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U.S. Department of Agriculture rolls out proposed hemp regulations mandated by Farm Bill

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday issued its proposed regulations on hemp production as mandated by the 2018 Farm Bill. The USDA established the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program through an interim final rule, which outlines provisions for federal agriculture officials to approve plans submitted by states for the domestic production of hemp. Kentucky was...

AAA: Lower pump prices are a treat for Tri-State drivers; large per-gallon decreases this week

Local drivers are in for a treat this week as pump prices are on the decline. The national gas price average dropped by four cents on the week to $2.60, despite a jump in gasoline demand and a draw in gasoline stocks. That is the largest one-week decrease since gas prices started to increase more than six weeks ago. Today’s average is a nickel cheaper than last month and 21-cents cheaper than last...

Apply soon for youth-mentor and mobility impaired waterfowl quota hunts at state fish hatcheries

Online applications are being taken Nov. 1-15 for youth and mobility-impaired waterfowl quota hunts at two state-owned fish hatcheries near Frankfort and Morehead. Hunts will be available each Saturday and Sunday in January 2020. Hunts will be conducted at the Minor Clark Fish Hatchery in Rowan County and the Peter W. Pfeiffer Fish Hatchery in Franklin County. “There are five blinds at Minor Clark...

Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy trains returns to Cincinnati Museum Center November 8

One of Cincinnati’s most beloved holiday traditions returns to Cincinnati Museum Center November 8. The Duke Energy Holiday Trains, returning for their 73rd season, headline CMC’s whimsical Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains. The Duke Energy Holiday Trains have been a Cincinnati holiday staple since 1946, delighting generations as more than 300 rail cars and 60 locomotives...

Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame to be held Nov. 14 at University of Kentucky; event is free but register

The Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame program will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, at the University of Kentucky Otis A. Singletary Center for the Arts, located at 405 Rose Street, Lexington. The program is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Nov. 11, to Mary Ann Taylor at the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights at MaryAnn.Taylor@ky.gov or (502) 566-9961. The Kentucky...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: With striking looks and eerie sounds, the Great Horned Owl is a Halloween icon

A night hunter with a striking appearance and eerie vocalizations, this owl is a Halloween icon. The Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) is a large, powerful bird with bright yellow eyes, brown, tan and whitish/gray plumage that provides good camouflage in forests, and distinctive “horns,” tufts of feathers called plumicorns. The Great Horned Owl is one of five owl species that nests in Kentucky....

Public auction of surplus, confiscated items at KY Fish and Wildlife headquarters in Frankfort Oct. 28

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct its fall public auction of surplus and confiscated items Monday, Oct. 28 at department headquarters in Frankfort. Surplus auction items include four-wheel-drive Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge trucks, Yamaha all-terrain vehicles, ATV trailers, Boston Whaler boats with Mercury motors, aluminum canoes, jon boats and more. Bidding on surplus...

Bevin announces new state-run prison in Eastern Kentucky to address overcrowding in county jails

Gov. Matt Bevin joined the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Personnel Cabinet to announce plans to operate a new state-run prison in Floyd County to address overcrowding in county jails. Southeast State Correctional Complex will be housed in an existing privately-owned, 650-bed facility in Wheelwright, providing much-needed space for medium-security inmates. The prison will be staffed...

KYTC District 6 road report update on current construction projects in Northern Kentucky

Construction season is winding down, but there is still plenty of work to be completed on Northern Kentucky roadways.The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 office would like the public to be aware of the following conditions and/or operations that are being reported for highways in Northern Kentucky.  CAMPBELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY – CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO  •  I-275 (Combs-Hehl Bridge) 73...

Kentucky sailor’s remains identified at Pearl Harbor after 77 years; Seaman Hall, 20, was from Floyd County

Advances in DNA and other forensic tools have enabled investigators to identify the remains of another Kentucky sailor, who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, and whose remains had been listed as unknown since then. Seaman 2nd Class Hubert P. Hall, 20, of Floyd County, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked...

Kentucky unemployment rate remains at 4.4 percent in September, up slightly from same period in 2018

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary September 2019 unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS). The unemployment rate for September 2019 was unchanged from the 4.4 percent reported for August 2019. The preliminary September 2019 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state in September 2018. The U.S....

Trump campaign announces Keep America Great rally at Rupp Arena in Lexington on November 4

Staff report The Trump Campaign has announced that the President will host a Keep America Great rally on Monday, November 4, at 7 p.m. at Rupp Arena in Lexington. November 4 is the day before election day in Kentucky, when the constitutional offices — including governor — will be on the ballot. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for General Admission “Thanks to President Trump, Kentucky’s...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky is home to a rich diversity of native and non-native fish and wildlife

A wide variety of fish and wildlife species are found throughout Kentucky. While most are native species, several notable desirable non-native species have been introduced into our woods and waters. There are also a few undesirable, non-native species that have taken up residency here. Here’s some insight and details, based on information posted on the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources...

Organizers call BLINK ‘an enormous success,’ 1.25-1.5M visitors attend art, light and culture event

Between 1.25 and 1.5 million people experienced BLINK in 2019, making the event the largest event in the region’s history. provided photos Those figures, estimated by public safety and event consultants, are an increase over the attendance estimates of 2017, and mark the largest crowds ever in Downtown Cincinnati, Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood and Covington, Kentucky. “BLINK was designed...

Bevin, Beshear share the gubernatorial debate stage at University of Kentucky; it’s mostly contentious

Staff report The debate between gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Andy Beshear got contentious Tuesday night, with heated exchanges on several subjects. The debate in Lexington was held at the University of Kentucky. The two will meet in NKY at the Northern Kentucky University on October 29. Incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear are facing off in the November 5 general election. The...