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Governor holds memorial flag ceremony on Capitol grounds to commemorate state’s COVID victims

Gov. Andy Beshear was joined by First Lady Britainy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman for a memorial flag ceremony on the Capitol grounds to commemorate the more than 3,300 Kentuckians lost to the coronavirus pandemic. “Every flag you see represents a real Kentuckian, one who was and is loved by their families and friends, who meant something to the communities in which they lived,” Gov....

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Greenbo Lake may be small, but it carries a big reputation among Ky. anglers

This is the tenth article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Lodge at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park (Photo from Kentucky State Parks) Greenbo Lake is 113 miles east of Lexington in Greenup County. The lake is 11 miles south of Greenup, Ky., off Ky. 1. The major access highways are Interstate 64 and U.S. 23. Impounded in 1955, the lake was built at a cost of $235,000. The...

A unit of Kentucky State Police troopers were part of the security detail at the Presidential Inauguration

Kentucky Today A unit of 44 Kentucky State Police Troopers joined local, state and federal law enforcement agencies from across the country to provide security at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. Wednesday. The troopers were temporarily sworn in as local officers giving them arrest powers during their duties, which will include traffic and crowd control, security at events and other...

Gov. Beshear vetoes five bills, calling them ‘unconstitutional,’ ‘put Kentucky lives at risk’

Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed five bills Monday, including House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 1, allowing him to continue taking bold, effective actions to save lives, and ensuring future governors have the tools they need to address new emergencies quickly. The Governor said his efforts to stop COVID-19 are widely supported by Kentuckians: 86% support asking people to stay at home and avoid gathering in groups;...

FHKy webinar says talk to kids early about vaping; addresses roles of music, social determinants

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The final webinar about reducing disease and unhealthy behaviors in Kentucky’s children focuses on vaping and substance use and offers policies and practical guidance for how to address these issues. The webinar, “Stopping Vaping and Substance Use,” is part of a monthly series that is served as the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s...

Dept. for Public Health reminding Kentuckians of danger of carbon monoxide poisoning during winter

With recent winter temperatures below freezing, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) wants to remind residents to take action to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. “As we move into the winter months, cold weather and weather-related power outages are more likely to result in Kentuckians using generators and gas grills to provide heat. CO created by these heat sources is odorless...

Ky. counties say cigarettes, vaping hurting economy, seek local control of tobacco marketing, sales

Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Counties across Kentucky say smoking and vaping are hurting their local economies and people’s health, and they’re fighting for the ability to pass local laws about the marketing and sale of tobacco products. A dozen states, including Kentucky, have laws on the books preempting local tobacco ordinances. Betsy Clemons, executive director of the Hazard Perry...

This Week in Frankfort: A summary of the General Assembly’s actions as they recessed until Feb. 2

By Legislative Research Commission   This year, for the first time since the Kentucky General Assembly began holding annual sessions in 2001, lawmakers continued their work into a second week of an odd-numbered year session before starting a recess that will last until early February. Legislative leaders said working the extra days gave them a chance to move priority bills through the process. It...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Sparrows swarm backyard bird feeders during Kentucky’s cold winter months

When you feed songbirds during the winter months sparrows are likely to come in droves. The little brown and tan birds are seed eaters and they relish the small seeds commonly found in wild bird mixes — black oil sunflower seeds, millet, and milo. They will feed on hanging feeders, or trays laid on the ground where the seed is just piled up. A tufted titmouse feeds on black oil sunflower seeds....

Plan your next ‘safe-cation’ with 2021 Kentucky Official Visitor’s Guide; features travel tips, stories

Gov. Andy Beshear and the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, has announced the unveiling of the 2021 Kentucky Official Visitor’s Guide. With the end of the COVID-19 pandemic now within reach, state officials are preparing to welcome visitors back to the Commonwealth as vaccinations are distributed nationally. In response to the nation’s ongoing battle with the COVID-19, this year’s cover highlights...

Sara Barnes joins Kentucky Distillers’ Association staff, once worked for Boone County Distilling

Sara Barnes who was formerly with Boone County Distilling is joining the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the nonprofit trade group. She becomes Director of Industry Responsibility and Sustainability, Barnes worked with Boone County Distilling for five years until where she guided public relations and marking. She became managing director of the Bourbon Women Association two years ago. Sara...

AAA: National gas price average rising to pre-pandemic levels despite plummeting demand

At $2.31, the national gas price average is at its highest in 10 months. Pump prices have increased, despite gas demand falling from 8.1 million barrels a day to 7.4 million barrels a day ― the lowest level recorded since the end of May 2020, according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest weekly report. Today’s national average is 6 cents more than last week, 16 cents more...

After a ‘dark day’ in the nation’s Capitol, lawmakers and residents who were there take stock

By Jeff Young, Alana Watson, Liam Niemeyer and Corinne Boyer Ohio Valley Resource Owensboro, Kentucky, pastor Brian Gibson spoke at an event in Washington, D.C., Tuesday that combined religion with support for President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the election. “How many of you all believe that the people we elected are going to do what’s right tomorrow?” Gibson asked...

The National Review: It was Mitch McConnell’s finest hour as he stood up for the Constitution

By The Editors The National Review Mitch McConnell has had a long and distinguished career, but he may well be remembered for this week more than anything else. He steered his caucus toward fulfilling its duty, explained himself in a thoughtful, cogent, and deeply felt speech, and then after the proceedings were disrupted by a pro-Trump mob, stirringly expressed his disgust and commitment to Congress...

Attorney Daniel Cameron to announce launch of Your Eyes Save Lives campaign against human trafficking

Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Monday will hold a press conference to launch the statewide Your Eyes Save Lives human trafficking awareness and training campaign. Daniel Cameron The campaign will mobilize citizens, law enforcement, and community leaders to recognize and report the signs of human trafficking. The Attorney General will be joined at the press conference by human trafficking advocacy...