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Amye Bensenhaver: Here’s the brief version of the top ten open government stories of 2019

And now, the Reader’s Digest version of the top ten open government stories of 2019: 1. The release of the 2017 actuarial analysis The biggest story in 2019 was, chronologically, the last. On December 20 Governor Andy Beshear released the actuarial analysis of the former governor’s 2017 “Keeping the Promise” pension reform plan. The analysis revealed that “the proposed 2017 reforms would...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Second generation porcelain enameled cast iron cookware a must for every cook

This is the second of two articles on cast iron cookware. Cast iron cookware has stood the test of time and remains  very popular with Kentucky cooks who prepare traditional meals in the kitchen and around the campfire. This includes grilling cuts of beef or venison, frying fish, chicken, squirrel or rabbit, and concocting meat and vegetable stews, roasts, soups, and chili. This versatile cookware...

Secretary of State Grimes launches new notary portal in accordance with 2019 passage of legislation

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced the launch of a new online notary portal on sos.ky.gov. The announcement follows passage of 2019 legislation championed by Grimes and sponsored by Sen. Morgan McGarvey (D-Louisville) to bring Kentucky’s notary laws into conformity with the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (“RULONA”). Grimes The new law (Senate Bill 114) allows county...

State legislator John ‘Bam’ Carney in Louisville hospital intensive care with pancreatitis, infection

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Veteran lawmaker John “Bam” Carney has been hospitalized with a severe case of pancreatitis and infection, according to the family. Family members say that he is improving but have been told “he’s not out of the woods yet.” Bam CarneyCarney, 50, is the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. He is a Republican from Campbellsville and has...

Limited-edition bobblehead commemorates rivalry between UK Wildcats, UofL Cardinals

As the University of Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals prepare to renew on of college basketball’s most intense rivalries today, fans can now purchase a playful memento. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled an officially licensed, limited edition bobblehead featuring Kentucky mascot “Wildcat” and Louisville mascot “Louie the Cardinal.” The mascots are...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Common Starling is most reviled of 150 species of birds nesting in Kentucky

Of the more than 150 species of birds that nest in Kentucky, none is more reviled than the Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris). Of the more than 150 species of birds that nest in Kentucky, none is more reviled than the Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris). (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)Even its name says vulgar. There are many reasons to dislike this nonnative, invasive species. It competes for cavity nest...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association leads coalition offering free Lyft rides during holiday season

The Safe Ride KY coalition today announced that it is offering $10,000 worth of free rides over the upcoming holidays to complement DUI enforcement efforts and prevent impaired driving on Kentucky roadways. Individuals can claim $10 in ride credits by downloading the Lyft app on their phones, entering promo code SAFERIDEKY2020 and ordering a ride home. Rides can be taken between 5 p.m., Friday, December...

Sporting News tabs UK’s Calipari as decade’s top coach for changing ‘college basketball landscape’

Underscored by more victories than any other coach or program over the last 10 seasons, more Final Four appearances, a record number of NBA Draft picks, and the 2012 national championship, John Calipari was named the College Basketball Coach of the Decade by Sporting News on Monday. In a piece penned by national writer Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News credits Calipari for changing the college basketball...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Explore wildlife management areas over the holidays

By Lee McLellan Kentucky Afield The Christmas holiday provides most of us some much-needed days off and time with family and friends, but sometimes, it is nice to escape from all of the food and festivities and stretch your legs. For those who need to relax and get away for a bit, Kentucky’s wildlife management areas (WMAs) offer a place to go wander. “We have 89 public wildlife management areas,...

Transportation Secretary invites Kentucky students to partner in annual Adopt-a-Highway art contest

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Jim Gray invites Kentucky students to submit original artwork for the agency’s annual Adopt-a-Highway art contest following the theme, Adopt-a-Highway: Keeping Kentucky Beautiful. Artwork by Molly Ryan of St. Joseph Academy in Boone County took 2nd place in 5-8 age bracket in the 2019 contest (provided). The artwork promotes a litter-free message to...

Secretary of State Grimes announces secure online, in-house Military and Overseas Voting Portal

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced the creation of Kentucky’s secure online Military and Overseas Voting Portal. “Over the past eight years, we’ve made it easier for Kentuckians to register and vote, making strides in every aspect of Kentucky’s election process,” said Grimes. “Today, I’m excited to announce that we will no longer need to rely on a third-party...

Wreaths Across America puts 10,000 evergreen wreaths on Camp Nelson National Cemetery graves

Wreaths Across America presented a program and laid over 10,000 live evergreen wreaths on graves at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville. With over 700 volunteers and attendees, this was the largest Wreaths Across America ever at Camp Nelson, more than doubling the number of wreaths that were laid last year. All ceremony participants were Kentuckians, including many military veterans. An...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Last minute gift ideas for the anglers, hunters and target shooters on your list

There are just four shopping days until Christmas. Is there an angler, hunter or target shooter on your shopping list? Here’s some last-minute gift ideas: • For the angler, a pair of boat shoes, ideal for fishing and casual wear. Head to the nearest Bass Pro Shop/Cabela’s and pick up a pair of World Wide Sportsman Men’s Blue Water Boat Shoes. MSRP is $79.99. These comfortable, sturdy, lace-up...

Daniel Cameron takes oath of office for Attorney General early; Beshear appointed him to vacant seat

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While Kentucky’s newly elected Constitutional officers won’t take office for their full four-year terms until Jan. 6, Daniel Cameron got a jump on the others, by being sworn in on Tuesday. 
The reason? Andy Beshear had to resign as attorney general when he took the oath of office as governor on Dec. 10. He signed an executive order Tuesday prior to the swearing in,...

Gov Beshear signs proclamation ordering that the POW/MIA flag flies permanently at state Capitol

Gov. Andy Beshear signed a proclamation Monday that will order the POW/MIA flag to fly permanently at the state Capitol. “Every day we honor the sacrifices of Kentuckians and Americans who are still prisoners, missing or unaccounted for,” Beshear said. “To show our daily commitment to these heroes and their families, the POW/MIA flag will be flown permanently at the Capitol. I will issue and...