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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 housing sales volume through October just shy of 2019 total; median sales price moderates

The unlikely story of the 2020 Kentucky housing market continues to be written. As 2020 began and the super-charged market took a hit from the pandemic restrictions that were put in place, doubts were cast on the speed of recovery and what the market’s year would end up performing. Here is that story in a nutshell. The total home sales volume figure for 2019 was $10.4 billion. The October 2020 year-to-date...

Central Kentucky real estate continues hot streak into last quarter of 2020; winter slowdown not on radar

Home sales surged in October to the highest level on record for any month in the fourth quarter of the year. With 1,375 sales, the month saw an uptick in sales of 18 percent over the 1,169 sold in 2019. October marked the fifth straight month of year-over-year increases. Sales for the year are up 6 percent, reaching 12,624 transactions through the first 10 months of the year, compared to 11,963 last...

Kentucky unemployment rate rises 1.8 percent in October; jobless rate now at 7.4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October 2020 unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary October 2020 jobless rate was up 1.8 percentage points from September 2020 and up 3.1 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The...

State Budget Director: October General Fund receipts in Kentucky rise 3.0 percent in past year

State Budget Director John Hicks reported Tuesday that October’s General Fund receipts rose 3.0 percent, or $27.7 million, over last year’s total. Almost half of the increase was due to early payments of tangible property tax. Revenues for the month were $948.4 million compared to $920.7 million collected in October 2020. Receipts have increased 5.1 percent for the first four months of the fiscal...

FCPS physical therapists develop workarounds, alternative ways to connect with students

One of the challenges with distance learning amid COVID-19 is to provide school-based physical therapy for students with special needs, but the PT team in Fayette County Public Schools has come up with alternative ways to stay connected with these children and support their families. “We’re a very close-knit group, and we meet about every week to bounce ideas and concerns, and talk about caseloads,...

October is National Pedestrian Safety Month; KOHS encourages safe behaviors driving, walking

Even if you usually drive to your destination, everyone is a pedestrian at some point – maybe walking your child across the street to the bus stop or walking to a grocery store down the road to buy dinner. That means each of us has a personal reason for wanting to keep our streets safe for all who use them. In a crash between a vehicle and a pedestrian, the pedestrian is far more likely to be killed...

AAA: Important reminders for Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the entire year

AAA believes no life is worth losing to driver distraction. In Kentucky, there were 6,455 collisions attributed to distracted driving in 2019, according to data from the Kentucky State Police. Those collisions resulted in 14 fatalities and 1,719 injuries. AAA is urging all drivers to pay attention and focus on the road during this National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and all year long. “Focused...

Kentucky unemployment rate at 4.3 percent in October, drops slightly from September

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October 2019 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The unemployment rate for October 2019 was down from the 4.4 percent reported for September 2019. The preliminary October 2019 jobless rate was unchanged compared to the...

State budget director reports October General Fund receipts rose 11.5 percent over last year’s total

State Budget Director John Chilton reported Tuesday that October’s General Fund receipts rose 11.5 percent, or $94.7 million, over last year’s total. Revenues for the month were $920.7 million compared to $826.0 million collected in October 2018. Receipts have increased 3.6 percent for the first four months of the fiscal year and can decline 0.7 percent during the final eight months of FY20 to...

Kentucky Safe Schools Week set for Oct. 20–26 as part of Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bullying Prevention Month, and this year Kentucky Safe Schools Week is focusing on kindness, unity and empathy. Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for Oct. 20–26. This year’s theme is “Our Safety Story!” and the Kentucky Center for School Safety stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. Community members, educators, students and...

KDA connects farmers to Kentucky schools in October, holds high school culinary competition

School districts throughout Kentucky will hold special events to celebrate Farm to School Month in October and raise awareness of the advantages of serving local foods to Kentucky school children. “Farm to school helps Kentucky students get access to fresh, nutritious local foods that will help them to grow up strong and healthy,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “At the same time,...

National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October: Five ways to thwart threats from cybercriminals

Cybercriminals are in it for the money – and their ever-shifting targets and tactics require continuous vigilance. Although overall ransomware attacks decreased by 20 percent, ransomware directed towards large enterprises rose by 20 percent, and ransomware targeting mobile devices rose by 33 percent. Supply chain attacks, which are used to gain private payment information from individuals or corporate...

Ky. Proud Beer Series set for October; adds beer festival at Newport’s Wooden Cask Brewery

The Kentucky Proud Beer Series will be bigger and better than ever in 2019 with a beer festival in Newport and six Kentucky Proud paired beer dinners in October, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced on Tuesday. “Every October, Kentucky’s craft brewers use Kentucky Proud products to brew one-of-a-kind beers to showcase their creativity and honor the Commonwealth’s producers,” Quarles...

Kentucky Safe Schools Week set for Oct. 21-27 as part of Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bullying Prevention Month and the third week of this month is Kentucky Safe Schools Week. Schools across Kentucky have an opportunity to partner with their local lawmakers, first responders and community to observe Kentucky Safe Schools Week. This week provides an opportunity for awareness of school safety issues and initiatives to be discussed and enhanced at the local and state level....