A lottery official in Florida has been appointed as the new president and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation.

University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino said with the return of some key players next season, along with some new faces, the Cardinals will have another strong team.

During a news conference Tuesday, Pitino confirmed that sophomore forward Deng Adel will not remain in the NBA draft and will be back on the U of L roster. Underclassmen Donovan Mitchell and Jaylen Johnson have hired agents and will stay in the draft.

Pitino said the Cards will again have one of the toughest schedules in college basketball.

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It’s not likely Lexington will get a new City Hall anytime soon.

That became evident as an architectural consultant gave Council details Tuesday on three options for constructing a government center within the block adjacent to the current Main Street City Hall. 


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Hundreds of law enforcement officers, their families and other supporters gathered for the annual Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony Wednesday.  

The event featured the customary 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.


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A Fayette County family court judge calls it “very common” for same-sex couples to adopt children in Lexington. 

Judge Lucinda Masterton’s comments come following a recent decision by a southern Kentucky judge not to hear such adoption cases.


A family court judge in Kentucky is being told he has to decide whether to recuse himself in gay adoption requests on a case-by-case basis.

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives has awarded facilities construction grants to 10 public libraries across the commonwealth totaling $20 million dollars over 20 years.

A three-day event billed as ‘the only all-lesbian film festival in the U.S.’ is returning for a second year this weekend in downtown Paducah. Cinema Systers Film Festival organizer Laura Petrie said she was inspired by the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, an annual event that ran for 40 years before closing in 2015.

Kentucky Needs $700 Million More Per Year For Pension Debt

May 23, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Independent consultants say Kentucky taxpayers need to spend an extra $700 million each year to keep their troubled public pension systems afloat.

That’s on top of the nearly $2 billion taxpayers are scheduled to spend on all of the state’s retirement systems in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

State lawmakers were briefed on the report Monday. It’s the second of three commissioned studies to study the state’s pension system and come up with solutions. The final report will detail recommendations about how the state can meet that goal.

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Lexington council members are coming forward with suggested changes to Mayor Jim Gray’s proposed budget.  Decisions about amendments will likely be finalized Thursday.  

Council is being asked to spend nearly a million dollars for twelve additional personnel to work on a new ambulance unit. 


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The true costs of the deep cuts in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would fall disproportionately on many of the poor and working class people in the Ohio Valley region who helped to elect him, according to lawmakers and policy analysts.


  As Congress considers repealing the Affordable Care Act, health professionals in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia grapple with what that might mean for a region where many depend on the law for access to care. This occasional series from the ReSource explores what’s ahead for the Ohio Valley after Obamacare. See more stories here >>

 

Trump administration officials have been visiting parts of the country affected by the opioid addiction crisis, including the Ohio Valley region. The administration called it a “listening tour,” and they got an earful in events marked by protests and controversies.


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