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With veto-proof power, House Republicans keep foot on gas in early days of General Assembly session

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Armed with veto-proof power, Republican lawmakers were off and running on their top priorities Thursday. The third full day of the legislative session saw 10 bills – five in each chamber – being fast-tracked before Gov. Andy Beshear could give his State of the Commonwealth address later in the evening. It was a lightning-fast day when the House zipped through...

Federal appeals court sides with Beshear, allows order to halt classes at private religious schools

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A federal appeals court on Sunday morning sided with Gov. Andy Beshear’s order to close religious private schools and others in the state as the coronavirus rages in Kentucky. The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati granted Beshear’s request to temporarily halt a judge’s ruling that would have allowed 17 private Christian schools to reopen. Those schools...

Kentucky Attorney General joins Republican AGs in legal action over Pennsylvania mail-in ballots

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has joined the Republican Attorneys General Association to bring legal action against the process of counting mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania. He is one of 10 Republican attorneys general who signed onto an amicus brief supporting a Republican lawsuit arguing absentee ballots received after Nov. 3 should not be counted in Pennsylvania...

Commentary: Kentucky Baptist regional campus ministers demonstrate commitment, creative spirit

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky Baptist regional campus ministers must be part MacGyver. They clearly know their mission and nothing, including the coronavirus, will keep them from doing it. They have adjusted and rolled with the punches, all while being a welcoming force on campuses. COVID-19 has stopped a lot of things but spreading the gospel isn’t one of them. Unlike MacGyver, they don’t...

Kentucky couple healing from motorcycle accident experience God’s favor through ‘amazing’ gesture

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Doug and Molly Saunders are on the mend after a motorcycle accident on Sept. 19. They are also learning the lesson of how God works everything for good. Not only did they both survive the accident – Molly was in the hospital for a month and a day after three surgeries – but they have watched in amazement as Christian brothers and sisters who never knew them came alongside...

Prayers answered for pastor’s wife; Bowling Green church embraces Congolese friendships

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A few years ago, with her husband’s church struggling, a diligent pastor’s wife prayed a simple prayer. She asked God to bring the church 10 families. God answered her prayer, but it was far different than she expected. More than a dozen Congolese families joined Forest Park Baptist Church in Bowling Green and now make up the largest part of the congregation. Pastor...

Punting the proverbial football: Board sends issue of fall sports for high schools back to KHSAA

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today After an exhausting three and a half hour meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education punted the proverbial football back to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control on Friday. 
The BOE unanimously voted to send a letter urging the KHSAA to consider “additional consideration of alternative options for high-contact sports.” It would include...

As Kentucky’s number of coronavirus cases rise, Beshear calls AG’s action ‘truly frightening’

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear did not mince words when talking about Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s motion filed Wednesday to block all of the governor’s orders and guidelines instituted since March to protect the spread of COVID-19 and to stop him from issuing future orders. “It is truly frightening,” Beshear said of the motion, which he said would “remove the authority...

Beyoncé urges Kentucky attorney general to file charges against officers in Breonna Taylor shooting

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today In a Sunday letter penned to her website, music superstar Beyoncé is asking Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to charge the Louisville police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor. She said the investigation into the shooting has led to weeks of protests in the city and “created more questions than answers.” Singer Beyonce Knowles wrote an open...

Angry with Beshear over veto of SB 9, Cameron keeping watch on other abortion-related bills

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today While Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of Senate Bill 9 – the Born Alive Act – stopped one pro-life bill, several other laws from the administration of former Gov. Matt Bevin are still facing court challenges. Attorney General Daniel Cameron said he is keeping a close watch on the bills. Two are awaiting ruling from the U.S. Sixth District Circuit Court and two others...

