Kentucky Wed, 02 Jun 2021 07:04:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kentucky 32 32 Kentucky Employers Can Help Provide a Second Chance Editorials Wed, 02 Jun 2021 05:15:00 +0000

In April, people across the country celebrated Second Chance Month, an initiative dedicated to breaking down barriers to post-incarceration reintegration and compassion for those returning to our communities.

April may be over, but in a state like Kentucky we should be working every day to support our neighbors and ensure that all Kentuckians have a bright future. Fortunately, there are ways in which businesses and other organizations can get involved to help drive this important work.

Currently, Kentucky has some of the worst incarceration statistics in the country, including the 7th highest incarceration rate and 3rd highest for parental incarceration. An important step in addressing the harms of incarceration – which are particularly acute given that many people who end up in incarceration were deprived of their financial rights or had other issues such as mental health issues prior to their arrival – is to provide return support to those who leave.

When people return to their communities after release from prison and prison, it is essential that they receive the support they need to get back on their feet. For people leaving prison, access to employment is a crucial step for the success of their return. Needs such as housing, health insurance, mental health services, and drug addiction treatment if needed are also essential. Otherwise, these people will be among the more than a third of Kentuckians who will reoffend (return to incarceration within 24 months of their release).

Through the work of advocates raising awareness of the importance and benefits of providing support to those formerly incarcerated, employers in various sectors have become more open to hiring the second chance. However, it remains a challenge for these people to find a job; it is estimated that 60 to 75% of former incarcerates have difficulty finding stable employment within one year of release.

There are opportunities and initiatives available for employers who wish to engage in second chance hiring. In 2020, the Kentucky Chamber Foundation launched the Kentucky Return Campaign to help Kentuckians struggling with substance use disorders, help businesses develop supportive work environments, and engage Kentuckians interested in smart criminal justice reforms.

This campaign has seen nearly 13,000 second chance jobs for those with a legal background, as Kentucky employers engage this untapped talent pool. You can find more information about this campaign on Fair Chance Employment – Kentucky Comeback.

In addition to the initiatives of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the work of other Second Chance Employers, employers in Kentucky have the opportunity to apply to the Federal Bond Program (FBP). Established in 1966 by the US Department of Labor, the PBF provides loyalty bonds to protect employers. These bonds are available at the Kentucky Career Center at no cost to Kentucky employers or job seekers. The bond covers the first six months of employment and has no deductible, so there are no out-of-pocket expenses for participating companies. Employers can also extend coverage for an additional 6 months at no cost. In the past 55 years, less than 1% of bonds have been deposited. This is because a good job is one of the main factors in reducing recidivism. PBF gives companies who are considering fair employment peace of mind and thus improves life.

With employers looking for a quality workforce and many Kentuckians looking for a new life, there’s no better time for employers to expand their fair hires. . If you want to know more about the FBP visit

Additionally, if you would like to apply for a Kentucky bond, please email Treat every month and every day as an opportunity to give a second chance.

Beth Davission is the Kentucky Chamber’s Vice President of Workforce Development.

Amanda Hall is a political strategist for the Kentucky ACLU.

Carmen Mitchell is a policy analyst at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

Julie Warren is Director of State Initiatives for Right on Crime.

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Toppin expects better days for him and Kentucky Wed, 02 Jun 2021 00:35:00 +0000

Kentucky basketball – players, coaches and support staff – moved an hour west to Bardstown on Tuesday to host the first in a series of youth camps. About 70 boys and girls attended the opening session at Thomas Nelson High School.

During a question-and-answer period, the kids asked British coach John Calipari to name the tallest player on the team, the strongest player and ultimately the best player.

It got interesting when a kid asked who the better dunker was.

“Jacob Toppin,” Calipari said before adding, “He thinks he’s better than his brother.”

It was saying something since Obi Toppin was the national player of the year in 2019-2020.

When asked a direct question in a post-game interview: did he really think he was better than his brother? – Jacob Toppin gave a straightforward answer.

“Yes, I do,” he said. “I think I have the confidence in myself that I can be better than him. At the moment, I probably am not. But I can definitely be better than my brother.

