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Pending real estate sales surge in May, signals strong summer market; traffic resumes as economy opens

Pending sales in May reversed course from a month prior. April saw pending sales down 16 percent year over year, while May saw pending sales jump 8 percent, with 1,634 properties under contract, an all-time high, compared to 1,517 in 2019. This is a positive sign for how the summer months may play out for the real estate market. The volume of transactions that are under contract for the month comes...

Kentucky Lottery enjoys strong performance in May; total of $132.1 million in sales helps KLC rebound

The Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors announced strong sales in the month of May have helped get the KLC back on track to meet budgeted sales amounts for the year. According to Interim Chief Operating Officer Maggie Garrison, May sales were $132.1 million, which is $33.7 million or 31.9 percent more than budgeted. “This was led by increases in our Scratch-off ticket sales, which...

Kentucky unemployment rate at 11 percent in May; jobless rate drops 5.6 percent from April numbers

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May 2020 unemployment rate was 11 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary May 2020 jobless rate was down 5.6 percentage points from April 2020 and up 6.7 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state in May 2019. The U.S. seasonally...

State Budget Director reports General Fund receipts in May down 8.1 percent compared to last year

State Budget Director John Hicks has reported that May’s General Fund receipts fell 8.1 percent compared to May of last year, a decrease of $69.0 million. Total revenues for the month were $781.0 million, compared to $850.0 million during May 2019. Receipts have now fallen 1.8 percent for the first 11 months of FY20. The revised official estimate for FY20 rendered by the Consensus Forecasting Group...

Dr. Jay Miller: To improve nation’s foster care systems, listen to those who’ve been through it

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued the first presidential proclamation that established May as National Foster Care Month. Since that time, May has been an opportunity to critically reflect on successes in shortcomings in meeting the needs of foster youth and their families. The foster care system is one of unique complexity. Having been in foster care myself, I can personally attest to this...

As Memorial Day weekend fast approaches, NFPA provides safety tips for outdoor grilling at home

While there may not be as many gatherings with family and friends this Memorial Day, many observances of the holiday this year will likely continue to involve outdoor grilling. The National Fire Protection Association reminds everyone to follow basic grilling safety precautions over Memorial Day weekend and beyond, particularly as people remain at home in response to COVID-19. “Whether you live in...

Kentucky Office of Highway Safety joins NHTSA in promoting motorcycle safety month in May

In recognition of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) has joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding motorists and motorcyclists to “share the road” conscientiously and courteously to help prevent crashes, injuries and deaths on Kentucky roadways. “Safety is a mutual responsibility for motorists and motorcyclists...

Lexington to host Reforest the Bluegrass at Home event; begins this Friday, runs through end of month

For 20 years, hundreds of people came together each spring to plant tree seedlings by taking part in Reforest the Bluegrass. This year, the City of Lexington is working with community partners to provide trees people can plant at home. The need to physically distance from others this spring hasn’t allowed for a traditional event but has created the opportunity for a different, more personal one....

Kentuckians encouraged to make communication inclusive during Better Hearing and Speech Month

With more than 700,000 people in Kentucky currently experiencing some degree of hearing loss, the coronavirus outbreak has prompted businesses, organizations and community leaders across the country to take stock and begin changing their methods of communication to be more inclusive. May, which is Better Hearing and Speech Month, is the perfect time for the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard...

NFPA, ESFI stress importance of electrical safety during National Electrical Safety Month

Electricity helps make our lives easier, but its potential for shock and fire-related hazards are often taken for granted. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) actively supports National Electrical Safety Month, an annual campaign sponsored by Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), which raises awareness of potential home electrical hazards, the importance of electrical fire...