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Action of Kentucky units in 138th Field Artillery to be remembered at Vietnam Veterans Day event on March 29

The action of Bardstown and other Kentucky National Guard members at Firebase Tomahawk in Vietnam 50 years ago will be a highlight of the Vietnam Veterans Day/Vietnam Commemoration event at the State Capitol on March 29. After Gov. Matt Bevin delivers the keynote address, BG Thomas R. Ice, who served with the Second Battalion, 138th Field Artillery in Vietnam, will address the importance of the deployment...

Jamie Vaught: Despite loss to Tennessee, UK’s road to the Final Four appears promising

Yes, UK’s setback to Tennessee in last Saturday’s SEC basketball tournament thriller was disappointing, but that doesn’t mean the Cats have lost their momentum for the NCAA Tournament. For instance, look at the 2012 Wildcats who were led by freshman superstar Anthony Davis. They lost to Vanderbilt in the SEC tourney final before winning the whole thing at New Orleans. Look at coach Frank Martin’s...

Kentucky’s groundwater pollution resulting from coal ash ranks among worst in U.S., new report shows

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A power plant outside of Louisville ranks among the top 10 most polluted in the country for groundwater contamination by coal ash, according to a new report. Coal ash is the toxic leftover byproduct of burning coal, and coal plants produce millions of tons of it each year. The study by the Environmental Integrity Project and the environmental law firm Earthjustice...

Poplar Ventures announces launch of new venture capital fund; focus on software technology

Poplar Ventures has announced the launch of a new venture capital fund, Poplar Ventures L.P., focused on investing in early-growth stage, cloud-based software technology companies in middle America. The initial closing raised $17 million, with plans for a final closing in the second quarter of this year. Poplar Ventures is led by founder and managing partner John Willmoth, a veteran corporate development...

Forecastle Festival reveals artist lineup for three-day celebration of music, art and activism July 12-14

Embarking on its 17th year, the Forecastle Festival will return July 12-14 and feature one of the most iconic alt-rock bands of the past decade, The Killers. In addition, high-energy folk rockers The Avett Brothers, and 2019 Grammy-winning hip-hop, funk and soul performers Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals will also be featured performers. The three-day celebration of music, art and activism...

PSC sets public meetings in LG&E and KU rate cases; both companies requesting rate increases

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold public meetings in Louisville and Lexington to present information and receive comments on the requests for rate increases by the Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) and the Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E). “These meetings will allow the public to learn about the PSC’s ratemaking process and to present their views directly to members of the...

University of Kentucky alumna Laura Schwab named first female president of Aston Martin Americas

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Laura Schwab lives life in the fast lane — setting her sights on a goal and ultimately achieving it. When opportunities present themselves, rarely does she tap the brakes. That approach is what led the University of Kentucky alumna to the role of a lifetime — representing a company regarded as a cultural icon. You’re probably familiar with Aston Martin —...

Cedric Francois to share Apellis Pharmaceuticals success story at Feb. 6 Venture Connectors lunch

Venture Connectors will feature Cedric Francois, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of Crestwood, Ky.-based Apellis Pharmaceuticals Inc., on Feb. 6 in Louisville. Dr. Francois will share the story behind taking the pharmaceutical company public, as well as challenges the company has faced in finding/attracting talent and securing funding. He will also share his perspective on changes in the local entrepreneurial...

Potential gubernatorial candidate Rep. Attica Scott announces she does not intend to run

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While one Democratic gubernatorial slate will officially announce on Monday, another potential candidate announced on Saturday that she will not run. Rep. Attica Scott of Louisville, who recently won re-election to a second term in the House after serving several years on Louisville’s Metro council, made the announcement on her Facebook page. “Thank you to the 1000s...

Kentucky makes decisive statement with win over in-state foe Cardinals, 71-58, in Louisville Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LOUISVILLE (KT) — Kentucky didn’t overlook Louisville and simply took care of business Saturday, posting a 71-58 win over the Cardinals, giving Big Blue Nation one more reason to trust the process.   A season-opening 118-84 loss to Duke in the season opener, coupled by an 84-83 overtime loss to Seton Hall earlier this month, sowed seeds of doubt within a small segment...

