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Art Lander’s Outdoors: The American Alligator, an iconic native species, thrives in the South’s wetlands

The American Alligator is known throughout the world as an iconic North American wildlife species (Photo from Wikipedia Commons) The American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is known throughout the world as an iconic native wildlife species of North America, immortalized in country music and popular culture. “Polk salad Annie, gators got your granny,” is a lyric from a 2006 song by Tony...

How about this weather? Heat, drought, burn bans . . . maybe some rain (finally) on Sunday for NKY?

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While nearly 110 of Kentucky’s 120 counties already have burn bans in effect due to drought conditions, Tuesday also marked the start of the fall wildfire hazard season. 
“These restrictions are in effect every fall (Oct. 1 – Dec. 15) and spring (Feb. 15 – April 30) Wildfire Hazard Season to help prevent wildfires under normal conditions,” said James Wright,...

Fair warning: Kentucky State Police Post 6 provides Traffic Safety Checkpoint locations for October

The Kentucky State Police Post 6, Dry Ridge, will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints throughout the post district. These checkpoints will be set up at designated areas on highways where statistics have shown an elevated number of vehicle crashes.  During the checkpoints officers will be enforcing laws related to Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol, Licensing...

Walton’s Lee Atwood played role in Apollo program; ‘Apollo 11: First Steps Edition’ at Cinci Museum

The recent opening of the Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission exhibit at Cincinnati Museum Center brings a connection to Northern Kentuckian John Leland Atwood, who had a major role in the first lunar landing. John Leland “Lee” Atwood, a native of Walton in Boone County, was President of North American Aviation when the corporation secured several contracts from NASA for the Apollo program. Walton’s...

Casey Foundation report shows 16 percent of KY’s children are growing up in concentrated poverty

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The economy may have bounced back from the Great Recession, but that hasn’t helped the 163,000 Kentucky children living in concentrated poverty, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Patricia Tennen, chief operating officer of Kentucky Youth Advocates, says stagnant wages, rising housing costs and lack of job opportunities for parents,...

CHFS holds Kentucky Fatherhood Summit; Bevin says fathers’ presence in children’s lives matters

Governor Matt Bevin ojoined the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) for the Kentucky Fatherhood Summit. The summit explored the best methods of outreach to fathers for the purpose of leveraging their individual experiences and abilities for the betterment of children, families, communities and the Commonwealth. “There is an undeniable correlation between the presence of fathers in the lives...

Lottery sales maintaining last year’s record pace; best-selling scratch-off is Wheel of Fortune

The Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors reviewed year-to-date sales for the current fiscal year. Overall sales from July through August were $170.3 million. This is 0.6% ($970,000) more than the same period last year. Scratch-off ticket sales totaled $102.3 million, up 2.6% ($2.6 million). Top draw game performers were Pick 3 with sales of $25 million, up 1.8% ($446,000) as well as...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Instances of drought have a significant impact on wildlife and landscape

Drought, even a moderate drought, has an immediate, noticeable impact on the landscape. It’s officially autumn, but you wouldn’t know by the weather forecast. In central Kentucky daytime, high temperatures have averaged about 10 degrees above normal in recents weeks. On September 23, a rain “event” of 0.02 inches was reported at the Louisville International Airport weather station, ending a...

Algal bloom recreational public health advisory issued, blooms found at locations on the Ohio River

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) have issued a harmful algal bloom (HAB) recreational public health advisory for the Ohio River from the McAlpine Dam near Louisville to the Greenup Dam near Greenup, KY.  An advisory is also being issued for Briggs Lake near Russellville. A HAB recreational public health advisory means algal toxins have been...

GoVoteKy.com, the state’s first online voter registration system, gets 1.2 million visitors

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday that more than 1.2 million Kentuckians visited GoVoteKY.com, the Commonwealth’s first-ever online voter registration system. Of those visitors, over 200,000 have updated their registration with 79,448 registering to vote for the first time.   “Yesterday, on National Voter Registration Day, over 5,000 Kentuckians updated their...

Energy and Environment Cabinet recognizes state environmental award winners at annual conference

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet recently recognized a number of individuals and organizations for making positive contributions to Kentucky’s environment. Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely presented the environmental awards during a luncheon ceremony at the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment in Lexington. Conference sessions during the all-day event included...

GEAR UP Kentucky to kick off at EKU; CPE to administer program that includes Covington schools

On Wednesday, Sept. 25, approximately 400 7th-12th-graders from Bourbon County and Paris Independent schools will converge in Brock Auditorium at Eastern Kentucky University to celebrate the official statewide launch of GEAR UP Kentucky. GEAR UP Kentucky is a seven-year, $24.5 million grant program designed to increase the number of students graduating from high school and transitioning into postsecondary...

Ark Encounter to host finals of National Bible Bee Competition at the new Answers Center

This year the National Bible Bee Competition (NBBC) finals and awards ceremony will take place at the huge new Answers Center at the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, on Thursday, November 21. After the preliminary rounds of the finals are held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center November 18-20, the competition moves 35 miles south to the Ark for the finals of this nationally broadcasted...

Kentucky unemployment rate rises to 4.4 percent in seasonally adjusted preliminary August 2019 data

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary August 2019 unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for August 2019 was up from the 4.3 percent reported for July 2019. The preliminary August 2019 jobless rate was unchanged from the 4.4 percent recorded...

General Assembly 2020 to run January 7 to April 15 for the constitutionally allowed 60 days

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 2020 General Assembly will be from Jan. 7 to April 15. Lawmakers will meet on 60 of those days, which is the maximum allowed under the Kentucky Constitution.

 Lawmakers will not convene on Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or on Feb. 17 in observance of Presidents’ Day. 

March 2 will be the final day that House bills can be introduced...