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Attorney General Daniel Cameron announces online form to report price gouging during pandemic

Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced new resources for consumers to report suspected price gouging to his office during the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumers can now complete an electronic price gouging complaint form by visiting ag.ky.gov/pricegouging. Previously, there was no electronic means available for consumers to file price gouging complaints. The new form allows the submission of complaints...

State Department of Agriculture has changed how food from two federal programs can be delivered

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has streamlined the process of ensuring that food insecure Kentuckians can receive food through two federal programs with a minimum of human contact during the COVID-19 pandemic, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced today. The two programs affected by the policy change are The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Commodity Supplemental...

Gov. Beshear acts to limit spread of COVID-19; includes guidance for closure of government offices

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced additional steps to contain and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “It’s my job to protect my family and friends, but I believe it’s all of our civic duty to protect our communities,” Gov. Beshear said. “I will use every resource in this state, every dollar at my disposal, every personnel that we have, to do everything we can to protect everyone’s...

Court proceedings throughout Kentucky restricted until April 10, to comply with Supreme Court ruling

NKyTribune staff The Kentucky Supreme Court has restricted court proceedings from March 16 to April 10. In accordance with that order, Circuit Court Clerks throughout the region have announced plans to comply with that ruling. Boone County Circuit Court Clerk David Martin released a statement Monday providing guidance for those who may have business before the court during the restricted period. “If...

Kroger adjusts store hours in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, other markets, part of COVID-19 response

NKyTribune staff Starting today, Kroger has adjusted hours for its stores  in the region that includes Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Stores in the area will open later and close earlier to help ensure customer safety in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The company issued a statement explaining that store hours have been adjusted at some of our locations to keep its stores clean, open and...

Eastern tent caterpillars have begun to hatch — they can become a threat to pregnant mares

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky Eastern tent caterpillars have begun to hatch, with the first instances being seen in Central Kentucky on March 12, according to entomologists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. According to Jonathan Larson, entomology extension specialist, after spending about nine months as eggs in masses on twigs of wild cherry and...

Scam Alert: Governor, Attorney General warn of coronavirus scams; report to hotline

Gov. Andy Beshear and Attorney General Daniel Cameron issued a scam alert warning Kentuckians of potential consumer scams related to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). To profit from consumer health concerns, online scammers may set up fake websites, send emails or texts or post on social media to sell fake products that claim to cure or prevent COVID-19. Scammers may ask consumers to contact...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The .357 Magnum, an American classic, for both security and hunting

Author’s note: This is the first article in an occasional series about modern rifle and pistol cartridges and their uses in hunting. A revolver chambered in .357 Magnum is an American Classic. This venerable “muscle” cartridge was embraced by law enforcement for decades, has been proven to be efficient on deer at a reasonable range and has given many a homeowner a sense of security in being...

Gov. Beshear provides guidance as state responds to COVID-19, asks places of worship to cancel services

Governor Andy Beshear announced more decisive action and preparations on Wednesday to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “We know this is community spread and we need to get ahead of it,” Gov. Beshear said. “It is important for everybody out there to be calm, practice good hygiene and reduce the risk of exposure for themselves and others.” Actions and preparations...

General fund, road receipts rise in February; General fund up 3.5 percent in first eight months of fiscal year

State Budget Director John Hicks reported today that General Fund receipts climbed 2.9 percent in February with revenues of $884.0 million compared to the $859.4 million collected in February 2019. Through the first eight months of FY20, the General Fund has grown 3.5 percent. The official General Fund revenue estimate for FY20 calls for revenue to grow 1.6 percent compared to FY19 actual receipts....

Berea College shutting down for semester due to coronavirus; residence halls to be vacated Saturday

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Berea College is shutting down school for the semester because of the challenges that the coronavirus brings, according to an email statement from President Lyle Roelofs, who said the school is stopping instructional activities at the end of the day Friday. Roelofs said the Administrative Committee made the decision in response to the COVID-19 challenges that will have...

Kentucky’s 2019 annual unemployment rate holds steady at 4.3 percent, according to KYSTATS report

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in 2019 unchanged from 4.3 percent in 2018, while nonfarm employment gained 8,600 jobs, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The U.S. annual unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent in 2019 from 3.9 percent in 2018. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’...

Senate to get House 2-year budget to fund executive branch, modifying Gov. Beshear’s proposal

After two hours or questions and comments, the Kentucky House passed a two-year budget to fund the executive branch of government on Friday. 
House Budget Committee Chairman Steven Rudy, R-Paducah, who presented the budget bill on the House floor, reminded his members, “This is not the end of the process, but one step.” 
The measure was highly modified from the proposal sent them by Gov. Andy...

Problem Gambling Awareness Month joins Kentucky Lottery, state council in outreach effort

Given that 78 percent of adult Kentuckians gamble, and with further gambling expansion in Kentucky being considered, it is increasingly important to raise public awareness that gambling can be an addictive or problematic behavior. And if gambling is out of control, individuals need to know that help is available by calling or texting Kentucky’s problem gambling helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537). Gov....

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Bobcat is a secretive carnivore found in forests across the Commonwealth

Bobcats (Photo by Summer M. Tribble, Wikipedia Commons) Editor’s Note: This is the fourth article in an occasional series about furbearers in Kentucky. The Kentucky Wildcat, the mascot of University of Kentucky (UK) sports teams, is a party animal on the sidelines who encourages cheering crowds at games and thrives in the limelight. But its namesake, the Bobcat (Lynx rufus), is quite the opposite....