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2022 Kentucky Inspiration Guide offers travelers tips and must-see attractions across Commonwealth

The Kentucky Department of Tourism has released the 2022 Kentucky Inspiration Guide, Team Kentucky’s official visitor’s guide for travel in the commonwealth. The 2022 Kentucky Inspiration Guide serves as the state’s primary tourism advertising and promotional piece with nearly 350,000 copies distributed worldwide. This year’s guide highlights Kentucky as a premier travel destination that...

First Financial Bank President Archie Brown appointed to Federal Reserve Bank Cincinnati Branch

First Financial Bank President and CEO Archie Brown has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, one of the 12 banks of the Federal Reserve System. Brown’s appointment is for a three-year term. “I am honored to receive this appointment to the Fed’s Cincinnati Branch Board of Directors,” Brown said. “I look forward to contributing...

League of Women Voters expresses concerns over redistricting; says maps disruptive for larger counties

Editor’s Note: The redistricting maps were approved by the General Assembly on Saturday, after very little discussion, and have been sent to the Governor for signature, veto or passing without signing. Fran Wagner, president of the Kentucky League of Women Voters issues statement on redistricting maps drawn by the Republican Majority for the Kentucky Senate and for Kentucky’s seats in the...

Redistricting legislation moves along in General Assembly; delays filing deadline until January 25

Legislative. Congressional and appellate court redistricting topped the action taken in both the Kentucky House and Senate on Thursday, the third day of the 2022 regular session of the General Assembly. The House was the first to take action when they convened at noon. House meeting Thursday (Photo by Tom Latek/KyToday) They approved the appellate court redistricting measure, House Bill 179, which...

Governor declares state of emergency following heavy snowfall across state; National Guard activated

Gov. Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency following heavy snowfall that started Thursday and continued through the afternoon and evening across the Commonwealth. The powerful severe weather is affecting travel on major interstates, and state and local roadways as well as causing power outages and damage to public infrastructure and private properties. Currently, the Kentucky Transportation...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Louisville saw record number of counterfeits, illegal drugs in ’21

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville saw a record number of fraudulent counterfeits, illegal narcotics, and dangerous agricultural shipments during Fiscal Year 2021. CBP officers in Louisville seized 5,705 shipments and issued 11,766 Emergency Action Notices (EAN) in Fiscal Year 2021, which runs from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.   CBP officers saw hundreds of...

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce postpones annual dinner set for Jan. 6 due to COVID, weather

In response to the rise in coronavirus cases across the Commonwealth and potentially dangerous winter weather, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has announced it will postpone the 2022 Chamber Day Dinner slated for Thursday, January 6. While the event included numerous precautions to help keep attendees safe, the Chamber made the decision Tuesday afternoon to postpone the event after it was announced...

House Democrats unveil list of priority legislation, focus on early childhood ed, voter registration, more

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky House and Senate Democrats unveiled their list of priority legislation they’d like to see passed during a press conference Monday, the day before the 2022 General Assembly is called to order. Republicans hold a supermajority in both chambers, but both Senate Minority Leader Morgan McGarvey of Louisville and House Minority Leader Joni Jenkins of Shively say many...

Amye Bensenhaver: A disturbing report on status of ’21 Open Government; perhaps ’22 is less unkind

Second of two parts The Kentucky Open Government Coalition has once again compiled its list of the Top Ten Open Government Stories of the year. In 2021, lawmakers, public officials, public agencies, and a few individuals planted hundreds of seeds, and shoveled on copious amounts of hollow “commitments” to transparency as fertilizer, providing undeniably fertile ground for our selections. 6. The...

Amye Bensenhaver: Top Ten ’21 Open Government Stories amid hollow ‘commitments’ to transparency

First of two parts The Kentucky Open Government Coalition has once again compiled its list of the Top Ten Open Government Stories of the year. In 2021, lawmakers, public officials, public agencies, and a few individuals planted hundreds of seeds, and shoveled on copious amounts of hollow “commitments” to transparency as fertilizer, providing undeniably fertile ground for our selections. 1. New...

Secretary of State reports state enjoys surge of new businesses, a 21% increase in business registrations

Secretary of State Michael Adams announced his Office saw a marked increase of new businesses forming in 2021. There was a total of 52,774 business formations and foreign qualifications this year, which marks a 21 percent increase from 2020. Secretary of State Adams “Kentuckians are an industrious and resilient people,” Adams said. “When our people were laid off due to economic disruptions and...

Governor announces that Disaster SNAP benefits approved for Kyians in 14 tornado-impacted counties

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Disaster SNAP benefits have been approved for Kentuckians who live or work in 14 counties impacted by the Dec. 10-11 tornadic storms, and two other counties are on standby to be added in the near future. “We really appreciate the extra assistance from the federal government to ensure our Kentucky families who have lost so much are able to have access to healthy food...

ION Center among agencies awarded $2.1million in funding to stop sexual assault, domestic violence

Gov. Andy Beshear and Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Kerry Harvey announced more than $2.1 million in grant funding has been awarded to 30 agencies across Kentucky to stop sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking as well as to enhance victim services. Among the grantees is the ION Center for Violence Prevention in Northern Kentucky. The Governor said it is unacceptable...

Secretary of State reminds Kentuckians of Dec. 31 deadline to update political party for May 17 primary

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams reminds Kentuckians who wish to update their political party affiliation to do so by December 31, in order to be eligible to vote in the May 17, 2022 primary election. “If you are currently a registered voter and want to vote in a political party’s primary election next May, by law you must be registered to vote in that party by this Friday, December 31,”...

Nancy Keating, widow of William J. Keating, a Cinci civic leader and volunteer, dies at home at age 94

Nancy Keating, wife of late William J. Keating and the matriarch of a large family with deep and philanthropic ties to the Cincinnati area, has died at age 94. She died peacefully at her home Friday, Son Mike Keating said in an email that she died peacefully at her home on Friday. “Mom was very kind, very wise and had a wonderful sense of humor,” Mike Keating wrote. “She was always patient...