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Kentucky sees bump in voter registration; new registrations double year-over-year

Secretary of State Michael Adams has announced a bump in voter registration, with 10,534 net new voters registering between Oct. 1-5 and Nov. 4-30. By law, the voter registration books close the four weeks before an election, through election day. In comparison, only 4,115 net new voters registered in October and November of 2019. Michael Adams “We’ve seen, particularly after election day, a bump...

Kentucky unemployment rate drops 1.7 percent in November; jobless rate now at 5.6 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary November 2020 unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary November 2020 jobless rate was down 1.7 percentage points from October 2020 and up 1.3 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The...

General Fund receipts fall 3.8 percent in November from last year; Road Fund receipts up 3.3 percent

State Budget Director John Hicks reported Thursday that General Fund receipts fell 3.8 percent in November compared to last year. Total revenues for the month were $1,006.5 million compared to $1,046.1 million during November 2019, a decrease of $39.6 million, primarily due to a $34.8 million decline in property tax receipts. Receipts have now risen 3.1 percent for the first five months of the fiscal...

Kentucky State Parks offering discounts to active military, veterans from November through March

Through the “USA Military Discount” program, Kentucky State Parks will offer current and former members of the armed forces lodging discounts. Those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists are eligible for a state park discount from Nov. 1 to March 31. Discount rates are available at Kentucky State Resort Parks and the cottages...

CASA of Lexington names Brian Wright, Ellen Wood as Volunteers of the Month for November

CASA of Lexington has named a pair of newer court-appointed special advocates as Volunteers of the Month for November. Brian Wright and Ellen Wood are recent additions to CASA of Lexington’s nearly 200 volunteers: Wood began advocating for abused and neglected children in the fall of 2019 and Wright began early in 2020. Brian Wright Wright was nominated by his Volunteer Manager, Mary Beth, who said...

Deer-related accidents increase in Kentucky during fall; motorists should be on alert in November

The arrival of autumn signifies the approaching end of another year as nature prepares for winter dormancy. However, with beautiful fall colors also comes an increase in vehicles encountering deer in roadways. Drivers should be aware of deer throughout the year, but the months of October through December bring a spike in deer-related accidents. Shorter periods of daylight and cooler temperatures trigger...

UK Fall Crop Protection webinar series begins in November; weekly series occurs on Tuesdays

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists have organized a webinar series aimed at helping producers provide better protection for their grain crops. The 2020 Fall Crop Protection webinars begin Nov. 10 on the video conferencing app Zoom and will focus on new and common threats to Kentucky corn, soybeans and wheat. The weekly...

LBAR’s November housing report: Central Kentucky real estate stays hot when the weather gets cold

The increase in demand for homes in Central Kentucky has largely contributed to the lack of housing inventory that has plagued the local market for many months. New listings were down in November by 2 percent compared to last year, but year-to-date the number of new listings is up 5 percent. The inventory issues are caused with the increase in sales throughout the year and the number of homes available...

Kentucky jobless rate increases slightly from a year ago; November unemployment rate at 4.4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary November 2019 unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary November 2019 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state in November 2018. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate...

State budget director reports General Fund receipts rose 7.6 percent in November compared to 2018

State Budget Director John Chilton has reported that General Fund receipts rose 7.6 percent in November compared to last year. Total revenues for the month were $1,046.1 million, compared to $972.6 million during November 2018, an increase of $73.5 million. Receipts have now risen 4.4 percent for the first five months of the fiscal year, and can decrease 1.9 percent over the final seven months of FY20...

Donate Life America leads National Donor Sabbath, a three-day observance of hope and community

Donate Life America leads the country each November in observing National Donor Sabbath, a three-day observance that provides faith leaders an opportunity to bring the Donate Life message and cause of organ, eye and tissue donation to their congregations and communities. National Donor Sabbath seeks to include the days of worship (Friday-Sunday) for faith communities of major religions practiced in...

Bluegrass Care Navigators asks families to share stories during Hospice and Palliative Care Month

In recognition of National Hospice Month and Palliative Care Month, Bluegrass Care Navigators is calling for families to share their experiences with hospice care through a month-long campaign called “My Story.” UKHC Hospice Care in Lexington. (Photo by Mark Mahan) “Families who have experienced hospice care frequently say they wish they had called us sooner,” said Liz Fowler, CEO of Bluegrass...