Governor Andy Beshear offers seven benchmarks on what it will take to reopen state during Friday briefing

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear gave a “concrete plan” as to how Kentucky will reopen during his daily press briefing on Friday. The governor revealed the seven benchmarks that Kentucky must reach to reopen at least parts of the state’s economy that has been shuttered for about a month. The open is that some positive signs happen maybe before the end of the month. “We’ve...

Berea College shutting down for semester due to coronavirus; residence halls to be vacated Saturday

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Berea College is shutting down school for the semester because of the challenges that the coronavirus brings, according to an email statement from President Lyle Roelofs, who said the school is stopping instructional activities at the end of the day Friday. Roelofs said the Administrative Committee made the decision in response to the COVID-19 challenges that will have...

Braidy Industries’ Craig Bouchard says he is still CEO, contrary to company press release

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Craig Bouchard, the founder of Braidy Industries, said in a social media post that he has not stepped down as CEO despite an announcement from the company Thursday that said he was giving up the role. Braidy Industries is building a $1.7 billion aluminum rolling mill near Ashland. Thursday’s announcement came on the heels of last week’s news that 1,000 jobs were being...

Braidy Industries announces Bouchard to step down; president Tom Modrowski named interim CEO

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Braidy Industries Chairman and CEO Craig Bouchard will step down from his position, the company announced Thursday. Bouchard, the company founder, will remain a member of the Braidy Industries Board of Directors. The company is named after one of Bouchard’s daughters. The company still plans on building the $1.7 billion rolling aluminum mill near Ashland. President...

Sunrise Children’s Services celebrating 150th anniversary, reaches 500 adoptions since 2006

Macedonia Baptist Church in Kuttawa has been a model for Sunrise Children’s Services’ foster care and adoption programs with 11 adoptions. (Submitted photo) By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today In a milestone year, Sunrise Children’s Services has even more to celebrate. The Christian organization that is celebrating its 150th year of working with Kentucky’s most vulnerable children, announced...

Ashland enjoys connection with Cincinnati Reds broadcasting great Marty Brennaman

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today For the last dozen years of Marty Brennaman’s broadcasting career with the Cincinnati Reds, those of us living in Ashland were blessed with a unique view. That’s because Marty’s girlfriend and later wife, Amanda Ingram Brennaman, shared him with us. Amanda is an Ashland girl and her parents and sister are still here. Her family was with the rest during the celebration...

Mark Maynard: Make room for yet another chapter in Kentucky football’s book of heartbreak

Kentucky wrote another chapter in its Book of Heartbreak on Saturday night. The Wildcats can make Stephen King novels look like children’s books. This one stung, just like all the others. Starring in a recurring role of protagonist was the Florida Gators, who woke up behind a backup quarterback to pull the rug out from under the Wildcats one more time. What once looked like certain rush-the-field...

AK Steel gives final notice to 260 employees at Ashland Works plant of plans to close Jan. 29

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A proud chapter of manufacturing history in northeastern Kentucky is coming to an end. AK Steel has sent out final notices to employees of the closure of its Ashland Works plant on Tuesday. It will affect some 260 employees. The closure comes as no surprise. AK Steel announced on Jan. 28, 2019 that the plant would be permanently shuttered by the end of 2019. Renee S....

Kentucky State Fair to require adult supervision after incident involving teens causes panic over weekend

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today An incident involving a group of teens on Saturday night that evoked panic among fairgoers has prompted policy changes at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Beginning Wednesday, anyone under 18 entering the Kentucky State Fair after 6 p.m. will have to be accompanied by an adult, according to a new policy announced Monday afternoon. Kentucky State Fair announced...

Bowling Green East falls to Road Island bringing end to World Series run; Compliment out in first round

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today It was a tough day for Kentucky’s boys of summer on Little League’s grandest stage. Bowling Green East fell 6-1 to Rhode Island in an elimination game of the Little League World Series and Ashland’s Cash Compliment bowed out in the first round of the first-ever Little League Home Run Derby. Cash Compliment (Photo by Mark Maynard, Kentucky Today) Nevertheless, the...