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Kentucky Retirement Systems announce interest earned, credited to Tier 3 Hybrid Cash Balance Plan

Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) announced today the interest earned and credited to members in its Tier 3, Hybrid Cash Balance Plan. The Hybrid Cash Balance Plan is for members who began participation on or after January 1, 2014 per guidelines established under Kentucky Revised Statutes 61.597 and 16.583. Click for full report For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018, the following earned interest...

Kentucky among worst states for children left in hot cars; why it happens and how to avoid it

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Temperatures continue to be hot and humid across Kentucky, and with that comes concerns about children being left in cars. Already this year, 25 children across the country have died of heat stroke after being left in a hot vehicle, including a 3-year-old in Franklin County in July. Ari Finkelstein, a spokesperson for the organization “Kars for Kids,”...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A bowhunter’s gear wish list as Kentucky’s archery season for deer approaches

With Kentucky’s 143-day archery season for deer opening in about two weeks, bow hunters are getting their gear ready and honing their shooting skills. The season dates are September 1, through January 21, 2019. The archery industry cranks out improved, high-quality gear every year, but some products stand the test of time. Do you have an archery gear wish list? Here’s some new products, and one...

Twins from West Africa know all about the link between poverty and health; now study healthcare

Growing up in Ghana, West Africa, Alfred and Godfred Mantey recognized the link between poverty and health early on. “Being surrounded by these issues gave us the urge to help people through better healthcare,” said Godfred. “We have the opportunity to study here and feel like it is our responsibility to gain the knowledge and skills we need to help others back home.”UC Clermont alumni Alfred...

Environmental groups caution ORSANCO against doing away with water quality standards monitoring

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service A commission that helps control water quality in the Ohio River is looking to shed some of its duties. For 70 years, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, known as ORSANCO, has set standards for pollution levels in the river to ensure the water is safe for drinking and recreation. But now, commissioners say their standards are redundant, as state and...

Marshall County High School gets grant for Project School Emergency Response to Violence

Gov. Matt Bevin and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have announced a $138,213 Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant for Marshall County High School.  On Jan. 23, a student opened fire at Marshall High County High School in Benton, killing two students and wounding others.  The SERV grant will assist the school system in its recovery and further student support efforts...

State-of-art 4D theater opens at Creation Museum; latest high-tech addition to popular attraction

A unique cinema-graphic experience awaits Creation Museum guests with the new 3D film “In Six Days.” This 22-minute 3D film on the six days of creation has been adapted from the full-length 3D film “Genesis: Paradise Lost,” shown earlier this year in movie theaters across America. “In Six Days” uses the best in 3D projection and eye-wear, including state-of-the-art...

Drug problem is creating another — increasing neglect and deaths of children, reports review panel

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The opioid crisis strikes at even the very youngest in Kentucky, according to a group that reviews child deaths and serious injuries resulting from abuse or neglect. Retired Franklin Circuit Court Judge Roger Crittenden, who has chaired the panel since its founding in 2014, told lawmakers there has been a rise in “neglect due to unsafe access to deadly means.” Children...

Kentucky Lottery ends year with record levels of sales — up 4.2 percent over last fiscal year

The Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s Board of Directors learned the results of Fiscal Year 2018 sales at its meeting Friday. These included: • Sales of $1,042,512,000 (up $42 million or 4.2 percent from FY17) • Cash dividends to the General Fund of $253,000,000, which is $11.4 million or  4.7 percent more than FY17. Both of these numbers are record levels in the Lottery’s 29-year history. Scratch-off...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Fall squirrel season; summer grilling and smoking; spring-assisted pocket knives

Kentucky’s squirrel season is the longest hunting season on the fall calendar. Opening day is a week from tomorrow, on Saturday, August 18. The 2018-19 season is 194 days long, and continues through November 9, closes for the opening weekend of gun season for deer, then re-opens November 12, and continues through February 28, 2019. The daily bag limit is six squirrels. Squirrels are the most stable...

Transportation Cabinet undertaking major project on more than 1,000 bridges in the state over six years

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Calling it unlike anything they’ve done in the past, Transportation Cabinet officials outlined a massive project that will rehabilitate, repair or replace bridges in Kentucky. 
Program Manager Royce Meredith told a meeting of the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Transportation that they will spend an estimated $700 million over six years on more than 1,000...

Edelen focused on solar project in Pike County, bridging political divide; no time for governor’s race

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A man who is considered by many to be a possible candidate for governor next year said he wants to finish a major solar project that could bring hundreds of jobs to Appalachia before he will consider a run. 
Democrat Adam Edelen, who served one term as Kentucky’s state auditor before losing his re-election bid to Republican Mike Harmon, spoke with Kentucky Today about...

Prichard Committee seeks citizen input on board’s high school graduation proposal

The Prichard Committee fully supports ensuring a more meaningful high school diploma for all students. In fact, while our high school graduation rate has increased to 90 percent, only 66 percent of those students are college and career ready, resulting in a “ready graduation” rate of 59 percent. The data notwithstanding, says Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director of the Prichard Committee for...

Series of events scheduled to promote new ‘Fiona the Hippo’ book, by New York Times bestselling artist

NKyTribune staff The celebrity status of Fiona, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Nile hippopotamus born in January, continues to grow. A new book by New York Times bestselling artist Richard Cowdrey, Fiona the Hippo, will launch this week, with a series of events scheduled throughout the region. Included in the events is a book signing at the Joseph-Beth location in Crestview Hills. Cowdrey,...

Georgetown-assembled 2019 Lexus ES will offer drivers an all-new ‘game-changing’ vehicle

The next generation 2019 Lexus ES 350 is roaring off the production line in Georgetown and drivers will soon have a chance to burn up the streets in this game-changing vehicle. “We’ve implemented the all-new Lexus Global Architecture platform,” said Susan Elkington, president, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., (TMMK). “The 2019 ES starts with a newly developed, more rigid chassis...