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Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Scholarship recipients include several NKY students

College scholarships totaling $48,000 have been awarded to 26 Kentucky students by the Gerald F. Healy Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Scholarship endowment. Three, $5,000 scholarships each were awarded to surviving children of Kentucky officers who died in the line of duty. They include children of Kentucky State Police Trooper Johnny Edrington (end of watch, Dec. 20, 1988), Kentucky...

Regional universities send letter supporting Bevin’s proposed pension reform bill; questions remain

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin has received support for his proposed pension reform bill from one of the groups who would be affected the most if it passes. 
A letter has been sent to all members of the General Assembly, signed by six of the seven presidents of Kentucky’s regional public universities, as well as the president of the Council on Postsecondary Education, urging them to...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Springtime is the right time to fish for striped bass at Lake Cumberland

By Lee McClellan Special to NKyTribune The higher angle of the sun during the day brings warm breezes as we come into the meat of April. The glorious sunny days of late and air temperatures in the 70s make people joyous. Provided photo This weather makes the striped bass in Lake Cumberland hungry. “We caught five keepers over 22 inches and about eight short stripers last Saturday,” said Jeff Bardroff,...

Former Ashland cardiologist sentenced to prison, restitution for convictions on healthcare fraud

Kentucky Today A former Kentucky cardiologist was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution for convictions of charges he performed unnecessary heart procedures as part of a healthcare fraud scheme. 
Richard Paulus, 71, maintained his innocence during the sentencing hearing on Thursday, The Daily Independent in Ashland reported. Richard Paulus (The Daily...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky has long history of anglers fly fishing for bass in state’s lakes, streams

The early history of fly fishing for bass in Kentucky rivers and stream traces back to single-action, English-style reels — what we know today as click-and pawl reels. Early Kentucky settlers were of English and Scotch-Irish ancestry, and they had a deep love of fishing. Their forefathers practiced the art of fly fishing so the tackle and traditions of fly fishing came to America from the British...

TQL asks that you say thanks to U.S. military service members by picking your card online

Total Quality Logistics (TQL) is making the logistics of saying thank you to U.S. military service members and their families a little easier this month.  Example of a card you can choose. The public is invited to visit tql.com/heroes from now until May 31 and choose from one of four custom-designed, patriotic thank you cards to send to the troops. Visitors can choose from a selection of pre-written...

University of Kentucky alumnus D.C. Storm putting Gatton College education to work for Churchill Downs

By Carl Nathe University of Kentucky When the call to the post is played before the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs this Saturday, May 4, University of Kentucky alumnus D.C. Storm will look forward to watching the world-famous horse race in person along with more than 150,000 of his “closest friends.”  And while this 2004 summa cum laude graduate of UK’s Gatton...

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber launches Influence Cincinnati for experienced and emerging leaders

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is launching Influence Cincinnati, an initiative designed to identify ways that participants can harness the influence they already have – in their jobs, communities, and spheres of influence – to create a future region people want to call home. Influence Cincinnati invites experienced and emerging leaders across the region and all Chamber members interested...

KY farmers rise en masse to offer badly needed hay for fellow Nebraska farmers in wake of flooding

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky In America’s breadbasket, where the iconic image is “amber waves of grain,” Nebraska grain farmers and livestock producers are instead facing sodden, sand-covered fields, washed-out fencing and a tragic loss of cattle after the worst flooding in 50 years hit their region in March. Kentucky farmers understand what they’re going through, and they are...

Prevention may ease bear issues for Kentucky residents; most problems with bears center around food

The arrival of spring means bear activity is on the rise in Kentucky. An increase in activity can also mean an increase in bear complaints for those living in areas with established populations. For those experiencing bear problems, it may be easier to change your own habits, rather than trying to change the bear’s habits. Most bear problems center around food, according to John Hast, bear program...

Kentucky State Parks offering new resident lodging rates for up to 10 percent off at system’s 17 parks

Kentucky State Parks have a new lodging rate that gives a break to Kentucky residents. Pine Mountain Lodge at one of the states 17 parks The “Kentucky Resident Rate” offers up to 10 percent off the normal lodging rate at the park system’s 17 resort parks. Guests must show a Kentucky driver’s license or some other identification that shows they are a Kentucky resident. Reservations can be made...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Cutthroat trout becomes fourth species of trout to be stocked in Ky. waters

With the recent stocking of Cutthroat trout, there are now four species of trout in Kentucky waters. All four species are non-native members of family Salmonidae and can be caught in the Cumberland tailwaters, which extends for 75 miles from Wolf Creek Dam, which impounds Lake Cumberland, downstream to the Kentucky/Tennessee line. Cutthroat Trout On April 16 the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife...

Public Pension discussion continues; actuarial consultant says system needs another $214 million

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Public Pension Oversight Board heard from the Kentucky Retirement Systems and their actuarial consultant on recommendations for changes in the factors used to determine how much state funding will be needed for the state’s public pension systems over the next two years. 
Danny White with GRS Retiring Consultants, said this week that retirees are living longer, so...

Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Terry Gill resigns, Gov. Bevin recommends Sarin as interim

Gov. Matt Bevin Tuesday accepted with regret the resignation of Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, effective at the end of May. Gill “The impact that Terry’s leadership has had on the economy of our commonwealth cannot be overstated,” Gov. Bevin said. “He brought to our economic development efforts the perspective of a business executive who knows the opportunities...

Nature Conservancy acquires ‘Ataya,’ 100k acres of forestland that spans Kentucky-Tennessee border

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced it has arranged the acquisition of 100,000 acres of working forestland in the globally significant Central Appalachian Mountains of southeast Kentucky and northeast Tennessee. The property, known as “Ataya,” represents one of the largest land conservation and ecological restoration projects TNC has targeted in the Central Appalachians. The transaction included...