Toppin admitted there was a difference of opinion within the family. “He probably thinks he’s better than me,” he conceded. “So it’s a competition between us.”

Obi Toppin averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds in his famous second season of 2019-20.

After being transferred to Kentucky from Rhode Island, Jacob Toppin averaged 5.2 points and 3.5 rebounds.

He suggested that these modest numbers were just a prelude.

“I’m excited for this,” he said of the better-than-big-brother conversation. “I like the challenge. It’s not pressure because for me, myself, I feel like I’m going to have a year in small groups.

Toppin spoke of working diligently this offseason to improve significantly in 2021-2022. He seemed to prioritize better shot beyond the arc. He made four of 13 three-pointers (30.8%) in his debut season in the UK. He claimed to be a better shot than Obi, who had 41.7% of his three-pointers playing two seasons for Dayton.

Why didn’t Jacob Toppin shoot better last season?

“A little was mental,” he said. “Mentally, I wasn’t there. “

Toppin has said he intends to be more present next season, literally and figuratively.

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Kentucky coach John Calipari speaks to attendees at Tuesday’s youth basketball camp at Thomas Nelson High School in Bardstown. Ryan C. hermens

Calipari took note, Toppin said.

“I came back and Cal looked at me,” said the player. “He’s, like, whoa, did you grow up?”

Toppin also intends to add bulk. The UK has listed its weight at 194 pounds. The New York Knicks say Obi Toppin’s weight is 220.

“This offseason, I plan to gain at least 10 pounds because I need 10 pounds of muscle,” he said. “Then we’ll see how it goes.”

As for the Kentucky squad for next season, Toppin echoed previous player comments on the player mesh. This process was aided by the easing of restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s definitely different,” he said. “Last year we didn’t do anything together. I think that was one of the problems.

“And this year we’re already at (Wildcat Coal) Lodge.

Toppin spoke of a gathering place at the team’s dormitory that includes a ping-pong table, pool table, and big-screen TV.

Toppin conceded that even with COVID-19’s hindsight, a Kentucky team with so many new players will need time to regroup.

“It’s definitely going to take us a while to make that connection (and) build that trust in each other to play better,” he said. “But I think we’ll be good. We’re all getting along great right now, so as time goes by, as we play more together, we’ll have that connection. “

Among the newcomers, freshman Daimion Collins made a positive first impression.

“He plays like Isaiah (Jackson),” Toppin said. “I don’t know if everyone has noticed it. . . . He blocks the shots. He dunk the ball. He’s going to be a great player for us.

Toppin also almost predicted a noticeable improvement in shooting.

“We have a lot more shooters,” he said. “Even the freshmen, they shoot the ball really well. . . . So it’s going to be different. We will be able to space the floor further.

Returning to the kid’s question about Kentucky’s best dunker, Toppin smiled as he said he noticed Calipari had stopped before answering. Toppin saw this as the British coach showing off his playful sense of humor.

“Everyone knows I’m the best dunker,” he said. “He was just playing with me. I know he’s laughing at me. I know I’m the best dunker, and everyone knows I’m the best dunker.

“So I wasn’t really worried about it.”

Jerry Tipton has covered Kentucky basketball from the 1981-82 season to the present day. He is a member of the United States Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame.
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]]> 0 State lawmakers introduce bills to make Kentucky more LGBTQ + friendly Tue, 01 Jun 2021 21:42:17 +0000

LOUISVILLE, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky lawmakers are introducing bills designed to make the state more welcoming to residents of the LGBTQ community.

State Representative Lisa Willner of Louisville highlighted the legislation at a press conference at the First Unitarian Church in Louisville.

According to Willner, State Representative Kim Banta, a Republican from Fort Mitchell, is the main co-sponsor of two bills, a statewide fairness bill and one banning conversion “therapy” for Kentuckians under the age of 18.

Willner says the third bill would require public schools to provide age-appropriate, medically accurate and LGBTQ + inclusive health education to their students.

“I really enjoyed working with Representative Banta as we and so many others work to end discriminatory practices based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and to stop the so-called ‘therapy’ of conversion for minors. It means so much that bipartisan support for this work has grown in recent years, ”said Representative Willner. “Let’s make 2022 the year these bills become law.”

