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U.S. Sen. McConnell and Commissioner Quarles host USDA officials at Kentucky hemp forum in Louisville

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said hemp has a long and proud history in Kentucky and he envisions a bright future for it while addressing a forum Monday at the Kentucky Exposition Center. McConnell and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles were hosts for the hemp forum. They invited U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Marketing...

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week today through 14th with more than 50 restaurants participating

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week once again brings an exclusive, local dining experience to the Greater Cincinnati area. For a limited time, a collection of Tri-State restaurants will offer $26 and $36 chef-prepared three-course prix fixe menus. New this year, $1 from every meal will go directly back to Cincinnati Children’s. Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week officially begins today and runs...

National Work Zone Awareness Week: Pay attention, respect flaggers, slow down in active work zones

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is asking drivers to slow down and drive without distractions in active work zones during National Work Zone Awareness Week from April 8-12. 
Road construction season kicks off this month in Kentucky, so drivers can expect to see a work zone during their daily commute or summer travels. Although highway work zones are high-risk sites for crew members, the safety...

Inaugural Eat & Run 5K to join Taste of Cincinnati 2019 menu of events on Memorial Day weekend

Taste of Cincinnati, the nation’s longest running free culinary arts festival, is adding the Eat & Run 5K to its menu, Sunday, May 26, at 10 a.m. The start and finish line for the inaugural run and walk will be at Sentinel and Culvert streets in downtown Cincinnati “As the Taste of Cincinnati festival continues to evolve and innovate through food, drinks and entertainment, we’re proud to...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky’s spring wild turkey season opens April 6 with youth-only weekend

A wet March, combined with the extended forecast of seasonal to above-normal temperatures in April, is a good reason to be optimistic. Kentucky’s 2019 spring wild turkey season starts tomorrow, with the opening of the youth-only season, the weekend of April 6-7. The 23-day general statewide season begins the following Saturday, April 13, and runs through Sunday, May 5. Seasonal weather is good for...

Three state Cabinets join forces with Johnson Controls for training re-entry for prison inmates

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Officials with three Kentucky Cabinets are joining forces with a multi-national corporation to launch a training and re-entry program for Kentucky inmates. 
Education and Workforce Development, Labor, and Justice and Public Safety Cabinet officials along with leadership from Barren County, the Kentucky Department of Corrections and representatives of Johnson Controls will...

General Assembly wrap-up: bills that became law, bills that didn’t, bills awaiting Governor’s signature

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The General Assembly wrapped up on March 28 sending 10 bills to Gov. Matt Bevin, who still has about a week to decide if he will sign, veto or allow them to become law without his signature. 
Among the bills already signed into law are four pro-life measures. 
- Senate Bill 50 mandates that any time an abortion-inducing drug is dispensed, a report must be made to the...

Changes to SNAP program leave thousand of Kentuckians struggling with food access

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Thousands of Kentuckians classified as able-bodied adults without dependents are losing Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP benefits, according to a new report. Researchers at the Urban Institute found at least 13,122 Kentuckians lost food assistance between January 2017 and September 2018, after the state put back into place a rule limiting SNAP...

After farm bill legalizing hemp, acreage triples as tobacco sales decline; 1000 farmers approved

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed to get the hemp legalization provision in the 2018 farm bill. In 2019, Kentucky is set to see acreage more than triple as tobacco sales decline.   “Industrial hemp is promising and is the fastest area of growth in Kentucky agriculture,” Ryan Quarles, Kentucky commissioner of agriculture, told CNBC in an interview. “We don’t...

KY Distillers’ Association designates Bardstown as “Official Gateway to Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour”

Known as the Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown is the newest Official Gateway sponsor to the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced today. With its robust mix of iconic brand destinations and smaller craft distilleries, Bardstown is a bustling hub for thousands of Bourbon visitors looking to sample the Commonwealth’s signature spirit,...

General Assembly comes to close, passing over 200 bills including, school safety, no tobacco in schools

The General Assembly’s 2019 session came to a close Thursday evening, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved a school safety measure considered a signature issue of the session.   When the final gavel fell on this year’s 30-day session, the school safety measure had already been effective law for a couple of weeks. Because the measure contained an emergency clause, it took effect as...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Early spring chores important part of preparation for wild turkey, deer hunters

It’s that time of the year. Early spring is prime time to complete a number of important, annual chores on your farm, or hunting property, for the benefit of wild turkey and white-tailed deer. There are several reasons why now is the time to be out there, finishing wildlife management and habitat projects, scouting and getting re-familiarized with areas not visited that often. It’s a sure sign...

Kentucky forestry officials urge caution as wildfires increase; more than 189 forest fires since March 1

Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) officials are urging caution after the spring forest fire hazard season, which began Feb. 15, became more active up in the past three weeks. The KDF reports it has battled more than 189 forest fires, which have damaged more than 1,524 acres, since March 1. “I urge the citizens of the Commonwealth to be cautious when they decide to burn outdoors,” said KDF Fire...

Governor Bevin vetoes his first bill (on regulatory processes), used his line-item veto on a second one

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday vetoed his first bill passed by the 2019 General Assembly and has used his line-item veto power to modify a second. 
A bill sponsored by Rep. Ken Upchurch, R-Monticello, would extend the period of time for implementing administrative regulations, which are used by executive branch agencies to implement laws passed by the General Assembly or...

NASCAR releases 2020 Cup schedule; new locale for Championship Race; KY Speedway keeps July date

A champion crowned in the desert. The Last Great Colosseum becomes a postseason factor. A tricky doubleheader. The birthplace of NASCAR bookends the regular season. NASCAR today announced significant, dynamic changes to the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, with intriguing shifts during both the regular season and the Playoffs. Most notably next season, NASCAR’s championship will transition from...