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NBC’s voice of Triple Crown, Larry Collmus, joins Kentucky Downs’ all-star announcing team

World-renowned race announcers Michael Wrona and Larry Collmus will share those duties at the one-of-a-kind Kentucky track. Kentucky Downs’ six-date live race meet in September will feature two of the world’s most prominent announcers in Michael Wrona and new addition Larry Collmus, the voice of NBC’s Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup broadcasts. “I’m excited about calling the races at Kentucky...

Ohio River Paddlefest to host a virtual ‘Paddle with a Purpose’ in lieu of in-person event — for good cause

The organizers of the annual Ohio River Paddlefest will host a virtual “Paddle for a Purpose” experience in lieu of an in-person event this year. Paddlefest 2020 was scheduled to take place on Saturday, Aug. 1 and was expected to draw some 2,000 paddlers for a nine-mile paddle on the Ohio River, bookended by a Friday night Paddler’s Party and post-paddle Finish Line Festival on Saturday. In...

Beshear authorizes renewing driver’s licenses, ID cards, replacement requests remotely

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced an official order temporarily authorizing circuit court clerk offices to process expired driving credential renewals and replacement requests remotely. The move is in keeping with Beshear’s emergency declaration related to the novel coronavirus 2019 pandemic and Healthy at Work guidance meant to keep all Kentuckians healthy and limit the spread of the coronavirus. “This...

Keeneland launches Digital Sales Ring; online Select Horses of Racing Age Sale set for June 23

Keeneland officials have announced the launch of the Keeneland Digital Sales Ring, a stand-alone online auction platform accessible to buyers and sellers around the world at Keenelanddigital.com. Kicking off the new digital platform will be a Select Horses of Racing Age Sale scheduled for June 23. “The Keeneland Digital Sales Ring marks a significant milestone in our rich sales history and expands...

UK Cooperative Extension agents help as Kentucky’s farmers markets open with an eye toward safe sales

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky In the United States, about 40 percent of farmers are 65 or older, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s census. Kentucky reflects that demographic, so when the coronavirus started to emerge in the state, some farmers who were in the elevated risk category and typically sell through farmers markets were a little concerned about how they would...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A distinctive seasonal visitor, the brown thrasher is often found along roadsides

Driving Kentucky’s rural backroads during the spring and early summer it’s not uncommon to see this distinctively-marked brown bird darting into brushy fencerows or tangles of vines and honeysuckle at the wood’s edge. An adult and juvenile brown thrasher (Photo from Wikipedia Commons) A rather large bird with long tail feathers, the Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) is a member of the family Mimidae,...

Racing Commission approves Keeneland’s request to conduct spectator-free racing five days in July

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s Race Dates Committee on Wednesday approved Keeneland’s request to conduct a spectator-free, five-day Summer Meet, which will take place July 8 through July 12.

 “Keeneland appreciates the quick response of the commission to our request, and we applaud all their work on behalf of Kentucky racing during these unprecedented...

More than 100,000 Kentucky voters successfully apply online for absentee ballot as of Tuesday

Secretary of State Michael G. Adams announced that as if early Tuesday afternoon, 100,000 registered Kentucky voters have taken advantage of govoteky.com to request their absentee ballots for the June 23 election. “Voting absentee is easy, secure, and wildly popular,” Adams said. “I’m grateful to the Kentuckians who understand that we have fewer voting locations available and fewer poll workers...

Have you filled out your census form? Do it now. . .rural areas are lagging behind

Rural residents are filling out their census forms more slowly than other Americans, reports the Housing Assistance Council, which helps build homes in the rural U.S. As of May 17, almost 60 percent of U.S. households had responded to the census. HAC used Census Bureau data and a tract-level analysis to estimate response rates for rural, suburban, and urban census tracts. Suburban areas had the response...

Baby Wallaby wants out of ‘quarantine’ — peeks out of mom’s pouch for first time at the Cincinnati Zoo

After weeks of growing and moving around in its mom’s pouch, a tiny baby wallaby, also called a joey, has peeked its head out at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Click Image to see video. “We’re so excited to finally meet our new wallaby joey,” said Christina Gorsuch, Cincinnati Zoo’s curator of mammals. “We’ve seen it squirming and kicking around in Ava’s pouch for weeks,...

Harmon refers audit results of three Kentucky county attorney offices to state, federal authorities

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Auditor Mike Harmon has announced that a special examination of nine-county attorney offices has turned up findings in three of them, including a six-figure bonus to a spouse, that are being turned over to state and federal law enforcement and other authorities. Harmon says his special examination was spurred by findings from an examination last year of the Cabinet...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky’s abundant sunfish can be caught with live bait and basic fishing tackle

They thrive in farm ponds, small lakes and tree-canopied creeks, little fish that are fun to catch and make a tasty meal when fried up with potatoes and hush puppies, and served with coleslaw. Three of the most common and widely distributed sunfish species in Kentucky — Bluegill, Longear Sunfish, and Redear Sunfish — are also found in many major reservoirs. The best fishing of the year...

Judicial Branch announces plan to resume limited in-person court services starting June 1

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two weeks after announcing the judicial branch had formed three task forces to determine how to gradually resume in-person court services, the Supreme Court has released its reopening plan. 
Deputy Chief Justice Lisabeth T. Hughes chaired the Circuit Court Task Force; Justice Debra Hembree Lambert chaired the Family Court Task Force; and Justice Michelle M. Keller chaired...

Kentucky Chamber recognizes 11 legislators as MVPs of 2020 General Assembly for strong leadership

The 2020 General Assembly saw progress on many issues important to the business community. The Kentucky Chamber announced the recognition of 11 legislators who displayed conspicuous actions which helped ensure this success. Recipients of the 2020 Kentucky Chamber MVP Award showed strong leadership for the business community by sponsoring or carrying Kentucky Chamber priority legislation, showing leadership...

Testing, contact tracing planned to thwart spread of virus as economy reopens in Kentucky

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As Kentucky begins to reopen its economy, increased testing and contact tracing are the primary lines of defense to suppress a resurgence of the coronavirus and its covid-19 disease. Gov. Andy Beshear says the state is more than able to do the recommended 2 percent of testing that is called for in White House guidance to reopen the economy, which amounts to almost...