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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...

Beshear welcomes latest donation of PPE to aid Kentucky’s response to ongoing COVID-19 battle

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday welcomed one of the state’s latest corporate donations of personal protective equipment, which will help bolster the commonwealth’s response to the novel coronavirus 2019. “Even before this global health crisis arrived in Kentucky more than six months ago, we were working to secure the personal protective equipment needed to keep our people safe,” Beshear said. “The...

Communities around Kentucky making push to transform spaces for social distancing

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service One neighborhood in Louisville’s south end is working to reimagine a public corridor in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to balance public health and safety while allowing local businesses the opportunity to thrive. The Beechmont Neighborhood Association has received a $31,000 Community Challenge grant from AARP to create a more pedestrian-friendly main...

U.S. Customs officers seize meth hidden in yarn spools, counterfeit phone fronts at two Kentucky ports

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Louisville on Wednesday discovered a 46-pound shipment of methamphetamine hidden within yarn spools, which was worth more than $400,000. 
CBP officers seized a shipment from Mexico that listed the contents as handcrafted gifts.  They held the package for a closer examination and inspected the shipment after a narcotics drug...

Scott pre-files ‘Breonna’s Law’ to end no-knock search warrants, increase police accountability

State Rep. Attica Scott has pre-filed legislation to end the use of no-knock search warrants in Kentucky and to increase police accountability. The legislation is in response to the death of Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed in her home by police carrying out a no-knock search warrant in early March. Scott unveiled the proposed Breonna’s Law at Injustice Square Park, the central point of protests...

First lottery game ever based on horse racing results — Win Place Show — launched statewide

Win Place Show, the first lottery game ever to be based on live horse racing, is now on sale by the Kentucky Lottery. The game revolves around Kentucky’s signature thoroughbred industry, featuring races from across the country. For each drawing, players are randomly assigned three racehorse names and numbers on their ticket for the featured race that day. Results are based on the official results...

Kentucky by Heart: Encounter with baseball great Pee Wee Reese one very special moment in a life of many

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist When Louisville’s amazing baseball Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese posed with me for a picture standing on the dais of a Cystic Fibrosis recognition event back in the winter of 1988, it seemed like a pretty cool thing… but only one of many cool things that have happened in my life. Truth is, being both a baseball fan and a baseball card collector since my childhood,...

Louisville-based College for Living expands, begins to enroll new students with developmental disabilities

The College for Living is a tuition-based program designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with developmental disabilities who want to live more independently. Created by Day Spring, the College for Living is expanding and beginning to enroll new students. Day Spring began in 1994 as the shared dream of parents of adults with developmental disabilities, professionals and concerned citizens....

U.S. Customs in Louisville seized counterfeit Louis Vuitton belts shipped from Hong Kong

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Nearly a half million dollars’ worth of counterfeit Louis Vuitton belts have been seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Louisville. A parcel containing 216 fake belts, arrived in Louisville from Hong Kong and was destined for Atlanta, Georgia, when the shipment was spotted by CBP officers. If the items were real, the appraised total MSRP of the shipment...

SEC football teams to play league-only schedule starting Sept. 26; UK game with Louisville canceled

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference will be starting the season later and with a league-only schedule in football, the conference announced Thursday. The league presidents agreed to a 10-game model and Sept. 26 start in wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has altered the fall sports scene. “This new plan for a football schedule is consistent with the educational...

Quinn Chapel designated nationally significant for African American history, civil rights activism

In recognition of its role in African American history and civil rights activism, Chestnut Street Baptist/Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Louisville has been designated nationally significant by the National Register of Historic Places, administered by the National Park Service. The church is located at 912 W. Chestnut Street, and the nomination focuses on the congregation’s...

Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program adapts classes to promote health, well-being in COVID-19 era

The 38th annual Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) is underway at two college campuses this summer, but with a mixture of virtual and in-person experiences and other modifications to keep students and staff safe from COVID-19. “I personally know how amazing and life-changing this program is for participants,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Not only am I an alum from 1995, I am the first Governor’s...

Beshear furthers commitment to supporting innovators, small businesses across Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear has taken another step in growing Kentucky’s startup ecosystem, announcing KY Innovation – the commonwealth’s office for entrepreneurial and small business support – and authorized an additional $2.6 million in funding to six public-private partnerships focusing on key regions throughout the state. Known as the Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs (RISE) program,...

As masks are mandated in Kentucky, Louisville doctor explains why wearing protection is important

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News In an effort to get ahead of the rising number of cases of coronavirus in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear issued a statewide mask requirement last week that will be in place for at least 30 days. “It’s no longer voluntary, it’s mandatory,” Beshear said. “I’d hoped that we’d all be willing to do the right thing, but I think...

Rural Blog: Booker says liberals must listen to rural conservatives, find commonality, build relationships

First-term state Rep. Charles Booker of Louisville, an African American who nearly won the nomination to face Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, told The New York Times that progressives need to “show up and listen” to rural conservatives who like President Trump if they want to build a winning coalition in the Democratic Party. “What I tell folks is that, honestly,...

Baptist Health partners with Kentucky Association of Manufacturers on COVID-19 testing solutions

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has chosen Baptist Health as its partner and resource for the COVID-19 testing required for businesses to reopen. Baptist Health is offering screening, testing and monitoring services for COVID-19 directly to employers such as those associated with KAM. Since 1911, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers has served as the leading advocate for the manufacturing...

Federal indictments returned against seven from civil unrest in Louisville, more expected

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Federal indictments have been returned against more than a half-dozen people, stemming from civil unrest in Louisville between June 1-4, according to Russell Coleman, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. 
The charges in the series of indictments of the seven men include pharmacy robberies, a carjacking and convicted felons in possession of firearms. Most...

KCTCS Board of Regents adopts new budget, reappoints Gail Henson as chair for one-year term

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents adopted the 2020-21 KCTCS Annual Budget of $922,900,000 during their quarterly board meeting. The budget is designed to address the increases in fixed costs and to provide safeguards against possible decreases in revenue and increases in expenses due to any future impact of COVID-19. As a part of the FY 2020-21 KCTCS Annual Budget,...

UPS partners with Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana to end epilepsy in nationwide walk

Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana is partnering with UPS in the fight to end epilepsy through the nationwide Walk to END EPILEPSY initiative benefiting Kentucky and Southern Indiana. “UPS strives to be a good corporate citizen and is honored to be a partner of the Walk to END EPILEPSY,” said Justin Heckel, UPS Public Affairs. “Among our 32,000 UPS employees in Kentucky, statistically speaking,...