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Art Lander’s Outdoors: April is crappie month in Kentucky; vary tackle and techniques for success

A crappie is a crappie… well not exactly. The two species found in Kentucky waters look a lot alike, but their seasonal movements and habitat preferences are slightly different, so anglers need to vary their tackle and techniques for success. Here’s some strategies and observations about fishing in April, arguably our best month to catch crappie: Black Crappie (Image from U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

KY Coronavirus Fraud Task Force alerts Kentuckians about scams involving COVID-19 stimulus checks

State and Federal law enforcement officials from the Kentucky Coronavirus Fraud Task Force alerted Kentuckians about potential scams involving payments from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress last week. Attorney General Daniel Cameron, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Rob Duncan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky Russell...

Ryan Quarles: During global pandemic, buy local, support and honor the American farmer even more

Last week, Kentucky farm families celebrated “National Agriculture Week,” but as you can imagine, our annual celebration was quieter than usual, given our ongoing fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. As I talked to members of the media and neighbors to promote the celebration, they bombarded me with the following questions: Are we going to run out of food? Is our food supply safe? How can...

Taste of Cincinnati to be held Independence Day Weekend, Virtual Taste of Cincinnati is this weekend

Taste of Cincinnati, presented by Kroger, will return to Fifth Street in Downtown Cincinnati, July 3-5. Created in 1979, Taste of Cincinnati is the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival. Taste of Cincinnati features more than 50 restaurants and food trucks serving up delicious and delectable menu items, as well as a large variety of beers and continuous live entertainment throughout...

Cincinnati Zoo asks for help to feed, care for 2,000 animals; closure has huge impact on operations

The current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s ability to remain open, welcome guests, and serve as a centerpiece of community enrichment. While the Zoo continues to use digital tools to reach and educate its followers, being closed is hitting one of the oldest non-profits in Cincinnati hard. “We still have mouths, beaks, jaws and maws to feed and care...

UofL researchers focus on coronavirus treatment, testing cells growing quickly in host tobacco plants

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The University of Louisville’s biocontainment laboratory is being called upon in research efforts focusing on the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, and a Kentucky crop could be a key. 
At U of L, researchers are exploring compounds that hold promise as therapeutic agents against the disease and could be grown quickly in host tobacco plants. 
A strain...

This Week at the Capitol: State budget, COVID-19 take center stage, including unemployment benefits

Progress continued this week on two matters considered top priorities by many state lawmakers: the next state budget and relief for workers and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the schedule for the General Assembly’s 2020 session abbreviated in response to COVID-19 precautions, the Senate and House convened one day this week. Lawmakers serving on a budget conference committee also...

Stimulus bill passes House by voice vote, goes to Pres. Trump; no second for Massie’s recorded vote

The Washington Post reports that the House of Representatives approved the massive $2trillion stimulus bill by voice vote. Lawmakers returned to Washington to be present for the vote, after Kentucky’s Rep. Thomas Massie threatened to object to the voice vote, which would have delayed approval. Massie tried to make a motion for a recorded vote, but failed to get a second, and it was declared...

February unemployment rate at 4.2 percent in Kentucky, down 0.1 percent from January

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary February 2020 unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary February 2020 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from January 2020 and unchanged from the 4.2 percent recorded for the state in February 2019. The U.S....

State’s community health centers get $1.6m in federal funds to combat coronavirus outbreak

Kentucky will receive $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the Commonwealth, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said. 
The funding is the result of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (Phase I) that Congress passed earlier this month. These surge resources are in addition to...

39 cases of COVID-19 added to state total (including one from a ‘coronavirus party’), says Gov. Beshear

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky had 39 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the largest single-day number by far, bringing the state’s total to at least 163, Gov. Andy Beshear said. During a Capitol press conference, the governor expressed his disappointment that some people are not following the guidance and orders restricting the gathering of people and called out an action that led to...

Secretary of State says counties using electronic ballot machines should move to paper ballots

Secretary of State Michael Adams, acting on his promise to ensure ballot integrity and enhance public confidence in our election system, told the House Standing Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs that counties using electronic ballot machines should move to using only paper ballots as soon as fiscally possible. Michael Adams Adams spoke in favor in House...

A bright spot: For 70 years, the arrival of Spring brings bright yellow jonquils to this roadside

For the last 70 years, the arrival of spring has brought with it a bright spot for motorists along U.S. 641 near the Lyon-Caldwell county line. For about two weeks each year, a half-mile section of U.S. 641 near the 4-mile marker in Lyon County is lined with bright yellow jonquils. The bulbs that create the colorful display were planted by Charles Brockmeyer Jr., with help from his friend and farmhand...

Gov. Beshear orders ‘nonessential retail’ to close as coronavirus count exceeds 100 in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky saw its positive coronavirus cases climb over 100 and Gov. Andy Beshear said nonessential businesses would have to shutter Monday night. 
Beshear said the number of positive cases has reached 103, 16 more than Saturday’s total of 87. 

“We expected this, this is the way this virus works,” he said Sunday afternoon during his regular press conference. 
Beshear...

NACo calls on Congress to make counties eligible for COVID-19 Stabilization Fund, has interactive site 

With the U.S. Congress and administration poised to agree on a $1 trillion-plus coronavirus relief package, the National Association of Counties (NACo) called on federal policymakers to ensure America’s 3,069 county governments are eligible for the State Stabilization Fund and other essential supplemental federal aid resources. “Counties are on the front lines of responding to the coronavirus...