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Attorney General’s Office secures $2.2 Million in student loan debt relief for ITT Tech students

Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced that the OAG’s Office of Consumer Protection has secured $2.2 million in student loan debt relief for 325 former Kentucky students of the failed for-profit college ITT Tech. Beshear Beshear’s office and 10 other attorneys general led a 43-state coalition to reach a settlement with Student CU Connect CUSO, LLC (CUSO), which offered deceptive loans to finance...

Kentucky Lottery sales grow as fiscal year ends, total $1B Y-T-D, up 8 percent over previous year

At Friday’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors, it was announced that sales continue to perform ahead of expectations in the final weeks of Fiscal Year 2019. Year-to-date sales through the end of May 2019 were $1.035 Billion, which is 8.1 percent ($77.7 million) ahead of the previous FY and 1.4 percent ($13.9 million) ahead of budget.  This is the earliest point...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Common in rural Ky., the Barn Swallow is an acrobatic bird at home around humans

The Barn Swallow is an acrobatic bird, with its distinctive profile in flight, that’s at home around humans, nesting on bridge abutments, the rafters of barns, sheds, and the eaves of porches. They are most numerous in rural Kentucky, often observed along roadsides, flying over fields and pastures. A male barn swallow (Photo courtesy of National Audubon Society) The Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica,...

AG Commissioner Quarles elected president of Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles was elected president of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA) for 2019-20 in its annual conference this week. Quarles “I am honored and humbled to be elected by my peers in the other southern state departments of agriculture,” Quarles said. “This position will enable me to utilize Kentucky’s positive relationship...

Advancing crime victims’ rights focus of AG’s Office of Victims Advocacy conference

To better assist survivors, victim advocates, law enforcement and allied professionals in advancing the rights of crime victims, Attorney General Andy Beshear and the AG’s Office of Victims Advocacy is hosting a two-day conference, that began Tuesday. Beshear The conference is taking place at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort and the theme is “Honoring our past. Creating...

New Riff Distilling brings back Big Bourbon Toast, adds interstate tug of war on Purple People Bridge

New Riff Distilling is celebrating the storied history and bright future of Bourbon in the region with its 2nd annual Big Bourbon Toast. The event takes place on National Bourbon Day, June 14, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on The Newport Southbank Bridge, also known as the Purple People Bridge.  Last year bourbon fans came to together from both sides of the river to celebrate New Riff’s long awaited...

Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp in Louisville also featured lots of Kentucky Proud products

Kentucky Bourbon fans from around the world got a taste of the state’s top agricultural offerings from local chefs at last week’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair, thanks to a partnership with Kentucky Proud, which markets farm-fresh fare and ingredients from across the Bluegrass. “Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry relies heavily on Kentucky farm ingredients for our products and events during this...

New Jesse Stuart junior book ‘Bluetick Pig’ is first published in 48 Years; available now

The Jesse Stuart Foundation in Ashland, Kentucky is pleased to announce the publication of a new, never-before published junior book by Jesse Stuart.   Bluetick Pig is the story of a small runt pig, Bluetick, who is adopted and raised by young Sarah Powell.  Bluetick and the Powell family share many fun adventures as Bluetick grows into a fine hog, but one with an uncertain future. Between 1953...

UK President Eli Capilouto elected president of the Southeastern Conference, to serve one-year term

By Guy Ramsey University of Kentucky University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has been elected president of the Southeastern Conference. Capilouto will serve a one-year term after he was elected to the post by his peers at the SEC’s annual spring meeting in Destin, Florida, last week. University of Georgia President Jere Morehead will serve as vice president of the SEC. UK President Eli Capilouto...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Wet springs cause many issues across Kentucky, nuisance chiggers are one

Wet springs cause all sorts of issues in rural and suburban Kentucky — delays in the plantings of farm crops and vegetable gardens, and the muddying up of creeks and rivers, that frustrates anglers. Heavy rains and warming temperatures cause the grass to grow insanely fast, making it a real chore just keeping up all that string trimming, and the mowing of grass in yards and fields. But the cruelest...

UK, UofL presidents speak to appropriations, revenue committee about priorities and funding issues

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The presidents of Kentucky’s two largest public universities appeared before a legislative committee on Tuesday discussing their hopes for the future. 
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto told the Interim Joint Appropriations and Revenue Committee that over the next five years UK must address a $200 million gap between current, expected revenues, and anticipated...

Keeneland mourns death of longtime starter and track ambassador Robert Lee “Spec” Alexander

Lifelong horseman and longtime Keeneland Starter Robert Lee “Spec” Alexander, widely respected for his skill with Thoroughbred racehorses and a beloved ambassador of Keeneland, died Monday. He was 80 years old. Alexander at Keeneland’s 2018 Fall meet (provided photo). “Spec was a Keeneland institution, an unquestioned master of his craft,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said....

KY coal miner died after injuries sustained in a Harlan County mine in May; second state fatality this year

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A 48-year-old coal miner died after injuries sustained in a mine accident in Harlan County on May 22. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet said Felix “Matt” North, of Miracle, suffered critical injuries at the Rex Coal Co. mine CVB#1 in Cumberland. He was a miner operator with 12 years of experience. North was operating a continuous miner and positioning the...

Newly certified professional environmental educators recognized at state Capitol includes NKyians

Twenty environmental educators from across the Commonwealth graduated from the Kentucky Environmental Education Council’s (KEEC) Professional Environmental Educator Certification (PEEC) program at a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. KEEC, an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, is one of only three national certification programs accredited by the North...

Former Simpson County Judge/Executive Jim Henderson named KACo Executive Director/CEO

The Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Jim Henderson as the new executive director/CEO of KACo. Henderson Henderson, who has served as deputy executive director of KACo since January 2018, will assume his new duties immediately. KACo is the premier organization dedicated to serving all Kentucky counties through quality programs and services...