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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Ky’s fourth species of Black Bass a mystery, limited to Cumberland headwaters

Anglers across Kentucky are intimately familiar with the largemouth, smallmouth and spotted (Kentucky) bass. These three black bass species are found in most of the streams and reservoirs in the state’s nine major river systems — the Tennessee, Cumberland, Tradewater, Green, Salt, Kentucky, Licking, Little Sandy and Big Sandy. But the state’s fourth species of black bass is something of...

Health officials urge public to take steps to avoid injury, illness during extreme summertime heat

Health officials with the Department for Public Health (DPH), located within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), urge the public to take steps to avoid injury and illness during periods of extreme summertime heat.   “During summer we often spend long periods of time outside. However, with warmer extreme temperatures comes the risk of overexertion, so we advise the public to take steps...

Pew Trusts: Exchange programs helping Kentuckians embrace new areas, think beyond urban vs. rural

The Rural-Urban Exchange steering committee at the University of Minnesota, Morris, in 2017. RUX brings together Kentuckians interested in getting to know different areas of the state while developing their professional and leadership skills. Participants build connections across cultural, racial, economic and geographic divides. (Courtesy of Gerry Seavo James, via Pew Trusts) By April Simpson Pew...

Two NKyians among appointees by Treasurer Ball to new KY Financial Empowerment Commission board

Treasurer Allison Ball has appointed five members to the inaugural Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission Board. The appointments follow a new law giving the State Treasurer authority to appoint members to the statewide board. “I am proud of the selections I have made for the Financial Empowerment Commission Board,” Treasurer Ball said. “These appointees are highly qualified and each bring...

Ashland Little Leaguer Cash Compliment powers way to inaugural Home Run Derby in Williamsport PA.

Cash Compliment’s name and photo appeared on the giant scoreboard at SunTrust Park in Atlanta for the Little League Home Run Derby. (Screen shot from Mike Compliment’s Facebook page) Kentucky Today A Little League power hitter from Kentucky is headed to Williamsport for the Little League Home Run Derby. Cash Compliment, representing Ashland Little League, bombed 14 home runs in the third...

You are never too old and Kentucky’s Harlan Sanders tops the Senior List, which just goes to prove it

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There are lots of stories about young people who become instant millionaires, but there are also those who didn’t reach fame and fortune until after they reached 50, and a Kentuckian tops a list of top 10 late bloomers.

 Col. Harland Sanders, the founder of KFC, became a millionaire at age 74 with his world-famous recipe.

 The Senior List released a study titled...

KY House democrats offer plans to help health departments, quasis deal with pension costs

House Democratic leaders and two state legislators who serve as the caucus’ representatives on the General Assembly’s Public Pension Oversight Board unveiled legislation this week that would provide permanent relief to quasi-governmental agencies facing steep spikes in their public-pension costs. “We have worked weeks on these proposals, trying to find a way that helps rather than hurts our...

BLINK announces plans for NKY, include concert with national headliner, striking illuminations, much more

NKyTribune staff The organizers of BLINK, Illuminated by ArtsWave, Thursday announced additional entertainment and display components focused on Northern Kentucky’s participation in the event. The alternative rock band Grouplove will play a free concert the night of Saturday, October 12 in Covington’s RiverCenter parking lot. Opening act will be announced at a later date for the concert, which...

‘Apollo 11: First Steps Edition’ lands in OMNIMAX Theater on July 20 at Cincinnati Museum Center

The Cincinnati Museum Center will show Apollo 11: First Steps Edition in its Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater on July 20. Created exclusively for the OMNIMAX® Theater, the film features never-before-seen footage and audio from the historic mission. Apollo 11: First Steps Edition will be presented in CMC’s OMNIMAX® Theater only on July 20, with showings every hour from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m....

Roebling Bridge temporary netting to be installed this week; closures of walkway expected July 10-12

Scaffolding and temporary netting are being placed on the John A. Roebling Bridge this week as part of a temporary measure to safely reopen the structure by the end of July. Once the scaffolding is in place, the contractor will chip off loose pieces of the north tower, requiring periodic closures of the westbound pedestrian walkway. Pedestrians can expect closures between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4...

Investigations underway on reported lost wages for KY miners employed by bankrupt Blackjewel mine

Both the Governor’s office and the office of the Attorney General are looking into the actions of the bankrupted Blackjewel, LLC mining company in Harlan County. Gov. Matt Bevin announced that the Labor Cabinet will open an investigation into Blackjewel LLC, an affiliate of Revelation Energy LLC, a coal company operating in the Commonwealth, regarding reports of unpaid wages for coal miners in...

Former White House Chief of Staff Kelly to be keynote speaker at annual state Chamber meeting

The 14th annual Kentucky Chamber Business Summit and Annual Meeting will be held July 11-12 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, with the Annual Meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. on July 11. John Kelly The Annual Meeting keynote speaker is Gen. John Kelly, a 45-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who has led the U.S. Southern Command, served as the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, and most recently...

Marsy’s Law supporters ask Kentucky Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling on vague ballot wording

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Supporters of Marsy’s Law are asking the Kentucky Supreme Court to reconsider a decision last month that found the ballot wording too vague.

 The measure was approved as Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Crofton, during the 2018 General Assembly, passing the Senate 34-1, and the House, 87-3, allowing it to be placed on the November 2018 ballot.

 Whitney...

Special Veterans Court program started by Boyd County Circuit Court judge allows vets a fresh start

By Carly Carver The Daily Independent CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (KT) – A United State Marine has a chance at a fresh start thanks to hard work and a specialized court program led by northeastern Kentucky circuit court judges in conjunction with the Veterans Administration. 
James “Jim” Blankenship, a United States Marine Corps veteran, graduated from Boyd County Circuit Court’s Veterans Court...

State releases its one-year Progress Report on child welfare transformation efforts, shows some progress

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, has released its one-year report for its Child Welfare Transformation (CWT) efforts, and it shows progress in outcomes for children and a planned path toward greater preventive and community-based care for families. DCBS Commissioner Eric Clark said the effort began in 2018 in conjunction...