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Kentucky Youth Advocates honored legislators with Champion for Children awards for bills good for kids

Kentucky Youth Advocates Elected leaders and advocates step up for Kentucky kids in countless ways every day, especially in Frankfort throughout the legislative session. During Children’s Advocacy Week, Kentucky Youth Advocates and partners in the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children present Champion for Children and Step Up for Kids awards to honor those state leaders and advocates for their efforts. At...

Gas prices fall slightly in Kentucky, but many regions see increase with global supply under pressure

Despite lower demand for gasoline typical of the winter season, pump prices are edging their way higher in many parts of the country. The national average for a gallon of gas is $3.33, 2 cents more than a week ago. The culprit is the rising price for oil, which is now bouncing around $85 per barrel, nearly $20 more than in November. “Since dipping to $3.28 in the first week of January, the national...

And we remember when she was a newborn: World-famous hippo Fiona is FIVE today — Happy Birthday!

World-famous hippo Fiona is five years old today. But since it’s too cold for the beloved queen of the Queen City to be outside on her big day, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will be hosting a virtual birthday celebration. Thane Maynard with Fiona’s birthday cake (Photo provided) “It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since Fiona was born,” said Cincinnati Zoo director...

Exhibit coming to Boone library April 2-28: Kyians featured in work by Hispanic/Latin American artists;

Although she says her Guatemalan heritage has not been front and center in her work, Campbellsville artist Azucena Trejo Williams was intrigued at the prospect of a traveling exhibit composed of works by Hispanic, Latin American and Latinx artists in Kentucky. “This is a facet of who I am, and I haven’t had the opportunity to do this before,” she said. “I’m honored to be a part of a group...

State to begin accepting ’21 tax returns on January 24; deadline to file is April 18; here are some helpful links

The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) is in the process of finalizing its tax filing processes and procedures, striving to make this the most efficient and safe filing season possible. The IRS recently announced it will begin accepting electronic and paper federal individual income tax returns on Monday, Jan. 24. Kentucky will follow the same timeline and begin accepting and processing returns on...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky’s 2021-22 deer season yields state’s lowest harvest in nine years

KDFWR recorded the lowest deer harvest since the 2012-2013 season (Photo from KDFWR) Unseasonably warm and windy conditions during the first week of modern gun season, a deadly tornado outbreak on opening day of the late muzzleloader season, and frigid temperatures with widespread snow the last two weekends of archery season, were major factors in an unpredicted harvest decline during Kentucky’s...

The Proof is Here: Bourbon pours billions into Kentucky Economy — 22,500 jobs, $1.23b payroll

Kentucky Bourbon is expanding its status as a premier signature industry, now pouring $9 billion into the Bluegrass economy every year and generating more than 22,500 jobs with $1.23 billion in payroll, Gov. Andy Beshear and legislative leaders announced Wednesday. Distilling also contributes more than $285 million in local and state tax revenue and is in the middle of a massive $5.2 billion capital...

U.S. DOT announces Historic Bridge Investment: KY to get $438.2m to improve thousands of bridges

The U.S. Department of Transportation launched an historic Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection, and Construction Program (Bridge Formula Program), made possible by President Joseph Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The program, to be administered by the Federal Highway Administration, represents the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of...

Constance Alexander: Our Kentucky Home exhibit proves Commonwealth is a true manto* of diversity

The feeling of entering a room gone suddenly quiet. Stop, look around, strain to hear voices, music, sounds of city and nature that seem a distant din. It is like waiting for a parade to arrive. The faint cacophony suggests that the spectacle is worth waiting for. The vibrant artworks that line the walls of Murray’s Tourism, Convention and Visitor Center vie for viewer attention before even crossing...

Jamie Vaught: ‘Gentle giant’ Oscar Tschiebwe is talk of college basketball, having big impact for Wildcats

Just about everybody in college basketball is talking about Oscar — that Oscar who plays for UK. He is the big man in Lexington who operates the well-oiled rebounding machine which rarely breaks down. He also can efficiently operate a scoring machine if his teammates need him. He is the 6-9, 255-pound monster who terrorizes opponents, helping the Wildcats post a 14-3 mark after Saturday’s...

American Conservative Union’s CPAC recognizes Kentucky legislators for conservative voting records

The American Conservative Union’s CPAC has recognized Kentucky state legislators for their conservative voting records based on a just released analysis from ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability. Lawmakers received high marks for their efforts to advance conservative legislation protecting life and expanding school choice. Click Here to view the 2021 Ratings of Kentucky. The Conservative...

Briefs: Forgy dies, Maya Angelou quarter, Army bonuses, student loan settlement, Capitol riot, more

Larry Forgy dies at 82 Larry Forgy, a legend in Kentucky politics, has died at age 82, at UK hospital after being in bad health for some time. His sister, Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, announced his death on Facebook. Larry Forgy Forgy was a strong personality on the political scene for more than 35 years and had a gift for speaking. He served in the cabinet for former Gov. Louie Nunn from 1967-1971, while...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: News and observations for the new year for state’s anxious hunters and anglers

January is a pivotal month on the outdoors calendar, a time when anglers and hunters look back with fond remembrances and look forward in anxious anticipation. The onset of winter weather with its cold rains, north winds, snow and temperatures below freezing, bring on a serious case of “cabin fever.” Thoughts of warm spring mornings chasing wild turkeys, standing waist-deep in a beautiful green...

Beshear outlines third part of his budget plan: investments in health care access, support services

In his third detailed budget report, Gov. Andy Beshear outlined his budget plan to make critical investments to expand health care access and support services for Kentuckians, including fully funding the Medicaid program, on which one in three Kentuckians rely. Governor Beshear “World-class companies are looking to Kentucky to invest, and one of their priorities is a strong and healthy workforce,”...

Epidemiologists say curbing spread of the Omicron variant requires N95 masks or equivalent

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus “spreads much more quickly than its predecessors” and research “suggests the virus has acquired the ability to gain a foothold regardless of a person’s vaccination status,” so epidemiologists recommend you start using an N95 mask or an equivalent, Sandra Guiterrez writes for Popular Science. “The fibers in a cloth mask are just...