A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky’s agricultural income rebounds but still below records; we have a lot of chickens

Kentucky agricultural cash receipts and net farm income rebounded in the past year from 2016 levels, but are still well below record levels set earlier in the decade. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2017 farm cash receipts to be $5.6 billion, which is a 3.5 percent increase from 2016. Preliminary indications also...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Good weather forecast predicted for Kentucky’s late fall turkey season

A warming trend will create good hunting conditions for the opening weekend of Kentucky’s late fall wild turkey season. The second of two fall seasons open to hunting with shotguns, the seven-day season opens tomorrow, Saturday, December 2 and continues through Friday, December 8. The forecast is calling for above normal temperatures in Central Kentucky Saturday and Sunday, then a chance of rain...

Jeff Alt to share stories about Appalachian Trail journey, sign book ‘A Walk for Sunshine’ Dec. 6

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter As snow and ice covered the ground, with sub-zero temperatures approaching quickly, Jeff Alt encountered nature’s chilling wrath as he continued a 2,160-mile walk on the Appalachian Trail. Winter had arrived, and the elements don’t hold back — not even for a gentleman who was conducting a walk from Georgia to Maine for charity. But the Cincinnati native never had...

Newport native Cowens honored Tuesday at New England Sports Museum’s awards ceremony

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Newport native Dave Cowens, a member of the NBA Hall of Fame and one of the most iconic members of the Boston Celtics during the 1970s, was honored Tuesday night at the New England Sports Museum’s annual awards ceremony, “The Tradition,” in the TD Garden in Boston. What few might not realize is the fact Cowens — who led the Celtics to a pair of NBA championships...

Ag Commissioner Quarles asks students to enter ‘Farm Gate to Dinner Plate’ poster, essay contest

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles invites Kentucky students to show in words and pictures how food gets “From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate” in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA’s) annual Poster and Essay Contest. “The food system is a complex network of farmers, processors, distributors, retailers, restaurants, and many others who have a hand in the production of the foods we...

KyCIR: Critical safety issues plague Kentucky’s juvenile detention centers, report says

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Kentucky’s juvenile detention centers overuse isolation rooms and lack basic mental health care for the thousands of youths that cycle through the system each year, a state consultant has concluded after an eight-month review. The newly released report states that the commonwealth’s detention centers had no mental health professionals...

Celebrate the holidays at Kentucky Artisan Center to find special gifts by over 750 Kentucky artists

The Kentucky Artisan Center celebrates the holidays with a wide array of arts’ events and music. Come watch artists demonstrate, meet Kentucky authors, listen to artists perform Christmas music, and enjoy your holiday shopping. At the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea you can find special gifts by over 750 Kentucky artists! Lindy Evans of Berea will sculpt Santas from polymer clay in her demonstration...

Kentucky School Boards Association says it will support legislation making all schools tobacco-free

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Usually opposed to statewide mandates on schools, the Kentucky School Boards Association says it will support any legislation that proposes a statewide tobacco-free school law in the 2018 legislative session, because the majority of its members support such a law. “We really try to protect local decision-making on these things,” Eric Kennedy, director...

Art Lander: Predators of the night, Kentucky’s most common owls; have incredible hearing, acute vision

They are predators of the night. Most active from twilight to dawn, they are able to locate prey in darkness because of their incredible sense of hearing and acute vision. Owls have large, forward-facing eyes and a facial disk that acts as a parabolic reflector, enabling them to precisely locate sounds. Some species have asymmetrical ears that aid in homing in on these sounds. Soft plumage makes them...

Kentucky State Police accepting donations for ‘Cram The Cruiser’ holiday food drive through Dec. 11

The Kentucky State Police will begin accepting donations for their eighth annual “Cram The Cruiser” holiday food drive on Nov. 22. Designed to provide non-perishable food items for families in need throughout the Commonwealth, the campaign will continue through Dec.11. “Food is one of the most basic human needs,” says KSP spokesperson Lt. Michael Webb. “Unfortunately, hunger is present...

KY teen suicides more than doubled in two years; one in 12 10th-graders have tried to kill themselves

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A recent survey found that one in 12 of Kentucky’s high-school sophomores said they had attempted suicide, prompting experts on the topic to discuss what is being done about it. The main solution offered was more family support for teenagers, even those who may be only temporarily troubled. In a tone of incredulity, Dr. Allen Brenzel, medical director of...

Asian carp playing havoc with state’s waterways, says Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife Resources officials updated state lawmakers on the threat posed by Asian Carp, and ways they hope to mitigate the problem.   KDFWR Commissioner Gregory Johnson told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Tourism, Small Business and Information Technology, that Asian Carp infestations are in Lake Barkley, Kentucky Lake, the Mississippi...

KY Youth Advocates’ 2017 Kids Count data book sets county-level benchmarks for child well-being

The 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. It also calculates how many children would be impacted if Kentucky was able to make just a 10 percent improvement for each measure. Detailed data is available for every Kentucky county. Click...

Update on restoration of Union Terminal — completion a year away; Children’s Museum closed

The restoration of Union Terminal is now just a year away from completion but crews are busier than ever. Colder temperatures are beginning to shift the work inside but there is still plenty being accomplished on the exterior before winter fully arrives. Here’s a look at what crews are working on this month: Upcoming Work 1 Crews are beginning to clean the iconic tile mosaics that adorn the...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: 2017 deer season update, opening weekend gun season harvest fifth highest

Heading into the second week of Kentucky’s 16-day modern gun season for deer, now’s a good time to update the harvest reports for the 2017 season and take a look at recent trends. Here’s an overview of how the season has progressed so far: Since archery season opened on September 2, bow hunters in Kentucky have bagged 14,475 deer (Photo by Art Lander Jr.) • Since archery season opened 75...