“Representative Willner and I share the belief that it is so important for all Kentuckians to have the full opportunity to be who they are and not be discriminated against because of it,” said Banta. “I pledge to do all I can to get these bills passed. Our friends and loved ones shouldn’t have to wait another year for these legal and health protections to be in place.

Representative Patti Minter is also reintroducing her bill that would ban discrimination in public employment, housing and housing based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The bill would add to Kentucky‘s existing civil rights law, which already prohibits discrimination based on race and gender.

Currently, 21 towns in Kentucky have adopted fairness ordinances, which enact the same anti-discrimination protections at the local level.

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Kentucky basketball newcomers arrive on campus Tue, 01 Jun 2021 15:30:02 +0000

Due to the NCAA-mandated recruiting hiatus that had been in effect for over a year, most newcomers to Kentucky basketball were forced to choose the UK without being seen, in s’ relying only on Zoom conference calls and virtual tours.

Of the Wildcats’ six new players, five saw campus for the first time as they moved into the Wildcat Coal Lodge over Memorial Day weekend.

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Move-in day therefore also served as an official visit for the three freshmen and the three transfers. Transfer to Iowa CJ Fredrick returned inside the Rupp Arena for the first time since 2018, when he was named Sweet 16 Most Valuable Player after leading Covington Catholic to a state championship in 2018.

“We had a great time [Sunday] at home with our guys and their families, “head coach John calipari tweeted. “To our new parents, I want to thank you for entrusting me and our staff with your sons. No matter how horny you are, it’s never easy to drop your boy off in a new place. We will take great care of them! “is there

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky’s 2020-21 list didn’t arrive in Lexington until the end of June. With extremely limited training and social events, last season’s squad missed a golden opportunity to develop chemistry both on and off the pitch, which proved disastrous for a British side comprising 10 newcomers in all.

This time around, all seven of Kentucky‘s newcomers are already on campus as of June 1, with the exception of graduate transfer Davidson. Kellan Grady, who is expected to arrive in Lexington later this week, as the Wildcats prepare to redeem last season’s 9-16 disaster, the program’s first losing season in over 30 years. compiled all the sights and sounds of moving day over the weekend.

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Kentucky Bourbon Trail Prepares For Summer | New Tue, 01 Jun 2021 05:11:45 +0000

Restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic will end on June 11 and travel resumes.

And the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is celebrating its 22nd anniversary with a new passport and field guide for all 18 distilleries on the trail as well as 19 on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.

“Visits have started to increase from March and we are getting busier and busier as COVID restrictions are lifted and the weather improves,” Nicole Ebelhar, head of the experience of people living there, said last week. visitors to Owensboro’s Green River Distilling Co.. “We look forward to opening at full capacity on June 11.”

Green River Distilling is the western anchor point on the trail.

The new KDA guide and passport contains 150 pages of attraction information, including maps and suggested routes, cocktail recipes, treats, tasting notes, and data on participating distilleries on the trail and its companion, Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.

Green River Distilling has a timeless old-fashioned recipe in the guide.

A press release says, “And here’s the best part: Passport stamps now unlock access to special collector’s bottles and private barrel selections, bar memorabilia, tastings and other unique rewards in. the 18 participating Kentucky Bourbon Trail distilleries. ”

Eric Gregory, President of KDA, said: “We are really thrilled with all of the rewards that now come with your Passport stamp. Visitors are clamoring for distinct bottles and exclusive souvenirs that they can only get in Kentucky. We listened and our distilleries worked hard to uplift their Kentucky Bourbon trip.

Adam Johnson, Senior Trail Director, said passport owners will be able to register their field guide online to receive the latest news and events at their favorite distilleries.

The guide has information on things like whether the distillery has an on-site restaurant or cocktails available, accepts reservations online, produces other spirits besides bourbon and other things.

The new Passport and Field Guide is available at participating distilleries for $ 5.99.

The proceeds from the sale go to KDA’s corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives.

The passport and field guide also includes the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, which KDA established in 2012 as the only tourist attraction in the country to feature the state’s boutique distilleries.

