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UK Board of Trustees approves three-year contract extension for President Eli Capilouto

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has approved a three-year extension of President Eli Capilouto’s contract, which continues his term to 2023-24. 
“The past nine years have been a period of remarkable and unprecedented growth and accomplishment for the University of Kentucky. The leadership of Eli Capilouto has been integral to that progress and, we believe, to our future,” said...

Federal indictments returned against seven from civil unrest in Louisville, more expected

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Federal indictments have been returned against more than a half-dozen people, stemming from civil unrest in Louisville between June 1-4, according to Russell Coleman, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. 
The charges in the series of indictments of the seven men include pharmacy robberies, a carjacking and convicted felons in possession of firearms. Most...

Hundreds stand in line for hours this week to get resolutions to unemployment insurance claims

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Hundreds of Kentuckians stood in line for hours on successive days this week trying to resolve unemployment insurance claims at the state Capitol. 
According to figures released earlier this week by Gov. Andy Beshear, more than 52,000 had their cases held up for one reason or another from March, April and May. Although more than 1,100 had their claims resolved on Tuesday...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Saugeye fishery has blossomed in Ky., providing a bonanza for anglers

What started out as experimental stockings in 2013 has blossomed into a bonafide fishery management success story for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR), and a bonanza for anglers. The Saugeye has found a home in Kentucky. This hybrid thrives in fertile waters where shad are present, adapts well to lake environments, and tolerates turbidity and warm water better than walleyes. A...

A second day on Wednesday of waiting in a long, winding unemployment line at the state Capitol

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today For the second day in a row, hundreds of people who have unresolved issues with their unemployment stood in line for hours yesterday at the state Capitol campus in the hopes of having their claims adjudicated. 
One of them who drove the furthest was Lakin Workman from Flatwoods, who says she drove nearly 2 ½ hours to the Capitol Education Center, where she stood outside...

Marta Miranda-Straub named DCBS Commissioner; spent past 40 years as social worker, activist

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander has announced Marta Miranda-Straub as the new Commissioner of the Cabinet’s Department for Community Based Services. Miranda-Straub will begin her appointment on July 1. Gov. Andy Beshear said Miranda-Straub’s 40 years of experience in organizational and clinical social work practice and her passion to serve are just part...

Gasoline demand steadily increasing as pump prices climb, but costs remain mostly steady in Kentucky

Just like Americans across the country, Kentuckians are filling up at the pump more and more. Despite the increased demand, the Bluegrass saw only modest increases in the average gas price during the past week. That’s not been the story everywhere, however. The slow, but steady, rise in demand has pushed the national pump price more expensive by 13 percent since mid-May. Today’s national average...

Kentucky Downs’ live meet in September to include $12 million in purses, 16 stakes over six days

With the addition of a sixth day of racing, Kentucky Downs’ 2020 live meet in September will offer about $12 million in purses, including 16 stakes. Non-stakes purses were reduced in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown but remain the highest in North America. The elite all-turf RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs runs Sept. 7, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 16. The stakes, including five with Grade 3 status, total...

Kentucky State Trooper Bartley Weaver IV participates in NBC’s ‘The Titan Games’

By Summer Crick Special to NKyTribune It’s safe to say that Bartley Weaver IV, a state trooper with the Kentucky State Police and graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College, is a man of many talents. Weaver, who came to Kentucky Wesleyan to major in criminal justice and play football, began working out with his dad at the age of 12. Eighteen years later, he’s never taken a full week off from training...

Georgetown College football player using his feet to raise money, combat racial discrimination and hunger

Time and a passion can be a beautiful combination. Georgetown College football player Branden Leff is discovering this. The junior wingback has tallied most of his yards for the Tigers on out routes for five catches and 60 yards. In July he wants to go the distance – hopefully 13.1 miles or more. Leff started a GoFundMe – Run for a Change – and will run a mile for every 80 dollars donated to...

Daily Yonder: In historic First, protests spread to more than 3,000 towns across United States

By John W. Miller The Daily Yonder As one of the only black kids growing up in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (pop. 5,800), 21-year-old Chris Dyson kept a low profile. But when he saw protests over the murder of George Floyd sweep through American cities this month, he decided it was time to step up. He got on Snapchat and announced he was leading a protest in the western Pennsylvania town against police...

Kentucky Bourbon Festival moves annual celebration to Oct. 15-18 in response to COVID-19

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, America’s premier celebration of the nation’s native spirit, announced Wednesday it will delay this year’s event due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and will host the festival one month later, from Oct. 15-18. The decision comes after thorough evaluation and consideration by Festival leadership, its Board of Directors and partner distilleries. KBF President and...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A ‘big-time brawler,’ the Muskellunge is Kentucky’s top predator fish

The Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) is king of Kentucky’s major lakes and the streams they were impounded from, a voracious predator and big-time brawler on even the heaviest fishing tackle. The subspecies Esox masquinongy ohioenis, the Ohio Muskellunge, is native to Kentucky and the Ohio River valley. Muskies are members of family Esocidae, which includes pikes and pickerels. Pollution, siltation...

State Budget Director reports General Fund receipts in May down 8.1 percent compared to last year

State Budget Director John Hicks has reported that May’s General Fund receipts fell 8.1 percent compared to May of last year, a decrease of $69.0 million. Total revenues for the month were $781.0 million, compared to $850.0 million during May 2019. Receipts have now fallen 1.8 percent for the first 11 months of FY20. The revised official estimate for FY20 rendered by the Consensus Forecasting Group...

NKY’s Kimberly Moser named co-chair of the Interim Joint Committee on Health, Welfare, Family Services

Representative Kimberly Moser of Taylor Mill has been selected to serve as the co-chair of the Interim Joint Committee on Health, Welfare, and Family Services during the 2020 legislative interim. The interim committees are composed of both House and Senate members and are tasked with discussing and studying issues, as well as drafting bills for prefiling for the 2021 Regular Session. Rep. Kimberly...