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Death penalty disappearing, eroding in many states across the U.S., including Kentucky

Public News Service Use of the death penalty is disappearing from entire sections of the United States, and eroding in others. That’s according to data from the Death Penalty Information Center. The center’s Executive Director Robert Dunham says not only have executions declined by 75%, but death sentences have dropped by 85%. Public News Service Photo provided He says the numbers are...

Speedway Motorsports receives 2019  President’s Veterans Recognition Award from Coca-Cola

In honor of its commitment to saluting the United States Armed Forces, Speedway Motorsports was named the recipient of the 2019 President’s Veterans Recognition Award from Coca-Cola. The award was presented at The Coca-Cola Company’s annual Veterans Day Celebration in Atlanta to Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith. From left, Speedway Motorsports executives Matt Long, Maj. Gen....

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Cooper’s Hawk is a winged hunter with awe-inspiring aerial skills

Hunters who spend a lot of time afield in the fall are likely to observe all sorts of amazing animal behavior, none more awe-inspiring than the aerial skills of the Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii). Like all raptors in this genus, the Cooper’s Hawk hunts on the wing, while flying through timber and brush. Its hunting skills are the very definition of stealth and surprise. The Cooper’s Hawks’...

Pew Trusts: Many farmers struggle as hemp harvest winds down and marked suffer growing pains

By Sophie Quinton and April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts Ajit Singh strode across his 16-acre hemp field toward a broken-down harvester. He’d been hoping all day that the mechanic now crouched beside the machine could get it back up and running. It was late October and Singh still had thousands of stinky green and purple cannabis plants across 425 acres to pick, dry and sell before winter. Like...

Governor-Elect Andy Beshear unveils transition website; you can apply for a place in administration

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Governor-elect Andy Beshear unveiled a website for his gubernatorial transition on Tuesday. Governor-Elect Andy Beshear The website is besheartransitionky.com and Beshear said the initial site provides Kentuckians with a way to connect with the transition team and apply to work in the administration. As the transition progresses, the site will be updated. “I am honored...

It got colder — and white, wet stuff fell from the sky — our first snowfall of the season; drive with caution

Kentucky got its first measurable snowfall of the season Monday night into this morning and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is treating roads as necessary. While most of the state is expected to see and inch or less accumulation, some parts could see two inches, especially in the southwest, north and east. Most of Kentucky is under a winter weather advisory for this snow event. Since the system...

Drought is officially over in all 120 Kentucky counties; recent rains eliminated deficits

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Office of the State Climatologist, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, have removed drought declarations for all 120 counties in the Commonwealth. Recent rains have eliminated precipitation deficits and improved stream flows and soil moisture levels. Precipitation events since Oct. 3, when the statewide Level 1 and Level 2...

Beshear team moving ahead on transition plans — by the book; inauguration day is December 10

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While the voting results in the November General Election for Governor await the outcome of a recanvass request made by incumbent Republican Matt Bevin and certification by the State Board of Elections, work of the transition team for presumptive Democratic Governor-Elect Andy Beshear continues at the State Capitol. 

On Wednesday, Beshear, currently Kentucky’s attorney...

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife debuts crime-fighting app; get it at iTunes App Store, Google Play Store

Need to report suspected illegal activity related to fish, wildlife or boating to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources? Now, there’s an app for that. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has partnered with tip411 to offer the public a way to submit anonymous tips using the new KFWLaw smartphone app or by text message and the web. Similar technology has helped reduce crime in communities...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Cast iron cookware used by generations of Kentucky’s cooks

Venerable cast iron cookware has a place in the hearts of generations of Kentucky cooks who love to prepare traditional meals for family and friends. On a campout, there’s nothing quite like a breakfast of thick-sliced hardwood smoked bacon or country sausage, fried up with eggs in a cast iron skillet over an open fire. A cast iron dutch oven (Photo from Lodge) At home on the weekend, coming in...

Commerce Lexington delegation visiting Northern Kentucky for two days to listen, learn about region

Commerce Lexington Inc. revived a long-ago tradition in 2009 of visiting other regions of Kentucky with the idea of listening and learning from business leaders and elected officials in other communities. This year’s Kentucky Regional Tour, presented by UK HealthCare, will find their members touring and learning about Northern Kentucky. During the two-day visit, more than 50 business, community,...

Democrat Andy Beshear takes governor’s office; Republicans win all down-ticket constitutional offices

Kentucky Today and Staff Report Republicans took all constitutional offices Tuesday, but Democrats took the prize — the Governor’s race. Democrats Andy Besher and Jacqueline Coleman won the Governor/Lt. Governor race with 711,995 votes to Republicans Matt Bevin and Ralph Alvardo’s 707,297 votes and Libertarians John Hicks and Ann Cormican’s 28,475 votes. “I will be a governor...

Go Vote, NKyians! Check these helpful tips so you are ready to make your choices; remind your friends . . .

It’s Election Day and the polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Leave no one behind. “Being prepared before going to the polls helps make Election Day run smoothly for everyone. This is an important election with races at every level and a long ballot, so I encourage Kentucky voters to take note of these helpful tips,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official. • DO...

Kentucky’s distilled spirits industry tops 9 million total barrels for first time in modern history

Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry set two modern era records last year by filling more than 2.1 million barrels of Bourbon and aging 9.1 million total barrels of spirits, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association has announced. That’s the highest inventory in the 52 years that barrel inventory records have been kept at the KDA, a nonprofit trade group. It’s also the first...

Young drivers: What you should know when your teen wants to drive; setting rules to keep them safe

More than 60% of teens on the road today got their driver’s license before the age of 18, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. That’s an 11% increase since 2012. The good news? Unlike their 18-year-old peers, these younger teens are subject to graduated driver licensing (GDL) programs that help them to gradually learn the rules of the road under less risky conditions. AAA...