentucky Society of CPAs

Elizabeth Woodward has been selected president of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants and began her one-year term on July 1. Woodward was recognized as the new president on June 14 at the organization’s Leadership Luncheon and Annual Members Meeting at The Olmsted in Louisville. Elizabeth Woodward Woodward obtained her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting...

First phase of KentuckyWired project completed, includes Louisville, Lexington, Northern Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers have announced a major milestone achievement for the Commonwealth’s high-speed fiber optic network – KentuckyWired. The first portion of the network, known as Ring 1A, is now complete and includes Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. Additionally, a key backbone segment from Lexington to Somerset has also been completed, allowing for...

UK Coach John Calipari doesn’t think the Wildcats series with Indiana will be revived any time soon

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t interested in reviving the Kentucky-Indiana series any time soon. The Kentucky coach said the series remains on hold because his team’s schedule is “so locked in,” with little room for a home-and-home series possibilities on the Wildcats’ non-conference schedule. Kentucky is committed to the State Farm Champions Classic, the CBS Sports Classic...

Kentucky hosts third national summit on micro-credentials; plans for Rural Education Association

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Educators from 25 states across the nation representing classroom instructors to state and national organizations attended the third Micro-Credential Summit June 18-19 in Louisville sponsored by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC), a consortium of 23 school districts in eastern Kentucky. The first two summits were held in Hazard, KY and the fourth is...

After record rainfall in 2018, most Kentucky cities nearing new milestones for 2019 precipitation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Several Kentucky cities had their wettest year ever in 2018 and, according to the latest data from the National Weather Service, rainfall this year in some areas is ahead of last year at the same time. Last year, Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort and Jackson all set records for annual precipitation, while the Huntington/Ashland area had their second-wettest year and Covington...

55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference set for June 24-28 in Louisville

The 55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) is set for June 24 through June 28 in Louisville, showcasing the very best in career and technical education for the skilled trades. This marks the fifth straight year that the NLSC — the world’s largest hands-on skills competition — has been held in Louisville. The 55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills...

Kentucky Court of Appeals upholds ruling that National College violated Consumer Protection Act

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that the Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld a Fayette Circuit Court’s finding that American National University, formerly known as National College of Kentucky, willfully violated the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act. Beshear said National broke state law when it published deceptive advertisements on its website regarding the employment success of its...

Early Childhood Institute 2019: Believe in Me KY roundtable discussion in Louisville this week

The Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (KYGOEC) will host its annual Early Childhood Institute (ECI) June 19-21.   The goal is to empower early childhood professionals to continue their efforts to impact and shape Kentucky’s children and families. KYGOEC was recently awarded $10.62 million in federal funding from the Every Student Succeeds Act Preschool Development Grant –...

Six KY nursing homes are on a formerly unpublished list of 400 poor performers around the nation

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The U.S. senators from Pennsylvania have released a report that includes the names of nearly 400 nursing homes with a “persistent record of poor care” that had not previously been publicly available. Of the six Kentucky facilities on the poor-performers list, only Twin Rivers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Owensboro is getting additional oversight....

More than 2,000 Kentucky educators attend academic standards learning labs

Kentucky Teacher More than 2,000 teachers and school administrators attended Get to Know Your Standards Learning Labs conducted across the state by Kentucky Department of Education staff. provided photo The events were designed to provide teachers with a stronger understanding of the implications of building standards-based instruction and assignments that align with Kentucky’s new revised academic...

Louisville Health Equity Fund announces $80,000 in grants to local minority-led nonprofit organizations

In an effort to address disparities in our community’s health across racial and socioeconomic lines, the Louisville Health Equity Fund has announced the recipients of its 2019 grant awards. The fund’s four grant recipients are local nonprofits who are working to build a racially equitable Louisville Metro. Each recipient will receive $20,000 this year and have the opportunity to receive a second...

American Cancer Society names Erica Kellem Beasley executive director for Kentucky

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has named Erica Kellem Beasley the executive director for Kentucky. She began her duties March 18. Erica Kellem Beasley As executive director, her focus is the development and execution of the Kentucky area plan to support the mission of ACS, build a strong area board of directors, and lead the team in Kentucky. Kellem Beasley brings 24 years of experience working...

AMA elects Louisville physician to preside over its policy-making body at annual meeting

Physicians and medical students gathered at the Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) Saturday voted for Bruce A. Scott, M.D., an otolaryngologist from Louisville, Ky., as the new speaker of the AMA House of Delegates. Dr. Scott In this position, Dr. Scott will preside over 640 physicians and medical students who comprise the policy-making body of the nation’s largest physician...

Kentucky Guild of Brewers to host beer festival June 22 at Louisville Waterfront Park’s Festival Plaza

The Kentucky Guild of Brewers (KGB) will host its third annual beer festival, the Kentucky Craft Bash, on June 22 at Louisville Waterfront Park’s Festival Plaza. The KGB brewfest will be the state’s largest beer festival, featuring beers produced within the Commonwealth by Kentucky Craft Brewers. More than 40 Kentucky breweries highlighting more than 100 varieties of beer will be available. Brewers...