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U.S. Customs in Louisville seeing big increase in prohibited shipments of threatening plants and seeds

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists in Louisville have been busy this spring, seeing a large increase in prohibited shipments that could cause a threat to farming communities. 
According to the CBP, one of the most common items seized are live plants and seeds for planting. Most of the shipments come from China and are prohibited under the Plant...

There are many reasons for vaccine hesitancy; medical, public health experts address concerns

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News In a society that gives out trophies for participation, it’s only natural that the U.S. is celebrating that about a third of its population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and 43% have received at least one dose of a vaccine. But hold those trophies, public health officials might say, because we have a ways to go before we reach herd immunity...

League of Women Voters to hold statewide virtual town hall and call to action on redistricting May 5

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky will hold its People Powered Fair Maps Town Hall and Call to Action, online, Wednesday, May 5 from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. Eastern in conjunction with the LWV US People Powered Day of Action on redistricting. The public is invited and encouraged to attend to learn more about Kentucky’s upcoming redistricting process and how to take action to make sure the people’s...

Food and Drug Administration moves to ban menthol and flavored cigarettes, cigars within one year

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced it will begin the process of banning menthol cigarettes and all flavored cigars within the next year. “Banning menthol — the last allowable flavor — in cigarettes and banning all flavors in cigars will help save lives, particularly among those disproportionately affected by these deadly products. With these actions, the FDA will...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Barren River Lake offers excellent crappie and catfish populations

Editor’s Note: This is the 19th article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Barren River Lake is located about ten miles Southwest of Glasgow. (Photo from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) Barren River Lake is about 10 miles southwest of Glasgow, KY, in Barren, Monroe, and Allen Counties. The lake was impounded from the Barren River, a 135-mile long tributary to the Green River....

U.S. Department of Homeland Security delays full enforcement of REAL ID requirement for 19 months

Kentucky and other states have been advised by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that full enforcement of the REAL ID Act is being extended by 19 months. The extension will give license issuance agencies time to recover operating capacity that was restricted to abide by health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new enforcement date is May 3, 2023. Before the announced extension, the...

Undefeated Essential Quality headlines field of 20 for Saturday’s 147th running of Kentucky Derby

By Liane Crossley Special to NKyTribune Essential Quality, unbeaten in five career starts, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 147th running of the $3-million Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Twenty Thoroughbreds have been entered in the 1 1/4-mile race for three-year-olds with a post time of 6:57 p.m. ET. NBC television coverage begins at 2:30 with pre-race broadcasting...

It’s National Work Zone Awareness Week — keep drivers, workers safe; ‘Glow Orange’ on Wednesday

It’s a sure sign of spring. The pinks, whites, greens and purples of flowering trees and shrubs along Kentucky’s roadways will increasingly be complemented by the bright orange and yellow barrels, cones and “high-vis” vests and helmets of highway construction and maintenance crews, working to repair and enhance Kentucky’s roads, highways, landscapes and utilities. The Kentucky Transportation...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky volleyball’s national championship worth the wait for Wildcats

The University of Kentucky needed a breakthrough and the volleyball team delivered. For more than a year, the school has navigated through an ongoing pandemic, which created months of uncertainty and hardship on the players and staff. Those tense moments resulted in some untraditional methods, such as COVID-19 protocols on a weekly basis and dealing with schedule changes. Volleyball, which is traditionally...

Ky. had third-highest percentage rise in overdose deaths in 2020; spike followed start of pandemic

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky rose 50 percent in 2020, the third-highest rate of increase in the nation, according to new federal data. Only Washington, D.C., and Louisiana had greater increases than Kentucky: 61% and 54% respectively, from October 2019 through September 2020. The preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows...

Gov. Beshear announces $23 million committed for highway safety near schools in 44 counties

Gov. Andy Beshear announced plans to invest $23 million to improve highway safety near public schools, protecting students, educators and families. He charged the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet with prioritizing and targeting safety projects near school sites using state funding allocated in the 2020 Highway Plan. Nearly 70 safety improvement projects in 44 counties across the state are included in...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: In Rough River Lake, hybrid striped bass, catfish and crappie abound

Editor’s Note: This is the 18th article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Rough River Lake is in west-central Kentucky, about 16 miles northwest of Leitchfield, KY in Breckinridge, Hardin, and Grayson Counties. Construction began in November 1955 and the lake was completed in June 1961. The dam is 89.3 miles above the Rough River’s confluence with the Green River, and...

Vaccine hesitancy hovers over efforts to get to herd immunity across Kentucky, Ohio Valley region

By Liam Niemeyer, Corinne Boyer and Suhail Bhat Ohio Valley ReSource Phyllis Gibbs wasn’t sure until recently that she’d be here, just a few moments away from receiving a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. “Do you feel sick today?” “Nope,” Gibbs said to the receptionist. “And you give consent for Pfizer to give you a shot today, correct?” “Absolutely.” Gibbs then walked over to one of...

Beshear reports 609 new COVID cases, 7 deaths, 3.44% positivity; says 1,672,364 Kyians vaccinated

Gov. Andy Beshear said at least 1,672,364* Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. He also reported 609 new COVID-19 cases and a 3.44% positivity rate. “As our case numbers seem to be plateauing, it’s more important than ever for us to make sure our vaccination numbers are rising consistently,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s meet our 2.5 million vaccine Team...

Governor, First Lady join 2021 Derby Festival Royal Court for unveiling of 147th Kentucky Derby poster

Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear joined the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Derby Festival and the 2021 Derby Festival Royal Court for the official unveiling of the 2021 Governor’s Derby Celebration Poster. “The Kentucky Derby will have some fans in-person this year. This is what is possible through our successful rollout of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines....