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Kentucky shows fewer counties in ‘red zone’ last week, according to White House COVID-19 report

Kentucky got a better report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force this week, with 52 counties in danger zones for the reporting week of Aug. 15-21. The previous week, 63 of the state’s 120 counties were on those lists. (Click for larger image) Sixteen counties were in the task force’s “red zone” for places where new cases of the virus numbered more than 1 per 1,000 residents...

Registration open for 2020 season of Poetry Out Loud; deadline to register September 17

The Kentucky Arts Council has opened registration for the 2020 season of Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation competition sponsored by the arts council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. “Poetry Out Loud is an important component of our arts education mission because it exposes students to great literature, allows them to work with some of Kentucky’s fantastic teaching...

Two Lexington teachers headed to nation’s capital for ‘White House History Teacher Institute’ in July

Lexington teachers Aaron Cain from Henry Clay High School and Delvin Azofeifa from Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Excellence have been selected to attend the White House Historical Association’s exclusive “White House History Teacher Institute” in July. During their week-long visit to Washington, D.C., the teachers will take a private tour of the White House, learn about new education technology...

University of Kentucky softball’s season comes to an end as Wildcats fall in shutout loss to Huskies

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s run in the NCAA Tournament came to an end early Sunday morning. The Wildcats failed to score for the second straight game against No. 3 Washington as the Huskies completed a sweep with a 5-0 win in the best of three Super Regionals to advance to the College World Series. Kentucky ended the season with a 36-24 record, while Washington improved to 50-7 on the...

Kentucky softball falls behind early in game one 3-0 loss to Huskies in Super Regionals

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky softball team fell behind early and couldn’t keep pace with Washington in a 3-0 loss to the Huskies on Friday night. The Wildcats (36-23) left nine runners on base, while the Huskies (49-7) used timely hits, especially in the first two innings and built and early 2-0 lead. The best of three series resumes Saturday night with the first pitch...

George and CJ Nichols named 2018 Western Kentucky University Philanthropists of the Year

George and CJ Nichols have been named the 2018 Western Kentucky University Philanthropists of the Year. “We are honored and humbled to be recognized as the Philanthropists of the Year,” said George Nichols. “We know that so many others have done so much more than we have even thought about. For WKU to consider our efforts worthy of such an honor makes us proud. We accept it on behalf of all the...

UK’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky earns national award

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s recent annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The honor recognizes CEDIK’s excellence in extension economics education programs, in particular, the...

UK Department of Agricultural Economics’ Academic Bowl team three-peats as national champions

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics’ Academic Bowl team recently earned their third national championship in as many years. The economics team, from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, won the double elimination tournament of 38 teams at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s annual meeting in Washington,...

Keven Moore: The pedestrian scramble — be sure to look both ways before crossing with the crowd

Last fall, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, in partnership with the University of Kentucky’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, announced the implementation of Lexington’s first all-way pedestrian crosswalk, also known as a “pedestrian scramble” at the intersection of Prall Street and South Limestone. When I first read about this...

Beshear fighting temporary injunction request seeking to halt nation’s health care system

Attorney General Andy Beshear is fighting a request for a temporary injunction filed this week by a group of states seeking to halt the nation’s health care system while an ongoing lawsuit on the issue plays out in federal court. Beshear Beshear and a group of state attorneys general are intervening in the lawsuit – Texas et al. v. United States et al. – that claims the ACA is unconstitutional...

Kentucky Justice Secretary Tilley talks criminal justice reform at White House on Friday

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley traveled to Washington, D.C., on Friday as part of a Prison Reform Summit hosted by the White House, where he spoke as one of several leading experts on reentry programs for inmates. President Donald Trump organized the summit in support of efforts to lower the nation’s prison population, improve prison conditions and strengthen programs that help inmates successfully...

Gov. Bevin requests presidential disaster declaration for 35 Kentucky counties impacted by flooding

Governor Matt Bevin has sent a letter to President Donald Trump, requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 35 Kentucky counties that were impacted during a severe weather event beginning on Feb. 21. The weather pattern produced torrential rain that resulted in flooding, landslides and mudslides, along with intense thunderstorms that led to flash flooding and tornadoes. Photo courtesy of Chuck...