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Beshear outlines goals for criminal justice reform, growing incarceration reform; cites cost of prisons

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear says criminal justice reform is needed since prison costs and the number of those incarcerated is increasing, while at the same time the prison infrastructure is crumbling. Beshear said at a press conference, “Criminal justice reform isn’t just the right thing to do, but we must do it based on our current reality and its impact on our budget.” Gov....

Longtime-clerk of the Supreme Court, Susan Stokley Clary, to retire on Feb. 1; clerked for three justices

One of the Supreme Court of Kentucky’s most recognizable figures is leaving her position. Susan Stokley Clary, the clerk of the Supreme Court for 25 years, will retire Feb. 1.   She has been clerk for three chief justices, Robert F. Stephens, Joseph E. Lambert and current Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr.   “Susan Clary’s long tenure on the second floor of the Capitol has made her synonymous...

Council on Postsecondary Education report: College still pays in Kentucky, for individuals and state

A new report issued by the Council on Postsecondary Education shows that college still pays for those who earn postsecondary credentials and state allocations for public higher education more than pay for themselves. Higher Education’s Return on Investment report examines the return on investment for both the individual student and the state as a whole. Using the Kentucky high school Class of 2010...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Cedar Waxing’s unique plumage, eating habits most often observed in winter

A lasting image of the Cedar Waxwing is a beautiful tan bird perched amid the dark green leaves of an American Holly tree, eating red berries. Most often observed here during the cold weather months, the Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) is a nomadic bird that moves irregularly, throughout both its breeding and wintering range, often from year to year, depending on food supplies. This bird is easily...

Schickel, Westerfeld spar over concerns regarding out-of-state lobbying money for Marsy’s Law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Kentucky lawmaker has expressed his displeasure at out-of-state money being used to lobby for legislation in Kentucky. Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to complain about the money spent on Marsy’s Law, a measure named after Marsy Nicholas, a California college student who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in the 1980s. Republican...

KFB Marketbasket Survey shows 2019 ends with slight increase in overall food prices for consumers

The Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Marketbasket Survey results from the fourth quarter of 2019 indicate price fluctuations to most food items and a slight increase in the overall cost of food over the course of the year. The Marketbasket Survey is taken four times per year at the end of each quarter to monitor overall and categorical trends in food prices across the Commonwealth. The survey gathers the...

League of Women Voters want Kentucky to be proactive on congressional redistricting

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is seeking sponsors for legislation that would create a redistricting advisory commission to draw the lines for Kentucky’s next state and federal legislative districts following the 2020 census. 
LWV President Fran Wagner explained why they hope to act now, when the census figures won’t be in for at least another year. “If...

Indiana sportsbooks end year with $160M month, close 2019 with more than $430M in bets

Indiana retail and online sportsbooks capped their inaugural year in the state by surpassing $160 million in bets in a month for the first time. Indiana’s record handle in December pushed the state to more than $430 million in bets since the first wager was accepted in September, a staggering pace that has set the stage for a momentous 2020, according to analysts from PlayIndiana. Hollywood Lawrenceburg...

First Kentucky death from ‘vaping;’ Public Health Dept. urges all (especially young people) to stop

Kentucky Health News Kentucky health officials have reported the state’s first probable death related to use of electronic cigarettes. The Commissioner of the state Department for Public Health, Dr. Angela Dearinger, said the death was of a man in his late 20s. “We are saddened to announce the death associated with this outbreak,” acting state Health Secretary Eric Friedlander said in a...

BibRave rates Flying Pig best marathon in America, competition includes Boston Marathon, many others

The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G is the top ranked marathon in America, according to BibRave.com, an on-line running community that connects runners with the best races. In an end-of-the-year survey, BibRave asked participants to rate running events from across the country. “They have volunteers just to take pictures of you with your own camera at the top of the hardest hill...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Rotator cuff injuries are a real risk for those who participate in outdoor activities

A lifetime in the outdoors can take a toll on hips, knees, ankles and shoulders. Problems may develop from decades of walking over uneven ground, overuse, repetitive motion or degeneration of the joints due to aging. No injury is more debilitating than a tear of the rotator cuff, which weakens the shoulder. Strong, healthy shoulders are imperative to enjoying the outdoors, but a lifetime of carrying...

Nashville recording artist J.D. Shelburne featured on cover of Kentucky’s 2020 Official Visitor’s Guide

The Kentucky Department of Tourism unveiled the 2020 Official Visitor’s Guide cover featuring Kentucky native and Nashville recording artist J.D. Shelburne. This issue includes many Kentucky artists highlighting 2020 as the Year of Music in Kentucky. “Tourism and hospitality create and support thousands of jobs and help to grow our economy across the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Our...

Beshear, Coleman announce Kentucky Skills U to waive testing fees for Kyians seeking to earn GED

In an effort to support education and enhance attainment opportunities throughout the Commonwealth, Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced Tuesday that Kentucky Skills U, an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC), will waive testing fees for Kentuckians seeking to earn a GED. The GED test fee is one of the most common barriers facing adults lacking...

Kentucky Humanities centers statewide literacy initiative on Wendell Berry’s ‘Hannah Coulter’

Kentucky Humanities has selected Wendell Berry’s Hannah Coulter for its 2020 Kentucky Reads. The novel will be at the center of statewide conversations on the changes in rural America, rural Kentucky and including what it means to be part of a rural community. Hannah Coulter was selected in conjunction with the arrival of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Crossroads: Change in Rural America coming...

KYTC District 6 road report update on current construction projects in Northern Kentucky

Construction season is winding down, but there is still plenty of work to be completed on Northern Kentucky roadways. Motorists are urged to use caution in work areas. CAMPBELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY – CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO • I-275 (Combs-Hehl Bridge) 73 – 71 mile-marker – ODOT has a pavement resurfacing and bridgework project planned for I-275 that includes bridge deck overlays and rehabs of four...