A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky Blood Center’s 11th annual Big Blue Slam: Cats, Gators compete in life-saving blood battle

It’s time for Big Blue Slam, the annual blood battle between the Cats and the Gators to see which fans can donate the most blood. The 11th annual competition is Monday through Friday, Jan. 14-18), at all Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) donor centers and blood drives. Kentucky and Florida are tied, 5 to 5, in this yearly challenge between KBC and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers in Gainesville. Big Blue...

About crime in the U.S.: Here are five facts you should know — it really isn’t as bad as you think

By John Gramlich Pew Research Center Donald Trump made fighting crime a central focus of his campaign for president, and he cited it again during his January 2017 inaugural address. His administration has since taken steps intended to address crime in American communities, such as instructing federal prosecutors to pursue the strongest possible charges against criminal suspects. Here are five facts...

State Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted Market set for March 15-17 at Horse Park’s Alltech Arena

The Kentucky Crafted Market, the Kentucky Arts Council’s showcase event featuring the best art and craft in the Commonwealth, will be back in Lexington, March 15-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena. “This is the first time we’ve hosted The Market at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, and we’re looking forward to taking advantage of every feature of this unique venue,”...

LG&E, KU offers assistance to customers, including furloughed government workers, on energy bills

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are committed to assisting customers who may be having difficulty managing their energy bills. With the current government shutdown, the utilities are reminding all customers, including those who are furloughed government employees, of the companies’ energy bill assistance options.   “We know that customers want to be comfortable...

It’s time for 2019-20 kindergarten registration for Fayette schools; Step 1 is available online now

To enroll a child in kindergarten for 2019-20 in Fayette County Public Schools, families may begin online starting Jan. 15. The child must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 to start kindergarten this fall. After submitting the online form, families must then go to their neighborhood’s assigned school with their form number and two proofs of residence (e.g. deed or lease and a utility bill) to complete...

Commissioner Wayne Lewis calls on student-based organizations to join new Ambassador Initiative

In a news conference on Sunday, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis issued a call to action to student-based organizations across the Commonwealth, asking them to participate in a new initiative aimed at promoting the importance of education. The initiative was inspired by the Louisville-based group, Balling for a Cause, that is comprised of students ages 9-16. “The kids who volunteer with...

BloodHorse reports that Kentucky Downs filed suit in Franklin Circuit Court over Oak Grove license

BloodHorse has reported that Kentucky Downs has filed a suit in Franklin Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in awarding a Standardbred license to a partnership of Churchill Downs and Keeneland. Early rendering of the Oak Grove facility In a report by Frank Agnst, BloodHorse says that Kentucky Downs is asking the court to void a commission decision to award WKY...

This week in the state Capitol: Leadership sworn in, some bills advance, recess until February 5

The excitement of the opening day of a Kentucky General Assembly session was evident amid the packed crowds, broad smiles, and welcoming handshakes throughout the State Capitol.   But the spirit of the first day might have been most clearly revealed in the trembling voices of some new lawmakers the first time they offered public comments in legislative chambers. The mix of nerves, emotion, and deep...

Sandhill crane tours offered January 23-27 at Barren River Lake State Resort Park

Each year, thousands of sandhill cranes make Barren River Lake a stop on their journey back home. Join Barren River Lake State Resort Park during its Nature Watch Weekend Jan. 23-27 to get up close to these beautiful cranes as they migrate through the area.  Participants can register for one of two trips. The morning sunrise trip takes guests to the roosting site before sunrise to experience the beauty...

Quota elk hunters can now apply for new, either-sex archery/crossbow permit for 2019 elk season

Quota elk hunters can now apply for a new, either-sex archery/crossbow permit for Kentucky’s 2019 elk season. “This new permit gives archery and crossbow hunters the freedom to choose whether to take a bull or a cow,” said Gabe Jenkins, elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “We wanted to give hunters more flexibility and options to fill their permits,”...

