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Matt Bevin responds with tweetstorm with defense of his controversial pardons, 400 coming after defeat

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Former Gov. Matt Bevin responded to a swirl of controversy over his pardons and commutations he signed on Monday with a tweetstorm on Friday. It was his first public statements. 
In a string of 20 tweets on Friday night, Bevin defended his decisions, saying America was built on “support for redemption and second chances.” Matt BevinBevin pardoned and/or commuted...

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell files papers with Secretary of State to run for seventh term

Kentucky Today U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell filed his papers at the Secretary of State’s office in Frankfort on Friday to seek a seventh term in office. Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron, a former staffer in McConnell’s office, and State Treasurer Allison Ball, who won re-election to a second term in November, signed the candidacy papers. Sen. Mitch McConnell files papers with Mary Sue Helm,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Northern Flicker a frequent winter visitor to Kentucky’s backyard bird feeders

As the first day of winter approaches, and we get hard freezes and our first snows, homeowners begin feeding songbirds at backyard feeders. Maybe the holiday spirit of sharing with those less fortunate has something to do with the timing. Cold, ice and snow, which become more frequent around Christmas, means hard times are ahead for our feathered friends. Food becomes a priority just to maintain body...

UK accepts $20 million gift from Cincinnati lawyer and will name J. David Rosenberg College of Law

Rosenberg and his wife Diane have pledged $20m to the UK College of LawThe University of Kentucky Board of Trustees voted to accept the gift commitment of $20 million from J. David Rosenberg and to officially rename the College of Law as the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law. Rosenberg and his wife, Dianne, have pledged $20 million to fund an endowment and non-endowed gift...

UK’s trustees approve demolition of Kirwan-Blanding Residence complex, to add new student living space

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky UK Board of Trustees have approved a funding proposal to demolish the Kirwan-Blanding Residence Hall Complex and Dining Commons as part of a plan to construct new student living space, add new green space and preserve a majestic tree allée that underscores UK’s commitment to the natural environment. “The proposed transformation of...

Kevin Porter, founder and chef at Coach and Four, The Boot, dies at age 63 in Lexington hospital

By Tom Ferguson Special to NKyTribune Kevin Porter, one of the founders and the chef of The Coach and Four and The Boot Italian restaurants in Covington Ky., died on November 29, 2019 at The Albert B. Chandler Hospital, in Lexington. He was 63. Kevin was born in Princeton, Indiana on August 14, 1956 and was raised all over the country: Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Kentucky. As...

State budget director reports General Fund receipts rose 7.6 percent in November compared to 2108

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...

Despite trade concerns, Kentucky agricultural receipts hold steady for third year, net incomes up

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky agricultural receipts will likely hold steady for the third consecutive year despite trade concerns and relatively low commodity prices. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2019 farm cash receipts to be $5.9 billion, equaling the past two years. Kentucky producers saw increases...

1N5 presents Children’s Hospital with $150K; final payment for commitment to mental health programs

Nancy Eigel-Miller, Executive Director of 1N5, recently presented Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s with a check for $150,000. This is the final of payment of a three year commitment to provide funding for CCHMC’s Adapting For Life program in area schools. Including this most recent payment, 1N5 has donated $763,000 to CCHMC to fund Adapting For Life. The program aims to educate...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Snowy Owl, a winter migrant rarely observed in Ky., but not unheard of

The spotting of Snowy Owls in northern parts of Kentucky is a rare occurance that only happens a few times each decade. (Photo from Wkipedia Commons) A glimpse of this winter migrant might be on the holiday wish list of birdwatchers in Kentucky, and bordering states to the north along the Ohio River. That’s because the Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus), a large raptor rarely observed in the region, spends...

Kentucky’s strong year for home sales continues; volume up 16.8 percent over last year

Fourth-quarter home sales in Kentucky began with a strong October. Year-to-date home sales through October stands at 43,353 units and was an almost 5 percent increase over the 2018 total of 41,352. A strong October sales mark of 4,496 (up 8.4 percent over 2018) holds the state near record-breaking territory. Sales volume in the Commonwealth saw nearly a billion dollars in inventory change hands. The...

Proposed bill would expand list of those eligible for absentee ballots to those who work at the polls

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A bill proposed for consideration during the 2020 General Assembly would expand the list of those allowed to cast absentee ballots to include those employed as what is termed “essential services personnel.”Sen. Ralph AlveradoThe legislation, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, who is a physician, would cover anyone who is scheduled to work at any time the...

University of Kentucky home to new national center studying economic impacts of rural health care

By Carol Lea Spence UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment The newly formed Center for Economic Analysis for Rural Health has found a home in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Alison Davis, agricultural economics professor and director of the college’s Community Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, will lead the national center. Davis The Federal...

Lexington symposium Tuesday to highlight statewide initiatives linking employment, recovery

Kentucky’s health policy and business leaders are bringing together treatment providers and community organizations for an employment symposium on Dec. 3 at the Lyric Theater in Lexington. The Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) is coordinating the event with support from the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center and the Strategic Initiative for Transformational Employment (SITE). This symposium will...

State puts more ‘Restoring the Finest’ improvement funds into repairs and safety for the park system

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State tourism officials have announced funding for two Kentucky State Resort Parks as part of the “Restoring the Finest” initiative to make repairs and safety improvements within the park system.

 The $6 million in funding for Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz will include upgrades for the wastewater treatment system, roof replacement and repairs and improvements...