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Art Lander’s Outdoors: The largemouth bass remains most popular gamefish in Kentucky waters

(Editor’s Note: This is the seventh article in a series about Kentucky’s gamefish species.) The largemouth bass is Kentucky’s most popular gamefish. French naturalist Bernard Germain de Lacépède (1756-1825) was the first to publish information on this black bass in the scientific literature, based on a drawing and simple description obtained in 1802 from the Carolinas. He named the...

Governor, Secretary of State ‘close to agreement’ on November general election, acting in good faith

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today No agreement yet between Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams on how to conduct the November general election, but both sides say they are not that far apart. “We actually agree on a lot more than people realize,” Adams told reporters after the two men met at the Governor’s office Wednesday afternoon. “He wants a safe election...

Documentary series on American poetry focuses on Kentucky; essays accepted until Sept. 15

Kentucky Poet Laureate Jeff Worley is calling on Kentuckians to put down their keyboards, pick up their pens and write as part of an upcoming documentary series “Poetry Unites America.” “Poetry Unites America” came to the United States in 2014, after beginning in 2006 as “Poetry Unites” in Poland, the native country of “Poetry Unites America” writer, director and producer Ewa...

Ammonium nitrate is all over U.S., faces uneven oversight; it exploded in Beirut — and in West Texas

Ammonium nitrate, blamed for the Beirut explosion, is all over U.S., and unevenly regulated, due to agriculture’s influence. The explosion in Beirut last week that killed more than 130 people was fueled by 2,750 metric tons of an unsafely stored fertilizer. That fertilizer, ammonium nitrate, is common in the U.S., and it’s unevenly regulated. That could put more people at risk, Joe Wertz...

Attorney General Cameron provides new tool for reporting suspected Medicaid fraud, patient abuse

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced a new tool for reporting suspected Medicaid fraud and patient abuse to his office. Kentuckians can now electronically report abuse, neglect, and exploitation by completing an online complaint form. “Providers who fraudulently bill Medicaid for healthcare goods and services steal taxpayers dollars and can endanger the health and welfare of beneficiaries,”...

Looking for Kentucky’s newest millionaire — Lottery’s Powerball $1m ticket sold in Nicholasville

A ticket sold in Nicholasville for last night’s Powerball drawing matched all five white ball winning numbers but not the Powerball, winning the game’s second prize of $1 million.   The winning Powerball numbers from Saturday’s drawing are: 2 – 3 – 14 – 40 – 51 with a Powerball of 24. If the ticket holder had also matched the Powerball number of 24, they would have won $158 million.   According...

Kentucky Supreme Court sets schedule for hearing on suit against Governor’s executive orders

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court issued an order on Friday, setting a briefing schedule and a date for oral arguments, in one of the lawsuits filed against Gov. Andy Beshear’s use of executive orders in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. 
The matter involves separate rulings by circuit judges in Boone and Scott counties, in cases where Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined...

Kentucky native one step closer to approval as Ambassador of UN Economic and Social Council

Kentucky native Jennifer Yue Barber appeared before the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee this week for her appointment as ambassador of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. A University of Kentucky graduate and native of Frankfort, Barber is currently an attorney with Frost Brown Todd in Louisville. President Donald Trump appointed her to the ambassador post late last year, and...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Spotted (Kentucky) Bass — most common in the streams of Northeastern Ky.

Editor’s note: This is the sixth article in a series about Kentucky’s native gamefish species. Once thought to be a hybrid between the Largemouth Bass and the Smallmouth Bass, the Spotted Bass is easily confused with the Largemouth Bass by inexperienced anglers. The species was first described in 1819 by French naturalist Constantine Samuel Rafinesque, who collected a specimen at the Falls...

Heavy traffic during coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on Kentucky’s state nature preserves

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service When state parks closed at the start of the pandemic, many Kentuckians ventured out to local nature preserves and natural areas, and experts say the heavy traffic has taken a toll on Kentucky’s public lands. Clare Sipple recently retired, but spent 18 years managing Lower Howard’s Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve in Clark County. Over the past few...

Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep celebrates 50th anniversary of Kentucky Derby’s first female jockey

It’s been 50 years since jockey Diane Crump became the first female to ride in the Kentucky Derby — and this year’s Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program celebrates that milestone. Crump rode Fathom in the 1970 Derby and, although the thoroughbred finished 15th, the jockey rode into history. Crump lives in Virginia and remains involved in the horse industry. “The $1,000 Mint Julep...

Treasurer Allison Ball has returned $100 million in unclaimed property to its owners; are you on the list?

Treasurer Allison Ball announced today that she has returned $100 million in unclaimed property to Kentuckians since first taking office. Treasurer Ball, a strong proponent of property rights, believes this property belongs to Kentuckians, not the government, and is committed to returning it to its rightful owners. Unclaimed property consists of payroll checks, unclaimed safety deposit boxes, old life...

UK College of Pharmacy graduate Dennis Bashaw embraces tradition of unscripted opportunities

By Grace Colville and Ja’Nae Clapp University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP) has developed a stellar reputation for molding the future minds of pharmaceutical medicine. But what happens to those who don’t go on to become practicing pharmacists in the traditional sense? Dennis Bashaw, a 1986 UKCOP graduate, broke the mold and demonstrated just how a professional...

UK entomologists find Asian longhorned ticks in Kentucky; they threaten livestock, wildlife and pets

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The Asian longhorned tick, which preys on a variety of hosts including humans and wild and domestic animals, has been found in Kentucky. This new tick is known to attack animals in large numbers and will be a concern to livestock producers, wildlife enthusiasts and pet owners. 
“This tick is an aggressive biter and frequently builds intense infestations on...

‘Alone, but not lonely’ – Patient receives new liver at UK’s Transplant Center during pandemic

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky Major surgeries and extended hospital stays are harrowing enough under normal circumstances. Factor in the stress and uncertainty of a global pandemic and the resulting restrictions on hospital visitation policies, and you can get an idea what Diana Lindsey faced back in April when she received a liver transplant at UK HealthCare’s Transplant Center. Six years...