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Kentucky environmental groups turn focus to inclusion, diversity in state’s outdoor spaces

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Environmental advocates and outdoor enthusiasts across the state are focusing on inclusion and diversity in hiking, camping and other outdoor activities. Despite wanting to experience nature, many people of color may not have the opportunity to explore Kentucky’s numerous trails, lakes and state parks. (Photo courtesy of The Explore Kentucky Initiatve) Gerry...

MARS Equestrian Fellow at UK’s Gluck Equine Research Center continues to help older horses

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky Horses aged 15 and over make up between 20 percent to 30 percent of the U.S. equine population. An important milestone will be reached this year in the quest to learn more about this population. October marks the one-year anniversary of Amanda Adams, associate professor at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center specializing in aged horse research,...

Homecoming for UK College of Dentistry chairman also chance to advocate for minority students

By Mallory Olson University of Kentucky Dr. Zindell Richardson was a University of Kentucky College of Dentistry student in the early 1980s and admits as an African American student away from home for the first time, it wasn’t always easy. In July 2020, he returned to the college as named chair of the Department of Oral Health Science. Now, after more than 35 years in the field, he hopes to...

Beshear reports fourth-highest day of positive cases, highest Saturday ever; October on pace for record

Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday reported the “fourth-highest day of positive COVID-19 cases. This is also the highest Saturday that we’ve ever had. Things are not moving in the right direction; they continue to escalate. This virus is our enemy, not each other.” He said there were at least 86,797 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 1,295 of which were newly reported Saturday. One hundred and sixty-two...

UK extension poultry specialists leads veterinarian training to treat growing backyard flocks

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, Americans were showing an increased interest in backyard poultry flocks. Once the pandemic took hold, that interest began to grow even more, as people pursued hobbies at home. University of Kentucky extension poultry specialists Tony Pescatore and Jacquie Jacob saw growth in backyard flock numbers and were concerned the...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky’s Green River Lake features a mixed creel of quality fisheries

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth article in a series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Green River Lake is located in Taylor and Adair Counties in south-central Kentucky. (Photo from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) Green River Lake is in south-central Kentucky, east of Ky. 55 between Campbellsville and Columbia, in Taylor and Adair Counties. The dam is 26 miles upstream of Greensburg, and...

Recent audit finds several Kentucky counties are in violation of state’s long-standing ethics laws

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Auditor Mike Harmon issued a data bulletin on Wednesday in which he says several Kentucky counties are in violation of ethics laws passed by the General Assembly more than 25 years ago. In response to the Operation Boptrot scandal of the early 1990s, when 17 lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists were convicted on federal corruption charges, the General Assembly passed...

Beshear announces $8.5 million in funding for buses; TANK receives $2.1 million for new diesel buses

Gov. Andy Beshear and other state leaders on Tuesday announced $8.5 million in transportation funding to replace about 170 buses and support other efforts to expand reliable and sustainable transportation in Kentucky. The funding will go toward the purchase of cleaner emission transit buses in areas of Kentucky challenged with meeting federal air quality standards. The funds are part of the $20.3 million...

October is National Pedestrian Safety Month; KOHS encourages safe behaviors driving, walking

Even if you usually drive to your destination, everyone is a pedestrian at some point – maybe walking your child across the street to the bus stop or walking to a grocery store down the road to buy dinner. That means each of us has a personal reason for wanting to keep our streets safe for all who use them. In a crash between a vehicle and a pedestrian, the pedestrian is far more likely to be killed...

Deer Sample Collection Stations to monitor herd health; voluntary program to benefit hunters

Hunters can learn the age of their harvested deer and help the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources monitor the health of the state’s deer and elk herds through a new voluntary program available this fall. The department is establishing Deer Sample Collection Stations at several locations across the state, where hunters may submit the heads of their legally harvested and telechecked...

AAA: Important reminders for Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the entire year

AAA believes no life is worth losing to driver distraction. In Kentucky, there were 6,455 collisions attributed to distracted driving in 2019, according to data from the Kentucky State Police. Those collisions resulted in 14 fatalities and 1,719 injuries. AAA is urging all drivers to pay attention and focus on the road during this National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and all year long. “Focused...

U.S. Navy veteran from Florence finishing up education at Louisville after three deployments

By Kyle Hurwitz University of Louisville The United States Navy celebrates its 245th birthday on Oct. 10. Charlie Mitchell, a senior communications major from Florence, is one of the University of of Louisville’s many U.S. Navy veteran students. Charlie Mitchell Mitchell served as a personnel specialist in the Navy from January 2009 to November 2016. That service included three deployments aboard...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky fall fishing update — watch the weather and monitor water levels

Fall has arrived with a blast of cool air, invigorating both fish and fishermen. Two sure signs of the season are shorter days and cool, foggy mornings. Some of the best fishing of the year has started and if favorable weather and water conditions continue, the good fishing could last into late November. (Photo by John Lander) Generally in major reservoirs, black bass, crappie and other game fish...

Boone County man, held in Carroll County, facing multiple child sexual abuse charges

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky State Police at the Campbellsburg Post have charged a Boone County man with more than two dozen counts stemming from a child sexual abuse investigation. On Sept. 26, a KSP detective from the Campbellsburg Post responded to General Butler State Park in Carrollton to investigate a report of sexual abuse of a child. It was reported that the suspect had engaged in...

Kentucky campaign steers motorists to buckle up, put phones down to increase roadway safety

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to drive home a safety message to motorists aimed at preventing crashes by encouraging two life-saving actions behind the wheel – buckling up and putting the phone down. Kentucky’s Buckle Up/Phone Down campaign runs concurrently with a nationwide awareness and enforcement effort...