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Hope Gala honors Louisville’s Cure Champions on Sept. 21; event benefits American Cancer Society

Hope will shine bright in Louisville on Sept. 21 at the Omni Hotel as the American Cancer Society honors eight Cure Champions for their contributions to the community at its annual Hope Gala. “The Cure Champions are the stars of the evening and embody the hope we have a for a world without cancer,” said Chris Hinkebein, chair of the Gala Board of Ambassadors. “They shine a light on the progress...

Public Service Commission to hold natural gas safety events in five cities across Kentucky during October

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is holding events across Kentucky next month to demonstrate how to avoid natural gas lines during excavation and the consequences of failing to do so. Contractors who do excavation, emergency responders, and natural gas system operators are encouraged to attend one of the five “mock line strike” events. Energy Technologies, LLC, or Enertech, will conduct...

Alice Bridges named Healthy Ky. Policy Champion for community health, childhood trauma efforts

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has named longtime Louisville healthcare executive Alice O. Bridges as the latest Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion for her work to address childhood trauma in schools and other systems, and for her efforts to improve community health. “Alice has been an integral member of the Bounce Coalition in Louisville, a collection of more than 18 area organizations...

KentuckyWired, a long-delayed project to bring high-speed internet to KY, has opened two new sections

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today KentuckyWired, a project to bring high-speed internet to all parts of Kentucky that has been beset by delays and cost overruns, has opened two new sections, primarily serving southern and eastern Kentucky.

 Gov. Matt Bevin and Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, made the announcement on Friday at the SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) Summit in Pikeville...

Susan G. Komen Kentucky serves up second annual Confections for the Cure fundraising initiative

Susan G. Komen Kentucky will partner with 24 local restaurants and businesses in the Louisville, Lexington and Southern Indiana area during the week of Sept. 15-21 for its second annual Confections for the Cure fundraising initiative, ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Participating restaurants and businesses will create an original, pink dessert to offer restaurant-goers and community...

Demonstration planned in Louisville on Friday for FED UP! International Overdose Awareness Day

Advocates in concert with International Overdose Awareness Day will demonstrate for a more robust federal response to the opioid addiction epidemic on Aug. 30 in Louisville. The rally will take place at Jefferson Square Park (corner of 6th and Jefferson) starting at 11 a.m. and is organized by Emily Walden, Chair of FED UP!. It will be one of dozens that are scheduled to occur simultaneously in cities...

University of Louisville moves to maintain heart transplants at Jewish Hospital after Nov. 1 takeover

The heart-transplant program at Jewish Hospital in Louisville may continue after all, now that the University of Louisville plans to take over the facility on Nov. 1. KentuckyOne Health, which is selling the hospital and other facilities to the university, is asking the national organ-donor network to disregard its July 18 request that the program be put on long-term inactivation, Kentucky One and...

KentuckyWired finalizes $100 million bond sale to fund settlement, project costs for fiber optic network

The Kentucky Communication Network Authority (KCNA), the agency responsible for overseeing the Commonwealth’s KentuckyWired fiber optic cable network project, finalized a bond sale of $102,090,000 last week. The City of Williamsburg issued the bonds for the KentuckyWired Infrastructure Company. The Series 2019 municipal bonds were purchased by Morgan Stanley. The majority of the proceeds — $93...

Quarles invites Kentuckians to visit 115th Kentucky State Fair; mid-summer showcase runs Aug. 15-25

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is inviting all Kentuckians to visit the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s mid-summer showcase at the 115th Kentucky State Fair Aug. 15-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. “The Kentucky State Fair brings the best of Kentucky agriculture together in one location,” Quarles said. “The fair is a golden opportunity for farmers to talk to the...

Former WKU receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers coach and Louisville native Darryl Drake passes away at age 62

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, a former Western Kentucky University football player and coach, passed away Sunday morning at age 62 in Latrobe, Pa. The Steelers did not disclose a cause of death and canceled their training camp practices on Sunday and Monday. “We are all saddened to learn of the passing of Darryl Drake,” said Todd Stewart, WKU’s director of...

Gov. Bevin and First Lady host ‘One Mind: Uniting the States for Our Children’ conference in Louisville

Gov. Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin on this week convened top government, business and community leaders from across the United States for a groundbreaking dialogue about human trafficking and other key issues impacting children in America’s foster care system. Participants in Monday’s historic conference — “One Mind: Uniting the States for Our Children” — heard...

Kentucky Lottery sales set record in Fiscal Year 2019; total sales of $1.1 billion an 8.4 percent increase

During last week’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s Board of Directors, the group learned the results of Fiscal Year 2019 sales. These included: •Total sales of $1,129,655,000, which is $87.1 million more (8.4 percent higher) than the previous record set in FY18. •Transfers totaled $272.7M, of which $263.9M went to the General Fund to pay for college scholarships, grants and education...

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...