A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Supreme Court Justice Daniel Venters retiring in January after serving 35 years in judiciary system

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A 35-year career in the Kentucky judiciary system is coming to an end when Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. Venters retires in January. 
Venters was appointed to the high court by then-Governor Steve Beshear in 2008 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Justice Joseph Lambert, in the 3rd Supreme Court District, which includes 27 counties in southern and...

U.S. Commerce Dept. taps Gov. Bevin to Lead Economic Development Mission to India

The U.S. Department of Commerce has selected Gov. Matt Bevin to lead an economic development delegation to India in mid-January to attend the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019. Gov. Bevin The trip will also provide an opportunity to discuss and promote Kentucky as a must-see location for corporate investment and job growth. The delegation, which includes the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) and...

Dying trees become useful, beautiful objects for University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Urban life can take its toll on a tree. Pollution, trenching to lay underground utility lines, soil compaction, it’s all very hard on an old tree, and the red oak tree in front of the Agricultural Sciences Building on the University of Kentucky campus had seen better days. But its story won’t end in piles of mulch. Instead, its wood will find its way into...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Dark-eyed Junco — It’s a sure sign of cold weather when this snowbird arrives

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles about small songbirds most often seen around bird feeders in rural and suburban areas of Kentucky during the late fall and winter. The Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) is the very definition of the term “snowbird,” living most of the year at high elevations in northern latitudes, then heading south as cold weather sets in and the snow...

Bravo’s Top Chef Kentucky, Season 16, begins tonight; check out state’s great culinary heritage

Bravo’s “Top Chef” heads to Kentucky for season 16 kicking off with two weeks of supersized premieres beginning this Thursday, December 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.   Commissioner Kristen Branscum with the Kentucky Department of Tourism has this to say about the upcoming season: “Kentucky’s culinary heritage is one of our state’s richest assets and what better medium to amplify this story than on...

Deputy sheriff, third-grade teacher from Fleming County win Kentucky Proud Weddings contest

Justin and Christa Conley of Ewing, Kentucky, won the second Kentucky Proud Weddings Contest, which includes a $5,000 grand prize package, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced. Justin and Christa Conley were married on Oct. 6 and held their reception at Echo Valley Winery, a Kentucky Proud agritourism destination in Fleming County. (Photo by Thacker Photography, used with permission...

Interactive light-based installations wanted for BLINK; SkyStar stay extended to June

BLINK, illuminated by ArtsWave, has announced a call to artists for the October 10-13, 2019 event. A BLINK mural from the 2017 event (file photo) Cincinnati’s homegrown art and light phenomenon is looking for artists to submit proposals for interactive light-based installations produced by ArtWorks. BLINK’s inaugural event in October 2017 spanned 20 Cincinnati blocks and was experienced by more...

Home lending impacted by the recession — and hasn’t fully recovered, disparities still exist

Home lending in major counties in the Cleveland Fed’s region was strongly impacted by the Great Recession, say Fed researchers. Nearly 10 years into the economic recovery, home mortgage lending in the Fourth Federal Reserve District (Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia) remains affected by the Great Recession, according to a series of analyses...

Ky individuals, organizations from across state get Kentucky History Awards including two from NKy

People and organizations across the Commonwealth received recognition for their efforts to promote and preserve state and local history recently when the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) presented its 2018 Kentucky History Awards. KHS honored these recipients in early November in Frankfort: Service/Special Awards • Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, Thomas D. Clark Award of Excellence •...

Kentucky agriculture receipts predicted to hold steady, but net cash income likely down

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Buoyed by gains in the poultry and equine industries, Kentucky agricultural cash receipts are predicted to hold steady to 2017 levels, but 2018 net cash income will likely dip. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2018 farm cash receipts to be $5.7 billion, equaling last year’s level. “Kentucky...

Kentucky ranks 4th in U.S. with strong ethics laws by Coalition for Integrity, a nonpartisan watchdog

Kentucky’s ethics laws are the fourth-strongest in the nation, according to an independent survey of anti-corruption laws in all 50 states. The laws have guided members of the General Assembly since 1993, and during that time, while hundreds of state legislators across the nation have been convicted of public corruption charges, not one Kentucky legislator has been convicted of misusing his or her...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Holiday gift ideas for the anglers, hunters and target shooters on your list

Is there an angler, hunter or target shooter on your holiday shopping list? New gear is always an appreciated gift. Below are some items they would like to find under the tree on Christmas morning: The Z Man Turbo Crawz(Photo provided) • For the bass angler, advanced plastic baits from Z Man Fishing. Their proprietary manufacturing process created ElaZtech® material, which is soft and pliable, yet...

U.S. House approves measure to allow historic Delta Queen Steamboat to resume overnight voyages

The nation’s last authentic overnight steamboat may once again cruise the rivers of America’s Heartland and Deep South. Delta Queen (provided) Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives reinstated an exemption to allow the Delta Queen Steamboat to return to service after a decade-long retirement. “A remarkable piece of the nation’s maritime history is reborn,” said Leah Ann Ingram, Vice President...

Public Pension Oversight Board hears from state, teachers retirement system; gets mixed messages

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It was good news and bad news Monday as officials with the Kentucky Retirement Systems and the Teachers Retirement System updated the Public Pension Oversight Board. David Eager, executive director of the KRS, told the panel he believes his pension systems have bottomed out. Kentucky Retirement Systems David Eager speaks to the committee “Overall, the funded status dropped...

Cincinnati Amnesty International group to host Write for Rights on Saturday — invites volunteers

Amnesty International invites you to Write for Rights on Saturday as part of an international human rights project. Amnesty International Group 86 will write letters from 1–4 p.m. at the Community Friends Meeting, 3960 Winding Way, Cincinnati. Every December, Amnesty supporters across the globe write millions of letters for those whose basic human rights are being attacked. During the event, anyone...