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Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky raises issues on child protections and legalizing medical marijuana

Several steps can be taken to reduce the risks to children and other vulnerable populations that may result from legalizing medical marijuana in the Commonwealth, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has said. While 33 states and the District of Columbia now permit marijuana for treatment of health conditions, many of these states have seen increased youth use, poisonings, emergency room visits,...

State Board of Education upholds Newport decision, denies River Cities Academy charter school request

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) voted at a special meeting Tuesday to uphold the decision of the Newport Independent Board of Education denying the charter school application of River Cities Academy Inc. The application to open a charter school was filed on Oct. 30, 2019, with the Newport Independent Board of Education by Lynn Schaber and Evelyn Pence, acting on behalf of River Cities Academy...

Ky. House passes bills on election issues, battlefield preservation and sexual assault victims rights

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky House passed five bills Monday, dealing with such topics as elections, battlefield preservation and the rights of sexual assault victims. House Bill 388, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Bratcher, R-Louisville, deals with elections. It would change when county board of election members are chosen so that their first election would not be during a Presidential Election...

Barge strikes US 45 Ohio River Brookport Bridge at Paducah, minor damage, traffic maintained

The U.S. Coast Guard reported that a barge hit on the U.S. 45 Ohio River “Brookport” Bridge at Paducah Sunday morning. A tow boat pushing eight empty barges scraped a pier on the main Kentucky span of the structure. Brookport Bridge (photo courtesy of KYTC) The Coast Guard immediately contacted the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to dispatch a certified bridge inspector to run a safety check on...

Kentucky breeders receive $14.3 million through Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has announced the release of the 2019 Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Funds (KBIF), totaling more than $14.3 million. The incentive fund encourages Thoroughbred horse owners and breeders to conduct business in Kentucky, benefiting the state’s economy and ensuring horse racing remains one of Kentucky’s renowned industries. To qualify for the...

Braidy Industries’ Bouchard files lawsuit against stockholders citing right to remove board members

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Braidy Industries founder Craig T. Bouchard filed a lawsuit against the company he started three years ago and against some of its stockholders. Bouchard’s action comes about a month after he was ousted as the CEO and board chairman of the aluminum rolling mill being proposed in northeastern Kentucky. He filed the lawsuit on Valentine’s Day in the state of Delaware,...

Dr. James R. Rich, Kentucky’s longest-serving F&W commission member, passes away at age 92

Dr. James R. Rich, a retired family medical practitioner and Kentucky’s longest-serving Fish and Wildlife Commission member, passed away on Monday at the age of 92. Nicknamed “Doc,” Rich was widely regarded for his sportsmanship and love of the outdoors. Appointed by eight successive governors, Rich represented the 5th Wildlife District in Northern Kentucky during a 36-year tenure that began...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Squirrel hunting for both food and sport has a long history in Kentucky

The fox squirrel, one of Kentucky’s two native species, is abundant in the park-like savannas of the state’s interior. (Photo by Gary Eslinger, US Fish and Wildlife Service) Hunting squirrels for food and sport is a tradition deeply embedded in Kentucky’s hunting culture. In early Kentucky, squirrels were present in our woodlands in startling numbers. Dave Baker, editor of Kentucky Afield...

Kentucky League of Women Voters release ‘Felony Disenfrachisement’ report; more progress needed

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky released a state report, Felony Disenfranchisement in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, showing Kentucky has made much progress in 2019 but has much further to go. This report is an updated version of similar studies conducted in 2006, 2013, 2017 and 2019.   Major Findings of the 2020 Report include: • The League’s 2019 Report found that the number of Kentuckians...

Gov. Beshear, bipartisan lawmakers push passage of bill to help Kyians with skyrocketing insulin costs

To assist more than half a million Kentuckians with diabetes including some who ration insulin because of the excessive cost, Gov. Andy Beshear and a bipartisan group of legislators gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to pass a bill that would drive down the price. The price of insulin has tripled over the last decade without any significant change to the product. While companies pay...

AAA offers tips on checking your car’s tires and what do about what you see; pothole season is coming

AAA AAA is encouraging motorists to use George Washington’s head (on a quarter) to check their tires, reducing risks on the road, including the potential damage to their tires and vehicles caused by potholes. Regularly checking tire pressure and tread depth are the two checks says can help motorists keep tires in optimal condition. “The two most important tire safety checks – a pressure reading...

Welcome House of NKY to extend its ‘payee’ program addressing homelessness with Lex-Fayette contract

Welcome House of Northern Kentucky – a Covington-based agency dedicated to ending homelessness in Kentucky – has been awarded a contract by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government to take its representative payee program to the city. Welcome House’s representative payee program addresses homelessness by helping people with mental and/or physical disabilities manage their disability income,...

University Press of Kentucky names Ashley Runyon new director, effective March 11; she returns to KY

By Danielle Donham University of Kentucky The University Press of Kentucky (UPK) has named Ashley Runyon as its newest director, effective March 11. A Kentucky native, Runyon has a history with UPK, including getting her start in publishing as a work-study student there. Located on the campus of the University of Kentucky, the University Press of Kentucky is a consortium press — the scholarly publisher...

Meyer takes City of Covington protest to Frankfort; rising pension rates causing pain, top legislators told

Mayor Joe Meyer took Covington’s case against rising pension costs to Frankfort this week. Having already grabbed the ear of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on several occasions, Meyer teamed with mayors of two other Kenton County cities to make sure key legislators understood the damage being done to City budgets. Covington Mayor Joe Meyer, left, converses with state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The long-tailed weasel, a fearless little carnivore prevalent in Central Kentucky

This is the third article in an occasional series about furbearers in Kentucky. The word weasel is something of a dichotomy. By definition, a weasel is a deceitful or treacherous person. For some pet owners, weasel is a term of endearment. They call their small feisty dog, or mischievous cat, “you little weasel.” In nature, a weasel is a small mammal that looks cute and furry like a kid’s plush...