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Kentucky Distillers’ Association celebrate passage of 3 bills, championed by Rep. Koenig, Sen. Schickel

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association celebrated the final passage of three KDA priority measures, including House Bill 415, the update to last year’s historic direct-to-consumer alcohol shipping law that has become a model for the country. Sponsored by Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, HB 415 passed the Senate last week by a bipartisan vote of 29-5 and heads to Gov. Andy Beshear’s desk for consideration....

Reps. Koenig, Massey file ‘impeachment’ bill so only House members can petition to remove

Staff report Rep. Adam Koenig and Rep. C. Ed Massey, a Republican member of the House Impeachment Committee, have filed a bill that would allow only members of the House of Representations to file a written petition to impeach a state officer. The petition would have to be signed by two other House members. Rep. Koenig told WHAS that “We live in an extremely polarized universe and it is being...

Kentucky receives $195.5 million in federal child care aid, for regulated child care programs

Over 2,000 licensed child care centers and family child care homes in Kentucky will potentially benefit from federal funding received totaling $195.5 million for child care aid, an appropriation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021. Governor Andy Beshear said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has created...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky Anglers gearing up as March marks unofficial start of fishing season

Although fishing is year-round in Kentucky with no closed seasons, March 1, the beginning of the new license year, has long been considered the unofficial start of fishing season in Kentucky. Now is the time to renew your fishing license. The costs of fishing licenses for the 2021-2022 license year are: Art Lander Jr. is outdoors editor for KyForward. He is a native Kentuckian, a graduate of Western...

Council on Postsecondary Education unveils $1.5 million plan to boost mental health on campuses

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is tapping $1.5 million in federal relief funds to improve mental health services for students across the state as COVID-19 continues to drive stress and uncertainty on college campuses. The initiative includes more than $900,000 in grants to help campuses expand mental health programs, along with two state contracts to help train campus personnel...

Northern Kentucky among first areas targeted for initial KentuckyWired network access

The more than 3,000 miles of high-speed, high-capacity fiber-optic cable extending through Kentucky’s 120 counties by KentuckyWired is nearly complete, and the network is now available for Northern Kentucky business, government and education entities. In addition, local internet service providers (ISPs) in Northern Kentucky communities can now access the new network – enabling ISPs to better serve...

New legislation would ban juvenile cases involving kids 12 and under from being brought before a judge

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentucky kids as young as five or six can legally end up in juvenile court because the state currently lacks a minimum age threshold, but new legislation would ban kids 12 and younger from being tried before a judge. More than 2,000 children younger than 10 were arrested in 2019 nationwide, according to data from the National Juvenile Justice Network. Despite a...

A quarter of Ky’s community health center visits are via telehealth; bill would codify temporary rules

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A  bill to codify telehealth provisions that were put into place during the pandemic to temporarily relax some of the regulations has passed out of the House and now moves to the Senate for consideration.  Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, who is the co-sponsor of House Bill 140, told Kentucky Health News that it is very important for this telehealth bill to pass. Rep....

Here comes the sun: Solar moves in, and a Kentucky farm community wonders about its future

By Liam Niemeyer Ohio Valley Resource The golden hue of the sunset shines across the sky and through the window as a woman drives down Van Meter Road in Clark County, passing by green rolling hills and hay bales. In her social media video from early September, Adreanna Wills points out white signs in yards along the way, displaying the phrase “Industrial Solar” with a slash through the words. “Imagine...

U.S. Customs at Port of Louisville seizes counterfeit Rolex watches, if real valued at $15.18m

For the second time in the past seven days, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the Port of Louisville made a seizure of counterfeit Rolex watches. This time CBP officers inspected only two parcels. The packages were again manifested as female bracelets. CBP inspected the shipments to determine if the goods were admissible in accordance with CBP regulations. The officers found...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Grayson Lake’s rocky cliffs and waterfalls offer varied outdoor experience

This is the 14th article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Grayson Lake (Photo from Kentucky State Parks) Grayson Lake is in Carter and Elliott counties. The dam is about 7 miles south of Grayson, off Ky. 7. Construction began in 1964, and the lake opened in April 1969. The main access highways are Ky. 7, Ky. 986, and Ky. 504. Size Impounded from the Little Sandy River, Grayson...

Adams applauds legislation that would make some voting law changes from 2020 election permanent

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams is applauding legislation that would make permanent some of the changes implemented for the 2020 primary and general elections, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Majority Caucus Chair Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, and Rep. Jennifer Decker, R-Waddy, are each sponsoring similar legislation in their respective chambers. Secretary...

Trade wars slash Kentucky bourbon exports by 35%, exports to European Union plunge almost 50%

Tariffs imposed on U.S. spirits as a result of unrelated trade disputes slashed exports of Kentucky Bourbon by 35% in 2020, with shipments to the European Union tumbling by nearly 50%, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced Tuesday. The situation could deteriorate further in June, when the EU expects to double tariffs on American Whiskey to 50%, KDA President Eric Gregory said. The EU had...

Registration now available for third Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit to be held virtually March 3

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) Kentucky Proud brand is co-hosting the third annual Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit March 3, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced. For the first time, this event will be virtual this year. This virtual event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST and brings together professionals and stakeholders for a half-day of presentations highlighting innovative...

Want to buy a bridge? State reminds public of availability of Perry County historic bridge

The March 1 deadline for accepting applications for relocation of the historic Kenmont Bridge in Perry County is near, so the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is again reminding the public of the span’s availability for reuse. “Inquiries have continued to come in about the bridge since its availability was first advertised late last year,” said Brandon Baker, environmental coordinator with KYTC’s...