People who already have passports from the beginning of this year have until December 31 to use them.

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Lafayette and Sayre win district championships Tue, 01 Jun 2021 03:57:23 +0000

LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) – This week the playoffs have arrived for the Kentucky high school baseball and softball teams. A welcome sight since their entire season was canceled last season due to the pandemic.

Here in Lexington, several tournaments take place across the city. The 43rd District softball tournament kicked off Monday between LCA and Dunbar.

While softball tournaments are just beginning, baseball tournaments are coming to an end. Sayre faced Frederick Douglass for the 42nd District Championship earlier in the day. Then Lafayette faced LCA for the 43rd district championship in a nightcap.

Bryan Kennedy of ABC 36 provides highlights from the day’s games.

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Bryan Kennedy is from Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY, where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Audiovisual Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his Masters in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While in the UK, Bryan was the general manager of the campus television station. He also did sports, anchor, production and even weather reporting for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari’s first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports journalist. Prior to coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter for WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. It anchored over four hours of news each day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. In the south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending just over two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He’s extremely excited to cover central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send article ideas

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Two Memorial Day Stories: Balancing Honor and Celebration – Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Mon, 31 May 2021 18:19:36 +0000

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-05-31 14:08:47 – The Kentuckies, who gave their lives to protect our country’s freedom, were mourned Monday at the National Guard Center Boon monument. They fought in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium and Germany during the war and made the ultimate sacrifice for their own country. Lynn Roman’s son, Staff Sgt. Darin Potter is on behalf of the monument. He worked in Iraq. “His troops were transported to Iraq and they were tasked with setting up prisons. “The Kentucky Guardsmen were killed in action for the first time since Vietnam and returned to the memorial service each year,” the Romans said. Remember, ”the Romans said, but sometimes it seems to be forgotten. It has about 1.3 million active personnel, or less than 0.005% of the U.S. population, according to military data. The gulf between those who serve the army, those who know who serve the army and those who do not is only widening. “Family”, said the Romans, but it seems they are two different birthdays. How do you change what you see? Governor Andy Bescher has an idea: “I am not in military service, but I lost a friend in the war and the 9/11 attacks. September 11 was an attack on the tower. He is dead. If you feel and think about what these military and female families are feeling, we can respect them in our daily lives, ”said Bescher. Call for Freedom Restrictions-COVID Relaxation. But Governor Bescher says what’s important to understand is the ultimate price paid for true freedom. Remember why we are celebrating this day. For barbecues and ceremonies. Remember all the victims and spend the day in the backyard with peace of mind. Whatever you do today. With them today so that everyone else can enjoy this freedom. No one is with me, ”he said. Webster County Private Army Winstell Hearell died aged 19 when struck by a working train.

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Kentucky Hires Skyy Clark Lockdown on Official Visit – Louisville / Jefferson County, Kentucky Mon, 31 May 2021 00:39:06 +0000

5 stars 2022 Kentucky Commit Sky clark Locked down his official visit.

He announced on Twitter on Monday that the Wildcats’ only verbal engagement in the 2022 class would be an official visit to the UK from June 11-13. The NCAA recruiting dead period, which lasted for over a year, finally ended on June 1.

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Kentucky’s only entry in the 2022 category, Clark is ranked 10th overall according to the 247Sports Composite industry average. He announced in early April that he would remain a member of the 2022 class instead of reclassifying in 2021 and joining the team this summer.

Clark, a Californian-born Christian who attended Brentwood Academy and Endsworth in Nashville, announced earlier this month that he would be moving to Florida’s training center, Montverde Academy, which won the US Championship. last season.

Clark signed up for Kentucky last October and picked the Wildcats over North Carolina, UCLA and Memphis. He devoted himself to the Wildcats even after the senior recruiter left. Joel justus In Arizona.

As a junior last season, Clark set an academic record for Endsworth’s singles match with 51 points in the season opener. He and his brother ZZ left the high school season at the end of January due to a COVID-19 pandemic. Did.

Clark wowed 247Sports national recruiting analyst Travis Bramham with his Mokan Elite game at the KC Classic in Kansas City last weekend.

