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KY Speedway – video Q&A with Mark Simendinger; GM talks about 2017 and what to expect this year

NKyTribune staff Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger reflects on the 2017 racing season and looks ahead to 2018. Simendinger Highlights include Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last race as a NASCAR Monster Cup driver at Kentucky Speedway in the Quaker State 400. Other highlights of the tripleheader weekend included Governor Matt Bevin driving the pace car and delivering the checkered flag by...

Senate approves end to shutdown, 81-18, until Feb. 8; McConnell agrees to discuss immigration

BREAKING NEWS: The Senate reached a deal on to end the shutdown and voted 81-18 to approve the bill. Sen. McConnell said he would open debate on immigration in the coming weeks. The funding for opening the government runs through February 8 and also includes CHIP funding for children’s health insurance. The bill now goes back to the House for approval this afternoon. Earlier today: A government...

Kentucky’s Scott Jennings named Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School

Dawson Springs native Scott Jennings, a conservative columnist and CNN Political Commentator, has been appointed a Resident Fellow for the Spring semester at The Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Scott Jennings A native of Dawson Springs, Jennings graduated from the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center for Political Leadership in 2000 and has been part...

No definite public pension plan yet in sight, but it’s top of mind for legislators as session gets underway

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation to reform Kentucky’s public pension plans has not yet been introduced and there’s no word on when it will happen. 
The issue is something they talk about every day, according to House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne. 
“We’ve got a lot of information back from the retirement systems, we’ve met with the Senate about it now twice, and we’ve requested...

‘Adoption czar’ Dan Dumas’ contract terminated as Gov. Bevin decides to ‘move in a different direction’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A spokesman for Gov. Matt Bevin said the decision to terminate the contract of the state’s adoption czar was made because the administration “has decided to move in a different direction.”


 Dan Dumas, an author and former professor of Christian ministry and leadership at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, had been appointed in May to be...

Larry Blundred to be at Crestview Hills’ Joseph-Beth Friday to sign ‘Staying Resilient’ about wife’s survival

Cincinnati author Larry Blundred and his wife, Donna, will appear at a book signing on Friday at 7 p.m. at Joseph-Beth’s Crestview Hills. Blundred wrote the newly released Staying Resilient: When Life Throws You More Than a Curveball (Winters Publishing, Greensburg, 2017). The 112-page book reveals the author’s journey of resiliency after Donna was diagnosed with a Grade IV brain tumor in June...

Here is the list of the 70 programs that Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget eliminates altogether

Gov. Matt Bevin unveiled the highlights of his proposed budget Tuesday. During his State of the Commonwealth and Budget speech, he mentioned eliminating 70 state-funded programs. The budget zeroes out funding for a total of 70 programs as identified in the table below.

Gov. Bevin’s Address: 6.25% cut to most agencies, fund pensions, workforce training, protect SEEK . . .

Gov. Matt Bevin tonight delivered his 2018 State of the Commonwealth and Budget Address to the General Assembly and fellow Kentuckians, outlining his plan to continue getting the state’s financial house in order. “Kentucky has just completed a truly transformative year of achievement, where many important seeds of progress were sown,” said Gov. Bevin. “However, the truth remains that after...

U.S. Civil Rights Trail launched on MLK Day, involves more than 130 landmarks; KY hosts three sites

Visitors can literally walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, John Lewis and other African American activists, thanks to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail that launches on King’s birthday.  For the first time, Southern tourism departments have worked together to link the country’s most important civil rights sites – more than 130 landmarks, including museums,...

Kenton County Public Library one of three statewide to be chosen to launch LEAF adults skills program

Kenton County is one of three Kentucky counties chosen for a pilot program for the official launch of the Library Economic Advantage Forum – or LEAF – initiative, a partnership between the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE) Skills U and the Kentucky Career Center (KCC) system. The LEAF initiative has been created to address the needs of Kentucky’s...

Kentucky State Police have good news — a nine percent decrease in highway fatalities in KY for 2017

For the first time in several years, 2017 saw a decrease in highway fatalities, according to preliminary figures released by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and Kentucky State Police on Thursday.   The number fell from 834 in 2016 to 770 in 2017, a drop of over nine percent, which is the lowest total since 2013, when 638 fatalities were recorded. 
Highway Safety Executive Director Dr. Noelle...

American Cornhole Organization brings major to Owensboro, site of last year’s World Championship

American Cornhole Organization will bring the best players from across the country to Owensboro, back to the place of last year’s World Championships of Cornhole, for the ninth Major of ACO Season 13, January 19 and 20. The Major will be played at the Owensboro Convention Center, located at 501 W 2nd St., Owensboro, KY 42301 ACO Majors are the focal point of the Season, where top players and social...

Prichard Committee elects new officers, including William Wilson as chair, of the advocacy group

William H. Wilson, a former educational television executive and higher education leader, has been elected chair of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Wilson’s extensive background in education and communications includes service as Deputy Executive Director for Education and Outreach for Kentucky Educational Television. After retiring from that position, the Lexington native was Associate...

Ag Commissioner Quarles opens new front on hunger in Kentucky: summer meals for children

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles unveiled an initiative that will open a new front on combating food insecurity: summer meals for Kentucky children. In a speech at the Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Commissioner Quarles announced that the Kentucky-grown Fruit and Vegetable Incentive Program (K-VIP) will create an economic incentive for summer meal programs to buy fruit and vegetables...

KY National Guard unit, 613th Engineer Facility Detachment, departs for Middle East for year

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A small Kentucky National Guard unit was joined by family, friends and Guard leadership last week as they departed for a year-long deployment to the Middle East.   Around 20 members of the Springfield-based 613th Engineer Facility Detachment heard from Maj. Gen. Stephen Hogan, Kentucky’s adjutant general.   
“The infrastructure you will build up will help stabilize...