Applications are now being accepted from those who want to participate in the next growing season for the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says he’s hoping the state can continue the progress it made this year, when participants grew more than 3,200 acres of hemp.

That’s the most ever grown under the state’s industrial hemp research program that began in 2014.

Former Louisville Basketball Coach Rick Pitino Sues Adidas

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Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino is suing Adidas and says the sportswear maker "outrageously conspired" to funnel money to the family of a Cardinal recruit without his knowledge.

Pitino's lawsuit filed Tuesday comes a day after Louisville's Athletic Association fired him for cause after acknowledging the program's involvement in a national federal bribery investigation of college basketball. Ten people, including an Adidas executive, were arrested in the probe but Pitino is not named in the federal complaint.

A longtime donor and former University of Kentucky trustees has given $12 million to support an undergraduate center named for him. 

An ex-employee of fugitive Kentucky lawyer Eric Conn has pleaded not guilty to charges of helping the attorney escape before his sentencing in a Social Security fraud case. 

U of L Trustees Fire Athletic Director Tom Jurich

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The University of Louisville Board of Trustees has fired athletic director Tom Jurich. The action Wednesday afternoon came during a special board meeting. The board voted 10-3 in favor of firing Jurich for cause.

Jurich was placed on paid administrative leave last month after the school acknowledged that it was included in an FBI investigation of recruiting practices in men’s college basketball.

Gov. Matt Bevin and Republican leaders of the state legislature have released a proposal that would make major changes to the retirement plans for teachers and other state workers.

The proposal would phase out the state’s use of a defined-benefit pension system, which guarantees payments to state employees throughout their retirements.

Instead, nearly all future and some current employees would be moved into defined contribution plans like 401(k)s, which will require the state to put less money into employee retirements.

Kentucky Group Renews Push For Higher Cigarette Tax

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A renewed effort to get people to quit smoking in Kentucky is launching Wednesday in Frankfort. Led by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Baptist Health, at the top of the coalition’s to-do list is to raise the cigarette tax to $1.60 a pack. That’s a $1 increase over the current rate.

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Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and GOP legislative leaders have unveiled a summary of their proposed solution for Kentucky’s public pension crisis.

Under the plan, revealed Wednesday morning, and reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com, teachers and state and local government employees hired after July 1, 2018, no longer will receive defined-benefits pensions that guarantee them payments throughout their retirements, Bevin said.   


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Lexington council’s examination of comprehensive plan issues includes debate about the future location of social service facilities. 

The matter got a lengthy review Tuesday during another discussion of recommended goals and objectives for the plan intended to help determine future growth.


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Two statues of Confederate Civil War figures have been removed from the grounds of the historic Old Courthouse in downtown Lexington. 


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When health care and law enforcement officials met recently at a health policy forum in Lexington, Kentucky, to share ideas about the opioid crisis, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear listed some groups that have benefited from money won in a 2015 settlement with Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin.

Susan Jack

Harvey. Irma. Maria.

The hurricane season’s super-charged storms have highlighted the importance of disaster planning, and the aftermath offers a fresh lesson in just how long and difficult recovery can be.

Communities in the Ohio Valley, some still recovering from flash floods themselves, are looking at ways to prepare for what emergency management professionals warn is an era of more frequent extreme weather.

It’s time, experts say, to get ready for the new normal.

“Night From Hell”

Mary Meehan

Edwin Hall is dressed in a footed onesie covered in the pastel shades of monkeys and hippos.

Although Edwin is just seven weeks old, he already tells his mom when he’s hungry with a sharp and persistent yelp.

Soon after he gets her attention, Edwin is practicing his sucking technique. His mom, Sarah, with the dazed look of the sleep deprived, talks with a La Leche League volunteer at the Madison County, Kentucky, Health Department about some breast-feeding challenges.


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