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Nominations are open for 2020 Kentucky Teacher Awards; application is here, due by Feb. 15

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., sponsors of the Kentucky Teacher Awards, have opened nominations for the 2020 Kentucky Teacher Awards. Nominations may be submitted electronically by visiting the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year website at kentuckytoy.com. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15. Any full-time public school teacher in the state with at least three years of...

Fort Campbell soldier among the three killed in Syria in suicide attack explosion on January 16

Kentucky Today A Fort Campbell soldier is one of three people who died this week in the Middle East while in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Department of Defense announced on Friday. 
The three soldiers killed were: 
- Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida. was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Fort Campbell,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Celebrating a memorable hunt in a special place as hunting season nears end

It is a long walk in the dark to the narrow fold of land hidden between two ridges. Across a rolling pasture, and down the grassy farm road that slopes to the woods edge. The stars are bright in the cloudless sky. There’s a hint of yellow on the horizon. I feel my way into the timber and shuffle downhill through the leaves. The woods are clear underfoot. Even in darkness, there is the feeling of...

Lawsuit refiled in federal court challenges re-approved work requirements to Medicaid

More than a dozen Kentuckians enrolled in Medicaid re-filed their lawsuit against the Trump administration, challenging its re-approval of work requirements and unreasonable premiums to Kentucky’s Medicaid program.  The lawsuit comes after the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in June 2018, Kentucky’s effort to add work requirements to the state’s Medicaid program...

New officers approved to Lead OKI Board; Knochelmann named president, Moore is first VP

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) Board of Directors approved the appointment of new officers to lead the transportation planning organization for 2019. “For many years, the OKI board has built an admirable reputation of trust and professionalism in serving the public,” said incoming OKI Board President, Judge Executive Kris Knochelmann.  “As transportation becomes...

Underground Railroad marker to be dedicated in Rising Sun, IN for family with Boone County roots

A public dedication ceremony for an Indiana state historical marker commemorating the Barkshire Family and their efforts to help freedom seekers along the Underground Railroad is scheduled for Friday, January 18. Deed of Manumission for Samuel Barkshire, Boone County Deeds, Book I, p. 28 (click to enlarge). The marker will be unveiled at 11:30 am at the corner of 4th and Poplar streets, in Rising Sun,...

Houdini, the I-65 goat, has new home at Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary; he will get rehab for broken leg

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (KT) – Houdini, perhaps the most famous goat in Kentucky history, has a new home. 
The large white goat, who was named Houdini because of his uncanny ability to avoid traffic and officials while wandering along a stretch of Interstate 65 for years, will spend his remaining days in Meade County. 
Houdini suffered a broken leg in a traffic mishap...

Don’t miss the Sandhill Cranes at Barren River Lake State Resort; join Nature Watch Weekend Jan. 23-27

Each year, thousands of Sandhill Cranes make Barren River Lake a stop on their journey back home.  Join Barren River Lake State Resort Park during its Nature Watch Weekend Jan. 23-27 to get up close to these beautiful cranes as they migrate through the area.   Participants can register for one of two trips. The morning sunrise trip takes guests to the roosting site before sunrise to experience the...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Winter is the best time to start wildlife management work on your hunting property

With hunting seasons winding down, now is the time to start habitat work on a property being managed for wildlife. Weather permitting, you’ll be finished, and ready for plantings in the late winter and early spring. Creating a good habitat for wildlife is an ongoing process of seasonal mowing, timber management, planting forage and allowing some areas to naturally regenerate. Habitat has to be maintained...

State fishing, hunting and trapping licenses are on sale now — here are this year’s fees

Licenses and permits to fish, hunt and trap in Kentucky in the coming license year are on sale now. The 2019-2020 license year starts March 1. License and permit fees for Kentucky residents for the 2019-2020 license year are unchanged from the 2018-19 license year. Prices on some options for non-residents have changed and include: · Annual fishing license, $55 · One-day fishing license, $15 ·...

Democrat Edelen to run for governor; Republican legislator Robert Goforth to challenge Bevin

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Former State Auditor Adam Edelen made official his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor on Monday and two Republicans are planning a run for the nomination against Gov. Matt Bevin. 
Standing with his wife and family, Edelen said he hoped to usher in a new era of leadership and innovation and an administration committed to rebuilding the economic, physical and...

Transportation Cabinet will roll out state’s new Confident Kentucky identity credentials this spring

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has announced the anticipated rollout of the state’s new identity credentials, slated to become available gradually in counties beginning in March 2019 through spring. The Cabinet is spearheading the Confident Kentucky initiative to offer two new license, permit and personal ID card versions applicants can choose from the next time they are due to renew...

Pension reform takes center stage as lawmakers prepare to roll up sleeves for legislative session

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State lawmakers return to work Tuesday with a lot of their plate – foremost being pension reform – during the 30-day session. The Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously struck down public pension reform legislation passed by the 2018 General Assembly, saying lawmakers violated state law in the process used to approve the bill. General Assembly House Speaker Pro Tem Davis...

Another strong year for thoroughbred wagering; handle, purses up more than 3 percent over 2017

NKyTribune staff Equibase Company, LLC has released the thoroughbred racing economic indicators for 2018 and the news is pretty good. The statistics indicate the resurgence wagering on horse races has experienced in recent years continues. For the fourth consecutive year, total wagering on U.S. races increased year-over-year and topped $11 billion for the first time since 2010. The bump occurred despite...

Local government agencies get grants to preserve local records, including Kenton county clerk’s office

The Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet announces the recipients of the Local Records Grant Program funds to preserve and manage local government records. The Local Records Program helps to preserve, protect and make available records with continuing archival value and assist local agencies with records management through direct...