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With holiday festivities on the horizon, Office of Highway Safety reminding Kyians to plan safe rides

To keep Kentucky roadways as safe as possible through the holidays, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement nationwide in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Dec. 14 through Jan. 1. “The holidays are just around the corner as Kentuckians look to celebrate with family and friends,” said Gov. Andy...

Bill named for late wife of Congressman Andy Barr on way to president’s desk after final passage

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and his late wife, Carol (Photo from Kentucky Today) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, to fund a grant program supporting research on valvular heart disease, a condition that claimed the life of his wife, is now headed to President Joe Biden after winning final Congressional approval. The bill is known as the Cardiovascular Advances...

KY Horse Park wants new hires out of state merit system, eyes room tax, wants larger commission

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter The Kentucky Horse Park wants state lawmakers to approve legislation that would exclude its new hires from the state merit system designed to protect employees from political influence. It also is seeking enabling legislation to allow the park to tap into the transient or “bedroom” tax collected by hotels, motels, and other providers of overnight lodging in...

Kentucky State Police offer tips for avoiding becoming a target for holiday-related thefts

With the Thanksgiving holiday behind us and the Christmas season now in full swing, the Kentucky State Police say they want to help everyone to avoid becoming targets of holiday-related thefts. Online holiday shopping means packages are making their way to doorsteps and mailboxes each day. Unattended packages have become targets for thieves, commonly known as “Porch Pirates,” with many of these...

U.S. sixth Circuit rules in favor of airmen seeking religious exemption from COVID vaccine

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has ruled in favor of 18 airmen this week who are seeking a religious exemption from the Air Force’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The ruling prevents the Air Force from disciplining the airmen for acting in accordance with their religious beliefs. “Three months ago, my office filed a brief in federal court supporting...

KY HBPA head Marty Maline announces retirement; Joe Clabes named interim executive director

Marty Maline is retiring as executive director of the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association on Dec. 31 after almost 47 years in the post. Maline, who began the job in February 1976, ranks among the country’s best-known and most-respected executive directors of any racing organization. His service is by far the longest with the Kentucky HBPA and probably for any HBPA-affiliated...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Some gift-giving ideas for hunters and anglers holiday season fast approaches

With Christmas just three weeks away, now is the time to finish up your shopping. Is there an angler or hunter on your shopping list? Here are some last-minute gift ideas: • For the angler, jigs and crankbaits are two top-producing lures for walleye and black bass. Northland Tackle walleye jig (Photo from Northland Tackle) Want to catch walleye (sauger and saugeye) year-round? A time-proven presentation...

Republicans poised to cut Kentucky income tax again based on revenue boom that could be fleeting

The Kentucky Education Association has come out against a potential tax cut that it says could harm funding for the state’s schools. Shown here is Medora Elementary School in Louisville after students returned in 2021. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images, via Kentucky Lantern) By Tom Loftus Kentucky Lantern Kentucky House Majority Leader Steven Rudy recently told a receptive audience at a Kentucky...

Former Governor John Y. Brown, dead at 88, honored at Capitol as remarkable leader who ‘did it his way’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A great salesman, entrepreneur, governor and father – those were the comments from people who stood in line to pay their respects to former Gov. John Y. Brown, Jr. His body lay in state at the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, a week after he passed away at 88. His casket was placed in front of the Abraham Lincoln statue in the center of the Rotunda, with a Kentucky State Police...

Rural Kentucky schools work to face challenges associated with childhood trauma among students

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Russell County teachers, staff, counselors, and bus drivers have received intensive training on the effects of childhood trauma on kids’ mental and physical health since 2019. Elementary school suspensions have decreased by 50%, and more kids report feeling safe, cared for, and feel they “belong” at school. Amalia Mendoza, senior policy and advocacy...

Former governor John Y. Brown to lie in state in Capitol Tues.; private memorial service Wed.

Gov. Andy Beshear is inviting the public to pay their respects to former Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown Jr., who will lie in state in the Capitol on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Brown’s family will host a public visitation in the Rotunda from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Brown was the 55th Governor of the Commonwealth, serving from 1979 to 1983. He was 88 years old when he passed away last...

UK placekicker Matt Ruffalo gets Schnellenberger MVP Award in UK’s 26-13 win over Louisville

Kentucky senior placekicker Matt Ruffalo was perfect on the night, kicking two extra points and a career-high four fields goals, including what proved to be the game-winner, to earn the 2022 Howard Schnellenberger MVP Award in UK’s 26-13 win over Louisville at Kroger Field in Lexington. The award is presented by the Louisville Sports Commission. Ruffalo was selected by a vote of the working media...

Superintendents Council approves changes to social studies standards, lists basic documents to be taught

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Local Superintendents Advisory Council approved changes this week to the Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies, which now includes a list of fundamental documents and speeches into middle and high school standards, required under new state law. Documents that must be taught under legislation approved by the General Assembly this year include: •...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Free-range venison a healthy and versatile alternative to beef, pork and chicken

This time of year, towards the end of modern gun season, thousands of deer hunters have packages of processed venison in their freezers. Venison as tablefare is unmatched. It’s the original local, free-range red meat, with fewer calories than beef or pork, and less cholesterol than chicken. Ground venison can be included in many recipes (Photo by Art Lander, Jr.) The USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture hemp licensing application window open now through December 31

The window to apply for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s 2023 hemp licensing program is now open. “Regulatory inaction toward cannabinoids by the Food and Drug Administration continues to hamper the nation’s hemp industry,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “As we enter the 10th growing season, we still believe this could one day be a valuable crop for Kentucky farmers,...