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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,...

Jamie Vaught: UK non-conference football schedule features Louisville — and three (blah) cupcakes

When you look at the University of Kentucky’s non-conference football schedule for 2020 (if there is a pigskin season), it’s really nothing special to talk about. Just like the past, the school’s non-league slate is not very attractive. It’s blah. Except for the showdown at Louisville to end the regular season, the Wildcats – who finished last year with an 8-5 mark, including a Belk Bowl...

Commentary: An open letter to the Commonwealth from the Kentucky Council of Churches

Dear White Christians, Events of recent weeks have broken the heart of all faithful followers of a loving God and Jesus, the Prince of Peace. While we decry the violence and senseless destruction of property in Louisville and across the nation, we must humbly and unrelentingly understand AND WORK TO HEAL the long-term systemic violence of white privilege and white preferences that makes rage and anguish...

Beshear: ‘Unacceptable’ officers had body cameras turned off; Louisville man fatally shot by police

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear didn’t mince words on Monday night after a long day for him that started with an early-morning phone call. “It is unacceptable that the officers that responded did not have body cameras on and recording,” he said during a Monday evening press conference at the Capitol. Beshear was addressing the fatal shooting of a Louisville man early Monday morning...

Louisville Manual volleyball standout Mosley chooses WKU; defensive specialist to add depth

Western Kentucky University volleyball head coach Travis Hudson has announced the addition of Louisville Manual High School’s Cameron Mosley to the incoming class of recruits. A defensive specialist, Mosley will add depth to the WKU back line. Mosley joins fellow incoming freshmen Sam Canner and Shannon Keck as the newest additions to the Lady Topper program that has now produced 20 consecutive...

Criminals smuggle tainted safety equipment into U.S.; illegal kits nabbed in Louisville, Erlanger

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The two Customs and Border Protection offices in Kentucky have been busy since the coronavirus pandemic began, seizing counterfeit or unapproved test kits that come in to the United States via air cargo hubs. The agency says criminals are exploiting the pandemic for illegal financial gain by smuggling and selling counterfeit safety equipment, unapproved testing kits, medicines,...

Louisville baseball bat company taking swing at making PPE masks to battle COVID-19

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Louisville company known for making sporting goods equipment hopes to “go yard” against the coronavirus. The global need for personal protective equipment created by COVID-19 has inspired Hillerich & Bradsby Co. to enter the non-medical face mask market. The historic company has introduced Maskonic antibacterial masks, which are reusable, water repellent, and...

Calipari, Wildcats begin season against Kansas in State Farm Champions Classic on Nov. 10

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will open the college basketball season against Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic on Nov. 10 at the United Center in Chicago. The contest will be the fourth meeting between the two collegiate powerhouses in the four-team event. The Wildcats are 5-4 in the yearly classic and defeated Michigan State to open the season last November. Kentucky beat Kansas...

Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp canceled due to pandemic; event to resume in 2021

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced that it has canceled its annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp in 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, but plans to resume the event in September 2021. The prestigious seventh annual event was scheduled for September 21–26. Ticket sales were set to open last week for more than 30 rare, one-of-a-kind experiences at 22 participating KDA distilleries,...

Campbellsville University to offer State Registered Nurse Aide classes beginning on April 20

Those interested in helping in the medical field have a new and rapid opportunity, as Campbellsville University is teaming with the Commonwealth of Kentucky to ready a host of front-line support. The university is offering a second two-week State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) intensive course beginning April 20, when students can take the course that is needed for the nursing program. The tuition for...

Kentucky by Heart: More stories of the Great Flood of 1937 from Shawnee High School students

Author’s Note: This is the second installment of a two-part series looking at a book published in 1937, called Flood Stories. It’s a collection of personal accounts—each written by a girl student of the “Grammar and Composition” class at Shawnee High School, in Louisville—that occurred around Louisville and The Great Flood of 1937. I have paraphrased the following narratives except...

Kentucky by Heart: Unique book offers personal accounts of life in Ky. during Great Flood of 1937

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series. By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist A friend of mine, knowing my love for old Kentucky books, recently gifted me with one that drew immediate fascination. It’s called Flood Stories, and it’s a collection of personal accounts of The Great Flood of 1937, a tumultuous natural catastrophe resulting from heavy rainfall causing the Ohio River...

Beshear says more social workers needed to protect Kentucky children, supports additional staffing

Gov. Andy Beshear and Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Acting Secretary Eric Friedlander met with social work staff to talk about the needs of state child welfare professionals and how Beshear’s proposal to add 350 more staff can help better protect families and children. Beshear and Friedlander visited the L and N Building in Louisville – which houses the state’s largest social...

Spalding launches Doctor of Social Work program; pending SACSCOC approval, could start in August

The Spalding University School of Social Work is taking the next step in its social justice mission by launching the first Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program in Louisville and one of the first in Kentucky. The move, which is pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, addresses a societal need to prepare a greater number of social workers –...