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Kentucky’s spring wild turkey season opens to residents and nonresidents — here’s a preview

The redbuds are blooming and the spring peepers can be heard across the Bluegrass, meaning springtime in Kentucky is upon us, and so is another highly anticipated season of wild turkey hunting. Resident and non-resident turkey hunters in Kentucky will have their sights set on a healthy wild turkey population and abundant hunting opportunities statewide. The general statewide season begins April 17...

Beshear signs bills supporting HBCU, economic development in L’ville, limits no-knock warrants

On Friday, at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Gov. Andy Beshear signed three bills that will help build a better Kentucky by supporting postsecondary education, economic development and public safety in the Commonwealth. “This legislation will help us build that better Kentucky we want for all of our people. Kentucky can only be its strongest when everyone has real opportunity....

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Fish attractor program creating hotspots of activity for Kentucky’s anglers

Fishery crews of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR), often working with conservation partners, have been placing fish attractors in public waters across the state since the late 1970s. The program was started because over time it became obvious that as our major lakes aged, much of the wood structure was rotting away. Map of fish attractors at Cave Run Lake (Photo from...

Customs and Border Protection in Louisville finds 243 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in rugs

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville found 243 pounds of Methamphetamine hidden in rugs on April 6. Customs photo CBP works closely with other government agencies to stop to the flow of illicit contraband into the United States. A diligent US Fish and Wildlife (FWS) officer identified an anomaly during one of their examinations. This shipment was manifested as ‘silica gel’...

Country music star Sturgill Simpson creates flood relief fundraiser for Eastern Kentucky

By Hayley Robb Building Kentucky When the flooding first hit Eastern Kentucky last month, many people donated money, clothes, food and time to help the affected areas – including a famous Kentucky native, Grammy winner Sturgill Simpson. Simpson is originally from Jackson, one of the main cities hit by the flooding. He launched a fundraising campaign on social media with all of the proceeds going...

Advocates launch campaign for Child Abuse Prevention Month: ‘Are They Good for Your Kids?’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Kentucky and Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined with advocates to announce the launch of a child sexual abuse prevention campaign. The initiative, in conjunction with the group called Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, is called “Are They Good for Your Kids?” It calls upon parents and caregivers to consider the adult influences...

Two Kentucky junior golfers place in the 7th Annual Drive, Chip and Putt National finals at Augusta

Staff report Eight junior golfers – four boys and four girls – were crowned champions at the seventh annual Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals held Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club and broadcast live on Golf Channel across North and South America. Two Kentuckians competed in the competition: • Athena Singh of Morehead who placed 10th in the 10-11 division and • Bradford Lacefield of...

Making college more affordable: Combination of more state funding and increased college access grants

Kentucky students who need financial aid to pay for college or technical training will have more help this fall, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE). Through a combination of more state funding, supported by Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky General Assembly, and a changing applicant population, KHEAA is...

Leadership Kentucky announces Elevate Class of 2021, which includes five Northern Kentuckians

Leadership Kentucky has named the members of the Elevate Kentucky Class of 2021 which includes five Northern Kentuckians. Elevate Kentucky began in 2017 and has since provided young professionals with an in-depth personal and professional development program while fostering a better understanding of challenges facing our Commonwealth. The class participates in three sessions, taking place April through...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: With Ky’s spring wild turkey season fast approaching, the time to prepare is now

With Kentucky’s 2021 spring wild turkey season opening in two weeks, hunters are likely to harvest about as many turkeys as last season, maybe more, since more nonresident hunters will be able to take part in the season Year in and year out, favorable weather conditions are also a major factor in hunter success. The 23-day statewide general season opens Saturday, April 17, and continues through Sunday,...

Prichard Committee’s Coping with COVID study shows terrific impact on postsecondary education

In a survey to nearly 1,000 Kentucky college students, 74 percent say they have felt an increase of mental or emotional exhaustion due to COVID-19. Presented Wednesday at the Council on Postsecondary Education’s Student Success Summit, the Prichard Committee’s Coping with COVID Postsecondary Impact Study also found that 57% of current students have felt an increase in anxiety that interfered...

AAA reports that Kentucky leads the way with 6-cent gallon drop as gas prices fall for first time in months

Landing at $2.86, the national average has decreased week-over-week for the first time since November of last year. Today’s average is two cents cheaper on the week. Since last Monday, 45 states also saw their averages decrease or no change at the pump. Kentucky leads them, falling to $2.68 on average, a 6-cent drop from one week ago. “Growing stock levels and cheaper crude oil prices are putting...

Keeneland’s 2021 Spring Meet opens Friday and runs through April 23 — nine stakes races in first two days

Keeneland’s 2021 Spring meet opens Friday and runs through April 23, with no racing on Easter Sunday. First post every day is 1:05 p.m. The first two days of the Spring Meet will feature nine stakes worth a total of $2.5 million. According to Stakes Coordinator Tiffany Bourque, here are the prospective field for the races: Keeneland Spring Meet opens Friday. April 2 races. Entries taken Monday. $150,000...

Governor joins 18 other governors in statement against racism, urges uniting against bigotry

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear joined 18 other governors to issue a statement on the rise in anti-Asian hate, and urged organizations, companies and individuals to participate in a virtual day of action. 
The announcement was made on Friday because March 26, 1790 was the date of the signing of the Naturalization Act into law, prohibiting non-white people from becoming U.S. citizens. Now,...

Billy Reed: A tribute to Howard Schnellenberger, the very image of the stereotypical coach, and great guy

If I were making a movie and needed somebody to play a stereotypical football coach, I wouldn’t have gone to Central Casting. I would have sought Howard Schnellenberger, he of the gravelly voice, bushy mustache, and constant pipe-smoking. That was the man I met in 1984 when Gov. John Y. Brown Jr., who had gone to school with him at the University of Kentucky in the 1950s, was recruiting him to be...