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What Moves You? KY Transportation Cabinet asks — and wants responses so we can ‘Get There Together’

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is currently in the process of updating their Long-Range Statewide Transportation Plan, so they are asking Kentuckians to take an online survey to find out, “What Moves You?” The information that is collected will be used in preparing a plan which will identify the goals, policies, needs, and improvement priorities that will set the direction of Kentucky’s...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Unexplained spring illness that plagued region’s songbirds remains a mystery

The onset of cold weather is when many homeowners begin feeding songbirds in windowsill and backyard feeders. There’s less natural food available to the songbirds that over-winter here so the black-oil sunflower seeds, millet, thistle seed, wheat, corn and other small grains are a welcome addition to their diet. An American Robin (Photo courtesy Audubon Bird Guide) For many of us, feeding songbirds...

Jennie Rees, Joe Clabes team up for KY Racing Spotlight on ESPN 680; Thayer among first guests

Lucky 7 Stable’s Mike Mackin, horse owner/celebrity bettor Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, and Kentucky Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer are among the guests as Kentucky Racing Spotlight presented by the Kentucky HBPA debuts Friday. The weekly radio program will air 6-7 p.m. ET Fridays through March 4 on Louisville’s ESPN 680/105.7, the region’s sports-talk leader. Jennie Rees Hosted...

13-state lawsuit challenging vaccine mandate for healthcare workers leads to nationwide injunction

A federal district court on Tuesday granted the request of Attorney General Cameron and 13 other states to stop the Biden Administration’s mandatory vaccination requirement for healthcare workers. The court issued a nationwide injunction against the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate, which required vaccinations for workers in healthcare settings that receive Medicare...

Louisville Rep. Nima Kulkarni pre-files two bills aimed at decriminalizing personal use of marijuana

Looking to add Kentucky to the growing list of states that have authorized adult use of cannabis, state Rep. Nima Kulkarni pre-filed legislation on Monday that would remove criminal penalties for possessing small amounts and give voters a chance to protect those provisions constitutionally. Numerous organizations have signed on in support. “I am sponsoring these bills for several reasons, any one...

Maysville becomes first Green Dot City in U.S., where enough people are trained in violence prevention

Over 50 individuals involved with Green Dot Maysville gathered recently to celebrate a huge milestone: Maysville has officially become the first Green Dot City in the nation. Green Dot is a violence prevention strategy that shifts cultural norms away from the tolerance of violence by engaging and equipping bystanders to step in when they see situations of power-based personal violence. The choices...

National No-Tillage agriculture conference coming to state, scholarships available through KY Dept. of Ag

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The National No Tillage Conference is coming to Louisville in January, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture says scholarships are available for first-time attendees to what is billed as the world’s largest no-till event. No-till planting, a practice that first found success in Kentucky, marks 60 years in 2022. And for only the second time in its 30-year history,...

Beshear allocates more funding to the Bluegrass State Skills Corp. for industry-specific training

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced that more funding is being allocated by the Bluegrass State Skills Corp. for Kentucky’s workforce development efforts, with the latest earmarked to train 6,388 individuals. The agency, which is part of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development that helps private-sector businesses establish industry-specific training programs, recently approved over $3 million in...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Grilling and smoking venison ideal for preparing this high-quality free-range meat

The summer months are ideal for grilling and smoking venison. (Photo by Art Lander, Jr.) Editor’s Note: This is the final article in a three-part series on venison — grilling and smoking venison, a summertime favorite. Summer is the ideal time for grilling or smoking venison. Take a seat in the shade, open a cold beverage and tune in to the baseball game on the radio. Barrel Smoker (Photo courtesy...

An alternative to Black Friday: Santa Claus will be making a grand arrival at Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Museum Center is inviting those in need of holiday cheer to skip the Black Friday madness and make memories together instead. Santa makes his grand arrival at noon, Friday, November 26 – better than any deal on a Playstation, flat-screen or Furby. While his reindeer are resting up for the big day, Santa will be arriving by historic fire truck, courtesy of the Cincinnati Fire Museum, to...

Bellevue, Ft. Thomas, Ludlow among areas to benefit from Cincinnati Chamber, Duke Energy partnership

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is pleased to announce a new partnership with Duke Energy called Storefronts to the Forefront. This new initiative will support the following eleven business districts: Bellevue, East Price Hill, Fort Thomas, Loveland, Ludlow, Madisonville, Milford, New Richmond, Norwood, Reading, and Walnut Hills. “We are thrilled to partner with Duke Energy, which has a strong...

Kentucky gas prices down two cents on the week as price of crude oil falls below $80 per barrel

After stubbornly staying above $80 a barrel since Labor Day, the price of crude oil tumbled this week into the mid-$70s, which could help to lower gas prices — though the relief may be temporary. Fears of slowing economic activity in the U.S. and Europe due to a resurgence of COVID-19, along with reports that the Biden Administration is calling for release of stockpiled oil by large oil-consuming...

Williamstown pastor Mark Messmore’s book, Simple Preaching Prep, is on important task of preaching

Churches across America of all sizes and types are struggling to find, and keep, pastors. In his new book, Simple Preaching Prep, author and pastor Mark Messmore guides readers through one pastoral task; the important task of preaching. Mark Messmore “There are a lot of books on preaching,” said Messmore. “Many are classics and rich in content. Yet too often I found preaching books in...

Douglas Gladstone: MLBPA’s failure to go to bat for former player’s pensions is reprehensible

Are you aware that there are 609 former players who aren’t receiving Major League Baseball (MLB) pensions? Of those 600+ retirees, the majority are white men, such as Dr. David Watkins, a former Phillies backstop who later became the medical director of the Frazier Rehabilitation Center in Louisville. But many of them are persons of color, such as Covington native Leo Foster, the 36th pick in...

KYTC reports snow-plow drivers are trained and ready for the upcoming winter season; salt supply on hand

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While it’s been reported that 11 states have a shortage of snowplow drivers for the upcoming winter season, that does not appear to be the case in Kentucky, where state transportation crews are on the lookout for the first sight of snow to spring into action. Nearly 2,100 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet staff and crew members have been preparing for months for the launch...