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Sunday at the Brickyard last chance for NASCAR Monster Energy Series drivers to make playoffs

There have been 25 race trophies awarded this season – 25 opportunities to lock in a Playoff berth – but for the four drivers on the bubble, the last two Playoff positions will depend on their outing in Sunday’s Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Veteran Clint Bowyer in 15th holds an eight-point edge on Stewart-Haas Racing teammate...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: News and observations as Kentucky’s white-tailed deer season set to begin

Kentucky’s 2019-20 hunting season for white-tailed deer opens tomorrow, with the beginning of archery hunting, a 136-day season that continues through Monday, January 20, 2020. Below are some news and observations about our most popular big game animal. • Deer numbers in the U.S. have grown since the 1930s when the population had dropped to an all-time low estimate of 300,000. • In the past...

McConnell announces that Kentucky to get $31.48 million, part of State Opioid Response Grants Program

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Wednesday that Kentucky will receive $31.48 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the State Opioid Response Grants Program. This program was created by the 21st Century Cures (CURES) Act that McConnell shepherded through Congress in 2016.  Mitch McConnell “Kentucky is leading the national response...

Chief Justice Minton to give annual State of Judiciary Address on Sept. 13 on range of court programs

The legislature, public and media will receive an update on Judicial Branch operations on Friday, Sept. 13, when Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. gives the annual State of the Judiciary Address.   He will speak before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary at 10 a.m. ET in the Capitol Annex, Room 154, 702 Capital Ave., Frankfort. Chief Justice Minton The event is...

Kmart on Dixie Highway in Erlanger added to growing list of Sears/Kmart store closings

On the heels of announcing closure of 26 Sears and Kmart locations October, CBS is reporting that nearly 100 additional stores will close by December or sooner. Kmart on Dixie Highway in Erlanger to close. On that list are two stores in Kentucky, including the Kmart in Erlanger at 3071 Dixie Highway. The other Kentucky store is in Somerset at 420 East Highway 80. Back in February, former Sears CEO...

September declared ‘Bourbon Heritage Month,’ celebrating Kentucky’s signature industry

September has been declared “Bourbon Heritage Month” in the Commonwealth.  “As I promote Kentucky around the world, I’m frequently asked about our historic Bourbon industry,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “The love of Bourbon is a global phenomenon with deep roots planted in Kentucky, and the economic impact of the industry is growing rapidly.   “Kentucky’s Bourbon industry proudly employs...

Registration is now open for the Running of the Wieners, unofficial kickoff to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Registration for the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati® Running of the Wieners is now open. The Downtown Cincinnati event will again feature 100 dachshunds racing on Freedom Way between Walnut Street and Rosa Parks. The Running of the Wieners will be held a day earlier in 2019 – Thursday, September 19 at 11 a.m. “With our expanded Oktoberfest Zinzinnati® hours, the Running of the Wieners will now be...

Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes welcomes 197 new naturalized citizens at ceremony in Louisville

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Friday welcomed and congratulated new United States citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the Muhammad Ali Center. Grimes welcomed 197 new citizens from 47 countries and spoke to the new citizens and their families about the duties of civic engagement, voter participation, and commitment to improving Kentucky. “I am as honored and humbled to be...

Upcoming Kentucky Parks events include Art Fair at Waveland, Hands on History at Fort Boonesborough

See some outstanding artists at the 6th annual Waveland Art Fair Sept. 7-8 at Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington. A scene from the Waveland Art Fair Guests can browse and shop with Kentucky artist artwork both days. Then take a walk through the historic home, where costumed staff will greet you.  Enjoy lunch from Forage or Rise Up Pizza food trucks and special Kentucky fare from West 6th and...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The distinctive call of the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo foretells of summer storms

The Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) is a weather forecaster, of sorts, in folklore. The secretive bird is heard, but seldom observed, calling from thick brush and woodlands during the summer. Its stuttering call: ka ka ka ka ka kow kow kow, kow-kowp, kowp, kowp, slows towards its end, and is audible at a great distance. The Yellow-Billed Cuckoo (Photo by Garth McElroy, courtesy of Audubon...

BLINK announces projection mapping artists & muralists for October 10-13 art, light & culture event

BLINK® has announced its line-up of projection mapping artists and muralists for the October 10-13 art, light and culture event.  BLINK 2019 artist announcements – projections for October 10-13 art, light & culture event that will include five urban zones in cincinnati and Northern Kentucky BLINK, illuminated by ArtsWave, will happen from Cincinnati’s Findlay Market neighborhood to Covington,...

Sen. Julian Carroll prefiles legislation to allow sports wagering at racetracks, off-track betting facilities

Kentucky Senator Julian M. Carroll, D-Frankfort, has prefiled legislation establishing the framework to allow sports wagering at any horse racing track or off-track wagering facility. Bill Request 236 builds on two previously filed bills that were proposed over the last couple of legislative sessions by Senator Carroll. He introduced the bills in anticipation of the United States Supreme Court striking...

University of Louisville takes over Jewish Hospital and plans to continue its heart transplant services

Kentucky Health News The heart-transplant program at Jewish Hospital in Louisville may continue after all, now that the University of Louisville plans to take over the facility on Nov. 1. KentuckyOne Health, which is selling the hospital and other facilities to the university, is asking the national organ-donor network to disregard its July 18 request that the program be put on long-term inactivation,...

Office of the Attorney General, advocates launch training effort to support victims of sexual assault

A new training effort aimed at helping hospital employees provide victim-centered care to survivors of sexual assault was launched today by Attorney General Andy Beshear, the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) and the Kentucky Hospital Association. Beshear The new one-hour training video is for emergency room staff and hospital employees who respond to victims of sexual assault. The...

First man on moon may have died because he chose the wrong Cincinnati-area hospital for surgery

By Trudy Lieberman Rural Health News Service Last month The New York Times ran a cautionary tale about the heart surgery and care astronaut Neil Armstrong received and his death two weeks later at a community hospital in the Cincinnati suburb of Fairfield in 2012. Lieberman The Times had received documents from an anonymous tipster who said he/she was “compelled to share this information” so “others...