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University of Louisville student teams innovate new healthcare tech in whirlwind virtual weekend

By Baylee Pulliam University of Louisville University of Louisville student teams are building startups to improve healthcare, from making nurse workflow more efficient to thinking of new therapies for tumors — all in the course of a whirlwind virtual weekend. It’s part of a new student-led UofL event called CardStart, that asks teams to create innovative solutions to health care problems and...

Kentucky State Parks offering discounts to active military, veterans from November through March

Through the “USA Military Discount” program, Kentucky State Parks will offer current and former members of the armed forces lodging discounts. Those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists are eligible for a state park discount from Nov. 1 to March 31. Discount rates are available at Kentucky State Resort Parks and the cottages...

Reviewing Biden’s plan for ‘building back better’ and what it could mean for the Ohio Valley

By Liam Niemeyer Ohio Valley ReSource David Meinschein’s teachers, staff and students have sacrificed a lot this year amid the staggering challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. He opens the door heading inside Ballad Memorial High School’s basketball gymnasium — known locally as the “Green Palace” for its school colors. The school’s emptiness is another reminder of COVID-19’s impact....

UK Department of Forestry researchers ask public for help in finding lingering ash to save rare species

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The search is on for lingering ash, those rare trees that have managed to survive the deadly onslaught of the emerald ash borer. Finding them in the forest is like looking for a needle in the haystack, but the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is partnering with the Kentucky Division of Forestry to find as many as possible...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Richard Taylor’s Girty melds myth and fact to tell story of notorious frontier traitor

In this classic work, Richard Taylor artfully assembles passages from diaries, travel accounts, biographies, poems and monologues to tell the story of Simon Girty (1741-1818), branded as a notorious traitor, and one of the most hated men in the Ohio River Valley and Kentucky frontier. Girty survived important battles in two wars that had a profound impact on Kentuckians, the American Revolutionary...

UK students, Paintsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce make mutually beneficial team

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky College can open doors to a wider world, to career opportunities or to beneficial experiences that are sometimes hard to quantify until later in life. University of Kentucky students Mia Thompson and Alexis “Lexi” Stewart are experiencing all three of those while they work with the Paintsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce this semester. Their professor...

Conservation officers file charges in killing of Fort Mitchell deer; Union man faces multiple counts

A Boone County man is facing multiple wildlife-related and other charges following an investigation by Kentucky conservation officers into the killing of a trophy deer in Kenton County. Robert J. Koch, 58, of Union, is charged with hunting on private property without permission, illegally killing the deer and improperly reporting the harvest. Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish...

Contract to repair, open Brent Spence: Kokosing Construction to have bridge open by Dec. 23

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray announced the awarding of a contract to Kokosing Construction Co. to repair and reopen the fire-damaged Brent Spence Bridge that connects Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Kokosing, headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, submitted a low bid of $3,127,528 and committed to having the bridge reopened to traffic by Dec. 23. There will be additional costs – the...

Kentucky hemp application portal opens Nov. 16; online application portal on KDA website

The window to apply for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s 2021 hemp licensing program will open Nov. 16, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced. “We believe there will be a long-term hemp market in Kentucky, but across America the hemp industry has been having a difficult year,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Acreage is down significantly across the nation in light of FDA...

Eastern Kentucky Hay Contest helps region’s producers improve forages, livestock

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky For more than 25 years, the Eastern Kentucky Hay Contest has helped the region’s forage and livestock producers improve their operations. The contest, which is a free program of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, allows producers in participating counties to submit hay samples to UK for testing each fall. “The great thing about the hay...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Laurel River Lake offers good fishing for cool water species fall through spring

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh article in a series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Laurel River Lake is located in Laurel and Whitley Counties in the Daniel Boone National Forest (Photo from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) Laurel River Lake is in Laurel and Whitley Counties, just off Interstate-75 in Daniel Boone National Forest. The dam is about 20 miles east of Corbin, on Ky. 1193, about...

Kentucky Office of Highway Safety encourages seat belt use as holiday season approaches

As the holiday season approaches, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety is joining law enforcement around the Commonwealth for the annual Click It or Ticket campaign. The federally-funded campaign is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) high-visibility seat belt enforcement effort running Nov. 16-29. “KYTC’s mission is to provide...

Working with plants provides comfort to UK graduate student and U.S. Army veteran Eric Luteyn

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Standing in a field of hundreds of varieties of teff at the University of Kentucky Spindletop Research Farm, graduate student Eric Luteyn is at peace studying the differences between the plants. After a decade of military service that ended in a medical discharge, peace is exactly what the disabled veteran needs. “Plants are peaceful and beautiful,” said Luteyn,...

KYTC launches virtual state traffic school, graduated driver licensing courses; in-person classes halted

Following red zone reduction recommendations to help combat the spread of COVID-19, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Division of Driver Licensing will be offering virtual state traffic school and graduated driver licensing courses through the end of February 2021. In-person classes for both programs will be halted temporarily. Gov. Andy Beshear “Since March, when the COVID-19 pandemic began...

UK soil physicist begins on-farm variable rate irrigation research at site in Western Kentucky

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A University of Kentucky research project that could have significant impacts for Kentucky grain producers with irrigated acres is beginning on a Western Kentucky farm. Ole Wendroth, soil physicist in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is leading a study examining the effects of a variable rate irrigation system that, to his knowledge, is the...

Beshear joins area leaders for virtual groundbreaking of Barkley Regional Airport terminal complex

Gov. Andy Beshear joined airport representatives and local and state officials virtually to celebrate the groundbreaking last week marking the start of construction of the new terminal complex at Barkley Regional Airport. “Today’s event is the perfect bookend to my last visit announcing a $5 million state commitment to help this project get off the ground,” said Gov. Beshear. “The kickoff to...

UK researchers launch $2 million project to study sulfur problem in biofuel production, reduce pollution

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Sulfur found in biofuel feedstock poses serious problems to the industry, because it causes pollution, is toxic to the catalyst and corrosive to biorefinery equipment. A national group of scientists and industry partners led by researchers at the University of Kentucky is studying ways to reduce sulfur levels in pine byproducts used to produce biofuels. Pine byproducts,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: One of Ky’s oldest reservoirs, Dale Hollow offers good fishing, exceptional scenery

Construction on Dale Hollow Lake began in 1942, and was completed after WWII. (Photo from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) Dale Hollow Lake is one of Kentucky’s oldest major reservoirs. Construction began in 1942 but the project was not fully functional until after World War II, built at a cost of $52.3 million. Straddling the Kentucky-Tennessee border, in Cumberland and Clinton counties in Kentucky...

Kentucky’s modern gun deer season opens Nov. 14; deer harvest numbers trending up this year

The arrival of autumn brings beautiful fall colors, holiday excitement and for hunters, deer hunting in Kentucky. About 300,000 Kentuckians hunt deer each year. The state’s deer herd also draws thousands of hunters from other states throughout the different seasons, contributing heartily to the commonwealth’s tourism industry. Deer hunting greatly benefits Kentucky’s economy — resulting in...

UK College of Medicine Pride Week encourages ‘Lasting Culture of LGBTQ* support, visibility’

By Audrey Kirby University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Medicine celebrated the LGBTQ* community this fall during its inaugural Pride Week, made possible through a collaboration among the college’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, its newly established LGBTQ* Advisory Committee, and the UK medPRIDE student organization. The UK College of Medicine hosted four days of...