“It was my first time watching Sky Clark at 247Sports since the start of the pandemic, but he wasn’t disappointed. Kentucky’s five-star effort was exceptional as a playmaker and host throughout the weekend. But it gave me an awesome scoring moment, “to remind him he’s got more than a bucket,” Branham wrote.

“Clark has a long standing reputation as a creative, skilled and artisan bucket bucket, but he also possesses extraordinary passing ability, vision and feel. Note and be creative in painting. Coupled with Clark’s abilities, he becomes a dynamic playmaker. He is a facilitator who attracts the attention of the defense and creates opportunities for his teammates. “

The 6-foot, 3,200-pound Clark has the same physique and attacking style as the former British Guard. Isaia brisco However, use a more consistent bounding jumper.

247 Sports screening report:: The best build for combo guards. A powerful athlete with the strength to play in traffic. Very soft shot. A legitimate 3-level goalscorer with a wide range. Creative scorer Dribble-off. Passing and finishing work well with both hands. It is tied to the score, but you can watch the court and pass a timely pass. The ball handler is good, but you can afford to tighten the grip. Powerful defenders and rebounders. He is also a versatile and opportunistic defender. – Jerry Meyer

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City’s door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination campaign brings information to Lexingtonians Sun, 30 May 2021 18:19:00 +0000

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – The city of Lexington is stepping up efforts to encourage Lexingtonians to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with a new city-run door-to-door operation.

Community outreach organizers with Lex Do This! The campaign went door-to-door this weekend with information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

About 600 households were affected this weekend, according to the city.

“We kind of simplify the message by bringing it directly to people,” said community outreach organizer Laurent Vesely. “We just want to make things as easy as possible for people who might be busy, who might need the most recent information, who might be skeptical. We want Lexington to be a model city so that we can get community immunity. “

About 60% of Lexington’s adult population has been vaccinated, but Mayor Linda Gorton has said she wants that number to rise to at least 70%.

“This is an effort to get those last 10% or so of people vaccinated so that we can feel very comfortable being healthy,” Gorton said. “Sometimes people just need the information.”

As vaccination rates statewide begin to decline, the city of Lexington is using the old-fashioned method of prospecting to reinvent its approach.

The vaccination campaign focuses on underserved communities in its first few weeks.

“Throughout the pandemic, we continued to focus on underserved neighborhoods to make sure those neighbors had access to COVID-19 testing first, and now COVID-19 vaccine,” Gorton said.

The flyers distributed included information in Spanish and English about the COVID-19 vaccine and where to get the vaccine.

A mobile vaccination clinic at Centro de San Juan Diego will be held on June 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The City of Lexington is also looking for volunteers to help knock on doors during the month of July.

For more information on how you can help, you can call 859-258-3100 or email

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Kentucky Department of Education Launches Summer Learning Initiative to Promote Literacy and Math Sun, 30 May 2021 05:00:00 +0000

The Kentucky Department of Education has launched its Summer Boost: Reading and Mathematics program, as well as a series of Summer Support Web Pages, in partnership with the Children’s Reading Foundation, Scholastic and the Summer Food Service Program.

The Kentucky Department of Education has launched its Summer Boost: Reading and Mathematics program, as well as a series of Summer Support web pages. (Photo by Amy Wallot)

The Summer Support webpages offer literacy and math information and resources to encourage students and families to make learning a part of daily summer routines in communities across Kentucky. The web pages will also feature a virtual read-aloud series that will allow children to listen to stories read by guests.

Summer foodservice programs participating in the Summer Boost: Reading and Mathematics program will promote family engagement in reading and math by providing free books and fun items – like bracelets, bookmarks and magnets – to motivate and remind families to read 20 minutes every day. They will also direct families to a collection of online math games suitable for different ages.

“With the kind of year we have just had, it is vitally important to keep our children involved in improving their reading and math skills over the summer,” said the commissioner to education Jason E. Glass. “We hope our families will take advantage of this great opportunity that allows children to continue learning in a fun way.”

This article originally appeared at Kentucky teacher, a publication of the Kentucky Department of Education.

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