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville was elected to chairman of House Budget Committee come January

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The only Democrat in Kentucky’s congressional delegation will have a powerful position when Congress convenes in January. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville was elected by the Democratic Caucus as chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee, which will become effective when Democrats take control of the House. He has served as the Democrats’ ranking minority member...

AmerisourceBergen announces plans for $15 million expansion of Louisville distribution center

AmerisourceBergen, a global healthcare company, will expand its full-line Louisville distribution center with a $15 million investment expected to generate 134 full-time jobs. The investment will enhance the facility’s infrastructure, workflow, mechanicals and technology systems. The project will create a high-tech distribution center, which will package, process and ship pharmaceuticals to healthcare...

Concerns increase that Louisville’s Jewish Hospital could close or be sold as result of financial woes

Louisville’s Jewish Hospital continues to lose money, apparently raising the chances that it could be closed rather than sold. The hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare, which operate as a unit of KentuckyOne Health, “recorded operating losses of $17.7 million in the quarter ended Sept. 30, which was slightly better than the period a year earlier, when operating losses exceeded $20 million,”...

Three Kentucky cities awarded AARP grants to create age-friendly infrastructure in their communities

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Three Kentucky cities are seeing their ideas to improve livability come to fruition. Danville, Louisville and Lexington were awarded more than $25,000 combined in grants from the 2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant program. The money was to be used on quick action projects, which Rita Morrow, a volunteer with AARP Kentucky, explains are part of the organization’s...

Louisville coach Chris Mack says Cardinals need to work on consistency, improve on the ‘little things’

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today After getting almost unanimously favorable reviews for their performance in losing causes in the Big Apple over the weekend – okay, their coach wasn’t impressed, but that’s pretty much the norm so far – Louisville’s basketball players get a chance to impress the home folks in yet another game against a marquee opponent. UofL (3-2) will take...

Kentucky rips Louisville, 56-10, as sophomore quarterback Terry Wilson shines to deliver ninth win

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Rarely in the history of the Governor’s Cup has Kentucky had the luxury of being so comfortably ahead of Louisville late in the game that the coaches could play their second- and third-stringers. 
But that was the case Saturday night in Cardinal Stadium after Terry Wilson, Benny Snell Jr., Lynn Bowden Jr., A.J. Rose Jr. and the UK defense...

Louisville Kroger shooting suspect indicted on federal hate crimes and firearm offenses

WASHINGTON – Gregory A. Bush, 51, was indicted today by a federal grand jury on hate crime and firearm charges arising out of the racially motivated murder of two African-American patrons at a Kroger grocery store, and the attempted murder of a third, on Oct. 24 in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. The indictment was announced by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband...

Keven Moore: ‘Scooter-Mageddon’ aside, just how safe are E-Scooter ride-sharing services?

Just like that for those of us who live in an urban city, we now have a new ride-sharing transportation option, and it isn’t called Uber and Lyft. The recent craze spreading across America is E-Scooter ride-sharing service in which electric motorized scooters are made available to rent from an app from your phone to use for short-term rentals. This sharing of scooters is similar to car sharing or...

Representatives Jason Nemes, Jerry Miller propose new legislation to strengthen state’s hate crime law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two Republican lawmakers from Jefferson County are proposing legislation for the 2019 General Assembly that would strengthen Kentucky’s hate crime law. The measure, sponsored by Reps. Jason Nemes and Jerry Miller, both from Louisville, would include criminal homicide and fetal homicide as hate crimes in Kentucky. State Reps. Jason Nemes, left, and Jerry Miller are sponsoring...

Norton Healthcare celebrates ribbon cutting for new $38 million Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro

Norton Healthcare leaders, providers, patients and supporters cut the ribbon last week for Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro. This new $38 million comprehensive cancer care center in northeastern Jefferson County represents an investment that brings all Norton Healthcare oncology subspecialties and services together for the first time in one location. “We thank our Board of Trustees for their...