Kentucky Derby Horses List: Expert Picks, Odds and Who Could Win

Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert assess the field for the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby.

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Death of American Fighting in Ukraine Confirmed by Family

Willy Joseph Cancel Jr., 22, died in combat earlier this week, according to his uncle. He is believed to be the first American killed while fighting in Ukraine.

#defense-and-military-forces, #kentucky, #ohio, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-marine-corps, #veterans

Gov. Andrew Beshear of Kentucky Vetoes Transgender Sports Bill

The State Legislature, which is dominated by Republicans, may override the veto. Twelve states have enacted legislation barring young transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports.

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‘I-65 Killer’ Who Terrorized Motel Clerks in the 1980s Is Identified

The authorities said they connected Harry Edward Greenwell, who died in 2013, to at least three murders in Kentucky and Indiana, using genetic genealogy.

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As His CNN+ Show Debuts, Rex Chapman Fears His Own Success

With 1.2 million Twitter followers and a show debuting on CNN+, the former N.B.A. player appears to have an enviable life. But he’s haunted by what happened the last time he was famous.

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Six Nuns Came to India to Start a Hospital. They Ended Up Changing a Country.

It is hard to overstate the boldness of what the sisters at Nazareth Hospital accomplished.

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As Biden Pleads for More Covid Aid, States Are Awash in Federal Dollars

States pushed back on a plan to take back some of their stimulus money to fund President Biden’s emergency spending request. Now Congress is trying to find other ways to offset the cost.

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Kentucky Passes Legislation Banning Abortion After 15 Weeks

The measure, approved by the Republican-controlled legislature, mirrors the Mississippi law now before the Supreme Court.

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Some Transgender People Used Remote Work to Make a Change

After transitioning in private, they are preparing to return to the workplace at a time when gender identity itself is a politically divisive issue.

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Supreme Court Lets Kentucky’s Attorney General Defend Abortion Law

After the state’s political landscape shifted in 2019, state officials of different parties disagreed about who should represent the state in the case.

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Murderer Pardoned by Kentucky’s Former Governor Is Sentenced Again

Patrick Baker’s family hosted a fund-raiser for the former governor, Matt Bevin, before he was pardoned in 2019. He was convicted by a federal jury this summer and sentenced to 42 years in prison.

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Winter Storm Expected to Bring Snow From the Dakotas to the East Coast

‘There’s more uncertainty than usual,’ one forecaster said.

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Home of Kentucky Derby Clamps Down on Bob Baffert

Anticipating a lawsuit that would challenge its ban of the Hall of Fame trainer, the track accused Baffert of “inventing excuses.”

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With Omicron, Teachers’ Unions Push for Remote Schooling, Worrying Democrats

Chicago teachers have voted to go remote. Other unions are agitating for change. For Democrats, who promised to keep schools open, the tensions are a distinctly unwelcome development.

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Coming Soon to This Coal County: Solar, in a Big Way

In Martin County, Ky., where coal production has flatlined, entrepreneurs are promising that a new solar farm atop a shuttered mine will bring green energy jobs.

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Robert H. Grubbs, 79, Dies; Chemistry Breakthrough Led to a Nobel

He helped perfect the manufacturing of compounds that are now used to make everything from plastics to pharmaceuticals, marking an advance in “green chemistry.”

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How the Building Industry Blocked Better Tornado Safeguards

Engineers know how to protect people from tornadoes like the ones that recently devastated parts of Kentucky, but builders have headed off efforts to toughen standards.

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She Fled Kabul for a New Life in Kentucky. Then the Tornado Hit.

On Dec. 11, Bowling Green, Ky. was hit by powerful tornadoes, leading to 16 fatalities. Sodaba Rahmaty and her family were among over two dozen newly arrived Afghans affected by the storm.

#afghanistan, #bowling-green-ky, #kabul-afghanistan, #kentucky, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #tornadoes

Kentucky Family of Seven Among Those Killed in Tornado

A couple, their four children and a grandmother were among the victims in Bowling Green.

#bowling-green-ky, #deaths-fatalities, #kentucky, #national-weather-service, #tornadoes

‘They Were Just Gone’: Two Baby Boys Survive Tornado in Kentucky

Without a basement, Clara Lutz of Barnsley, Ky., sheltered her infant grandsons in the bathtub for safety. A powerful tornado pulled the tub from her grip and sent the babies flying.

#kentucky, #tornadoes

After a Tornado Blew His Roof Away, He Played Piano Under an Open Sky

The morning after Jordan Baize’s house in Kentucky was destroyed, he turned to his Yamaha piano. It was a moment of calm that his sister recorded on video.

#bremen-ky, #kentucky, #music, #pianos, #theres-something-about-that-name-song, #tornadoes

Biden Will Tour Kentucky Storm Damage

President Biden will visit another disaster area in an effort to offer comfort to victims and highlight the federal government’s response.

