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Two Louisville-area high school students chosen as United States Senate Youth Program delegates

By Donna Melton Kentucky Teacher Shubh Gupta, a junior at duPont Manual High School (Jefferson County) and Alex Marion Young, a junior at Saint Xavier High School in Louisville, were selected to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) during the 59th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 14-17. Gupta and Young were selected from among the state’s top student leaders...

Bipartisan effort by Kentucky Lawmakers would focus aid to Louisville’s West End neighborhoods

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A bipartisan effort from state lawmakers was announced on Tuesday to aid several neighborhoods in the West End of Louisville. During a press conference at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, was joined by Louisville Democratic Senators Morgan McGarvey and Gerald Neal, as well as Republican Julie Raque Adams, to...

James Graham Brown Foundation announces grants of more than $7 million to Kentucky organizations

The James Graham Brown Foundation has announced $7,185,000 in grant awards to Kentucky organizations that support the foundation’s strategic focus areas of education and workforce development. Approved during the foundation’s board of Trustees meeting February 16, the partnerships are aimed at spurring the growth of stronger, more competitive communities in the state. Grant receipients are: •...

‘I wanted to go in there and help’: Nursing schools see enrollment bump amid pandemic

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Last December, Mirande Gross graduated from Bellarmine University in Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in communications. But Gross has changed her mind and is heading back to school in May for a one-year accelerated nursing degree program. The pandemic that has sickened more than 27 million people in the United States and killed nearly 500,000 helped convince...

Beshear reports 1,440 cases, 42 deaths, another decrease in positivity; visits Lex vaccination site

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate declined again to 6.95%, the lowest rate since Nov. 6. He reported 1,440 cases and 42 deaths. “It looks like we’re going to have fewer cases than last week which would give us five straight weeks of declining cases. The positivity rate also continues to decline,” said Gov. Beshear. “This says you’re doing the right things and we’re...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK standout Scott Padgett takes the helm at UNM, but he’ll always be a Wildcat

Former Kentucky Wildcat standout Scott Padgett may be working 1,300 miles away from his hometown of Louisville, but he is thankful he still has something that he loves to do and that’s coaching basketball. Padgett began working in Albuquerque in the picturesque state of New Mexico last summer where he is the assistant coach for University of New Mexico. After six years at Samford University in Birmingham,...

Weather system will bring ‘very active week’ of winter weather with snowfall, ice accumulations

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A powerful winter storm system is taking aim on Kentucky over the next few days, with ice accumulations of up to 0.75 inches possible. “It’s going to be a very active week,” said John Gordon who heads the National Weather Service office in Louisville on Monday. While Monday night could see some travel issues with snow accumulating up to two inches, primarily in the...

Louisville Customs and Border Protection intercepts two shipments of designer jewelry worth $5.2m

A shipper recently used a common technique in hopes of sneaking their fake jewelry past U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville. The shipper sent multiple packages of fake jewelry expecting some of the merchandise would make it through. Intercepted by CBP (Photo provided) On February 1, CBP officers in Louisville detained two shipments heading to a fictitious business in the...

Louisville faces off against Orange as Cards set for second game of three-game road swing Wednesday

Louisville (11-4, 6-3 ACC) will play its second of three games in six days as the Cardinals visit the Syracuse Orange on Wednesday in Syracuse, N.Y. Louisville beat Georgia Tech 74-58 in the KFC Yum! Center on Monday as two Cardinals produced double-doubles in David Johnson with 10 rebounds and a career-high 24 points, and Samuell Williamson with career-bests of 20 points and 18 rebounds. They became...

Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo given green light; Kentucky’s leading beef show set for March 5-7

With sales approaching or exceeding the $1 million mark each year, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo offers purebred cattle breeders one of the most unique and effective state-supported promotional events. Now in its 35th year, the show has recently been given the green light for 2021 and is planned for March 5-7 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Ryan Quarles “Kentucky is the largest...

Spalding University announces online professional development and training program in antiracism

Consistent with its mission of promoting peace and justice through education, Spalding University announced on Martin Luther King Jr. Day that it is launching an online training and professional development program in antiracism. Available nationally to individuals and groups from public-sector, corporate and nonprofit organizations, the range of half- and full-day online courses – collectively titled...

CASA of the River Region earns national designation as Service Enterprise from Points of Light

CASA of the River Region is now a Service Enterprise, a certification by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. This prestigious accomplishment has been awarded to only 11 percent of nonprofits in the nation. CASA of the River Region is among the very first organizations in the Commonwealth to earn this designation and was part of the inaugural class. “This...

BrightView acquires four Renew Recovery Centers in Kentucky; services continue without interruption

BrightView, a comprehensive outpatient addiction treatment provider with 28 locations throughout Ohio and Kentucky, has acquired Renew Recovery Centers with locations in Louisville, Georgetown, London, and Crestview Hills. All four locations officially began operating as BrightView centers on Jan. 1, 2021. Originally opened in 2014 in London, Renew Recovery was founded to address the opioid epidemic...

Dare to Care Food Bank’s Brian Riendeau to retire June 30 after 12 years of leading exponential growth

Dare to Care Food Bank announced Tuesday that Executive Director Brian Riendeau will step down from his role on June 30 after 12 years of service. Riendeau joined Dare to Care as Executive Director in May 2009. Under his leadership, Dare to Care increased its food distribution by 150 percent, providing food for 23 million meals last year and reaching more struggling families and children than at any...

Keith Taylor: After six consecutive losses, struggling UK needs to find way out of dark tunnel

Let’s face it. This hasn’t been a fun season for Kentucky coach John Calipari, no matter how he tries to convince you otherwise. It’s been a struggle and it’s been real. It’s been more than three decades — 1988-89 — since the Wildcats have lost six straight games. You would have to go back even further to 1911 before you discover a Kentucky team that lost six of its first seven games...

Despite 1-5 start, Calipari still having fun; UK eyes turnaround against rival Louisville on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari insists he’s still having fun as he navigates through a rare five-game losing streak to open the season. “I want to have fun doing this,” he said. “That’s the secret sauce in what we do. Yeah, I’m aggressive and I hold them accountable at a high standard, but I’m having a ball and I think they can feel that....

COVID-19 vaccine rollout shows importance of Kentucky’s transportation and logistics networks

By Jennifer Kirchner Special to KyForward The need to move goods safely and expeditiously across a reliable transportation network has never been greater. The nation’s first shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Louisville on Dec. 13 in what is being hailed a “historic moment” for the United States and Kentucky. Jennifer Kirchner UPS Worldport will handle vaccine distribution to...

Calipari asks Fletcher to step away from team, evaluate future at UK and ‘get his priorities in order’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is used to players leaving his program. It’s happened more than once. One of his current players — freshman forward Cam’Ron Fletcher — has a decision to make after Calipari advised him to “take some time and step away from the team” on Monday. “He needs to reflect and do some soul searching to get his priorities...

Keturah Herron: Castle Doctrine and no-knock warrants blatantly contradict each other

If someone pounded on your door and kicked it open in the dark of night, what would you do? When I learned of the Breonna Taylor case, I tried to put myself in the mind of Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend. As police broke through their door in the middle of the night on March 13, 2020, neither knew who was forcibly entering their home. Fearing for their safety, Walker – a licensed gun owner –...

Lexington, Louisville band together against proposed rate hike by Kentucky Utilities, LG&E,

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The state’s two largest cities are joining together to intervene before the Kentucky Public Service Commission in a rate hike request sought by Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric. KU, which serves 77 counties across Kentucky including Lexington, is seeking an increase of 10.7 percent for Lexington consumers. Kentucky’s two largest cities are saying...