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Kentucky’s Noah Thompson, a country singer from Louisa, takes top American Idol crown

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today The Country Music Highway has a newcomer on the road to stardom. Noah Thompson, the country singer from Louisa, Kentucky, became the first Kentuckian to capture “American Idol” Sunday night. American Idol winner, Kentucky’s Noah Thompson, performed at his home in Lawrence County last week. (Photo by Emily Porter/Ashland Daily-Independent via Kentucky...

Post-pandemic, Kentucky returns to one of the highest incarceration rates in the world

By Chance Dorland Public News Service After a drop due to the COVID pandemic, new research found Kentucky is once again crowding more people into jails and prisons. The Bluegrass State has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, and some experts believe it is a direct result of state legislation keeping men and women locked up. Carmen Mitchell, criminal justice policy analyst at the Kentucky...

As people from around region flock to neighboring states open to cannabis, Kentucky remains closed

By Becca Schimmel Ohio Valley ReSource Tourists come from far and wide to see the 15-foot Superman standing with hands on hips in the center of Metropolis, Illinois. The 6,000 person-town got its name about a century before the Man of Steel was conceived, but still, the city holds a Superman Festival every year to capitalize on its namesake. Now, a new attraction has cropped up in the Ohio River city...

Team plans 250-mile canoe trip, public events to celebrate official launch of Ohio River Way

(Photo from Ohio River Way) A team of 20 modern-day adventurers will paddle 250 miles on the Ohio River from Portsmouth, OH to Louisville from May 31 through June 9 to officially launch the Ohio River Way. As they paddle from town to town in two 30-foot-long Voyager canoes, Ohio River Way leaders will hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies with local officials and community leaders. (Photo from Ohio River...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky’s Salt River flows into the Ohio River south of Louisville

Editor’s note: This is the fourth article in an occasional series profiling the river basins of Kentucky. The Salt River is 150 miles long and flows into the Ohio River south of Louisville. The river basin is the fifth largest in the state, and drains about 2,920 square miles in six north-central Kentucky counties. The Salt Ruver Basin (Graphics from U.S. Geological Survey; click for larger graphic) Arising...

National average for gasoline hits $4.48 per gallon; Kentucky at $4.24, up 22 cents on the week

With the national average cost for regular gas steadily climbing, three states — Georgia, Kansas, and Oklahoma — are the only states to avoid officially crossing the $4 per gallon mark. The national average for a gallon of gasoline is now $4.48, up 15 cents from a week ago. The nationwide increase is primarily due to the high cost of crude oil, which is hovering near $110 a barrel. “The...

Gex ‘Jay’ Williams makes comeback; three NKy legislators — Massey, Koenig, Santoro — lose seats

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter Republican Gex “Jay” Williams of Verona made a big step Tuesday in the Republican primary election for the state Senate’s newly drawn 20th District in his comeback bid to be a state lawmaker again after 20 years. Gex ‘Jay’ Williams And as early Wednesday morning, Republican Shelley “Funke” Frommeyer of Alexandria had a slight lead in the state...

KY ranks sixth in 2022 Prosperity Cup; Amazon Air Hub, REDI Cincinnati/NKY Tri-ED among winners

Kentucky has again made another strong showing in Site Selection magazine’s annual rankings, which includes the 2022 Prosperity Cup and Mac Conway Awards, as well as the Top Deals in North America list. Kentucky ranks sixth in this year’s Prosperity Cup. The ranking recognizes state-level economic development success based on capital investment project activity during the previous calendar year. Two...

Library summer reading participants get chance to win $529 college savings accounts

Four Kentucky children will win $529 each to put toward a college savings account this year by participating in a summer reading program at their local public library. The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and KY Saves 529 have launched the Explore Oceans of Possibilities College Savings Summer Reading Sweepstakes as part...

Boone County student a finalist in first Kentucky Civics Bee; Fleming County student wins

Ten middle school finalists from counties throughout the Commonwealth competed for a chance to win cash prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000 in the first Kentucky Civics Bee. Lucas Campbell of Simons Middle School in Fleming County was winner of the first Civics Bee. (Photo provided) Lucas Campbell from Simons Middle School in Fleming County was named the winner of the competition, with Jiwoo Kim from...

KDFWR research studies hope to determine cause of recent decline in Kentucky’s wild turkey harvest

Two ongoing research projects should provide insight into why Kentucky’s turkey harvest has slipped since its record peak in 2010. Hunters reported the harvest of 26,836 turkeys during the state’s spring 2022 seasons. While that level is comparable to the heyday of the turkey population boom in the early 2000s, it falls well short of Kentucky’s record harvest of more than 36,000 turkeys during...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: As weather warms, tick-borne disease risks increase; know signs and symptoms

When warm spring weather arrives we begin spending more time outdoors, doing yard work, fishing, hunting, gardening, camping, hiking, or taking the dog for a long walk at a local park. That puts us and our pets at risk for tick-borne diseases. A hike in the woods, walking through chest-high dried grass and weeds at the wood’s edge, brushing up against low-hanging tree limbs or string trimming around...

Ky. Attorney General Danial Cameron becomes latest to join crowded GOP field in 2023 Governor’s race

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Although Kentucky’s 2022 primary election takes place next week, there is already a lot of buzz for the 2023 Governor’s race with at least three Republicans, and probably more, seeking to stop Democrat Andy Beshear’s reelection bid. The latest to join what is becoming a crowded field for the GOP gubernatorial nomination is Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who filed...

Ky. General Fund records $1.84 billion in receipts in April for highest monthly amount ever recorded

The Office of State Budget Director (OSBD) reported Tuesday that April’s level of General Fund receipts of $1.84 billion is the highest monthly amount ever reported. Receipts were up 34.9 percent over last April’s collections, bringing the year-to-date growth rate to 16.4 percent. Over 80 percent of the revenue increase over last April was from the individual income tax. Last year’s April collections...

More pain at the pump as gas prices continue to surge; Kentucky average up 19 cents on the week

Drivers are paying more at the pump — a lot more — as the cost of gasoline moves steadily higher. In the past two weeks, the national average for a gallon of gasoline has risen 21 cents to $4.33, matching the record high set on March 11. The increase is primarily due to the high cost of crude oil, which was hovering near $100 a barrel last week and is now closing in on $110. The national...