Op-Ed: Kentuckians Proving We Are a Great People by Gov. Andy Beshear

It is hard to believe that Kentucky saw its first confirmed case of COVID-19 just over two and a half months ago. The virus began spreading quickly, escalating like past pandemics such as the Spanish flu. Areas like New York and Louisiana saw spikes that exceeded their health care capacity, and the losses mounted. Here […]

109-year-old Kentuckian celebrates birthday with parade

The western Kentucky community of Kuttawa recently celebrated a 109-year-old resident in a big way. Friends, family and local officials rallied together to coordinate a birthday parade for Ruth Harrington on May 6. Harrington was all smiles under her protective face mask, waving at every one of nearly 40 vehicles as they drove past her […]

Give back to Dare to Care and other Kentucky nonprofits on Giving Tuesday

Nonprofits around the world have launched a global effort to raise funds for COVID-19 relief. While Giving Tuesday usually follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday around Thanksgiving, nonprofits are planning an extra push deemed Giving Tuesday Now (#GivingTuesdayNow) on May 5. Kentuckians are facing unprecedented need and challenges related to COVID-19. Louisville-area food security nonprofit Dare to Care is […]

#CaringforKY campaign highlights health workers outside hospitals

Not all nurses work in hospitals. A social media campaign is gaining momentum showcasing the faces of health care workers outside the traditional medical facilities. Hashtag #CaringforKY has been adopted by long-term care facilities across Kentucky to shine a light on their front-line health workers. In western Kentucky, one assisted living facility has featured several […]

Hillcreek Rehabilitation and Care Opens Louisville-area COVID-19 Unit

A Louisville-area skilled nursing facility is answering Gov. Andy Beshear’s request for support by opening a COVID-19 unit. Hillcreek Rehabilitation and Care will begin receiving patients April 15 in Louisville-area, 33-bed unit. The Respiratory Recovery Unit at Hillcreek Rehabilitation and Care will serve patients with a positive diagnosis for COVID-19, making it one of few skilled-nursing […]

Grant funds NKU rural opioid program

NKU opioid grant

Northern Kentucky University has been awarded $750,000 to help reduce opioid overdoses in Kentucky. The University’s Institute for Health Innovation announced a new federal grant funded program to continue its work in rural Kentucky. The Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State Justice Institute and the Institute for Intergovernmental Research awarded […]

Baptist plans $43 million rehab hospital

Baptist Healthcare has big plans for Jeffersontown, Kentucky. The Louisville-based health care system is seeking permission for a $43.4 rehabilitation hospital near Blankenbaker Parkway and Bluegrass Parkway in Louisville. The 47,000 square foot inpatient facility with 40 beds is a joint venture with Alabama-based Encompass Health. The state must approve Baptist’s certificate of need before […]

Kentucky Chamber updates “Leaky Bucket” report for 2020

Kentucky Chamber Leaky Bucket Report

Ten years after its initial findings, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has updated its “Leaky Bucket” report reviewing the biggest ‘leaks’ in Kentucky’s state revenue ‘bucket.’ The update examined state spending trends of the past decade, identified challenges that remain and offered recommendations for moving forward. The Leaky Bucket: 10 Years Later highlighted fast growing spending areas including corrections, […]

Louisville researcher wins $500,000 green energy grant

University of Louisville researcher Joshua Spurgeon

A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) could cause a revolution in the energy industry led by one Louisville researcher. University of Louisville researcher Joshua Spurgeon received the $500,000 grant to continue his work in renewable energy. Spurgeon’s research in the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering centers on […]

Kentucky to rebid Medicaid managed care contracts

Following the decision by Gov. Andy Beshear to cancel managed care contracts awarded by the outgoing governor’s administration in December, officials have begun the process to select which health care companies can manage benefits for the state’s Medicaid enrollees. The Cabinet of Health and Family Services issued a request for proposals Jan. 10 to rebid […]

Gov. Andy Beshear’s first State of the Commonwealth address mentions infrastructure priorities

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear

Gov. Andy Beshear called for several investments in infrastructure in his first State of the Commonwealth address. The new Democratic governor is focused on completing important projects for families across the Commonwealth. Beshear committed to speeding up the Mountain Parkway Expansion in eastern Kentucky, building the I-69 bridge in western Kentucky, improving drinking water and expanding high-speed internet. […]

KYTC offers scholarships for civil engineering students

The Civil Engineering Scholarship is for students focusing on a four-year degree in engineering who attend the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, or Kentucky State University.