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State program allows Kentuckians to seek outside review if insurer denies treatment, medicine

Kentuckians who disagree with decisions made by their health insurance carrier about the necessity of services, treatments or medication can seek to have an outside expert review that decision, and possibly have it overturned, through a program at the Department of Insurance. Since 2000, Kentucky law gives individuals who are covered by fully insured health benefit plans the right to have an independent,...

Kentucky lobbyist says feds send nursing homes quick-test kits, but with rules that deter their use

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Testing is one of the few tools nursing homes have to keep the novel coronavirus out of their facilities, and the Trump administration has tried to help by sending them equipment to conduct tests that give quick results. But while they were sent with good intention and are appreciated, the head of the state nursing-home association told Kentucky Health News that...

Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to honor state breeders during National Awards event

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has announced that they will honor breeders selected from 22 states and Canada during the TOBA National Awards on Sept. 26. “The 23 breeders from the U.S. and Canada enjoyed a tremendous year in 2019 from their homebred runners and we are honored to recognize their outstanding achievements and contributions to our sport at the TOBA National Awards,”...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Taylorsville Lake one of Kentucky’s most popular recreational resevoirs

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a series about Kentucky’s major resevoirs In part because of its close proximity to Kentucky’s largest metropolitan area, Taylorsville Lake is arguably central Kentucky’s most popular reservoir. Located about 25 miles southeast of Louisville in Spencer, Anderson, and Nelson Counties, Taylorsville Lake offers excellent fishing and is a convenient...

Adams urges Kentucky voters to take advantage of early voting, says successful election plans in place

Staff report Secretary of State Michael Adams testified Wednesday before the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations & Revenue, offering legislators an update on efforts to ensure a safe and successful general election. Adams said that working with a bipartisan group of county clerks and members of the State Board of Elections, as well as the Governor, he believes the system in place for the...

KYTC drives attention to work zone safety during construction season; drivers reminded to slow down

As highway construction continues into the fall across the commonwealth, motorists can expect to see orange cones and flashing lights in work zones. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is driving attention to Kentucky’s Work Zone Awareness Week (KYWZAW) – Sept. 13-18 – to encourage motorists to take a vested interest in work zone safety by slowing down and driving without distractions...

AAA: Kentucky sees second-largest drop in gas prices in nation; demand plummets to 12-week low

As demand dropped for a second week, so did gasoline supply levels – down nearly 3 million barrels to 231 million barrels. Despite consistently decreasing week-over-week, supplies remain at a 3 million barrels year-over-year surplus. “Typically lower supply levels translate into higher pump prices. However, even with consistent declines in gasoline stocks, that’s just not the case right now,”...

Three state legislators have tested positive for COVID; infectious disease specialist dies

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today At least three Kentucky lawmakers have now tested positive for the coronavirus. Sen. Gerald Neal 
The Senate Democratic Caucus announced that Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, admitted himself to the hospital last week, after experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and received the prognosis. 
“Sen. Neal is a champion and fighter for his community in the state legislature,”...

New digitally-printed flat surface aluminum license plates make debut on Kentucky vehicles

A new kind of Kentucky license plate has begun appearing on motor vehicles in the Commonwealth. The most significant difference is in their manufacture – digitally printed on flat aluminum instead of traditional, embossed metal with raised letters and numbers. The larger, unseen difference will be in savings to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) on storage space, bulk manufacturing and unused...

Old State Capitol and Kentucky Military History Museum now open to visitors; masks required

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has announced the reopening of the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum to visitors. KHS members receive free admission to all three sites on the Kentucky Historical Society campus. Non-members can purchase tickets in-person at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History or online. Reopening of the facilities are in accordance with Healthy...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Spring spawning runs of white bass in Ky. waters a favorite with anglers

Editor’s note: This is the tenth article in a series about Kentucky’s gamefish species. The white bass (Morone chrysops) is found in rivers throughout the state, and fishable population are present in many of Kentucky’s major lakes. For most of the year it is an open-water (pelagic) species in lakes, but in the spring the spawning urge makes schools of white bass congregate in rocky headwater...

HealthyWoods app helps owners understand woodlands with research-based information

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky A new mobile app makes receiving research-based woodland management information as easy as reaching for the phone. HealthyWoods, a collaborative effort between forest specialists from Kentucky and other hardwood-producing states in the Appalachian region, provides woodland owners with a convenient tool to scout the health of their woods. “Traditional extension...

Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund website launched; tenants, landlords can seek assistance

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the launch of the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund website, teamkyhherf.ky.gov, where Kentuckians now can visit and apply for assistance. “As we continue to wage this battle against COVID-19, we must make sure renters have a home so they can be Healthy at Home, while also safeguarding landlords against undue financial hardship,” Beshear said. “When we come...

Ryan Quarles elected president of National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles was elected president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) at its annual meeting. “I am grateful to my counterparts in the other states for selecting me to serve as president of NASDA,” Quarles said. “2020 has been a challenging year for all industries, but especially our agriculture sector. In this role, I...

UK graduate celebrates wildlife 365 days a year as scientist with Department of Fish and Wildlife

By Carol Lea Spence and Seth Riker University of Kentucky The beginning of September brings wildlife awareness with the 64th anniversary of Congress’s passage of the Wilderness Act, the purpose of which was to preserve and protect certain lands, and secure the benefits of wilderness for future generations. Following on its heels is National Wildlife Day, a holiday to promote endangered species conservation...