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UofL Board of Trustees expected to approve new KFC Yum! Center lease agreement

07/20/2017 09:14 AM

During its meeting on Thursday afternoon, the University of Louisville Board of Trustees is expected to approve a new lease agreement involving the primary tenant of the KFC Yum! Center. The approval is the next step after the university’s athletic association voted in favor of the agreement earlier Thursday morning, followed by approval from the Louisville Arena Authority. The university and the arena authority have been negotiating amendments to the lease in which U of L would contribute more to the... Read more 

Covington hires new city manager; mayor proposes "right-size" Brent Spence Bridge project

07/19/2017 06:15 PM

COVINGTON — The city of Covington has named David Johnston as the new city manager to lead northern Kentucky’s largest city five months after the city commission forced out former City Manager Larry Klein, who resigned. Johnston, who previously served as city manager of Maple Valley, Wash., will be paid $140,000 and will start no later than Aug. 21. Covington Mayor Joe Meyer believes that Johnston brings a lot of effective skills to the table. “Just terrific experience... Read more 

Study ranks Kentucky among bottom five states for fiscal health

07/11/2017 12:35 PM

Kentucky ranks among the worst in the nation when it comes to its fiscal health, according to a study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The study compares financial statements from 2015 in every state and takes a look at how well each state can cover short-term and long-term expenses. Kentucky ranks 47th in the nation overall, better than only New Jersey, Illinois and Massachusetts. Factors considered in the Mercatus study include cash solvency, budget solvency, long-run solvency, service-level... Read more 

Former Democratic political operative hoping to make majors as knuckleball pitcher

06/30/2017 05:00 PM

FRANKFORT — Terrell Renfro has held jobs in various Democratic political campaigns and offices dating back to 2003, when he first volunteered for Ben Chandler’s gubernatorial campaign. But employment opportunities have dried up as Republicans climbed to power in Frankfort, so the 32-year-old — who has worked in offices of the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor and state treasurer — is taking his extra spare time to pursue a dream he’s had since he last pitched competitively for Woodford... Read more 

Catholic Action Center in Lexington turning to solar energy

06/29/2017 06:34 PM

LEXINGTON — The Catholic Action Center in Lexington has become one of the first homeless shelters to turn to renewable energy and the first to do so without government aid. The project, announced during a news conference on a sunny Thursday, represents a joint effort between the center, Edelen Strategic Ventures and Synergy Home, a Lexington-based energy company. They’ve installed 86 panels at the Catholic Action Center so far, with a final tally of 100 planned. Former State Auditor Adam Edelen, founder of... Read more 

County Connections: Historical Society Museum of Hopkins County preserves memories of county's colorful past

06/29/2017 07:30 AM

MADISONVILLE — The Hopkins County Historical Society provides a picture of the western Kentucky county’s past by preserving artifacts related to its history as well as publishing an annual yearbook with contributions from its nearly 400 members. The society operates a museum in downtown Madisonville, which displays memorabilia that dates back to the early 1800s and showcases the region’s coal industry, political history, lifestyles and more. Hopkins County historian Carl Veazey says the museum has a little bit of everything thanks... Read more 

County Connections: Dawson Springs once hailed as the top health resort in the upper south

06/28/2017 07:00 PM

DAWSON SPRINGS — The small Hopkins County town of Dawson Springs is a city with a colorful past and was once renowned as a leading health resort in the nation. In 1898, “Springs” was added to the name of the town in recognition of its mineral water. Dawson Springs Mayor Jenny Sewell, a first cousin of former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, says that back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, visitors flocked to the western Kentucky community via railroad to... Read more 

County Connections: Hopkins County prepares for influx of visitors for total solar eclipse in August

06/28/2017 09:54 AM

MADISONVILLE — Millions of Americans will see the sight of a lifetime on Aug. 21 when a rare total solar eclipse sweeps the nation from Oregon to South Carolina, and Hopkins County will be one of the prime spots in the nation to experience the event. Visitors to the county will experience darkness in totality beginning at 1:24 p.m. from 2 minutes, 31 seconds in Dawson Springs to 1 minute, 47 seconds in Madisonville and points in between. The city of... Read more 

University of Louisville Foundation fires former aide to ex-President Jim Ramsey

06/22/2017 05:36 PM

The University of Louisville Foundation has ended the employment of a former aide to ex-President Jim Ramsey, prompting her attorney to call her client a “fall girl” in the aftermath of a scathing forensic audit. Kathleen Smith, Ramsey’s former chief of staff and assistant secretary at the U of L Foundation, had been on paid administrative leave since September, but the nonprofit charged with handling the university’s endowment notified her late Wednesday that her employment would end Thursday, according to Smith’s... Read more 

GE Appliances CEO steps down

06/21/2017 11:26 AM

GE Appliances CEO Chip Blankenship has elected to leave his position at the end of the year, according to a press release from the company. Blankenship served as CEO for the Louisville-based company for six years. He will be succeeded by Kevin Nolan, who is the current vice president and chief technology officer for GEA and its parent company Qingdao Haier. China-based Qingdao Haier purchased GEA last year. Liang Haishan, chairman of Qingdao Haier’s board of directors, praised Blankenship’s leadership... Read more 


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