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University of Louisville study indicates COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County are higher than reported

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An ongoing study at the University of Louisville indicates the number of COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County has increased exponentially in the past two months, according to results released this week. Researchers with the Co-Immunity Project at UofL’s Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute say virus infections in Metro Louisville likely are far higher than the already...

UK students, Paintsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce make mutually beneficial team

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky College can open doors to a wider world, to career opportunities or to beneficial experiences that are sometimes hard to quantify until later in life. University of Kentucky students Mia Thompson and Alexis “Lexi” Stewart are experiencing all three of those while they work with the Paintsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce this semester. Their professor...

UK graduate Winston Miller to serve as Kentucky Housing Corporation executive director

Kentucky Housing Corporation has selected Winston Miller as its new executive director. Miller begins his duties Nov. 16. Approved in a Board of Directors meeting Thursday, Miller will replace Lisa Beran, KHC’s former general counsel, who served as interim director for more than a year. “For the last year, Winston has been an excellent addition to the Board of Directors,” said Beran. “He is...

Local partnership encourages women in Louisville area to receive free HIV testing, education

Free HIV testing and education about Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and domestic violence is available for the Louisville community through a partnership announced Thursday with The Center for Women and Families, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), and Volunteers of America – Friends Inspiring Testing (VOA-FIT). The “Take Charge, Not Risks” partnership aims to both ensure...

Speed Art Museum invites creative individuals to Community Connections Residency program

The Speed Art Museum is seeking creative individuals interested in participating in its first Community Connections Residency program. This community-based residency is designed to work in collaboration with the residents of the Russell neighborhood and the West End of Louisville. The Community Connections Residency is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant and will take place...

Louisville’s conference schedule finally arrives, ACC home debut set for Dec. 16 against N.C. State

Chris Mack and the Cardinals have the ACC portion of the schedule mostly set. (UofL photo) By Russ Brown Kentucky Today It took much longer than usual due to complications from the coronavirus pandemic, but Louisville’s 2020-21 basketball schedule was finally released Tuesday morning, providing the first look at the Cardinals’ 20-game Atlantic Coast Conference schedule. However, it’s...

Gasoline demand weakens nationally, motorists continue to see cheaper pump prices in Kentucky

Kentucky saw gas prices drop another 4 cents last week, landing at $1.90. That puts the Commonwealth in second place in the nation for week-over-week decreases, a position it shares with five other states. The national gas price average pushed a penny cheaper on the week to $2.11, following an increase in gasoline stocks and a dip in demand. Stocks added 1.5 million barrels to total 227.6 million barrels,...

Center for Neighborhoods to hold virtual 2020 Neighborhood Summit event on Nov. 14

With safer and more sustainable neighborhoods topping the list of concerns for most of Louisville’s longtime residents, Center for Neighborhoods has announced their upcoming event, 2020 Neighborhood Summit. It will be a day of learning and networking with the goals of informing, inspiring and building bridges between local residents and local government and other partners. This event will take place...

UK, Baptist Health Lexington, Norton Healthcare partner in Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial

By Mallory Powell University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky, in partnership with Baptist Health Lexington and Norton Healthcare in Louisville, has been selected as a testing site for the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson’s Phase 3 clinical research study, called the ENSEMBLE trial, to evaluate Janssen’s investigational COVID-19 vaccine candidate, JNJ-78436735, also...

Dare to Care awards grants to nonprofits in COVID-19 relief; nearly $264K invested for food assistance

Dare to Care has awarded grants to build the capacity of eleven nonprofits who partner with it to provide groceries to struggling families and individuals. These investments, ranging from $5,000 to $77,200, will support improvements to increase food access for those impacted by the pandemic. This investment, totaling $263,971, was made possible by a grant to Dare to Care from Feeding America’s COVID-19...

Calipari hopeful UK can play full schedule this season, but backup teams in place — just in case

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari isn’t sure what’s going to happen beyond Thanksgiving weekend. “We don’t run this,” Calipari said during a Zoom conference call with reporters on Monday. “The virus runs us. I don’t know how this thing is going to play out and, I will tell you, if one of our kids gets positive and is traced, we’re out 14...

Louisville-based nonprofit Hope Scarves provides support for patients at UK Markey Cancer Center

By Allison Perry and Laura Ross University of Kentucky Scarves and stories of hope are easing the paths of cancer patients at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. Hope Scarves, an international nonprofit based in Louisville, is partnering with UK Markey Cancer Center to provide a little hope and sunshine for patients facing cancer. UK Markey Cancer Center is the first Lexington-area cancer...

Kentucky Proud brings cheese for a cause into Kroger; partial proceeds to benefit local food banks

A new initiative to help food-insecure families across the state is bringing Kentucky Proud artisan cheese products to select Kroger grocery stores. Kentucky Cheese Cares lets consumers join the fight against hunger by purchasing award-winning Kentucky specialty cheese products at participating Kroger locations. Fifty cents from each unit sold will be used to distribute Kentucky dairy products through...

ATF offering reward for information on series of arson fires during civil unrest in Louisville

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Louisville Field Division of the U. S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering rewards for information leading to the arrest and convictions of those responsible for a series of arson fires during civil unrest in Louisville that took place between June and September. The ATF is offering rewards of up to $5,000 per event in six incidents, which...

Moved by the plight of a young Louisville heart patient, Las Vegas retiree pays his medical bill

Even with insurance, Matthew Fentress faced a medical bill of more than $10,000 after a heart operation. A cook at a senior living community in Kentucky, he figured he could never pay what he owed — until a stranger who lives 2,000 miles away stepped in to help. “The system still failed me,” said Fentress, 31. “It was humanity that stepped up.” Karen Fritz, a retired college professor in...

KDA Poster and Essay Contest accepting entries from Kentucky students until March 1

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles invites Kentucky students to enter the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) annual Poster and Essay Contest. The theme of the 2021 contest is “Kentucky Agriculture Never Stops.” “The annual KDA Poster and Essay contest is a nod to how our farm families never stopped working during the coronavirus pandemic,” Quarles said. “With so many Kentucky...

Calipari says date set for UK-Louisville game; UK coach has other options if Mack, UofL opt out

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The date and time is set for Kentucky’s annual rivalry game with Louisville this season. “We have the date and the time and unless that changes, if they choose not to play, then we’ll plug in another team,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “We already had that team set. So, where we are, you guys know I like to be ahead of this. You’re not going...

Customs officers seize counterfeit designer apparel in Louisville, illegal drugs at in Erlanger

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Customs and Border Protection officers in Kentucky have had a busy couple of days, seizing counterfeit designer apparel and illegal drugs disguised as a powdered drink mix. 
In Louisville, officers found five shipments in one night, containing counterfeit handbags, wallets, shoes, purses, and other items worth more than $1.1 million, according to the manufacturer’s suggested...

KYTC reaches milestone of 50,000 REAL ID-compliant licenses; pace of applications increasing

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has reached the 50,000 mark in number of REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards issued. Applicants increasingly are choosing the more secure credential ahead of a federal deadline for having verified identification for access to certain installations and activities. REAL ID licenses and IDs are issued only at KYTC Regional Driver Licensing...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Taylorsville Lake one of Kentucky’s most popular recreational resevoirs

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a series about Kentucky’s major resevoirs In part because of its close proximity to Kentucky’s largest metropolitan area, Taylorsville Lake is arguably central Kentucky’s most popular reservoir. Located about 25 miles southeast of Louisville in Spencer, Anderson, and Nelson Counties, Taylorsville Lake offers excellent fishing and is a convenient...