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Kentucky’s on-again, off-again Real ID licenses are off again; local clerks can’t handle the extra workload

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The on-again, off-again rollout of Kentucky’s new driver’s licenses to meet federal standards of the federal government’s Real ID program is on hold again.

 An oft-delayed pilot program for the new licenses, known as Voluntary Travel IDs, finally began this summer in Franklin and Woodford counties, following months of delays. But the circuit court clerks responsible...

PSC allows more time for net metering comments, public hearing postponed to November 13

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has extended the time for comments on the implementation of a recent law that will change the way in which Kentucky electric utility customers receive credit for electricity they generate from solar panels and other renewable sources. In a recently issued order, the PSC granted a request by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth to allow more time for comments...

New state ‘Hope and Help’ website continues momentum in combating the opioid epidemic

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced a new statewide public awareness effort to continue the Commonwealth’s historic momentum in combating the opioid epidemic. The Governor’s Office, in collaboration with the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet’s (JPSC) Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP), is launching the “Hope and Help” initiative to provide vital resources to individuals...

AAA: True cost of annual vehicle ownership rises to $9,282; spike in finance costs drives increase

It’s going to cost more for those looking to buy a new car this year. Finance costs on new car purchases have jumped 24 percent in 2019, according to new AAA research, pushing the average annual cost of vehicle ownership to $9,282, or $773.50 a month. That’s an overall annual increase of $433 – or nearly 5 percent – from last year. This is the highest cost associated with new vehicle ownership...

UK has record number of first-year students; greater diversity, higher quality, more preparedness

The University of Kentucky has a record number of first-year students, greater diversity and more quality and preparedness of students, the Board of Trustees was told on Friday. UK says the record first-year class of 5,396, represents 319 more students than last year and underscores their commitment to educate more Kentuckians and other young people. President Eli Capilouto told the board they are...

Boyd County one of 13 counties nationwide added to federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today   A Kentucky county is one of only 13 nationwide to receive new High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.   Boyd County is a participant of the federal program that provides law enforcement agencies in designated counties with coordination, equipment, technology and additional resources to combat drug production and trafficking.   An overwhelming number of drug-related...

Commissioner Quarles Proclaims Sept. 15-21 as Farm Safety and Health Week in Kentucky

Ryan Quarles has proclaimed the week of Sept. 15-21 as Farm Safety and Health Week in Kentucky to encourage farmers and farm workers to put safety first at all times. Quarles “Farmers face all sorts of risks in the course of their work – machinery accidents, chemical exposure, unruly livestock, grain bin entrapment, severe weather, and many others,” Commissioner Quarles said. “In Kentucky,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Belted Kingfisher is a sure sign of good fishing for stream anglers

The Belted Kinkfisher (Photo by Brian Kushner, Audubon Society) The Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) is a good luck charm for anglers, most often observed along wooded streams. When you see one of these distinctive birds perched on a snag, or flying overhead, it’s a sure sign the fishing must be good. That’s because this water bird, easily identified by its slate blue and white plumage, and...

Historic Perry County ‘Mother Goose’ house honking again, to open in October as bed and breakfast

Mother Goose house historical photo with gas pumps (Photo provided) By Ron Daley Special to NKyTribune It all began with Ollie Stacy cooking a goose for Thanksgiving in 1935 in the outskirts of Hazard. Ollie peeled off the meat and laid the skeleton on the table where her husband George was having his coffee. George, an L and N Railroad employee, who was always coming up with interesting thoughts,...

ArtsWave to produce new book to honor women who helped shape Greater Cincinnati’s arts and culture

ArtsWave, the region’s lead fundraiser and engine for the arts, announced at a leadership donor event Monday, that it is producing a unique book, “Imagineers, Impresarios, Inventors: Cincinnati’s Arts and the POWER OF HER,” celebrating women who have shaped Greater Cincinnati’s arts. Merchant The project is being led by Kathy Merchant, former President/CEO of Greater Cincinnati Foundation...

General Fund receipts up so far this fiscal year; road fund falls just slightly, says Budget Director Chilton

State Budget Director John Chilton has reported that General Fund receipts increased 3.6 percent in August compared to last year. Total revenues for the month were $787.2 million, compared to $759.9 million during August 2018. For the first two months of this fiscal year (FY20), General Fund receipts have increased 2.7 percent.   Chilton noted that the rate of growth of General Fund receipts has...

Prichard Committee poll shows 74% favor increased funding for quality child care, early education

A large majority of Kentuckians favor increased state funding for low-income, working families to provide quality childcare and preschool for their children, according to the second annual Education Poll of Kentucky. The poll, which was sponsored by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, found 74 percent of respondents said they would strongly or somewhat support such increased funding. The...

KentuckyWired, a long-delayed project to bring high-speed internet to KY, has opened two new sections

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today KentuckyWired, a project to bring high-speed internet to all parts of Kentucky that has been beset by delays and cost overruns, has opened two new sections, primarily serving southern and eastern Kentucky.

 Gov. Matt Bevin and Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, made the announcement on Friday at the SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) Summit in Pikeville...

Keeneland’s 79th September Yearling Sale kicks off Sept. 9 featuring 4,644 yearlings over 13 sessions

Keeneland’s 76th September Yearling Sale begins Monday, Sept. 9, with the first of three sessions in the Book 1. Owners and trainers and other members of the industry from around the globe will attend the auction, which has cataloged a total of 4,644 yearlings over 13 sessions through Sunday, Sept. 22. “Buyers from around the world know breeders and consignors offer the cream of the North American...

Sunday at the Brickyard last chance for NASCAR Monster Energy Series drivers to make playoffs

There have been 25 race trophies awarded this season – 25 opportunities to lock in a Playoff berth – but for the four drivers on the bubble, the last two Playoff positions will depend on their outing in Sunday’s Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Veteran Clint Bowyer in 15th holds an eight-point edge on Stewart-Haas Racing teammate...