A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Pew Trusts: Seven 2017 statistics that informed, inspired us to tackle today’s toughest challenges

Pew Charitable Trusts takes on some of today’s toughest issues, by applying a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public police, inform the public and invigorate civic life. Here are the stats that drove Pew’s work in 2017: 1. Opioids claim 91 American lives daily That sobering stat stems in part from two others: • More than 20 million Americans have a substance use disorder (so...

Brownfields for Bankers Workshop to be held in Frankfort August 10: value in revitalization

Bankers, developers and development agency officials will want to mark their calendars to attend the Brownfields for Bankers Workshop on Aug. 10. This workshop will provide an introduction to brownfield redevelopment, since developers are increasingly recognizing the value of revitalizing brownfields. Brownfields are properties that are abandoned or underutilized due to real or perceived environmental...

Nick Rowe is back home where he belongs, as head of KyAm Water — and everybody knows his name

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor Nick Rowe should just hang a big banner at the Kentucky American Water headquarters on Richmond Road, and it should read “I’m back. Right where I belong.” That’s how everybody around the place feels about it anyway. Including Nick. Yes, make that “Nick” too. A visitor checking in at the lobby says to the veteran security guard, Ed, “I’m here to see...

Earth Day photography contest celebrates the beauty and diversity of nature in Kentucky

  The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has kicked off its fifth-annual ‘Capture the Earth’ digital photography contest for all Kentucky students in grades 6-8.   Judges will look for originality and creativity, photo composition, and a brief explanation of how well the photograph celebrates the beauty and diversity of Kentucky and encourages others to care about the state’s environment...

Adopt-a-Highway poster contest sparks awareness and creativity from students

1st place poster in the 15-17 age category by Nicole Giesbers from Williamstown Independent Schools, Grant County (Photo provided)   Most of them may not be able to drive yet, but students ages 6 to 17 showed that they care about the highways across the state.   Students from Williamstown Independent Schools in Grant County, Drakes Creek Middle School in Warren County, Immaculate Heart of...