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Public Pension discussion continues; actuarial consultant says system needs another $214 million

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Public Pension Oversight Board heard from the Kentucky Retirement Systems and their actuarial consultant on recommendations for changes in the factors used to determine how much state funding will be needed for the state’s public pension systems over the next two years. 
Danny White with GRS Retiring Consultants, said this week that retirees are living longer, so...

Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Terry Gill resigns, Gov. Bevin recommends Sarin as interim

Gov. Matt Bevin Tuesday accepted with regret the resignation of Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, effective at the end of May. Gill “The impact that Terry’s leadership has had on the economy of our commonwealth cannot be overstated,” Gov. Bevin said. “He brought to our economic development efforts the perspective of a business executive who knows the opportunities...

Nature Conservancy acquires ‘Ataya,’ 100k acres of forestland that spans Kentucky-Tennessee border

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced it has arranged the acquisition of 100,000 acres of working forestland in the globally significant Central Appalachian Mountains of southeast Kentucky and northeast Tennessee. The property, known as “Ataya,” represents one of the largest land conservation and ecological restoration projects TNC has targeted in the Central Appalachians. The transaction included...

53 restaurants and food trucks to be at Taste of Cincinnati 2019; 30 percent are new

Taste of Cincinnati, presented by Kroger and produced by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, will feature 34 restaurants and 19 food trucks at the May 25-27 event. In total, more than 300 menu items will be available, along with a wide variety of beers and entertainment. Taste of Cincinnati will again be held on Fifth Street from Main to the ramps of I-71 and Columbia Parkway. “Ten of Taste of...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March 2019 unemployment rate at 4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March 2019 unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for March 2019 was down from the 4.1 percent reported for February 2019. The preliminary March 2019 jobless rate was down 0.3 percentage points from the 4.3...

$100,000 grant from NTRA Charities to establish new UK Equine Surfaces and Safety Laboratory

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Charities has made a $100,000 gift that will enable the University of Kentucky to further support equine surfaces and safety research under the direction of Mick Peterson, director of UK Ag Equine Programs. Space within the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will be renovated to create...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Snakes are common across rural Kentucky, and play beneficial role in nature

Snakes are common across rural Kentucky, and play a beneficial role in nature. Warming temperatures bring snakes out of hibernation, usually by mid-to-late April. “When they first emerge, snakes are covered with soil and silt,” said John MacGregor, herpetologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR). “They shed their skin within a week or two.” A telltale sign that...

Feds indict 60, some doctors, in Appalachia (including Kentucky) for illegal prescribing pain pills

Feds indict 60 for illegal prescribing in Ohio, W.Va., Ky., Tenn. and Ala.; some doctors allegedly traded sex for drugs Sixty health professionals in five Appalachian states were charged Wednesday with “illegal prescribing of more than 32 million pain pills, including doctors who prosecutors said traded sex for prescriptions and a dentist who unnecessarily pulled teeth from patients to justify...

Nearly 12,000 students headed to Rupp Arena for STLP State Championship on Thursday

Nearly 12,000 students, educators, volunteers, community members and parents are expected to converge on Lexington for Kentucky’s annual Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship today. P-12 students from across the state will show what they know and can do with technology in arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and demonstrate many career-ready skills...

Trigg County’s G-Can team takes top prize at Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge competition

“G-CAN” from Trigg County High School won the top prize at the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) 3rd annual competition finals, held last week at the Northern Kentucky University Haile/US Bank College of Business’ Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Advised by Lisa Ricks, G-CAN team members Cade Bleidt and Grace Knight each won $15,000 in scholarship funds...

Alison Lundergan Grimes makes third tour stop to discuss Kentucky’s Military Civic Health Report

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes continued to lead the conversation on recognizing the Commonwealth’s veterans and encouraging Kentuckians to actively support our veteran population at Freedom Fest’s 90th Ceremony. This was Grimes’ third tour stop to present Kentucky’s first-ever Military Civic Health Report. “One of my top priorities since taking office nearly eight...

Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training graduates 25 law enforcement officers from Class 500

Twenty-five law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated Thursday from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The graduates of Class 500 completed 20 weeks of training, which consisted of 800 hours of recruit-level instruction. Major training areas included law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations, first aid, CPR,...

Kentucky becomes first state to use rapid DNA testing new technology to cut wait on sexual assaults

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky has become the first state in the nation to use rapid DNA testing for sexual assault investigations, which will cut the processing time down to a few hours, rather than days or weeks. 
Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders called this a tool that will help “The Hidden Heroes,” those who work at the six KSP crime labs around Kentucky. 
“In less...

Kentucky Proud is on the menus at the Kentucky Derby Festival; events to feature local foods, drinks

Kentucky Derby Festival revelers can enjoy Kentucky Proud foods and beverages in events throughout the annual celebration of the Commonwealth’s signature event. “Kentucky Proud and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture are thrilled to be a part of the Kentucky Derby Festival again this year,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “In the run-up to the most exciting two minutes in sports,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Spring wild turkey season tips and strategies for a successful hunt

Kentucky’s 23-day spring wild turkey general season opens tomorrow and continues through Sunday, May 5. At our farm, the afternoon before the opening morning is filled with ritual — listening for gobbling at dusk, as birds fly up to roost, a celebratory meal, and then getting gear organized. Turkey hunters have a lot of gear to keep track of, so make sure everything you need is in one place....