A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky Travel Industry, Hotel/Lodging associations merge, citing common goals and impact

The Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) announced that the Kentucky Hotel and Lodging Association (KH&LA) has merged into KTIA. It will be effective August 1. This merger follows national trends of trade associations merging to eliminate duplicative efforts while strengthening existing associations through the unification and coordination of actions within the industry. Members of the...

State says providers have ‘misinterpreted’ guidelines for Medicaid for pregnant women, children

Staff report The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services said pregnant women and children are eligible to receive all Medicaid services, including dental and vision, and have issued updated information and guidance to providers. “We’ve received reports that some providers have misinterpreted earlier training and guidance, and we regret any confusion that caused Kentuckians on Medicaid to...

Lawmakers hear pros and cons on death penalty in Kentucky at legislative committee meeting

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s use of the death penalty, including comments from proponents and opponents, was the topic of a legislative committee meeting Friday. Since 1976, Kentucky has executed three death row inmates, two of whom waived their appeals, according to Andrew English, general counsel for the Justice Cabinet. “Since 2010, we were under an injunction by the courts to cease...

Don’t dig until you call; strict fines in force now — and will be enforced — if pipelines are damaged

Excavators, including homeowners, could be subject to strict fines if they dig up and damage underground utility facilities.   Legislation enacted by the 2018 General Assembly, which takes effect July 14, is designed to cut down on the number of incidents that occur, especially to natural gas or hazardous liquid pipelines. 
The state Public Service Commission said they will investigate dig-ins...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Field to Fork workshop aimed at helping inexperienced hunters learn archery skills

Designed for adults with little or no experience hunting white-tailed deer with bows and arrows, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) will host a Field to Fork workshop on Saturday, July 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Field to Fork workshops have been held in Kentucky for several years.This is the first year for an archery workshop, but in the past workshops have been held...

Sixty Kentucky Air National Guardsmen return home safely after deployment to Persian Gulf

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It was an especially happy Fourth of July 4 for the families of more than 60 Kentucky Air National Guard members who returned from their four-month Persian Gulf deployment on Wednesday. Photos from Kentucky National Guard The Airmen, who arrived aboard Kentucky Air Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft, had been working from an undisclosed air base, flying troops and cargo across...

SPLASH Body Safety Guide is tool to help adults protect children from sexual abuse, keep them safe

With summertime in full swing and as children spend more time at the pool, friends’ houses, and with new caregivers, partners in the Kosair Charities® Face It Movement have released a new tool, SPLASH Body Safety Guide.   The new tool offers a guide for parents and caregivers to review important information with children about their bodies, body safety, and personal boundaries.   “As an organization...

Lawrenceburg woman out for Saturday drive wins $125,000 on Kentucky Lottery instant game

Sharon Bickers and her husband Tommy, of Lawrenceburg, were just out for a joy ride on Saturday when they stopped at Liberty Shell Mart in Liberty. Tommy and Sharon Bickers of Lawrenceburg won $125,000 on a $10 Kentucky Lottery instant game (provided photos). Sharon Bickers decided to purchase a $10 Xtreme Cash Scratch-off ticket.  It’s one of the Kentucky Lottery’s large 8-inch by 8-inch extended...

Circuit court clerks from around the state gathered for Spring Conference and updated training

Circuit Clerks from around the state gathered at the Circuit Court Clerks Spring Conference for sessions on driver’s licensing, court technology, best practices and more. Among them were Kenton County County Circuit Clerk John Middleton who is president of the group this year, Campbell County’s Tonya Nolan Jack and Boone County’s Dianne Murray. The circuit clerks also received updates on legislation...

Governor files motion urging court to fully decide constitutionality of pension reform law

Gov. Bevin’s legal team has filed a motion urging the court to resolve whether the 2018 pension reform legislation, Senate Bill 151, violates the inviolable contract and the Contracts Clause of the Kentucky Constitution. The motion follows the lawsuit filed by Attorney General Andy Beshear attacking the pension reform bill and the June 20 opinion in Franklin Circuit Court, which invalidated SB 151...

‘Making patterns’ and creating powerful fiction, Kentucky’s Bobbie Ann Mason offers ‘Patchwork’

By Mack McCormick and Whitney Hale University Press of Kentucky Life is a quilt — random bits of memory that somehow fit together, forming a cohesive yet unlikely pattern. One of the best ways to uncover these seemingly hidden patterns, as demonstrated by Kentucky writer and University of Kentucky alumna Bobbie Ann Mason, is through fiction. “Writing fiction is a way of making patterns, discovering...

Nationwide federal health care fraud sweep results in 10 indictments in Kentucky

A health care fraud sweep in the Western District of Kentucky, including three health care providers, is part of the nationwide health care fraud takedown led by the Justice Department.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the sweep the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving more than 590 charged defendants across 58 federal districts, including...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Looking back on spring turkey season; harvest downturn raised questions

Kentucky’s 2018 spring wild turkey season was a head scratcher — certainly not what most hunters have experienced in recent years. From county to county, the harvest varied, but overall, the turkey harvest was down statewide. Post-season, hunters are pondering a few puzzling questions. In some counties, hunters reported observing fewer turkeys and hearing less gobbling than in recent years....

Rep. Keene says he’ll be pre-filing legislation in response to nonprofit complaints about state’s tax changes

After hearing numerous complaints from non-profit organizations upset with the impact the state’s new tax changes will have on them, state Rep. Dennis Keene said today he will pre-file legislation that would exempt non-profits from the legislation’s provisions that will take effect July 1, 2018. “This law, which was written in secret and passed entirely by the majority on the same day the public...

Kentucky Lottery to do trial introduction of ‘Win Place Show’ game based on results of live horse racing

The Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s Board of Directors has approved a trial introduction of “Win Place Show,” a lottery game based on the results of live horse racing. The pilot test will begin March 24, 2019. The pilot will consist of the game being offered in limited release at approximately 45 stores in the Louisville, Lexington and Northern Kentucky regions and is expected to span 90 days. The...