A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

KYTC unveils new license design; identity credentials and issuance system designed to improve security

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet unveiled the design of the 2019 driver’s licenses, permits and personal IDs and walked through the evolution of credentials at an event at the Louisville International Airport. Sample image of the new standard driver’s license (images provided by the Kentucky Department of Transportation). Kentucky’s new issuance system and updated identity credentials, known...

Time running out to apply for quota hunts from Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Apply for deer, waterfowl, pheasant and sandhill crane quota hunts offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at state wildlife management areas and other public lands now through the end of September. Deer hunts offered include a shotgun-only, youth-mentor hunt at the West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Dec. 15-18. Several Kentucky state parks will host deer quota hunts...

65 kids a day are abused, neglected in KY; officials urge safe sleep practices, caregiver caution

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News FRANKFORT, Ky. – When it comes to keeping babies safe, three of the most important things are safe sleep practices, recognizing that bruising in non-mobile infants is not normal, and choosing an appropriate caregiver. So said members of the state’s Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel, who told legislators at a joint health committee...

USDA launching new anti-vaping campaign aimed at an epidemic among teenagers, educate on the risks

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is launching a new anti-vaping campaign aimed at teens. The campaign, “The Real Cost,” will target nearly 10.7 million students through hard-hitting advertising on digital and social media sites that are popular among teens, like YouTube and Instagram, and by placing ads at least 10,000 high-school bathrooms. The...

Kentucky high school students post dual credit gains — KCTCS is up 47% over three years

High school students taking dual credit courses and the number of credits they are earning is on a sharp rise in Kentucky, according to a report presented today at the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) meeting. Statewide, nearly 35,000 high school students participated in dual credit courses through a college or university during the 2017-18 academic year, up 45 percent since the 2015-16 year. Dual...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Some of the best fishing for smallmouth bass arrives with autumn, as waters cool

With the arrival of autumn, as water temperatures begin to decline because of cooler nights and shorter days, anglers turn their attention to smallmouth bass. The best fishing for this species of black bass is during the cool to cold weather months, when they tend to be shallower, and more active. One of four species of black bass found in Kentucky waters, the smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieui)...

Report on homeschooling shows enrollment is up and increasing at a faster rate than in nation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – A report on homeschooling in Kentucky was the topic during a meeting of the General Assembly’s Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee Tuesday. Report author Deborah Nelson, presenting for the Office of Education Accountability, told the panel that enrollment in homeschooling is increasing across the nation and at a faster rate...

110 beers available at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati; annual celebration takes place this weekend

NKyTribune staff Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Amazon and Samuel Adams and produced by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, will offer 110 varieties of beer. The annual event takes place this weekend, September 21-23, 2018 on Second and Third Streets, between Walnut and Elm Streets in downtown Cincinnati. More than 2,000 barrels of Beer are expected to be consumed at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2018....

Census data shows too many Kentuckians still struggling to afford basic necessities

The U.S. Census Bureau released new data showing continued progress in our economy overall but a relatively large share of Kentuckians still struggling to afford the basics, especially people of color, and a lack of progress for communities in eastern Kentucky. The data shows 17.2 percent of Kentuckians lived below the poverty line in 2017. The state’s poverty rate is an improvement from the 18.5...

Christine Luken releases second book, ‘Manage Money Like a Boss,’ aimed at creative entrepreneurs

Special to NKyTribune When Christine Luken began writing her second book Manage Money Like a Boss, her original target audience was anyone with a small business. But then she noticed something interesting. She observed that many of the creative entrepreneurs she knew – artists, musicians, photographers, and the like – had a strained push-pull relationship with money and success. They wanted...

‘Kentucky Can’: University of Kentucky launches largest campaign in history of state, $2.1 BILLION

The largest fundraising campaign in the history of the Commonwealth will create thousands of scholarships to expand access to education at the University of Kentucky and to dramatically accelerate UK’s efforts to solve the Commonwealth’s most challenging health and economic issues.   The $2.1 billion campaign – “Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign” – was announced Friday at a special...

Churchill Downs opens its new Derby City Gaming in L’ville, a $65m historical racing facility

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) is celebrating the grand opening of Derby City Gaming, a $65 million state-of-the-art historical racing machine (“HRM”) facility located at 4520 Poplar Level Road in Louisville, Kentucky state and local officials and members of the horse racing community joined the CDI team today to officially open the entertainment facility to the public...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Richard Taylor’s new book explores history, inhabitants of Elkhorn Creek

Richard Taylor, a professor of English and Kenan Visiting Writer at Transylvania University, explores the natural history, early inhabitants, and commerce along an eight-mile stretch of the main stem of the Bluegrass Region’s most esteemed waterway in his new book Elkhorn: Evolution of a Kentucky Landscape, published by University Press of Kentucky. Paul Sawyier (1865-1917) was an American impressionist...

Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy Jaime Morales critical after shooting at I-75 rest stop, fugitive killed

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Scott County sheriff’s deputy was in critical condition Wednesday following an officer-involved shooting late Tuesday night that left one suspect dead, the Kentucky State Police said. 
The sheriff’s deputies and Georgetown police officers were helping federal agents from the U.S. Marshals capture a fugitive from another state, the state police said. The incident...

Contract review committee puts state agencies on notice about retroactive approval of state contracts

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The co-chairman of the General Assembly’s government contract review committee put state agencies on notice that he doesn’t like having to approve contracts with a retroactive starting date. 
Sen. Steven Meredith, R-Leitchfield, said on Tuesday he felt many of the reasons to approve contracts already entered in to by the agencies for such things as outside legal counsel...