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‘The Mountain Minor,’ explores Applachian music; filmmaker Dale Farmer to appear at Esquire Theatre

A new dramatic film about the history of Appalachian music, which was filmed partially in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, is starting to attract attention after winning top awards at several film festivals. Screenwriter and director Dale Farmer will conduct a Q&A, following screenings of “The Mountain Minor” at The Esquire Theatre in Cincinnati on October 17 and 20. An after-party will...

Federal appeals-court judges hear appeal but indicate doubt about Bevin’s work requirements for Medicaid

Kentucky Health News Federal judges were dubious Friday of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s campaign to add work requirements to the Medicaid program, as they heard an appeal of rulings that have blocked it. “People are going to lose coverage … and you haven’t addressed that,” Judge Harry Edwards told Trump administration lawyers during oral arguments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

Kentucky Downs to embark on major construction, renovation, adding more gaming, entertainment

By Jennie Rees Kentucky Downs FRANKLIN – With preliminary approval from the Franklin-Simpson Planning and Zoning Commission, Kentucky Downs this fall will embark on its largest construction project since the track opened in 1990. The first of three phases will add 18,000 square feet with an estimated investment of approximately $25 million. The new building will feature more gaming as well...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: This native shorebird has a name that brings a smile to the face of deer hunters

The Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) is easily identifiable by its distinctive plumage, preferred habitat, feeding behavior, shrill calls and the way adult nesting pairs lure predators away from their eggs or young. Everything about the Killdeer is unusual, for example: The Killdeer is common throughout Kentucky (Photo from Wikipedia Commons) • A rather large wading bird (plover), adults can be 11...

Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball announces return of record $84 million in unclaimed property

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, whose office operates what may be called the state’s Lost and Found Department, has returned $84 million in unclaimed property – more than any State Treasurer in Kentucky history in a four-year term – it was announced on Wednesday.

 Since taking office, Ball has revamped the unclaimed property process at the Treasury...

Free BLINK photo walks for photogs, students, general public; artists to exhibit at Findlay Market 

NKyTribune staff BLINK, in partnership with B&H Photo Video, will host free photo walks for the BLINK community to sharpen their street art photography skills during afternoon and evening hours as BLINK’s murals come to life. Registration is now open for walks in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood, Oct. 10 & 11, and in Covington, Kentucky, Oct. 12 & 13. “BLINK photo walks are...

Kentucky Office of Highway Safety steers motorists to buckle up, put phones down for safety’s sake

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is driving home a safety message to motorists aimed at preventing crashes by encouraging two life-saving actions behind the wheel- buckling up and putting down the phone. Monday, the state’s first Buckle Up Phone Down campaign features videos, radio spots, digital advertising and a new dedicated website, to promote the initiative. “The campaign offers...

Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival announces winners; compelling stories promote understanding

The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival (OTRFF), organized by LADD, presented by the Financial Independence Project, annnounced the films receiving festival awards for best feature-length and short film narratives and documentaries. The award-winning narratives were shown to audiences at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and documentaries at the Contemporary Arts Center yesterday. Grand Jury Narrative...

Monday, Oct. 7, is last day to register to vote in Nov. 5 election; check ‘inactive voter’ list too — all online

Monday, October 7, is the last day to register to vote in the November 5 election. And it’s also the last day to be sure you are not one of the 175,000 Kentucky voters who have been removed from the voting lists, declared “inactive” by Kentucky’s State Board of Elections. Objections have been raised over this unilateral action but Kentucky voters must check the records to be...

Kentucky sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to be buried today in Corbin; flags at half-staff

Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in honor of a Kentucky sailor who was killed in action during World War II, but whose remains were only recently identified. Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Ulis C. Steely, 25, of Corbin, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when...

UPS to Create 1,000 Jobs in Louisville with $750M in projects, including new maintenance hangar

Alongside a 747-8F, the largest aircraft in UPS Airlines’ fleet, Gov. Matt Bevin today joined company executives in Louisville to unveil $750 million in projects to further support the shipping giant’s Worldport air hub and create 1,000 jobs across the coming years. File photos “UPS is a great corporate citizen and a significant economic driver for the commonwealth. We are thrilled to see the...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The American Alligator, an iconic native species, thrives in the South’s wetlands

The American Alligator is known throughout the world as an iconic North American wildlife species (Photo from Wikipedia Commons) The American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is known throughout the world as an iconic native wildlife species of North America, immortalized in country music and popular culture. “Polk salad Annie, gators got your granny,” is a lyric from a 2006 song by Tony...

How about this weather? Heat, drought, burn bans . . . maybe some rain (finally) on Sunday for NKY?

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While nearly 110 of Kentucky’s 120 counties already have burn bans in effect due to drought conditions, Tuesday also marked the start of the fall wildfire hazard season. 
“These restrictions are in effect every fall (Oct. 1 – Dec. 15) and spring (Feb. 15 – April 30) Wildfire Hazard Season to help prevent wildfires under normal conditions,” said James Wright,...

Fair warning: Kentucky State Police Post 6 provides Traffic Safety Checkpoint locations for October

The Kentucky State Police Post 6, Dry Ridge, will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints throughout the post district. These checkpoints will be set up at designated areas on highways where statistics have shown an elevated number of vehicle crashes.  During the checkpoints officers will be enforcing laws related to Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol, Licensing...

Walton’s Lee Atwood played role in Apollo program; ‘Apollo 11: First Steps Edition’ at Cinci Museum

The recent opening of the Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission exhibit at Cincinnati Museum Center brings a connection to Northern Kentuckian John Leland Atwood, who had a major role in the first lunar landing. John Leland “Lee” Atwood, a native of Walton in Boone County, was President of North American Aviation when the corporation secured several contracts from NASA for the Apollo program. Walton’s...