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River levels could affect waterfowl quota hunts at Ballard WMA as duck season reopens statewide

Rising water levels along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers will affect hunting access this weekend at some state-operated wildlife management areas. Duck season reopens statewide this Saturday (Dec. 7). Biologists are closely monitoring conditions for this weekend’s quota hunts at Ballard Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the far western end of the state. Ballard hunts are subject to cancellation...

Kentucky Court of Appeals rules with Secretary of State in legal battle over seizure of computer

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Court of Appeals has handed a victory to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in her legal battle over the seizure of a computer from her office by an independent counsel looking into allegations of misconduct against her. A three-judge panel on Wednesday denied a petition for a writ of prohibition sought by Garrard County Attorney Mark Metcalf, who was...

New report indicates retirement security is critical for Commonwealth to hire quality teachers

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Defined benefit pensions are a major factor for recruiting and retaining new teachers in the Commonwealth, and according to new research by the National Institute on Retirement Security, more than 96% of teachers say whittling away pensions would drastically affect the state’s ability to attract new teachers to the profession. Laura Adams is a fourth-generation...

Friends, colleagues, public invited to celebrate the life of KyForward’s Gene Clabes who died Friday

A celebration of life reception will be held Saturday for NKyTribune Associate Editor and KyForward.com founder Gene Clabes who died Friday in Northern Kentucky. “We promised Gene a party, so here it is,” said Judy Clabes, editor of the NKyTribune and his wife of 54 years. “His is an accomplished and purposeful life that deserves a celebration.” The event will be held on Saturday, 3-8 p.m.,...

Toxic chemicals known as PFAS detected in many of Kentucky’s municipal water treatment plants

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Chemicals called PFAS have been found in Kentucky’s drinking water. Known as emerging contaminants, PFAS are found in the Teflon in non-stick cookware, food bags, some brands of dental floss and in fire fighting foam. There is evidence that PFAS can accumulate in the body over time, and are linked to cancer and disruption of the thyroid and immune system....

New CDC report indicates rural Americans dying more frequently from preventable causes

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service More than 46 million American s live in rural areas, and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says these residents tend to be older and sicker compared with people living in urban areas. In Kentucky, the report says excess deaths from preventable causes jumped by more than five percentage points in all counties. Rural Americans report...

Journalist and horseman Gene Clabes, 74, dies after extended illness, a beloved family man

Gene Clabes, 74, community journalist, editor, horseman and entrepreneur, died Friday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Hospital-Edgewood, after a battle with heart and kidney disease, surrounded by his loving family. Gene Clabes Clabes, a founder of KyForward and the NKyTribune and a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism, is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith Clabes, and his two...

Dr. Niket Sonpal: How to avoid holiday heartburn by making these right food choices

Even if you’re not a “foodie” most people look forward to indulging in the culinary delights of holiday time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. This  means that even people who are typically disciplined eat too much in one evening, eat rapidly, imbibe amounts of alcohol they are unaccustomed to, and consume foods that may not be part of their regular diet because “tis the season.” ...

Kentucky awards new contracts to five managed care organizations to serve Medicaid beneficiaries

Following a request for proposal (RFP) process and a state procurement procedure through the Finance and Administration Cabinet, the Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has been notified of five new statewide contract awards for managed care organizations (MCOs). Aetna Better Health of Kentucky, Humana Health Plan, Inc., Molina Healthcare...

Governor-elect Andy Beshear releases schedule of Dec. 10 Inauguration Day festivities

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Governor-elect Andy Beshear and future first lady Britainy Beshear have announced the schedule of events for Inauguration Day on Dec. 10. “This is a time for all Kentuckians to come together as one team, Team Kentucky,” said Mrs. Beshear at a Tuesday press conference at the Capitol. “It’s about the cmmonwealth and the common good, the goals that we all share.” The...

AAA: From road trips to air travel (and all in between), it’s going to be a busy holiday weekend; be careful

Travel is a top priority this Thanksgiving for many Americans, as a growing number are expected to kick off the holiday season with a road trip or air travel. “AAA estimates more than 55 million will travel— a 2.9 percent increase over 2018. Overall, an additional 1.6 million more people will travel compared to last year,” says Lori Weaver Hawkins, public and government affairs manager,...

StoneBrook Winery of Camp Springs takes top honors in seventh annual Kentucky wine competition

StoneBrook Winery of Camp Springs took home two of the five Commissioner’s Cup awards at the seventh annual Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition and Commissioner’s Cup earlier this month in Lexington. “Kentucky wines continued to show progress in quality at this year’s competition,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “A highly qualified panel of judges awarded medals...

Federal, state officials announce establishment of Green River National Wildlife Refuge in Henderson

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, along with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials, and their counterparts from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, announced the establishment of the Green River National Wildlife Refuge near the confluence of the Ohio and Green rivers in Henderson. “Under President Donald...

Mountain Parkway’s Restaurant Row project in Salyersville now fully open to traffic

After three years of construction, the new four-lane segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion running through Salyersville’s Restaurant Row is now fully open to traffic. Restaurant Row marks the second section of the Parkway to be completed under the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Mountain Parkway Expansion. “In the coming months, crews will be working on smaller finishing touches along Restaurant...

Governor-elect Andy Beshear names high-level members of incoming administration

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Governor-elect Andy Beshear on Wednesday named four high-level members of his incoming administration, all of whom are coming with him from the attorney general’s office. Beshear said none of those named should surprise anyone. “Time and time again, the four individuals have proven their ability, dedication, and work ethic. In fact, each of the four individuals has had...

Second phase of Mountain Parkway expansion is now complete, say state transportation officials

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State transportation officials on Wednesday announced completion of the second phase of a project to widen and lengthen the Mountain Parkway in eastern Kentucky. After three years of construction, the new four-lane segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion running through Salyersville’s Restaurant Row is now fully open to traffic. Kentucky Today photoThe Restaurant Row...

Churchill Downs, Keeneland among leading horse racing organizations to launch safety coalition

KyForward staff The nation’s leading Thoroughbred racing organizations on Tuesday announced the creation of an industry-led effort to unify and enhance existing protections and work together to develop new reforms to ensure the safety of the sport’s equine and human athletes. Partnering together under the name Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, the group seeks to create and implement a series of significant...

Pikeville site one of 19 included in list of proposed abandoned coal mine redevelopment projects

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A coalition of groups in central Appalachia has identified projects that would clean up and re-purpose 19 abandoned coal-mine sites in four states. Rebecca Shelton, coordinator of policy and organizing at the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, explains the Abandoned Mine Land pilot program is funded with federal grant money that’s being given to qualifying...

Analysis: In the election this year, it really was cities, close-in suburbs where a big shift really happened

By Bill Bishop The Daily Yonder This time, it really was the cities and suburbs. The television maps of Kentucky’s vote on election night appeared to show that a shift in rural areas was a decisive factor in Democrat Andy Beshear’s apparent victory in the governor’s race. And there was a movement in that direction, especially in parts of Eastern Kentucky. Click to go to interactive mapBut the...

Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones says he will not be running for Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones said Friday he will not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate race in 2020.

 The announcement ends speculation that Jones, who has gone back and forth on the decision, would take on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Matt Jones 

“I am coming on this morning to make the announcement that I have decided not to do...