A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Great Ohio River Swim coming up September 23, swim from Serpentine Wall to KY and back

The Bill Keating, Jr. Great Ohio River Swim is fast approaching. The big splash happens on September 23, starting at the Serpentine Wall for the only open water swim on the Ohio River to cross the river and back.  Start at the Serpentine Wall and swim across the Ohio River to Kentucky.  Once you have reached Kentucky come back across the Ohio River to Public Landing in the heart of Cincinnati. When...

Rick Pitino’s new book: Defending himself (again) against the scandals at UofL, tells ‘his story’

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Rick Pitino’s new memoir, “Pitino: My Story,” hit the bookshelves and internet booksellers’ websites this week, and it’s sure to receive a lot of interest and conversation from college basketball fans and the media.   In many ways, the overriding thread of the book isn’t surprising. The former Louisville coach continues to play the...

Nucor Corp. plans $650m, 70-job expansion at its Gallatin County plant, to increase capacity

Gov. Matt Bevin announced that Nucor Corp. plans a $650 million, 70-job expansion at its mill near Ghent, Nucor Steel Gallatin, and thanked the company for its ongoing commitment to the Commonwealth. “Nucor is doing incredible things at its Kentucky steel mill. We are excited that, after a substantial investment in 2017, the company has decided to move forward with its phase II project and create...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: 19th Central Ky. reel makers sparked popularity of bass sport angling in America

The many beautiful, free-flowing streams of Central Kentucky spawned more than bountiful populations of black bass. They encouraged generations of 19th-century anglers turned inventors to build and perfect fishing reels that would spark the popularity of sport angling in America. John Milam, son of B.C. Milam, became an apprentice, and eventual partner in his father’s reel making business. Their...

Kentucky home sales inch up for the second time in 2018; days on market reach lowest on record

Kentucky home sales rose in July for only the second time this year, reaching 5,072 transactions, a 1.4 percent increase over the 5,000 sold in July 2017. For the year, home sales are trailing 2017 by almost 2 percent, with 30,354 transactions through the first seven months of the year (30,950 sales were recorded in the same period for 2017). Click to enlarge Nationally, home sales have fallen for...

Johnna Reeder departs as president and CEO of REDI Cincinnati; Kimm Coyner Lauterbach named successor

REDI Cincinnati President and CEO Johnna Reeder will step down from her position effective September 17 after four-and-a-half years of service. Reeder has been asked to remain as a consultant to REDI Cincinnati through the end of the year. Reeder “It’s impossible to overstate the impact Johnna has made on the Greater Cincinnati region,” said REDI Cincinnati Chairman Brian Hodgett. “Johnna has...

Kentucky Center for Performing Arts shows have resumed after fire; inspections shows structural system is sound

Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William M. Landrum III has delivered good news to the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts — shows resumed Sept. 1 now that a 3D laser scan and engineering analysis confirmed earlier visual inspections that the roof did not sustain major damage from a June 13 fire. “Based on the expertise and experience of my staff and our contractors, we felt confident...

Kentucky Speedway’s Top Cop Challenge returns; officers from eight agencies will test racing skills

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Officers from eight regional law enforcement agencies will compete and test their stock car racing skills in NASCAR Racing Experience racecars during the sixth Top Cop Challenge at Kentucky Speedway Sept. 6, from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger, center, is flanked by Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, left, Hamilton...

Secretary of State Grimes announces Kentucky’s four veteran centers to become polling places

Honoring the service of Kentucky’s heroes and accomplishing one of her major goals as Kentucky’s chief elections official, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday that the Commonwealth’s four state veterans centers will now serve as polling places in future elections. Grimes “We owe it all to Kentucky’s 304,000 military veterans for their service...

ACLU of Kentucky prepares to fight back as religion becomes more prominent in state’s schools

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service A leading civil rights group says a new effort to have the motto “In God, We Trust” displayed in Kentucky’s public schools is just the latest in a string of attempts to bring religion into the classroom. State Rep. Brandon Reed (R) of Hodgenville has pre-filed a bill that would require public schools to display the motto in a location of prominence,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: 2018-19 Kentucky Deer Season Preview; Job #1 — Harvest More Does

When Kentucky’s 2018-19 deer season opens tomorrow, with the beginning of archery hunting, opportunities to bring home some venison couldn’t be better. Kentucky’s deer herd is large, populations in some counties are at an all-time high, and regulations have been significantly liberalized. Kentucky’s 143-day archery season opens September 1 and continues through January 21, 2019. Archery season...

Bevin’s legal team files briefs on pension reform bill ahead of September Supreme Court hearing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin’s legal team filed briefs this week ahead of the Kentucky Supreme Court hearing next month on their appeal of a Franklin Circuit Court ruling that declared the public pension reform bill passed by the 2018 General Assembly unconstitutional and began their paperwork with a quote from a character from the old Popeye cartoons. “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday...

A limited number of tickets to the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame event are available to the general public

Members of the general public will be able to rub elbows with Bourbon royalty and living whiskey legends at the prestigious Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony. A limited amount of tickets are available now at www.kybourbonfestival.com for the luncheon event on Friday, Sept. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Frazier History Museum. Tickets are $100 and include lunch,...

Horse racing world mourns the death of Churchill Downs VP, Racing Communications John Asher

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Condolences are pouring in from throughout the thoroughbred horse racing industry and beyond after the unexpected death of Churchill Downs Vice President, Racing Communications John Asher. Asher Asher died Monday of an apparent heart attack while vacationing in Florida. Darren Rogers, Senior Director, Communications & Media Services for Churchill Downs,...

First Lady Glenna Bevin launches ‘Uniting the Community’ to rally support for foster care, adoption

First Lady Glenna Bevin joined with the Governor’s Office of Faith and Community Based Initiatives, Orphan Care Alliance, and 16 local organizations in Hardin County to launch “Uniting the Community” on Sunday. This new initiative engages the faith community, local government, and nonprofit organizations to empower Kentucky families to support foster care and adoption. “The support of the local...