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Bi-partisan task force promotes Kentucky’s 2020 census and the importance of participation

The 2020 Census State Task Force, Governor Matt Bevin, and others gathered in the Capitol Rotunda last week to promote awareness of the upcoming United States Census count.   Those attending the “one year out” event heard from members of the 2020 Census State Task Force, a group made up of state legislators, leaders, and stakeholders, who encouraged statewide participation in the 2020 U.S. Census....

AAA: As we ‘spring forward,’ return to Daylight Saving Time increases driving drowsiness, dangers

One of the most anticipated “signs of spring” arrives this weekend when the clocks “spring forward” (Daylight Saving Time officially began at 2 a.m. today), and we lose an hour of sleep in exchange for extended daylight hours throughout the summer. However, Monday morning’s commute will look very different for school students waiting for buses and motorists driving to work. “Most people...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary January 2019 unemployment rate drops to 4.2 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary January 2019 unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for January 2019 was down from the 4.3 percent reported for December 2018. The preliminary January 2019 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The redear sunfish, mostly found in clear waters with rooted aquatic vegetation

Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a series about Kentucky’s native sunfish species. The redear sunfish (Lepomis microlophus) is found throughout Kentucky, but most common in clear waters — farm ponds, small lakes, and major reservoirs where submerged, rooted aquatic vegetation is present. Statewide, there’s a 20-fish daily creel limit, with no minimum size limit. The redear...

Duke Energy customers’ projected tax act savings top $110 million in Ohio and Kentucky

Duke Energy customers in Ohio and Kentucky will likely see a combined $110.7 million in savings on their energy bills thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Spiller As a result, individual households could see bill savings of up to approximately $70 over the course of one year. Customers who receive both electric and natural gas service from Duke Energy may see even higher savings. “We’ve...

ACK urges General Assembly to act on legislation to allow more money to benefit local charities

Operators of charitable gaming organizations are urging the General Assembly to act on legislation that would allow more money to benefit local charities. As state legislators gather in Frankfort for the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly legislative session, they are being asked to support the following tax-related bills: •Eliminating the sales tax on bingo admissions that the state began charging...

Ag Commissioner Quarles hails Kentucky growers during Soybean Week; KY boasts record production

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles saluted Kentucky’s soybean producers by proclaiming Soybean Week in Kentucky the week of March 4. “Kentucky soybean growers produced a record crop in 2018,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Kentucky is recognized as a national leader in the American soybean industry with our own Davie Stephens of Clinton serving as president of the American Soybean Association...

CVG continues construction to build for the future; strong financial ratings support improvements

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) will finalize roadway improvements throughout 2019. CVG will also begin construction on the new rental car facility and customer service building that will improve access to the Terminal and elevate the passenger experience. CVG has received bond ratings that will positively impact the financing for the final phases of the project. Two bond...

Leadership Kentucky announces new board members; Teresa Trimble Hail named 2019 Chair

Leadership Kentucky (LKY), one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States, announced its new 2019 Board Chair and the appointment of several new members to the 2019 Executive Committee and Board of Directors. LKY board members are responsible for continuing the mission and values of the organization, as well as executing the organization’s strategic...

Pew Trusts: Kentucky leading the way as Farmer’s hope for riches from legalized hemp, despite risks

By April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts Michael Calebs begins feeling nostalgic standing in the airy barn on his rolling, 400-acre farm. He recalls the hard labor of his youth: climbing up to horizontal beams to hang floppy tobacco leaves to air cure so the leaves could develop a sweet taste. Calebs places a small amount of Kodiak snuff between his cheek and gum on a recent afternoon while walking about...

Job Hubs map launched by Cincinnati Chamber, OKI, REDI partnership; part of Connected Region Initiative

An interactive map has been launched that identifies the Cincinnati region’s densest employment hubs and details their accessibility to the workforce via car or public transit. Job Hubs will highlight areas of improvement for regional transit access and infrastructure. The new tool is a partnership of The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The perfect fish for beginning anglers, the Bluegill is state’s most popular sunfish

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a series about Kentucky’s native sunfish species. The bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) is Kentucky’s most popular sunfish, a native species most common in farm ponds, small lakes, and major reservoirs. A perfect fish for beginning anglers, the bluegill is a real scrapper when hooked on light tackle, and is one of our best-tasting fish. The bluegill’s...

Amended version of School Safety and Resiliency Act goes back to Senate; House approves 96-3

An amended version of the School Safety and Resiliency Act is headed back to the Senate for consideration as the House voted 96-3 to approve it today.   House Majority Floor Leader Bam Carney, who carried the bill in the House and is a school teacher himself, shared how his experience as an educator has shaped his commitment to making Kentucky schools safer.   “After the horrific situation in Marshall...

Kentucky National Guard called to help with flooding conditions; Bevin declares state of emergency

Kentucky Today Kentucky National Guard troops have been activated in response to continued flooding conditions resulting from heavy rain throughout Kentucky. 
Since Feb. 6, the state has experienced prolonged episodes of storms which have produced heavy rain, strong and gusting wind, flooding and flash flooding, landslides and mudslides across the state, according to Kentucky Emergency Management...

Gov. Bevin declares state of emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall across Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a statewide emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall which has caused widespread flooding and critical infrastructure damage across the Commonwealth. The Governor’s executive order enables the mobilization of state resources to be to be utilized in support of cities and counties as needed. Photo by Chuck Eilerman Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM)...