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Pew Trusts: Many farmers struggle as hemp harvest winds down and marked suffer growing pains

By Sophie Quinton and April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts Ajit Singh strode across his 16-acre hemp field toward a broken-down harvester. He’d been hoping all day that the mechanic now crouched beside the machine could get it back up and running. It was late October and Singh still had thousands of stinky green and purple cannabis plants across 425 acres to pick, dry and sell before winter. Like...

Governor-Elect Andy Beshear unveils transition website; you can apply for a place in administration

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Governor-elect Andy Beshear unveiled a website for his gubernatorial transition on Tuesday. Governor-Elect Andy Beshear The website is besheartransitionky.com and Beshear said the initial site provides Kentuckians with a way to connect with the transition team and apply to work in the administration. As the transition progresses, the site will be updated. “I am honored...

It got colder — and white, wet stuff fell from the sky — our first snowfall of the season; drive with caution

Kentucky got its first measurable snowfall of the season Monday night into this morning and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is treating roads as necessary. While most of the state is expected to see and inch or less accumulation, some parts could see two inches, especially in the southwest, north and east. Most of Kentucky is under a winter weather advisory for this snow event. Since the system...

Drought is officially over in all 120 Kentucky counties; recent rains eliminated deficits

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Office of the State Climatologist, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, have removed drought declarations for all 120 counties in the Commonwealth. Recent rains have eliminated precipitation deficits and improved stream flows and soil moisture levels. Precipitation events since Oct. 3, when the statewide Level 1 and Level 2...

Beshear team moving ahead on transition plans — by the book; inauguration day is December 10

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While the voting results in the November General Election for Governor await the outcome of a recanvass request made by incumbent Republican Matt Bevin and certification by the State Board of Elections, work of the transition team for presumptive Democratic Governor-Elect Andy Beshear continues at the State Capitol. 

On Wednesday, Beshear, currently Kentucky’s attorney...

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife debuts crime-fighting app; get it at iTunes App Store, Google Play Store

Need to report suspected illegal activity related to fish, wildlife or boating to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources? Now, there’s an app for that. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has partnered with tip411 to offer the public a way to submit anonymous tips using the new KFWLaw smartphone app or by text message and the web. Similar technology has helped reduce crime in communities...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Cast iron cookware used by generations of Kentucky’s cooks

Venerable cast iron cookware has a place in the hearts of generations of Kentucky cooks who love to prepare traditional meals for family and friends. On a campout, there’s nothing quite like a breakfast of thick-sliced hardwood smoked bacon or country sausage, fried up with eggs in a cast iron skillet over an open fire. A cast iron dutch oven (Photo from Lodge) At home on the weekend, coming in...

Commerce Lexington delegation visiting Northern Kentucky for two days to listen, learn about region

Commerce Lexington Inc. revived a long-ago tradition in 2009 of visiting other regions of Kentucky with the idea of listening and learning from business leaders and elected officials in other communities. This year’s Kentucky Regional Tour, presented by UK HealthCare, will find their members touring and learning about Northern Kentucky. During the two-day visit, more than 50 business, community,...

Democrat Andy Beshear takes governor’s office; Republicans win all down-ticket constitutional offices

Kentucky Today and Staff Report Republicans took all constitutional offices Tuesday, but Democrats took the prize — the Governor’s race. Democrats Andy Besher and Jacqueline Coleman won the Governor/Lt. Governor race with 711,995 votes to Republicans Matt Bevin and Ralph Alvardo’s 707,297 votes and Libertarians John Hicks and Ann Cormican’s 28,475 votes. “I will be a governor...

Go Vote, NKyians! Check these helpful tips so you are ready to make your choices; remind your friends . . .

It’s Election Day and the polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Leave no one behind. “Being prepared before going to the polls helps make Election Day run smoothly for everyone. This is an important election with races at every level and a long ballot, so I encourage Kentucky voters to take note of these helpful tips,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official. • DO...

Kentucky’s distilled spirits industry tops 9 million total barrels for first time in modern history

Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry set two modern era records last year by filling more than 2.1 million barrels of Bourbon and aging 9.1 million total barrels of spirits, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association has announced. That’s the highest inventory in the 52 years that barrel inventory records have been kept at the KDA, a nonprofit trade group. It’s also the first...

Young drivers: What you should know when your teen wants to drive; setting rules to keep them safe

More than 60% of teens on the road today got their driver’s license before the age of 18, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. That’s an 11% increase since 2012. The good news? Unlike their 18-year-old peers, these younger teens are subject to graduated driver licensing (GDL) programs that help them to gradually learn the rules of the road under less risky conditions. AAA...

Secretary of State issues dire General Election turnout prediction (31%), urges Kyians to go vote

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is predicting approximately 31 percent of the 3,451,537 million people registered to vote in Kentucky will turn out on Election Day next week. “Based on current absentee voting, I believe turnout will be at or above the 2015 General Election,” said Grimes. “It’s simply not OK that only a small portion of Kentuckians will possibly elect...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky Wild program supports endangered, threatened non-game wildlife

The Kentucky Wild program, launched during the summer of 2018 by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR), directly supports non-game wildlife facing threats in our state. Many wildlife species that we take for granted like have experienced long term population declines in recent decades, most notably songbirds, bats and amphibians. Proceeds from membership in the program are...

U.S. Department of Agriculture rolls out proposed hemp regulations mandated by Farm Bill

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday issued its proposed regulations on hemp production as mandated by the 2018 Farm Bill. The USDA established the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program through an interim final rule, which outlines provisions for federal agriculture officials to approve plans submitted by states for the domestic production of hemp. Kentucky was...