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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...

Pew Trusts: Farmers have high rates of suicide, need mental health services; telehealth may be a solution

By April Simpson Pew Trust Stateline On most days, therapist Becky Kopp-Dunham counsels farmers and other clients across 10 North Dakota towns from her home office on a crop and cattle farm in Morehead, Minnesota.  With a reliable internet connection and videoconferencing service, Kopp-Dunham can inform and treat patients in rural and remote places. “I’m a hands-on therapist, so I do a lot of...

National Band & Tag wins one of World Trade Center KY’s awards for excellence in international trade

National Band & Tag of Newport was one of four winners of The World Trade Center Kentucky (WTC-KY) 2019 Martha Layne Collins Awards for Excellence in International Trade. WTC-KY has celebrated 27 years of honoring Kentucky companies for the Governor’s Award. Named after the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s 56th Governor, this annual award is given to companies who were chosen for their accomplishments...

Wintry mix of rain, sleet, snow may create dangerous driving conditions into Monday’s commute; be ready

A wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow may create dangerous driving conditions overnight into Monday morning’s commute. AAA offers these winter weather driving tips.   “Monday’s are typically busy days at The AAA Roadside Rescue Team Headquarters,” said Jenifer Moore, AAA spokeswoman. “We expect to have an even busier day tomorrow, and our team members are gearing up for the wintry conditions.” Hazardous...

Matt Bevin responds with tweetstorm with defense of his controversial pardons, 400 coming after defeat

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Former Gov. Matt Bevin responded to a swirl of controversy over his pardons and commutations he signed on Monday with a tweetstorm on Friday. It was his first public statements. 
In a string of 20 tweets on Friday night, Bevin defended his decisions, saying America was built on “support for redemption and second chances.” Matt BevinBevin pardoned and/or commuted...

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell files papers with Secretary of State to run for seventh term

Kentucky Today U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell filed his papers at the Secretary of State’s office in Frankfort on Friday to seek a seventh term in office. Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron, a former staffer in McConnell’s office, and State Treasurer Allison Ball, who won re-election to a second term in November, signed the candidacy papers. Sen. Mitch McConnell files papers with Mary Sue Helm,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Northern Flicker a frequent winter visitor to Kentucky’s backyard bird feeders

As the first day of winter approaches, and we get hard freezes and our first snows, homeowners begin feeding songbirds at backyard feeders. Maybe the holiday spirit of sharing with those less fortunate has something to do with the timing. Cold, ice and snow, which become more frequent around Christmas, means hard times are ahead for our feathered friends. Food becomes a priority just to maintain body...

UK accepts $20 million gift from Cincinnati lawyer and will name J. David Rosenberg College of Law

Rosenberg and his wife Diane have pledged $20m to the UK College of LawThe University of Kentucky Board of Trustees voted to accept the gift commitment of $20 million from J. David Rosenberg and to officially rename the College of Law as the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law. Rosenberg and his wife, Dianne, have pledged $20 million to fund an endowment and non-endowed gift...

UK’s trustees approve demolition of Kirwan-Blanding Residence complex, to add new student living space

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky UK Board of Trustees have approved a funding proposal to demolish the Kirwan-Blanding Residence Hall Complex and Dining Commons as part of a plan to construct new student living space, add new green space and preserve a majestic tree allée that underscores UK’s commitment to the natural environment. “The proposed transformation of...

Kevin Porter, founder and chef at Coach and Four, The Boot, dies at age 63 in Lexington hospital

By Tom Ferguson Special to NKyTribune Kevin Porter, one of the founders and the chef of The Coach and Four and The Boot Italian restaurants in Covington Ky., died on November 29, 2019 at The Albert B. Chandler Hospital, in Lexington. He was 63. Kevin was born in Princeton, Indiana on August 14, 1956 and was raised all over the country: Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Kentucky. As...

State budget director reports General Fund receipts rose 7.6 percent in November compared to 2108

State Budget Director John Chilton has reported that General Fund receipts rose 7.6 percent in November compared to last year. Total revenues for the month were $1,046.1 million, compared to $972.6 million during November 2018, an increase of $73.5 million. Receipts have now risen 4.4 percent for the first five months of the fiscal year, and can decrease 1.9 percent over the final seven months of FY20...