Gayle Pille: No shortage of squirrels in Kentucky — where there are trees, there are squirrels

Kentucky is home to four different species of squirrels – the Southern Flying Squirrel, Red Squirrel, Eastern Gray Squirrel, and Eastern Fox Squirrel. Flying Squirrels are nocturnal and seldom seen; while one must head east to the Appalachians to see Red Squirrels. However, there is no shortage of Gray and Fox Squirrels in Northern and Central Kentucky. Where there are trees, there are squirrels. It’s...

KYCIR: Amid uncertainty, University of Louisville leaders cashed out big perks in ‘run on the bank’

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting All eyes were on the University of Louisville and its foundation last summer. Its president was ousted and its finances scrutinized. Both boards were hamstrung by turnover and uncertainty. University trustees were publicly threatening to sue the foundation. Meanwhile, some of the university’s highest-paid employees were making a run on the...

Milder than usual winter temperatures could affect tall fescue toxicosis in broodmares

Mild weather this winter is likely the cause of higher than average concentrations of a toxic substance in tall fescue called ergovaline that has been observed in Fayette and Bourbon pastures in Central Kentucky, according to University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment experts. Tall fescue toxicosis in broodmares, which is caused by ingesting ergovaline, is rare in the early...

Volunteers sought in 37 Kentucky counties to review cases of children in foster care

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 37 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care. The boards are in need of volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The counties in need of volunteers...

Kentucky State Police form Critical Incident Response Team for officer-involved shootings

With increasing public interest and media attention throughout the U.S. regarding the use of deadly force by law enforcement agencies, the Kentucky State Police announced the recent formation of a new unit designed to add experience, expertise, and transparency to investigations of officer-involved shootings in the Commonwealth.   “We have a responsibility to our officers and the communities we...

Science Guy: Clouds aren’t just for the sky; here’s how to create one inside your home

We see clouds in the sky all the time, but did you know you can create one at home, in the living room? Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey turns the science lab into “Cloud City.” Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Clouds are amazing, have you ever wanted to create your own cloud? If so, I am...

House Education Committee approves school-based opioid abuse prevention proposal

Students could soon be learning about the dangers of prescription pain killer abuse under a bill that cleared the House Education Committee Tuesday. House Bill 145, sponsored by Rep. James Tipton, R-Taylorsville, would require that elementary, middle and high school students be educated on the dangers of prescription opioid painkiller abuse and on the connection between prescription opioids and addiction...

State Fish and Wildlife Commission urged to increase boat registration fees to battle Asian carp

Kentucky needs more funding to combat the spread of invasive Asian carp in the state’s waterways. To help fund this need, members of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Administration, Education and Policy Committee have recommended that the full commission consider increasing Kentucky boat registration fees at its March 17 meeting. The recommendation does not include fees on paddlecraft...

Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop comes to Boone County on March 25

The Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop returns to Kentucky on March 25. This year’s workshop, a tri-state event covering Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, will be held in the Boone County Cooperative Extension Enrichment Center in Burlington. Forestry experts will provide an array of forestry- and wildlife-related educational sessions to help woodland owners get the most from their properties. Sponsored...

SmackDown Live is coming to Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center; first WWE event in Kentucky since 2010

WWE’s SmackDown Live is coming to Louisville. The event will be held at the KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday, April 18 and marks the return of live, televised professional wrestling events in the Commonwealth. SmackDown will be the first major televised combat sporting event in Kentucky since Gov. Matt Bevin streamlined the state’s boxing and wrestling regulations last November as part of the Red Tape...

Kentucky by Heart: Writing room provides many opportunities for virtual trips, enriching experiences

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist My sweet spot for leisurely travel destinations is almost always centered within the state of Kentucky. I don’t feel deprived at all in saying so about what might seem to be such modest expectations; Kentucky is a special place that I can both enjoy and feel a sense of pride as I travel it. Call me simple in tastes, but it won’t matter a bit to me. There’s...

Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling exhibit, ‘The Illustrated Word,’ making its way around the state

Many library patrons may remember the days of flipping through the cards in a card catalog drawer to find information and the location of books in the library. Although that practice has gone away with the advent of computer based searches, Woodford County artist Jennifer Dunham has kept the cards alive in her own artwork. Dunham is one of 28 Kentucky artists whose work will be featured in a traveling...

Rural Blog: Pharmacies thriving in Eastern Kentucky town, thanks to dispensing opioids

Pharmacies dispensing opioids are thriving in an impoverished Eastern Kentucky coal-depressed county, Phil Galewitz reports for Kaiser Health News. In Clay County, the unemployment rate is 8.4 percent, well above state and national averages, and 47 percent of residents live below the poverty line. Despite the downturn in the economy in the region, in Manchester, the county’s largest city with...

Legislation on school calendars, pensions advances as General Assembly session resumes

State lawmakers returned to the Capitol this week to start the second part of the General Assembly’s 2017 session. The first portion of the session, held over the course of five days in early January, featured a quick start as seven bills were passed into law. The second part of the session is sure to feature its own history-making moments as lawmakers consider hundreds of bills – each with the...

Historic trail highlights areas in Kentucky important to story of Abraham Lincoln

In honor of the anniversary of the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12, the Kentucky Department of Tourism is promoting a tri-state Lincoln trail and website. The trail highlights important areas in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois significant to the Lincoln story. The Tri-state Lincoln trail was first established in the 1970s by a commission and revived in 2009 for the observance of the...

Chef Foster: It’s a dietary staple, but the question remains — just what is a mushroom?

What is a mushroom exactly? That was a real question uttered by one of my culinary students at Sullivan University. On its face it is a startlingly simple question and one which should require a sentence or two to answer. But considered more thoughtfully it has produce thousands of pages of research and opinion and spawned a huge network of mycologist chefs. From the simple (some would say bland)...

Measure to add first responders to hate crime law approved by House Judiciary Committee

Police, fire fighters and emergency medical services personnel would be added to those protected under Kentucky’s hate crime statute if a bill passed by a House committee Wednesday becomes law. Under House Bill 14, sponsored by House Majority Whip Kevin Bratcher, R-Louisville, those who assault, kidnap, or commit certain other violent offenses against first responders could face stricter sentencing...

Kentucky State Resort Parks offering Valentine’s Day specials, events across the Commonwealth

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at a Kentucky State Park this year with your special someone. Many parks are offering events and packages in February to help celebrate Valentine’s Day. Many of the special events at state parks are scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 10-12. Some of the highlights include: a dinner and dance at Kenlake State Resort Park and General Butler State Resort Park, a cruise at...

Campbellsville University’s historic H&W Fieldhouse catches fire, causing extensive damage

Campbellsville University’s H&W Sport Shop Ronnie Hord Fieldhouse caught fire Wednesday at approximately 1 p.m. ET. Everyone made it out safely and no one was injured.                 The fire was discovered inside the locker room storage and laundry area by Adam Preston and Alex Adams, men’s soccer coaches.
  The H&W Fieldhouse was dedicated to former Tiger and longtime...

State PSC cuts Cumberland Valley Electric rate hike request, financial review ordered

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) granted Cumberland Valley Electric a rate hike but reduced the amount requested by the electric distribution cooperative. In an order issued Tuesday, the PSC directed Cumberland Valley to conduct a financial study that examines how the utility can reduce expenses and also directed Cumberland Valley to address the possibility of a merger with another electric...