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Special Veterans Court program started by Boyd County Circuit Court judge allows vets a fresh start

By Carly Carver The Daily Independent CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (KT) – A United State Marine has a chance at a fresh start thanks to hard work and a specialized court program led by northeastern Kentucky circuit court judges in conjunction with the Veterans Administration. 
James “Jim” Blankenship, a United States Marine Corps veteran, graduated from Boyd County Circuit Court’s Veterans Court...

State releases its one-year Progress Report on child welfare transformation efforts, shows some progress

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, has released its one-year report for its Child Welfare Transformation (CWT) efforts, and it shows progress in outcomes for children and a planned path toward greater preventive and community-based care for families. DCBS Commissioner Eric Clark said the effort began in 2018 in conjunction...

Two vegetable products sold at Trader Joe’s in Kentucky recalled for possible Listeria contamination

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Some vegetable products, including two product lines sold at Trader Joe’s stores in Kentucky, have been recalled due to possible Listeria contamination, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 
The products originated from a Growers Express production facility in Biddeford, Maine, and the voluntary recall was issued as a precaution, as there have been no...

Two Jim Beam bourbon warehouses in Woodford County catch fire, one completely destroyed

State and national news organizations are reporting a major fire at two Jim Beam bourbon barrel warehouses on McCracken Pike in Woodford County near the Franklin County line. Officials are reporting that the fire started in one warehouse and spread to the other. Image captured from WKYT video Cause was apparently a lightning strike at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Bluegrass Emergency Response Team from...

A friendly safety message to public to use caution when dealing with fireworks; kids stay away

The Kentucky State Fire Marshal joins the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in reminding the public to exercise caution when dealing with fireworks. “To better ensure a safe and happy Fourth of July, the public is encouraged to enjoy firework shows conducted by licensed professionals,” said Mike Haney, Kentucky’s Fire Marshal and Director of PPC’s Division of Fire Prevention. “However,...

Fourth of July brings outdoor fun, picnics — and opportunity for foodborne bacteria to thrive

The Fourth of July holiday offers opportunities for outdoor fun with family and friends. However, these warm weather events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly. To protect yourself, your family and friends from foodborne illness during warm-weather months, safe food handling when eating outdoors is critical. Remember...

Nearly 49 million of us will be traveling this Independence Day holiday — most by automobile

Nearly 49 million Americans will celebrate the red, white and blue with an Independence Day getaway this year — more than ever recorded since AAA began tracking holiday travel data in 2000. Overall travel volume for the holiday is expected to rise 4.1 percent over last year, with an additional 1.9 million people planning road trips and other vacations to celebrate America’s birthday. For the...

KOHS launches ‘Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine’ enforcement blitz runs June 30 through July 13

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is partnering with law enforcement agencies across the state in a speed enforcement blitz June 30 through July 13. The federally-funded ‘Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine’ campaign intensifies enforcement of speed violators, with an emphasis on roadways with a high number of speed-related crashes. According to KOHS Acting Executive Director Jason Siwula,...

Governor Matt Bevin among first confirmed to speak at August 3 Fancy Farm picnic in Western Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The first list of confirmed speakers at this summer’s Fancy Farm political stump speaking has been released and Gov. Matt Bevin is among those confirmed to attend. The Fancy Farm Picnic takes place on Saturday, Aug. 3, at St. Jerome’s Church in far western Kentucky, as it has since 1880, serving lots of barbeque as a church fundraiser. It did not begin serving as the...

Kentucky Arts Council accepting applications for Kentucky Crafted Program through mid-August

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Kentucky Crafted program through Aug. 15. The adjudicated arts marketing program provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through networking, promotional and sales opportunities and arts business training. Carrying the Kentucky Crafted brand is a symbol of artistic excellence in the Commonwealth. Artists who use the brand...

Cincinnati’s new mobility solutions summit extends deadline for transportation project ideas 

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber has extended the deadline for local business leaders to submit project ideas for Cincinnati’s new Mobility Solutions Summit. Submissions will be accepted through the end of business Friday (June 28). Applicants will be notified of their participation by early July. The Mobility Solutions Summit, August 19-21, is an interactive event to develop solutions to the...

Packaging manufacturer Takigawa opens $46 million operation in Bardstown; first facility in US

Gov. Matt Bevin today joined local officials and executives from Takigawa Corp. Japan to open the company’s nearly $46 million, 180-job flexible packaging and high-performance films manufacturing facility in Bardstown. Gov. Bevin “Takigawa is an incredible addition to the Nelson County community, and I am delighted by the opportunity to join in today’s grand opening celebration,” Gov. Bevin...

Rob Braun, long-time news anchor at WKRC-TV, leaving ‘because he doesn’t fit’ Sinclair model

The Rural Blog A longtime news anchor at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati quit his job because he dislikes working for Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sinclair bought the station in 2012. Rob Braun Rob Braun began working at WKRC in 1984, quickly rising to evening anchor. In a Facebook post after his announcement, Braun stressed that he is not retiring, nor is WKRC forcing him out. He said he’s “choosing...

Kentucky Center for Economic Policy report indicates staying in jail in Ky. may depend on where you live

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Where you live in Kentucky might determine whether you stay in jail before trial because you can’t afford the cash bail, according to a new report from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. Researchers found the number of people released from jail before their trial without monetary conditions differs drastically depending on the county – from just 5%...

Greenup County Music Festival set for July 13 at Greenbo Lake

Make plans to attend the 10th annual Greenup County Music Festival July 13 at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park. The amphitheater at Greenbo Lake (provided) The free festival starts at 5 p.m. with music by Roger Smith of Argillite. The remaining lineup features Emmy Davis at 6:15 p.m.; Bonnie, Shannon & Friends at 7:15; Josh Brown & the Hard Livin’ Legends at 8:15; and Sean Whiting at 9:15. The...