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AAA: As temperatures change, your car needs checkup to maintain safety, fuel efficiency — it has to work harder

With more than 31,000 AAA roadside rescues recorded last winter alone in Kentucky, AAA reminds motorists that cars need periodic checkups to maintain safety and maximize fuel efficiency. The fall and winter seasons can also bring issues forcing drivers to the roadside. AAA recommends getting ahead of the change of season to make sure to avoid more expensive problems later on in the year.    AAA...

After voters reject Amendment 2, Kentucky Supreme Court poised to hear oral arguments on abortion ban

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentucky voters rejected a ballot measure that would have changed language in the state’s constitution to permanently deny the right to an abortion. Reproductive-health advocates say the election results could pave the way for striking down the state’s trigger law, which banned the procedure in the state immediately after the overturning of Roe v. Wade...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky’s hunters readying for deer season’s main event — modern gun season

Modern gun season is the main event of Kentucky’s annual white-tailed deer season. It’s when the most hunters are afield, and the most deer are taken, in part because the season is timed to coincide with the rut, the whitetail’s annual mating season. Some bucks are in search of does going into heat (estrus), while other are already paired up and breeding. Typically, deer are active throughout...

KDA reminding Kentucky’s agriculture producers to complete 2022 USDA Census of Agriculture

The 2022 Census of Agriculture will soon be in the mailboxes of agriculture producers across the state and Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles is encouraging farmers to take the time to fill it out and be counted. “For Kentucky farmers, as well as farmers across the country, this is a chance to be heard and noticed,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Through the ag census, producers can show...

Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Thomas Massie retain their federal seats; outcomes of state house, senate races

Staff report Voters have made their choices in races for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and for state Senate and House, and they are: • Senator Rand Paul has claimed his third term in the U.S. Senate, defeating Charles Booker, the first Black Democractic nominee who faced him in the election. • Rep. Thomas Massie will return to the U.S. House, having defeated Newport’s Matt...

Customs officers seize more than 2,200 pounds of illicit drug in Louisville during month of October

(Photo from U.S. Customs and Border Protection) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep Americans safe from dangerous drugs that threaten communities around the U.S. CBP officers in Louisville seized a total of 2,205 pounds of illicit drugs during the month of October. CBP officers seized 295 shipments in October that contained various...

End of daylight savings time brings added risks for commuters; prepare for sun glare, reduced visibility

With the end of daylight savings time (DST) Sunday come changes for Monday’s morning and evening commutes. AAA warns drivers to be prepared for sun glare during their morning drive and for reduced visibility on the road during their evening commute. “Ninety percent of a driver’s reaction time is dependent upon their vision, which is severely limited at night,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins,...

Sitting circuit judge in W. Kentucky ordered removed from office by Judicial Conduct Commission

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A sitting circuit judge in Western Kentucky has been ordered removed from office by the Judicial Conduct Commission. Judge James T. Jameson had been in office since 2016, as a judge of the 42nd Circuit, which includes Marshall and Calloway counties. In their 40-page order, the Commission said it started receiving complaints about him in 2021 and 2022, and formal proceedings...

Publishers of The Crittenden Press receive Al Smith public service award, says newspapers must adapt

By Al Cross Institute for Rural Journalism The loss of community newspapers “has left our country ripe for an invasion of mistruth,” and the remaining newspapers must adapt to the digital age to survive, an innovative weekly editor-publisher told an audience of journalists and their supporters this week. Chris Evans and his wife, Allison Mick-Evans, of The Crittenden Press in Marion received...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Ky. Hunters for the Hungry provides venison to feed the hungry across State

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, second from right, helped promote Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry (KHFH) at a recent Kentucky State Fair with, from left: KHFH Executive Director Roger LaPointe; Karen Waldrop, a former KDFWR employee, and KHFH Founder Mike Ohlmann. (Photo from Kentucky Department of Agriculture) With Kentucky’s modern gun season for deer just a week away, now is the time...

U.S. Customs officers seize $2.5 million worth of counterfeit jewelry at Port of Louisville

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Louisville Port of Entry recently seized one package concealing bracelets, necklaces, and earrings that would be worth over $2.5 million had the merchandise been genuine. On Oct. 26, CBP officers inspected a shipment arriving from Hong Kong that was manifested as necklaces and was heading to a corporation in New York. Upon examination, they found 403...

Kentucky Department of Education now accepting nominations for 2024 Teacher Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 Kentucky Teacher Awards. Any full-time public school teacher in the state with at least three years of experience is eligible. Nominations may be submitted online. Teachers may be nominated by students, parents, teaching peers, principals, superintendents, or anyone from the community who has an interest in honoring an outstanding educator. “The Kentucky...

As temperatures cool, homes become a magnet for pests; prepare for the fall invasion with these tips

By Jonathan Larson University of Kentucky As temperatures go down this fall, you may notice more insects around your home. Insects often retreat indoors to escape the cooler temperatures as a part of their overwintering strategy.  As pests mistake your home for a heated pile of rocks, you may see hundreds, even thousands, of insects around your home this fall and winter. The most common...

Mother Nature prepares for winter — and gives Bluegrass State a vibrant show of colors in process

By Jordan Strickler UK Campbell County Extension Every October, the Bluegrass State breaks into reds, oranges and yellows as Mother Nature prepares for winter. With the many forests Kentucky has to offer, the state is one of the best places in the nation to observe the transition of summer into autumn. See these vibrant fall colors (Photo provided) During the spring and summer months, chlorophyll,...

Kentucky State Police extend application through November 25 to apply to become state trooper

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky State Police extended the deadline to apply to become a state trooper through Nov. 25. In addition, the agency said that the top achieving applicants will be able to choose the post of their choice from the 16 located across the state, allowing them the opportunity to stay close to home. The KSP offers one of the top five starting salaries for sworn officers...