A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Ag Commissioner announces partnership to open new career path for state’s high school students

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced a state partnership that will open a new career path for Kentucky high school students. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has added Agricultural Pesticide Applicator Certification to the list of qualified KDE industry certifications in a partnership with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). The certification would qualify students...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The American Goldfinch, male turns bright yellow as days lengthen in spring

Adult males turn a bright yellow in what seems like just a matter of days, as if they were blooming wildflowers, when the days begin to lengthen in spring. The American Goldfinch undergoes two molts a year. It sheds and re-grows most of its feathers before the onset of cold weather, then sheds and re-grows all its feathers, excepts for its wings and tail, in the spring. (Photo provided) The American...

Kentucky’s military bases get big boost from new defense spending bill approved by U.S. Senate

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The $716 billion National Defense Authorization Act approved by the Senate includes a sizeable amount for military bases and other facilities in Kentucky.   According to a statement from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville, the bill authorizes more than $150 million in funding for military construction projects at installations in Kentucky in addition to other defense...

Poor People’s Campaign lacked permit for demonstration inside state Capitol, says State Police

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s a simple explanation why teachers were allowed to protest inside the Capitol this spring and the Poor People’s Campaign was not allowed to protest inside in three separate rallies, Kentucky State Police said.   The Poor People’s Campaign only applied for a permit that let them use the front steps of the Capitol while the teachers filled out the proper paperwork...

Nine-member bipartisan panel of state legislature to look at sports wagering legislation for the state

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today  A bipartisan House and Senate panel is being formed to craft legislation to allow sports wagering in Kentucky.   A decision last month by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow states to decide their own fate of sports betting means, for the first time since 1992, wagering on sports will not be limited to only Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. 
Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville;...

Poor People’s Campaign again denied access to KY’s State Capitol; have message and bible for Bevin

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today For the fourth time in two weeks, members of the Poor People’s Campaign were not allowed to enter the State Capitol en masse on Monday.   Kentucky State Police Facilities Security officers told the protesters once again that only two members at a time would be allowed inside and, when those two left, then two more would be admitted. 
Paul Trickel, a social worker from...

Kentucky taking regional approach to developing support for start-ups, entrepreneurs

To better serve, attract and develop innovators and startups, Kentucky will deploy a new regional approach to developing high-tech, high-potential-growth businesses, while continuing to assist small businesses seeking support. KY Innovation, the state’s recently launched initiative supporting businesses founders and growing companies, will soon begin implementing Regional Innovation for Startups...

Kentucky awarded nearly $1.1 million grant for apprenticeships from U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Dept. of Labor (USDOL) has announced that the Kentucky Labor Cabinet has been awarded $1,085,871 under the ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant Initiative to continue efforts to grow Registered Apprenticeships throughout the Commonwealth. “Receiving this funding is a testament to the success we’ve had expanding Registered Apprenticeships across the state and countless opportunities...

Beth Underwood: Like any good fairytale, The Kentucky Castle’s story is far from over

It’s not a horse farm or a basketball arena. Nor is it a bourbon distillery. Nevertheless, its one of Kentucky’s most memorable landmarks. For almost 50 years, The Kentucky Castle, located on the county line between Lexington and Versailles, has been turning heads and piquing the curiosity of all who pass by. I was knee high to a grasshopper when construction began, but remember watching it come...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky’s semi-aquatic turtle population highest in western streams

On a warm, spring day, it’s not unusual to see a row of semi-aquatic turtles basking in the sun on a log floating in a pond, small lake, stream, or wetland. A few species are found statewide, but the highest populations are in western Kentucky. Anglers are probably most familiar with the largest of these turtles. The Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina), found in waterways throughout the...

Will Eastern KY capture a share of the enormous wealth to be transferred in the next generation?

By Ron Daley Special to NKyTribune Eastern Kentucky and the United States of America are in the midst of the greatest “transfer of wealth” (TOW) in the nation’s history. Research estimates that $72 trillion will transfer from one generation to another in the next decade, 2017 through 2026, representing a TOW opportunity of over $7.7 trillion. TOW is an estimate of American household wealth from...

Lawmakers named to permanent child welfare committee created by passage of HB 1

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislative leaders have named most of the members of the permanent Child Welfare and Oversight Advisory Committee created by the passage of House Bill 1, the adoption and foster care reform measure in the 2018 General Assembly. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, named three Republican members: Sens. Julie Raque Adams of Louisville, Tom Buford of Nicholasville...

Ross, Sinclaire & Associates hires retiring Pendleton County Schools superintendent Strong

Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, LLC (RSA) has hired Anthony Strong, a veteran public school administrator with expertise in financing education-related projects, as a vice president of business development. Strong Strong, who is retiring June 30 as superintendent of Pendleton County Schools after leading the district since 2011, will join RSA’s Lexington office. “Anthony Strong was an...

State Board of Elections certifies Kentucky Primary results, issues Certificates of Nomination

The State Board of Elections has certified vote totals from the May 22 Primary Election and issued certificates of nomination to candidates who received the highest number of votes in the election, said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief elections official. Official results from the election are available at GoVoteKY.com. More than 792,000 Kentuckians, approximately 23.5...

Rural Blog: Plan to put huge array of solar panels on a mined mountaintop could depend on more mining

Plans by EDF Renewables to put the largest solar farm ever built in Kentucky on a mined mountaintop are in limbo because of a coal company years behind in the cleanup that must come first, is dragging its feet. The $150 million project was proposed a year ago, and would be located on Bent Mountain in the state’s easternmost county, James Bruggers reports for Inside Climate News. If the project...