A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Pension reform takes center stage as lawmakers prepare to roll up sleeves for legislative session

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State lawmakers return to work Tuesday with a lot of their plate – foremost being pension reform – during the 30-day session. The Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously struck down public pension reform legislation passed by the 2018 General Assembly, saying lawmakers violated state law in the process used to approve the bill. General Assembly House Speaker Pro Tem Davis...

Another strong year for thoroughbred wagering; handle, purses up more than 3 percent over 2017

NKyTribune staff Equibase Company, LLC has released the thoroughbred racing economic indicators for 2018 and the news is pretty good. The statistics indicate the resurgence wagering on horse races has experienced in recent years continues. For the fourth consecutive year, total wagering on U.S. races increased year-over-year and topped $11 billion for the first time since 2010. The bump occurred despite...

Local government agencies get grants to preserve local records, including Kenton county clerk’s office

The Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet announces the recipients of the Local Records Grant Program funds to preserve and manage local government records. The Local Records Program helps to preserve, protect and make available records with continuing archival value and assist local agencies with records management through direct...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Hunters hit deer harvest records; Chronic Wasting Disease now in six states

Kentucky’s 2018-19 white-tailed deer season closes at the end of shooting hours on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21. It’s been a very eventful last four months since the season opened with archery hunting on September 1. An increase in the bag limit, allowing four deer to be taken on statewide and youth deer permits, a lengthening of modern gun season by six days in the counties of Zone...

Green New Deal: Youth finding voices through Sunrise Movement, calling for climate change action

By Eric Tegethoff Public News Service The Sunrise Movement, a youth movement calling for action on climate change, is set to make big moves in 2019.  At the end of 2018, more than 1,000 young people, including 75 from Kentucky, gathered in the halls of Congress to call for support of the Green New Deal – legislation to address climate change and income inequality. Members of the Sunrise Movement also...

Biologist forecasts better waterfowl hunting in Kentucky as weather worsens to the north

A bitter cold front is expected to wash over duck-holding areas north of the Ohio River this week, which should mean good news for waterfowl hunting in Kentucky, according to experts at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The cold is coming,” said John Brunjes, migratory bird program coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “An expanding cold trough should create single-digit...

Black lung disease is still killing coal miners, and the coal industry doesn’t want to acknowledge it

By Elyssa East Special to NKyTribune Dr. James Brandon Crum was alarmed. For months, unemployed coal miners had been coming into his clinic in Coal Run Village seeking chest radiographs. One patient in 2015 stood out. He was in his early 40s, about the same age as Crum, and had three children at home, just like him, but he could barely walk. The 68ft hallway between the x-ray room and Crum’s office...

Nearly $2.8 Million for Kentucky in settlement with Wells Fargo available through bank review process

 Attorney General Andy Beshear has secured nearly $2.8 million for Kentucky from a settlement with banking giant Wells Fargo over alleged unfair and deceptive trade practices. Beshear Kentucky’s $2.8 million, part of a $575 million multi-state settlement with all 50 states, will be placed into the state’s General Fund for lawmakers to appropriate during the 2020 legislative budget session. As...

New PPI manufacturing facility to locate in Maysville, creating more than 100 new jobs

An Iowa-based company plans to open a manufacturing facility in Mason County that is expected to create more than 100 jobs over the next 10 years. 
Precision Pulley and Idler, or PPI, a supplier of idlers, pulleys, bearings and other products to the major bulk and material handling component industries, will locate a $10.75 million manufacturing operation in Maysville it was announced Friday. 
“The...

Deadline is December 31 to change your party affiliation to vote or to run for office in May primary

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Time is running out to change your political party affiliation to vote or run for office in the May 2019 primary election. 
Under Kentucky law, to be qualified to vote in a partisan primary election, a voter must have been a member of that party on Dec. 31 of the prior year or a new voter who has not changed their affiliation. Voters who change party affiliation after...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A friendly bird, the Tufted Titmouse is known for crested head, distinctive song

This is the last in a series of articles about small songbirds often seen around bird feeders in rural and suburban areas of Kentucky during the late fall and winter. The Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) is identified by a crest of gray feathers on its head and its distinctive song. The Tufted Titmouse has a distinctive head with a pointed, gray crest, square black patch on its forehead and short,...

EPA’s proposed changes to Clean Water Act could stymie Kentucky’s waste and pollution fights

By Eric Tegethoff Public News Service Some Kentuckians are concerned that proposed changes to the Clean Water Act could set back the fight against waste and pollution in their own backyards. The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a replacement for the Waters of the United States rule, lifting federal protections from water sources that are seasonal and wetlands that are not connected by...

Fish and Wildlife Resources: Don’t toss Christmas tree after the holidays — recycle it for fish habitats

Help create habitat for fish while disposing of your old cut Christmas tree this season through Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s Christmas for the Fishes program. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will accept natural Christmas trees from Dec. 26 through Jan. 15 at 39 drop-off locations in 34 counties. Trees must be free of lights, ornaments, tinsel, garland and any other decorations. To...

AAA: Holiday merriment can lead to deadly consequences on roadways — do not drive impaired

The holiday season is here, a time of year for parties and gatherings with friends, family and coworkers. Often these festivities include alcohol, resulting in some partygoers finding themselves impaired with no safe ride home. AAA urges drivers not to turn the holiday season into a deadly situation by driving impaired. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 885 people...

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife broadens protections against chronic wasting disease

Acting to protect Kentucky wildlife from chronic wasting disease,the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources on Monday expanded its ban against hunters bringing any harvested deer, elk or other cervid into the Bluegrass State unless the brain and spinal cord of the carcass have been removed. The ban now applies to cervids harvested from all U.S. states and all foreign countries. Under...