Bluegrass Tomorrow’s annual Vision Awards breakfast will honor BCTC’s Augusta Julian Feb. 5

Bluegrass Tomorrow’s annual Vision Awards breakfast, a Bluegrass tradition, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Marriott Resort Griffin Gate, with registration starting at 7:15 a.m. Augusta Julian Augusta Julian, who is retiring from Bluegrass Community & Technical College, headlines the List of Vision Awards recipients. She will receive the Josephine Abercrombie Award. Other award winners...

Houdini, the I-65 goat, has new home at Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary; he will get rehab for broken leg

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (KT) – Houdini, perhaps the most famous goat in Kentucky history, has a new home. 
The large white goat, who was named Houdini because of his uncanny ability to avoid traffic and officials while wandering along a stretch of Interstate 65 for years, will spend his remaining days in Meade County. 
Houdini suffered a broken leg in a traffic mishap...

AAA: Over wintry weekend, motorists urged to use caution with changing road conditions; some tips

With the arrival of cold temperatures and wintry precipitation on the way, AAA Blue Grass is gearing up for a busy time. “The dramatic drop in temperatures and accumulating snow in the forecast means it will be all hands on deck as AAA responds to stranded motorists as quickly and safely as possible,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins, AAA Blue Grass manager of public and government affairs. “No one ever...

Local storytellers lead visitors through Kentucky Tourism’s 2019 Official Visitor’s Guide

The Kentucky Department of Tourism has announced the release of the 2019 Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide and the Year of Kentucky Storytellers. The guide features travel tips and stories, narrated by Kentuckians, who share their love for the Bluegrass State through their own personal experiences. In addition to regional highlights, the visitor’s guide focuses on the main pillars of Kentucky tourism:...

‘Kinship Kentucky Christmas’ donations delivered to kinship families in Casey and Taylor Counties

Thanks to the generosity of fellow Kentuckians, approximately 30 kinship families in Casey and Taylor counties today received care packages of clothing, toiletries, and other items to start the New Year. “Matt and I sincerely appreciate all those who donated winter clothing, supplies and gift cards during the ‘Kinship Kentucky Christmas’ initiative to benefit kinship families across...

Late Kentucky rally doesn’t pull it out — Cats lose to Alabama in SEC opener in Tuscaloosa, 77-75

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It took Alabama six years to beat Kentucky. The Crimson Tide did just that Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.   The 13-ranked Wildcats (10-3) had a 10-game winning streak to Alabama snapped following a 77-75 setback as the Crimson Tide extended their winning streak to five games. Kentucky had a modest three-game winning streak come to an end.   “We...

KHEAA Money Tip for Students: It’s income tax season so here is some advice to make it easier

Income tax season is approaching, and students may want to consider these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to help the process go more smoothly. Although you may not have earned enough to be required to file, you may be able to get a refund if your employer withheld taxes from your pay. Before you file, discuss the situation with your parents. They may be able to...

KentuckyOne Health teaming up with God’s Pantry Food Bank to address hunger in Berea, London

KentuckyOne Health has teamed up with God’s Pantry Food Bank to fund a pilot program that will provide immediate food assistance for patients in emergent need at Saint Joseph London and Saint Joseph Berea. As part of the partnership, KentuckyOne Health will have food baskets on hand at the two facilities, as well two health clinics in London and one health clinic in Berea. “We are very excited...

Thoroughbred Charities of America’s Stallion Season Auction is underway; bidding ends Friday

The 29th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction & Celebration, presented by LNJ Foxwoods is currently underway. The auction is the largest annual fundraiser for the organization. Bidding on the majority of the more than 200 stallion seasons will end on Friday, January 4 at 3 p.m. EST.  Bidding on five select seasons and all non-season items will conclude at the auction...

Melissa Martin: Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock — looking back so we can look forward to do more, be more

So long 2018 — Hello 2019. Another year (2018) has departed — 12 months, 52 weeks, and 365 days have ticked away. The residue of events, happenings, and goings-on of 2018 dwell in newspapers, history books, human memories—and in the bowels of computer hard drives, cell phones, and other techno devices. More time has passed — 8760 hours, 525,600 minutes, and 31,536,000 seconds have ticked away....