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A Refugee Crisis Runs Into a Housing Crisis

Thousands of Afghan refugees are being released from military bases to U.S. cities to rebuild their lives. Settling them into homes amid a rental shortage is proving to be a challenge.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #kentucky, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

Why Tornado Warnings Weren’t Enough to Prevent Tragedy

Scientists have reached success rates of nearly 100 percent in predicting when and where tornadoes will strike. That hasn’t stopped people from being killed in the ferocious winds.

#deaths-fatalities, #kentucky, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #national-severe-storms-laboratory, #national-weather-service, #tornadoes

Behind Kentucky’s Tornado Recovery Plan

On states that bite the hand that feeds them.

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Jail Officer Who Led Others to Safety Is Among the 74 Killed in Tornadoes

Families were mourning in several states after a swarm of tornadoes left a trail of destruction. “It’s almost crushing how it feels,” said Kentucky’s governor, Andy Beshear.

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Kentucky Tornadoes Followed Flash Floods, Ice Storm and a Covid Spike

Even before the catastrophic storm claimed dozens of lives, a state and its governor have been repeatedly tested.

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‘A Nightmare’: Kentucky Tornado Victims Sort Through Rubble

Residents of Princeton, Ky., sifted through debris for salvageable items and cherished belongings after a tornado destroyed dozens of homes on Friday night.

#kentucky, #tornadoes

In Kentucky, Tallying the Grim Scale of Destruction

“I don’t think we’ll have seen damage at this scale, ever,” said Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky in the wake of the devastating tornadoes on Friday.

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How to Help Victims of the Tornadoes

Here’s how to pitch in as local and national volunteers and aid groups mobilize to help hard-hit areas.

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Tornadoes Tear Through South and Midwest, With at Least 70 Dead in Kentucky

Power was out across the region on Saturday, and severe storms were expected to continue.

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In a Kentucky Town Hit by a Tornado, Anguish, Worry — and Feeling Grateful to Be Alive

A tornado devastated much of Mayfield, Ky., leaving a close-knit community to grapple with what it has lost and what it will take to recover.

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What to Know About the Deadly Tornado Outbreak

Dozens of people were killed across several states on Friday night.

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The Searing Beauty, and Harsh Reality, of a Kentucky Tobacco Harvest

At a family farm in Shelby County, a group of 26 men from Nicaragua and Mexico perform the grueling seasonal work that Americans largely avoid.

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Missing Girl Is Rescued After Using Hand Signal From TikTok

The girl flashed the hand signal from a car on a Kentucky interstate, the authorities said. It was created as a way for people to indicate that they are at risk of abuse and need help.

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Book Review: ‘The Taking of Jemima Boone,’ by Matthew Pearl

“The Taking of Jemima Boone,” the first nonfiction book by the novelist Matthew Pearl, recounts a legendary abduction case that complicates our view of relations between settlers and Native Americans during westward expansion.

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Ford Will Build 4 Factories in a Big Electric Vehicle Push

The automaker and a supplier will spend $11.4 billion on three battery factories and a truck plant, creating 11,000 jobs.

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Ford picks Kentucky and Tennessee for $11.4 billion EV investment

A rendering of the BlueOvalSK campus in Glendale, Kentucky.

Enlarge / A rendering of the BlueOvalSK campus in Glendale, Kentucky. (credit: Ford)

On Monday, the Ford Motor Company announced a massive investment to build electric vehicles in Kentucky and Tennessee. Together with partner SK Innovation, it will invest $11.4 billion and create around 11,000 new jobs in the region building electric F-series pickup trucks and battery packs.

“This is our moment—our biggest investment ever—to help build a better future for America,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. “We are moving now to deliver breakthrough electric vehicles for the many rather than the few. It’s about creating good jobs that support American families, an ultra-efficient, carbon-neutral manufacturing system, and a growing business that delivers value for communities, dealers and shareholders.”

Blue Oval City in Staunton, Tennessee, will be a $5.6 billion, 3,600-acre (14.6 km2) campus that includes a vehicle assembly plant for electric pickups, as well as a joint venture BlueOvalSK battery plant. The companies say this will create nearly 6,000 new jobs and that the plant is designed to be carbon neutral with no landfill waste once it’s operational.

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#battery-electric-vehicles, #biz-it, #cars, #ford, #kentucky, #sk-innovation, #tennessee

Covid Vaccine Resisters Seek Religious Exemptions. But What Counts?

Major denominations are essentially unanimous in their support of the vaccines against Covid-19, but individuals who object are citing their personal faith for support.

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After 15 Years in Opera, Martha Prewitt Runs a Farm in Kentucky

Martha Prewitt performed as an opera singer for 15 years. But passions wane. She now runs the family farm in Kentucky, singing arias to cattle and corn. Sometimes bugs fly into her mouth.

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Kentucky Derby Winner Medina Spirit Fails Second Drug Test

The colt, trained by seven-time Derby winner Bob Baffert, stands to become the second horse in the history of the race to be disqualified for a failed test.

