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Kentucky Chamber releases 2021 Federal Priorities following 2020 elections, advocating for businesses

As Kentucky looks to recover and rebuild its economy from the coronavirus pandemic, the Kentucky Chamber has released its 2021 Federal Priorities. In addition to advocating on behalf of businesses at the state level, the Kentucky Chamber also advocates for pro-business policies in Washington, D.C. “Through great relationships with Kentucky’s federal delegation and with our colleagues at the US...

In south-central Ky., health workers and officials battle coronavirus fatigue, politicization of pandemic

Health officials are working “to convince a skeptical public in south-central Kentucky of the risk of catching the deadly virus racing through the region, taking lives and putting an ever-growing number of people in the hospital,” Deborah Yetter of the Louisville Courier-Journal reports after a trip to Glasgow, Tompkinsville and Bowling Green. Courtney Calloway’s co-workers gave her...

Northern Kentucky creatives help produce music video honoring fallen Springdale officer Kaia Grant

A new music video honoring fallen Springdale Police Officer Kaia Grant features several connections to Northern Kentucky. Group Effort Sound Studios in Crescent Springs served as the recording venue and documentary filmmaker Steve Oldfield from Bellevue directed the video. The whole project was produced by William “Hawk” Hawkins, a former Cincinnati resident who now lives in North Carolina. He...

Kentucky Supreme Court amends court operations statewide to address escalating COVID-19 cases

The Supreme Court has issued new mandates to govern court operations as nearly all 120 Kentucky counties are now in the COVID-19 red zone. Citing the news that 250,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and health-care resources are becoming overwhelmed, Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. said in an email to court personnel on Friday that it is imperative to restrict court activities now...

AAA: Majority of Kentuckians not traveling for Thanksgiving; virus keeping families at home

A new survey by AAA indicates that a large majority of Kentucky residents will not be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, and 36 percent of those staying home say it is because of COVID-19 concerns. “Given the recent surge in COVID-19 and the strong urging of public health officials for everyone to stay home for the holiday, the Thanksgiving travel landscape continues to change,” said Lori...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Richard Taylor’s Girty melds myth and fact to tell story of notorious frontier traitor

In this classic work, Richard Taylor artfully assembles passages from diaries, travel accounts, biographies, poems and monologues to tell the story of Simon Girty (1741-1818), branded as a notorious traitor, and one of the most hated men in the Ohio River Valley and Kentucky frontier. Girty survived important battles in two wars that had a profound impact on Kentuckians, the American Revolutionary...

AG Cameron randomly selected six counties, including Boone County, for post-election audit

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Wednesday held a drawing to randomly select six Kentucky counties to undergo post-general election audits. 
His Department of Criminal Investigations will conduct inquiries into Anderson, Boone, Fleming, Hickman, Lawrence and Livingston counties to determine if any irregularities occurred during the 2020 general election. 
“Together,...

Kentucky higher education to receive additional $20M in CARES Act funding; officials revising guidelines

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky colleges and universities will avoid state budget cuts this fiscal year while also receiving $20 million in federal relief to help cover costs related to COVID-19. The allocation is part of $1.6 billion in federal funding that Kentucky received this year through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, known as CARES. State budget officials are...

Contract to repair, reopen Brent Spence: Kokosing Construction to have bridge open by Dec. 23

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray announced the awarding of a contract to Kokosing Construction Co. to repair and reopen the fire-damaged Brent Spence Bridge that connects Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Kokosing, headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, submitted a low bid of $3,127,528 and committed to having the bridge reopened to traffic by Dec. 23. There will be additional costs – the...

Applications start today for hemp licensing, as Ag Commissioner expects long-term hemp market

The window to apply for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s 2021 hemp licensing program opens today (Nov. 16), Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced. “We believe there will be a long-term hemp market in Kentucky, but across America the hemp industry has been having a difficult year,” Quarles said. “Acreage is down significantly across the nation in light of FDA regulatory...

Lexington legislator will introduce bill in 2021 General Assembly to increase minimum wage to $15/hr

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation is being prepared for the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly to increase the minimum wage for workers in Kentucky. Reginald Thomas The proposal, from Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, would raise the minimum wage with staggered increases over the next five years, ultimately bringing minimum wage up to $15 an hour by 2026. Another provision would let individual cities...

KCTC temporarily closes seven driver licensing offices — including Florence — due to COVID

Three regional driver licensing offices and four smaller field offices operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) have been closed temporarily due to COVID-19 cases. Each office will be thoroughly sanitized in keeping with KYTC Heathy at Work guidelines, and all are expected to be reopened next week. The affected KYTC Regional Driver Licensing Offices are in Lexington, Jackson and Columbia....

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Laurel River Lake offers good fishing for cool water species fall through spring

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh article in a series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Laurel River Lake is located in Laurel and Whitley Counties in the Daniel Boone National Forest (Photo from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) Laurel River Lake is in Laurel and Whitley Counties, just off Interstate-75 in Daniel Boone National Forest. The dam is about 20 miles east of Corbin, on Ky. 1193, about...

KDA partners with other organizations to administer grant to help veterans enter agriculture field

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is partnering with other agriculture organizations in administering a federal grant directed to establish and enhance farming opportunities for military veterans, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced. The $746,567 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant will provide agricultural opportunities for veterans and transitioning service members....

State Budget Director: October General Fund receipts in Kentucky rise 3.0 percent in past year

State Budget Director John Hicks reported Tuesday that October’s General Fund receipts rose 3.0 percent, or $27.7 million, over last year’s total. Almost half of the increase was due to early payments of tangible property tax. Revenues for the month were $948.4 million compared to $920.7 million collected in October 2020. Receipts have increased 5.1 percent for the first four months of the fiscal...