A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

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...

Ark Encounter in Williamstown to offer animated laser-projection show through the holiday season

During the Christmas season and into the New Year, Ark Encounter guests can experience the wonder of a spectacular new event called “ChristmasTime at the Ark.” From December 8 – January 15, three times each evening (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), Ark visitors will watch a high-tech animated laser-projection show, “Encounter the Wonder,” that uses 15 video projectors,...

Republican leadership meets behind closed doors to continue discussions about public pensions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky.(KT) –  Members of Kentucky Senate and House Republican leadership are still trying to come up with legislation to address problems with the state’s public pension plan.   Members met behind closed doors for about two hours on Monday and Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said, “We are trying to do all we can do to resolve this issue...

Coal’s future still bleak as utilities shift to cheaper natural gas, wind and solar; market forces prevail

“A year after Donald Trump was elected president on a promise to revive the ailing U.S. coal industry, the sector’s long-term prospects for growth and hiring remain as bleak as ever,” Timothy Gardner reports for Reuters. “A Reuters review of mining data shows an industry that has seen only modest gains in jobs and production this year – much of it from a temporary uptick...

Celebrate the holidays in Kentucky — here are some top, colorful spots to celebrate close to home

Holidays in Kentucky make for one of the most wonderful, unique times of year. Locals and visitors alike celebrate the temperature changes, basking in the foliage, with festivals and activities that showcase the state’s authentic tastes, sights and sounds. Tis the season to escape the hustle and bustle that comes along with holiday cooking, shopping and decorating. Here’s how to experience the...

State receipts for October down 6 percent from year ago; sales tax growth exceeds 5% for second month

State Budget Director John Chilton reported that October’s General Fund receipts were $51 million less than what was collected last October, a decrease of 6 percent.  Total revenues for the month were $798.4 million, compared to $849.4 million during October 2016. Receipts have increased 0.6 percent for the first four months of the fiscal year and need to grow 3.1 percent over the final eight months...

Lexington developer selected for Capital Plaza project, includes demolition of Capital Plaza Tower

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Lexington developer has been selected for the Capital Plaza project that includes demolition of the Capital Plaza Tower, Frankfort Civic Center and Fountain Place Shops and the construction of a new state office building.   The Finance and Administration Cabinet announced that CRM/DW Wilburn #2 LLC of Lexington has been selected to design, build, finance, and operate...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky’s Elk Herd a “Seed Crop” for Appalachia, other herds outside the region

In Colonial America elk were common east of the Mississippi River. The eastern elk (Cervus canadensis canadensis), which was native to Kentucky, was one of six subspecies of elk that inhabited the northern and eastern U.S., and southern Canada. The eastern elk was larger than its western cousins. A full-grown bull could weigh up to 1000 pounds, stand 50-60 inches tall at the shoulder, and carry a...

Kentucky’s military veteran farmers encouraged to take part in first of its kind Census of Agriculture

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is encouraging Kentucky military veterans who are farmers to respond to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, a snapshot of American agriculture taken every five years. “Many veterans are finding that farming provides a way for them to continue their service to their communities and their country,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “This year’s Census...

Kentucky Center for Economic Policy says U.S. House tax plan benefits only wealthiest Kentuckians

A new 50-state analysis of the U.S. House tax plan released last week reveals that in Kentucky the wealthiest 1 percent of Kentuckians would receive the greatest share of the total tax cut in year 1 and their share would grow through 2027. Further, the value of the tax cut would decline over time for every income group in Kentucky except the very richest. House leadership continues to tout the tax...

Greater Cincinnati Sustainability Project Gets a boost with national funding from Partners for Places

Eleven cities across the United States will receive nearly a million dollars for sustainability efforts that benefit low-income neighborhoods. Greater Cincinnati was awarded the largest grant, which will fund strategic, collaborative activities to prevent, recover, and recycle food waste. The initiative is led by the City of Cincinnati and Green Umbrella. Several Northern Kentucky organizations are...

Seven horses sold at Keeneland score victories at 34th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar

Seven horses who sold at Keeneland, including three graduates of the 2016 September Yearling Sale, or raced or trained here during the 2017 Fall Meet scored victories during the 34th Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 3-4 at Del Mar. Smith, Magnier and Tabor’s Mendelssohn, who sold for $3 million to top the 2016 September Sale, captured the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). Mendelssohn,...

Frankfort judge strikes down law requiring medical review of malpractice lawsuits; Bevin to appeal

A judge has ruled that a new law aimed at decreasing frivolous lawsuits and lowering malpractice insurance costs was unconstitutional, and he prohibited the state from enforcing it. Judge Phillip Shepherd The ruling by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said the 2017 law is unconstitutional because it restricts the right of people to plead their cases in court by requiring that the cases be reviewed...