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Apple invests $45 million more in Gorilla Glass-maker Corning


Apple has invested an additional $45 million in US-based Corning Incorporated, the maker of Gorilla Glass, the companies announced today.

A news release from Apple says the investment will help “expand Corning’s manufacturing capacity in the US” and “drive research and development into innovative new technologies that support durability and long-lasting product life.”

The investment will come out of Apple’s $5 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund, which was established in 2017 to invest in manufacturing jobs and infrastructure in the United States related to Apple’s products like the iPhone.

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Damage Reported as Tornadoes Tear Across the South

The National Weather Service planned to survey damage in four Mississippi counties on Monday. Tornadoes were also reported in Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina.

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Biden’s Expansive Infrastructure Plan Hits Close to Home for McConnell

President Biden’s infrastructure plan could fund a long-overdue revamp of the Brent Spence Bridge between Ohio and Kentucky. But the Senate Republican leader opposes it.

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Why Kentucky Just Became the Only Red State to Expand Voting Rights

At a time when states with Republican-led legislatures are rushing to restrict ballot access, Kentucky proved the exception to the rule. The reasons are both political and logistical.

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Salmonella Outbreak Is Linked to Wild Birds and Feeders, C.D.C. Says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 19 people had been sickened in eight states.

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Porter Road’s sustainable, whole animal butchery raises $10 million to expand across the U.S.

In the nearly ten years since it launched as a whole animal butchery out of a storefront in East Nashville, the founders of Porter Road have wanted to herd America’s meat industry down a new path.

Now the company has $10 million in financing from investors including L37 Ventures, River Park Ventures, Middleland, FJ Labs, Kelvin Beachum along with previous investors MAX Ventures, Tribeca Venture Partners, and Slow Ventures to bring that mission to a broader swath of the country.

Since the company bought its own slaughterhouse back in 2015 and expanded to e-commerce in 2018 it has been shipping its selections of lamb, beef, pork, chicken and sausages from local farms to tables across the U.S.

The new money will be used to scale the company’s sustainable agriculture and its pasture-raised meat for the direct-to-consumer business, its shop in Nashville, and for wholesale distribution to restaurants around the country.

It’s going to expand its operations in Princeton, Ky with a new USDA processing facility that’s 4.5 times larger to meet new demand. That move will create 80 new jobs in the small town and is part of a broader agricultural renaissance in Kentucky.

“It’s easy to back founders who are as comfortable on the manufacturing line as they are in the boardroom, and who see the world differently and have the deep domain expertise to execute on that vision,” said L37 Partner Randall Ussery in a statement. “They have spent years perfecting the Porter Road way which no company nor incumbent can replicate overnight. They are a category killer in the meat industry and have built a moat around their brand.”

Porter Road delivery box of a selection of its steaks, sausages and bacon. Image Credit: Porter Road

One indication of the ways in which Porter Road differs from its larger competitors is in the way it handled the COVID-19 pandemic at its facilities.

Due to its limited production schedule and measures like staggered break times, mask requirements and social distancing rules, the company was able to avoid having any outbreaks at its facilities, according to the company’s co-founder and chief executive, Chris Carter. “We had a handful of people who got sick, but [COVID-19] didn’t spread in Princeton,” said Carter.

And despite the push for more plant-based diets, Carter says that his company’s focus on pasture-raised animals and whole animal butchery should appeal to folks who care about sustainable production. “We care about our farmers and we care about the way our animals are raised,” said Carter. “That’s the whole point of what we’re doing… Porter Road is about animal utilization. It’s about honoring the life of an animal so we find an outlet for every single piece.”

Porter Road is expanding its product line into cooking tallow and fats, and cross cut bones for bone marrow dishes, Carter said.

“The food system is broken and in need of a substantial change. Today’s consumer is demanding a deeper level of connection to their food and can see past misleading labels and buzzwords,” said  Carter, in a statement. “We are delivering trust, transparency, and flavor so no one has to compromise, all while supporting our farmers.”

#america, #e-commerce, #fj-labs, #food, #kentucky, #max-ventures, #meat, #nashville, #slow-ventures, #tc, #tribeca-venture-partners, #united-states, #usda

The Promises to Coal Country Are Familiar, but Can Biden Deliver?

For nearly 60 years, presidents have promised to lift up Appalachia, but many communities remain on the brink.

#appalachian-region, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coal, #kentucky, #labor-and-jobs, #mines-and-mining

‘’Til Kingdom Come’ Review: An Unusual Religious Bond

Maya Zinshtein’s revelatory documentary explores the political and philanthropic alliance of American evangelical Christians and Israeli Jews.

#til-kingdom-come-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #evangelical-movement, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #kentucky, #zinshtein-maya

Puncturing the Allure of Robert E. Lee, and Other Civil War-Era Histories

Three new books investigate Lost Cause mythology, justice in post-bellum Kentucky and the vibrant life of New Orleans’s Creole community in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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