A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse offering ‘Cemetery Crawl’ Oct. 24-27

Returning for a third year after a popular initial launch, the Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse is hosting a limited cemetery tour that includes dueling, ghost hunting, and fascinating tales about the park’s historic grounds. The Cemetery Crawl: History and Mystery of the Kentucky Horse Park tour takes visitors around the grounds Oct. 24-27 starting at 5:30 p.m. each day. New...

New data reveals Kentucky is making progress in fighting after-school hunger for children

Kentucky is making progress in ensuring kids don’t go to bed on an empty stomach. According to new data from the Food Research and Action Center, more than 17,000 low-income children participated in after-school supper programs each day on average in October 2017. That’s a 16 percent increase from 2016. Elizabeth Fiehler, child and adult care food program manager at the Kentucky Department...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Mallard, Kentucky’s most-taken species during waterfowl season

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles about the ducks most often taken by hunters in Kentucky during waterfowl season. The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) is Kentucky’s top duck, the species most often taken by hunters during waterfowl season. “Of the 144,400 ducks taken in 2017, 76,376 were mallards,” said John Brunjes, migratory bird program coordinator for the Kentucky...

Popular BLINK to return in October, 2019, sponsored by ArtsWave, expands into Covington

BLINK will be illuminated by ArtsWave when it again lights Cincinnati, October 10-13, 2019. A BLINK mural from the 2017 event (file photo) The nation’s largest event of its kind, BLINK features large-scale projection mapping, murals, urban artscapes, media light, interactive art and diverse entertainment, ArtsWave, the nonprofit planner, promoter and fundraiser of the arts throughout the Greater...

Kentucky has highest rate in nation of children in care of relatives, says new Census Bureau data

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Kentucky continues to have the highest rate in the nation of children in the care of relatives. In 2016-2018, nine percent of Kentucky children were being raised by a relative, which is more than double the national rate of four percent. “When Kentucky children cannot remain safely with their parents – due to parental substance abuse or incarceration,...

Walter ‘Dee’ Huddleston, former U.S. Senator, dies at age 92 at son’s home in Warsaw

Staff report Former Kentucky U.S. Senator Walter ‘Dee’ Huddleston has died at age 92 at his son’s home in Warsaw. Huddleston, a Democrat, began two decades in politics in 1965 in the Kentucky Senate and ran Wendell Ford’s successful campaign for Governor in 1971. He subsequently ran for John Sherman Cooper’s vacated but long-held U.S. Senate seat and won handily. But...

Leadership Kentucky accepting nominations now for Class of 2019, which starts next June

Leadership Kentucky, one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States, is now accepting nominations for the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2019. The Leadership Kentucky program is made up of seven two-day sessions where participants meet with many of Kentucky’s current leaders, network with other leaders while traveling the state and exploring the...

Sears files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as CEO steps down; will close an additional 142 stores

NKyTribune staff Sears Holdings Corporation has announced plans to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and close 142 unprofitable stores near the end of the year. The closings include the stores at Florence Mall and Cincinnati’s Northgate Mall. Edward S. Lampert, chairman of Sears Holdings, said in a statement the company has worked hard to to transform the business and “unlock the value...

Legalizing sports gambling? Legislative panel hears pros and cons, aims to draft legislation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legalizing sports gambling in Kentucky and who should operate it was the topic of a legislative meeting. 
Brendan Bussman with Global Market Advisors, a sports betting consulting firm, described sports wagering as a high volume, but low margin enterprise, meaning a lot of money is involved but there is little profit. 
A study performed by his firm indicated that while...

President receives warm welcome at Lunken, headed to Warren County for rally; in Richmond KY tonight

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor A crowd of more than 100 greeted President Donald Trump at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati Friday afternoon. President Donald Trump greets the crowd with open arms upon arrival at Lunken Airport Friday afternoon. Trump was in the Tri-State for a rally at the Warren County Fairgrounds in support of Republican candidates in the November election (photos by Mark...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Rural Kentucky landowners asked to be on lookout for wild pigs on their property

Landowners in southeastern Henry County recently received a letter from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) asking for help in locating the remaining wild pigs in the county. “In the last three years we have prioritized four areas across the state to concentrate our efforts,” said wildlife biologist John Hast, program coordinator for the department’s wild pig eradication...

Statewide food drive Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl challenges county officials to help feed hungry

The Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo), the Kentucky Association of Food Banks and the Office of the Secretary of State kicked off the second annual Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl Wednesday at the Capitol. This statewide food drive provided more than 200,000 meals in its inaugural year, according to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who wants that number bested this year with the help...

Leadership Kentucky seeking applications for its Elevate Kentucky Class of 2019, deadline Dec. 7

Leadership Kentucky, one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States, is now accepting applications for the Elevate Kentucky Class of 2019.   The Elevate Kentucky program offers young professionals in-depth personal and professional development while fostering a better understanding of the strengths and challenges facing the Commonwealth. During...

Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange to gather in Covington, aiming to discover commonalities

The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) will gather in Covington October 12-14 for a 2018 Northern Kentucky Community Intensive. After the most competitive application process the program has seen to date, the RUX steering committee selected a 75-member 2018 cohort, which represents 25 counties and every region of the state. The 2018 cohort includes several members from the area, including residents...

State Board of Education approves change in minimum high school graduation requirements

The Kentucky Board of Education unanimously approved a proposal that will change minimum high school graduation requirements for students who will graduate in the Classes of 2023 and 2024. The requirements will be subject to a 30-day public comment period, likely to begin on November 1. “Through these requirements, we are setting a bar for students that will ensure that all Kentucky public high school...