A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

AAA reports gas prices at their highest for the year but starting to stall; switch to summer blend done

Gas prices in the region continue to climb, although the pace has slowed somewhat in the past few days. Local refiners wrapped up the switch to summer-blend gasoline, resulting in significant price increases over the last two weeks. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.42. This price is a penny more expensive than one week ago, 13 cents more than one month ago...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: What is old becomes new again — swimbaits will fool that trophy fish

By Lee McClellan Special to NKyTribune (This is the sixth installment of the “Spring Fishing Fever” series of articles detailing productive fishing techniques and opportunities across Kentucky. The series will continue until early summer. An archive of past articles is available on the department’s website at www.fw.ky.gov). Anglers with a bit of salt in their hair remember fondly the venerable...

Kentucky State Parks’ Family Adventure Quest gears up for season 12; online registration now available

The Kentucky State Parks’ Family Adventure Quest is fresh and new for its 12th year with a convenient online registration available for the first time. Family Adventure Quest is a digital photo scavenger hunt for families or friends that features “quests” at state parks across the state. By correctly answering these quests, your team can qualify for prizes while at the same time experiencing...

Red Tape Reduction helps bring televised live WWE back to KY with events in Bowling Green, Louisville

Kentucky wrestling fans got a double dose of WWE excitement this week with events in Bowling Green and Louisville. The Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission (KBWC) worked with WWE to coordinate consecutive live events that attracted Kentucky professional wrestling fans from across the state. Thousands of fans flocked to WWE Live on Monday night in Bowling Green at E.A. Diddle Arena and SmackDown...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Rising water temperatures result in best largemouth bass fishing of the year

When water temperatures in Kentucky’s small lakes, streams and major reservoirs rise into the mid-to-upper 60s largemouth bass begin feeding along the shoreline, in preparation for spawning. For fly fishermen it’s the start of some of the best largemouth bass fishing of the year. This “topwater” action continues post-spawn into May, when water temperatures warm into the mid-to-upper 70s, and...

Annual Kentucky Gives Day underway; prizes awarded to nonprofits throughout the day

The fifth annual Kentucky Gives Day is underway, and Kentuckians near and far are asked to support the causes they care about at www.kygives.org through 11:59 p.m. (EST) today. The 24-hour online giving campaign, which last year broke the $1 million mark, began at 12 a.m. “Already, Kentuckians are showing their generosity, supporting their favorite causes across the state,” said Danielle Clore,...

72 Tri-State veterans to take Honor Flight on Tuesday from CVG to DC to visit war memorials

Seventy-two Tri-State veterans and their guardians will take an Honor Flight from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) Tuesday destined for Washington D.C. to see memorials and participate in ceremonies that honor their service to their country. An earlier Honor Flight   Honor Flight Tri-State’s sole mission is to fly veterans 65+, who served stateside or overseas, to their memorials...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Elk quota hunt application deadline is rapidly approaching

By Kevin Kelly Special to NKyTribune Twenty years ago this December, seven elk were released atop Potato Knob in Perry County in front of thousands of onlookers. The landmark restoration of a free roaming elk herd in Kentucky was off and running. Fast forward to present day. There are now more elk in Kentucky than any state east of the Rocky Mountains and each year the prospect of harvesting one compels...

‘The Race is On’ Kentucky Derby exhibit comes to My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown

My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown will open “The Race is On” exhibit on the traditions of the Kentucky Derby on April 18. The new exhibit includes items from the world-famous horse, Secretariat, including his winning Preakness Stakes flower blanket garland, winning bets, and racing silks from Secretariat’s horse farm “The Meadow!” Also, see costumes worn by Diane Lane...

Kentucky DPH 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign focuses on opioid abuse, overdoses, Narcan

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is emphasizing the importance of naloxone education and services for communities to  address the impact of opioid abuse. Public health officials say the program is particularly timely following a recent report of a death in Louisville linked...

It’s highway construction season and time for orange barrels, blacktop — and saving the monarch butterfly

With highway construction season kicking off in April, orange barrels and freshly laid blacktop have become a common site throughout the state, but the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is also paving the way this spring for one of nature’s black and orange phenomenon: the monarch butterfly. In addition to continuing the Cabinet’s traditional planting of wildflowers along state roadsides,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Vertical jigging for walleye, sauger, saugeye — Spring’s overlooked presentation

Vertical jigging may be the most overlooked presentation for catching walleye, sauger and saugeye in Kentucky’s lakes and rivers during the spring. In March and April these fish stack up below dams in rivers and lake tailwaters, and move into the headwaters of reservoirs, drawn by the current from feeder creeks and rivers. They school by size and concentrate around bottom structure, facing into...

Rural Blog: Appalachian youth have no loyalty to coal, seek alternatives to stay home, CSM reports

Teddy Martin, a former Eastern Kentucky coal miner who teaches at a vocational school in Hindman, is trying to teach Appalachian youth that there is a promising future in the region that does not revolve around coal, Zack Colman reports for The Christian Science Monitor. Photo by Alfredo Sosa/Christian Science Monitor Martin “hopes that learning trades will allow his students to stay in Hindman...

STEP grants available for small businesses in Kentucky looking to grow international sales

For Kentucky small businesses looking to begin or grow their international sales, funds are still available through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). STEP grants, administered by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and awarded by the US Small Business Administration, reimburse up to $5,000 in expenses of small businesses as they seek foreign trade opportunities. “For small businesses...

State budget office reports General Fund receipts fell over third quarter by 11.4 percent; road fund up

The Office of State Budget Director reported today that March’s General Fund receipts fell 11.4 percent compared to March of last year, a decrease of $99.2 million.  Total revenues for the month were $770.9 million, compared to $870.1 million during March 2016.  Receipts have now grown 1.2 percent for the first nine months of FY17.  For the quarter, total General Fund collections declined 3.2...