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Briefs: Mandapakala appointed, CPR at Fort Wright, new Secretaries, Ky Downs owners

Chaitanya Mandapakala of Park Hills, a physician, has been appointed as a member of the Board of Respiratory Care by Gov. Matt Bevin.

He will represent pulmonologists and serve for a term expiring Oct. 31, 2021.

The Board of Respiratory Care is charged with regulating respiratory care licenses and overseeing that all licensed respiratory care practitioners in Kentucky practice within the state’s code of conduct.

Fort Wright offers CPR training

The City of Fort Wright, in conjunction with the Cities of Fort Mitchell, Ludlow, and Park Hills, will be hosting a CPR class for residents from the various communities.

Join the class to learn and/or renew this vital life-saving skill.

The cost is $15 per person, and space is limited. Please contact our Training Officer Jason Matthews at jmatthews@fortwright.com to register or for more information.

Governor makes ‘acting’ appointments permanent

Gov. Matt Bevin has named to permanent leadership posts Gail Russell as Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet and David Dickerson as Secretary of Labor.

Both have served their respective cabinets as Acting Secretaries over the past several months.

Racing commission approves new Kentucky Downs ownership

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission today approved noted horseman and entrepreneur Ron Winchell and prominent gaming executive Marc Falcone as majority owners of Kentucky Downs.

The sale of the track and year-round entertainment center to Winchell and Falcone is expected to close around March 1. Ted Nicholson will continue as Kentucky Downs’ senior vice president and general manager, a post he has held the past three years during which time both the Historical Horse Racing (HHR) gaming operation and live race meet have experienced record-shattering growth.

Located near the Kentucky and Tennessee border, just off Interstate 65 and approximately 35 miles from Nashville, Kentucky Downs features more than 750 Historical Horse Racing machines and conducts live turf racing each September on America’s only “European-style” race course while offering among the highest purses in the world.

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