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Attorney Daniel Cameron to announce launch of Your Eyes Save Lives campaign against human trafficking

Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Monday will hold a press conference to launch the statewide Your Eyes Save Lives human trafficking awareness and training campaign. Daniel Cameron The campaign will mobilize citizens, law enforcement, and community leaders to recognize and report the signs of human trafficking. The Attorney General will be joined at the press conference by human trafficking advocacy...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Cutthroat trout is newest species of trout introduced to Kentucky waters

The Cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii) is native to the cold-water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean, from California to Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, and Great Basin in North America. Its species, clarkii, was named to honor Captain William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition (1803-1806), who described the fish in his diary. There are 14 sub-species of cutthroat trout, two...

Supreme Court extends restrictions on jury trials, grand juries and other business until April 1

The Supreme Court entered two new Administrative Orders that further extend restrictions on jury trials, grand juries, show cause dockets, judicial sales and in-person meetings of Kentucky Court of Justice committees, commissions, task forces and boards. This action was necessary to address the continued surge of COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth. The orders: • Postpone all jury trials until...

BenchMark, Drayer clinics in Central, Northern Kentucky collect 600 toys for Jarrett’s Joy Cart

Sister companies BenchMark Physical Therapy and Drayer Physical Therapy Institute collected more than 600 children’s toys in December at their outpatient clinics in Central and Northern Kentucky. The toys will benefit Jarrett’s Joy Cart, a charity started by Nicholasville native Jarrett Mynear, and, ultimately, children being treated at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Sister companies BenchMark...

Lexington’s Alex Otte named National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, herself a survivor

Lexington native Alex Otte, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, has been named National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Otte’s family turned to MADD in 2010, when she was 13 years old, after she was severely injured by an intoxicated boat operator on Lake Herrington in Danville.   Otte was on a jet ski when a drunk boat operator slammed into her at nearly 70 mph, causing a severe...

Blockbuster ‘Maya: The Exhibition’ extended through April 4 at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) is extending Maya: The Exhibition’s first stop in the United States. The blockbuster exhibition featuring over 300 original objects immerses guests in a sophisticated civilization buried in the heart of the rainforest. Maya: The Exhibition has been extended through April 4. The exhibition showcases over 300 original artifacts on loan from the nation of Guatemala, each...

Louisville Zoo’s gray seal Rona gives birth to her first pup; mom is attentive to a vocal, active baby

The Louisville Zoo’s 6-year-old gray seal Rona has given birth to her first pup this week. The new pup and mom are doing well. Animal care and animal health care staff had been monitoring Rona overnight for several days, anticipating the birth. Keeper staff report that mom is attentive with her first pup, and the first nursing at noon went well. The pup has been vocal and active indicating a healthy...

Kentucky Monthly Magazine acquires Kentucky Explorer Magazine; publication closes after 34 years

After more than 34 years, Kentucky Explorer Magazine, from Jackson, has published its last issue. Readers enjoyed historical articles, old photos, genealogy tips and personal essays, in the black and white magazine which was printed on newspaper stock. Beginning with the February 2021 issue of Kentucky Monthly Magazine, a section of each issue will include content, and even be styled to resemble, the...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Brook trout are one of four species in Lake Cumberland tailwaters

The brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is a cold-water species native to the eastern U.S. and Canada. Populations in the U.S. are mostly confined to higher elevations of the Appalachians. Its preferred habitat is small, clear streams in unspoiled backcountry. The brook trout is a member of family Salmonidae. Brook Trout (Photo by Charlie Summers Flickr Commons) Size and Coloration The “brookie”...

Princeton man comes forward with winning $2 million Powerball ticket, wishes to be anonymous

A Princeton man, who wishes to remain anonymous, has come forward with the winning $2 million Powerball ticket from Saturday night’s drawing. On the morning after the drawing, he said he got a text from someone telling him to check his Powerball ticket. “So that’s what I did. I looked at it and sure enough, it was a winner. The rest is history,” he said. The winning ticket “I thought I...

Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratories recognized for high standards; full-time jobs open

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratories has been recognized by a nationally renowned group called the “Organization of Scientific Area Committees,” for voluntarily adopting rigorous standards in the analysis of seized drugs. 
The OSAC organization is known as the gold standard in scientific testing, protocols and best practices to help ensure forensic analysis...

Transportation, Finance cabinets to replace roadway lighting fixtures with energy saving LED bulbs

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Finance and Administration Cabinet have launched an initiative to replace thousands of roadway lighting fixtures across the state with energy saving LED lights. The upgrades will reduce energy consumption of roadway lighting systems by more than fifty percent and save more than $2.8 million a year in reduced utility and maintenance costs. “Modernizing our...

Kentucky Lottery: $2million Power Ball ticket sold in Princeton; winner has 180 days to claim

A ticket sold in Princeton for Saturday night’s Powerball drawing matched all five white ball winning numbers but not the Power Ball, winning the game’s second prize. The winner elected to pay an additional $1 for the Power Play option on the ticket, and with last night’s Power Play number of 2, that meant any non-jackpot prize would be multiplied by 2. The normal prize for matching all five...

Patrons help Kentucky restaurant workers weather the pandemic holidays through ‘Adopt a Server’

By Sydney Boles Ohio Valley Resource Stay-at-home mom Sarci Eldridge has a big heart. So when Kentucky entered its second round of restaurant restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, her first thought was for her favorite server, Jessica Carey. “Me and my mom were talking, and we were just like, you know, we should just get Jessica something to get her through the holidays,” Eldridge said....

Rural Blog: Quick hits — top 10 ag stories of 2020 (school closures, country music, bike paths, more)

Here’s a roundup of stories with rural resonance: Small banks helped businesses win more Paycheck Protection Plan loans. Read more here. A school district is suing parents for unpaid textbook fees during the pandemic. Does your state allow such lawsuits? Read more here. Click image to go to website Rural schools are more likely to hold in-person classes, but the pandemic is hitting staff and...