A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Walmart wants to give entrepreneurs a big break; apply now to make your case during ‘Open Call’

Often times, the best ideas are right in our own back yard. So, why not you? Attention entrepreneurs, Walmart is looking to serve up the big break you’ve been looking for during Walmart’s Open Call  scheduled for June 13, 2018 in Bentonville, Arkansas. You can apply now for a chance to secure a seat at a table with one of the company’s buyers by visiting the website; the deadline is May 4.   “Walmart’s...

Toyota out of starting gate with all-new, diverse 2019 Avalon at the Georgetown production plant

With the Kentucky Derby just two weeks away, Toyota unveiled the newest addition to a strong stable of vehicles at its plant in the Bluegrass State: the all-new 2019 Avalon. And, a quick jump out of the starting gate is expected. Built on its Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) manufacturing platform, this fifth generation of the Avalon has proven to be the “future of Toyota manufacturing,” said...

UK graduate student climbs out of his opioid addiction to do research, start a foundation

By Olivia Ramirez University of Kentucky Alex Elswick is earning his doctorate at the University of Kentucky. He’s also the founder of a nonprofit organization and a leader in the fight against the opioid epidemic. And, Elswick is in long-term recovery from an opioid use disorder. Like it does for so many, Elswick’s opioid use disorder began with a prescription. After having his wisdom...

Takigawa Corp. America breaks ground on $46m packaging plant in Nelson County, creating 180 jobs

Gov. Matt Bevin joined company and Nelson County officials Friday as Takigawa Corp. America broke ground on its $46 million flexible packaging and high-performance films plant expected to create 180 jobs. “Today represents an exciting moment for Takigawa, Nelson County and the commonwealth, as we continue to solidify our position as a prime location for investment in the food and beverage industry,”...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Wild weather makes deciphering Spring white base runs challenging

By Lee McClellan Dept. of Fish and Wildlife This spring seems like one long continuation of late winter. As soon as we get a warm day, the temperature plunges and we are back in February again. It even snowed on Monday of the third week of April. This up and down weather combined with cold rains has the spring fishing season behind by a few weeks. The spawning runs of white bass into the headwaters...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Hunters, anglers can’t have too many knives needed for outdoor chores

Hunters and anglers can’t have too many knives. It’s not about hoarding or collecting, but rather having the right tool for every job. We’re talking primarily about blades for eviscerating, skinning, and de-boning game, including shears and saws to aid in the butchering, and tools to scale, skin, and fillet fish. All these tools, and more, are needed for the wide range of outdoor chores. Here’s...

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport airfare lowest in the region again, according to DOT

The U.S. Department of Transportation released its average airfare ranking report for fourth quarter 2017. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is once again the lowest fare airport in the region. Below is a summary of the results related to CVG: CVG average fare ranked #76 compared to #42 in 4Q 2016, an improvement of 34 positions CVG average fare of $324 decreased 13 percent...

DWM announces $4K grants available from Waste Tire Trust Fund; counties urged to apply for funds

Kentucky counties can now apply for $4,000 in waste tire recycling and removal grants from money that is available through the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) Waste Tire Trust Fund. “Eligible expenses under this grant are the actual costs that the county incurs during the grant period for recycling or disposal of waste tires,” said Gary Logsdon, manager of...

The feuding McCoy brothers’ grave sites in Catlettsburg Cemetery get markers, historic sign

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today  Another connection to the Hatfield and McCoy feud can now be found in a northeastern Kentucky cemetery, 90 miles from the Pikeville area where the battles took place. 
While the majority of the family’s battle happened in Pike County, the bodies of James and Floyd McCoy of the McCoy clan are buried on a hill in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. The brothers married women...

Bevin makes appointments to Board of Education, including Hal Heiner who resigns his cabinet post

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced appointees to the Kentucky Board of Education. The appointees include: Hal Heiner of Louisville who resigned as Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. He has also been a member of the Asbury University Board of Trustees, the University of Louisville Board of Overseers, the Summit Academy Board of Trustees, and the Metro Leadership Foundation — an...

Rep. Jody Richards, 80, former House Speaker, is among those who are retiring from the legislature

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A large number of Kentucky lawmakers are not seeking re-election this year, so barring a special session on tax reform or other issues, Saturday was the last day they convened in their chambers on the third floor of the State Capitol.   Among them was Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, a member of the House since 1976, who also served as Speaker from 1995-2008. 
He...

Gov. Bevin’s comments that school closures led to sexual assault, poisoning of children, draw ire

NKyTribune staff Reaction was swift and critical to comments made late Friday by Gov. Matt Bevin that protests in Frankfort by Kentucky teachers, which resulted in the closure of more than 30 school districts, led to sexual assault and poisoning of children. Gov. Bevin (LRC photo) Thousands of teachers were on hand Friday as the Kentucky General Assembly began the last two days of its regular session. Bevin...

Churchill Downs announces changes to Derby Week parking and traffic plan; check website, apps for info

Churchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill Downs”), home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, announced today its new parking and traffic plan for Derby Week and the launch of kentuckyderbyparking.com. Significant changes have been made ahead of the 2018 season to improve the arrival experience for guests planning to visit the historic track during Derby Week, which begins with Opening Night on Saturday,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors : The groundhog celebrated in folklore/hunted as a varmint because of crop damage

The groundhog (Marmota monax), a.k.a. the woodchuck, is celebrated in folklore as a weather prognosticator. Every February 2nd America’s most most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, delivers his annual prediction for the beginning of warm weather from Gobbler’s Knob, a hill outside of Punxsutawney, Pa., a small town 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. The groundhog is a member of family Sciuridae,...

First Lady, Anthem announce donation of 10,000 duffle bags for KY foster youth; $15K for #WeAreKY!

First Lady Glenna Bevin today joined Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kentucky Medicaid to announce donations from Anthem to the First Lady’s Foundation, #WeAreKy!, Inc., and the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. First Lady Bevin Anthem presented a $15,000 donation for the First Lady’s #WeAreKy! Foundation to further programs aimed...